What is your greatest fear? Giving speeches.
What has been the biggest thrill in your medical career? Helping deliver 26-week-old twins, caring for them and discharging them from the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), then meeting their mother 18 years later and hearing of their successes!
What “animal” was your graduating year, and why has this tradition has stuck? Emu was our animal and, really, who wouldn’t want to be part of the medical menagerie?
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Family dinners with all the kids and grandkids . . . it’s total mayhem!
We understand you love sports. What, besides the unique activities we listed earlier, have you done that really pushed your limits? I attended an Outward Bound camp in New Zealand in my late 40s. And I competed in the 2005 World Master’s Games in volleyball . . . our team came in dead last!
Which living person do you most admire? My husband . . . I know, I know . . . but he is really nice, philanthropic and a great cook!
What is your most marked characteristic? Knowing all the words and verses of most Christmas carols and musicals — and having a song for every occasion.
Who are your favourite writers? Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, Toni Morrison.
Who are your heroes in real life? The Laos doctors who do so much with so little.
As a UCalgary med student in the ’80s, what was the funniest moment on campus? My male med school classmates dressed in ballet leotards and danced to It Ain’t the Meat, it’s the Motion (Maria Muldaur) in Med Show — back in the days when Med Shows were always, always, completely inappropriate!
What is your greatest regret? Not taking longer maternity leaves!
What is your greatest extravagance? A business-class seat when I go overseas.
Where would you most like to live? Somewhere with a shorter winter and perfect gardening conditions.
What, in your career, are you most proud of accomplishing? Running the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic at ACH for 18 years, establishing the CUPS Kids Clinic 15 years ago, and my work in Laos.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. I only need patients!
On what occasion do you lie? I’ve never told a lie in my life.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Like my husband, a great cook!
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My grandkids, my kids and my husband, Bruce, in no particular order. And rib-eye steak.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Where’s my phone?” Am I allowed to say — “shit!”
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising our kids — and they’re great, if I do say so myself!