Alumni of Kennebec Valley Community College at this year’s graduation event; Theresa Desjardins is fourth from the right.FARMINGTON – An employee of Franklin Memorial Hospital was recently honored in front of roughly 2,000 people as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Kennebec Valley Community College at the school’s graduation last month.Theresa Desjardins graduated from KVCC in 2013 with a degree of Occupational Therapist Assistant. Under normal circumstances, her story may have flown under the radar, Desjardins becoming just another one of the faces in the crowd of 2,000. But her story stood out as a commendable one to the staff she worked with throughout her years at KVCC.Not only did Desjardins begin her college education at the age of 48, she began it after successfully battling two bouts of cancer.“I was intrinsically motivated to push forward and meet my goals, regardless of the looming prognosis,” Desjardins said during her speech.It was her journey through surviving cancer that brought Desjardins to her dream of becoming an OTA. After her second diagnosis, Desjardins was forced to leave work on disability, an outcome she struggled with. She said she couldn’t accept just sitting through the battle and began her own research of treatment options. That was when she found OT, a practice she tributes much of her recovery toward, as well as her ability to go back to work.She began taking the core courses for the OTA program at KVCC- classes such as chemistry that she hadn’t had since high school.“I just kept passing the core classes. I kept telling myself: whatever happens, happens, just push forward,” she said.After graduating, Desjardins learned that her local hospital, FMH, where she dreamed of working, didn’t hire OTAs. She took the news to heart, and began fighting her way into a position, using similar motivation that got her through sickness. Desjardins began working with FMH shortly after, and has been an advocate for the OT program ever since.Four years later, when Desjardins was yet again diagnosed with another form of cancer, she hardly missed a beat.“People look at someone who has survived hardship as this awesome person, but I don’t see it that way. I just get up and put my shoes on everyday,” she said.Her “tenacity, persistence, grace and personal leadership” were just a few of the qualities that made OTA Department Chair Diane Sauter-Davis nominate her former student for the award.“You are truly my hero. You have lived through so much and are thriving. With grace, dignity and belief you have taken responsibility for your life,” Sauter-Davis wrote.
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“But the effort in defence to keep them out was superb.” Having seen off the Heineken Cup semi-finalists, Warriors now face either Leinster or Ulster in the final on May 31. But Townsend warned: “We’re not finished yet, we still have work to do. “Thankfully we now have two weeks left because if it had been next week, we would have found it tough putting out a team. We have a few bumps and bruises but with a fortnight to prepare, who should be okay.” Varley’s try was only given after referee Marius Mitrea called in the TMO but the visitors were denied a second score on the half hour after Simon Zebo appeared to cross over. However, the TV judge could not get a suitable view of the incident and the try was disallowed. Munster head coach Rob Penney said: “It doesn’t get much worse, obviously the whole squad is very, very disappointed but they gave it a good crack. “The boys really fronted up today, that’s all we asked of them. “But I thought not having an in-goal camera was crucial. I just couldn’t believe it when we looked upstairs and, in a semi-final, there’s no in-goal camera to confirm or deny a try. It was a very crucial part of the game and that blows me away.” Press Association They had to fight back from losing an early score to the Limerick outfit’s hooker Damien Varley but responded with three Finn Russell penalties to lead at the break. Prop Gordon Reid then touched down six minutes after half-time as Russell’s conversion put Glasgow nine points up. But a try by Sean Dougall and a penalty from Ian Keatley saw the visitors close to within a single point. Glasgow stood strong, though, and Townsend said: “That is the proudest moment of my coaching career, without a doubt. “To be involved in a game like that, when the players put everything into it but also show skill and talent, is fantastic. “Munster played top-quality rugby. They came right at us and were 7-0 up when we had the wind behind us. “We knew it would be tough but we played well too. It was important that we got ourselves ahead because Munster have been in these kind of situations a lot over the last 15 years and when they get in front, it’s very tough to get it back. “We just had to keep our discipline. When our lead was cut to just a point, we could easily have given away a penalty just for going offside and cost us the match. The Warriors boss watched his players hang on to claim a narrow 16-15 win against Munster at Scotstoun to make rugby history. Having lost their three previous last-four clashes, Townsend’s team are now the first Scottish side to reach a Pro12 final. Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend said seeing his side book a RaboDirect Pro12 final slot was the proudest moment of his coaching career.
