April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week.
Meet some of the inspiring CMAT volunteers who help us fulfil our missions in communities around the world!
April 7, 2014 – Brandon Duncan, RN
CMAT volunteer Brandon Duncan, RN learned about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti on the news, and began to research on how he could help. His solution came to him through an old high school classmate, who was also volunteer with CMAT. Through Facebook, Brandon kept reading updates the volunteer’s brother was posting online. Brandon was immediately drawn to CMAT, applied, and was selected to go to Haiti in April 2010. Brandon has been involved in a variety of local CMAT activities since then, and deployed to the Philippines in November 2013. Brandon also travelled to the Gaza Strip in November 2012 with another organization, to assist in teaching ACLS to local emergency responders.
One of his most memorable experiences took place in the CMAT clinic in Haiti. “I was assessing a patient, while there was a woman in active labour nearby. After the baby boy was born, everyone started inquiring what newborn’s name would be. This was my opportunity to pipe up. I yelled out, ‘Brandon is a great name!’. The mother loved it and now there is a little boy named Brandon galavanting around Haiti.”