Nova Scotia Burn Support Group at The World Burn Congress, 1999
(left to right: Rosalie Bussard, Fred Haise,
"Buzz" Bussard, Patt Haise)
The Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society
sponsored "Buzz" and Rosalie Bussard, representing the
Nova Scotia Burn Support Group, to attend The World Burn
Congress, in Atlanta, Georgia, September 15th to 19th,
The conference was fast paced throughout, with sessions
starting first thing in the morning and continuing until
late evening. A wide variety of subjects were covered
from open mike sessions, lectures from professional care
givers, panel discussions, group support meetings, and
general information exchanging of ideas with other
survivors from around the world. Displays and information
kiosks about fire prevention were set up outside the
conference rooms for easy access.
In addition some other high-lites of camp were: a fun filled evening of games and a bar-be-que hosted by the Pictou County Firefighters Association, a visit from the Pictou County Antique Car Club who delighted both young and old with their cars, and a visit from several members of the Shriners, along with their “Jolly Trolley”. This turned out to be an unexpected reunion for them and some of the adult burn survivors who had been helped by the Shriners as children.
A special guest at camp this year was Dennis Gardin from Detroit. Dennis was severely burnt as a child, and is now a motivational speaker. Through his company, Life Worx Inc., he attends burn camps through out the world offering therapeutic support to burn survivors.
Plans are now being made for next year’s camp, which will be held again at Scotian Glen Camp. The summer burn camp is free of charge to burn survivors and their guest. If you know of someone who could benefit from this camp, or if you would like more information, please contact the Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society at 902-835-0166