The search for a new location that met its needs and budget proved to be difficult for some time, but the first sponsor of the season has also provided the non-profit organization with a place to rehearse, store costumes and build sets. Sean Surerus of Surerus Pipelines will be handing over the keys to a large metal shed on his personal property to Executive Director Sue Popesku later this afternoon, and the big move in will begin on August 1. Without that space, Popesku argues the performances it puts on would not be able to happen. “In order to do those performances, we do need a space such as what we just found, where we can do the rehearsals, we can do the set construction, the cast can work with the set before they actually move in to the Cultural Centre, and we can store and make our costumes,” she explains. “All that preparation is required prior to actually moving into the Cultural Centre and doing the performances.” Now that a space has been found, a full season of shows has been scheduled, beginning with The Taming of the Shrew this November, followed by a Christmas show, Alice in the spring and its entry into the Peace River North Festival. There is also enough space that the idea of holding a performance in the shed is also being thrown around, as well the possibility of an outdoor show in the spring or summer. – Advertisement -“The space is big enough for a small audience of about 30 to 50 people,” says Popesku. “We’re going to try that out this year and see if that will work. We’re not as confined as we were in previous spaces. This is a bit of a wide open space with a lot of green space around, and I think it’s going to be very conducive to creative theatre.” The green space is just one of the perks of the building that help balance the higher rent than the approximately $20,000 spent at the Co-op Mall. In addition to having heat, electricity and a cement floor, it also has a bathroom, something that was missing in Stage North’s previous location. Located on the East Bypass Road along the bend, it’s also close enough for younger members to get dropped off by their parents, and has plenty of space for parking. Advertisement “We’re on our way to bigger and better things,” says Popesku.
Johor Bahru: India went down to Japan 3-4 in a high octane game for their first loss at the Sultan of Johor Cup here on Tuesday.It was Japan who took an early lead in the game, their very first attack earning them a first penalty corner. From the resultant drag flick, Wataru Matsumoto converted to give them the lead. India didn’t let their heads drop though, and almost drew themselves level with a penalty corner of their own in the third minute. But, Pratap Lakra’s effort was saved by Takumi Kitagawa.India’s attacking efforts were constant and through the first quarter they were a threat going forward, but were unable to apply the finishing touch to their play. At the back, Prashant Chauhan pulled off a succession of great saves right at the death to ensure India went into the break down by just one goal.In a scrappy second period, India created more opportunities for the equaliser, but were unable to breach the Japanese defence in the final third. Japan for their part, played on the counter, and scored a second in the 22nd minute — Kosei Kawabe converting a PC to double their lead. The teams went into half-time with Japan leading 2-0.In an action-packed third quarter, India struck first, earning their second PC off the game almost straight from the restart. This time, Mandeep Mor and Gursahibjit combined with a PC routine straight from the training ground for the latter to score India’s opener.Within two minutes though Japan struck back Keita Watanabe converting Japan’s fifth PC of the game to make it 3-1. Kosei Kawabe scored Japan’s fourth in the 37th to extend their lead to a three goal cushion and at that point it looked like they had done enough.Within a minute India pulled back one, Sharda Nand Tiwari slotting an inch-perfect drag-flick into the top right to make the score 4-2 as they went into the final break.India went into the final quarter attacking without abandon. Their constant circle penetrations and attacking play was thwarted by the Japanese defence but in the 53rd minute their efforts finally paid dividends. Off a PC, Pratap Lakra struck to drag them to within one goal of a remarkable comeback. In the end though it wasn’t to be, as Japan held on to take a 4-3 victory.India will face Australia in their next round robin league-stage match on Wednesday.India will face Australia in their next round robin league-stage match in Johor Bahru at 1335 hrs IST on 16 October 2019. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. hockeyhockey indiaIndiaindian hockey First Published: October 15, 2019, 10:11 PM IST