Farewell Dr Peter
The Island Hall was packed on Monday 30th July as residents gathered to bid farewell to Dr Peter Counsell, the island’s doctor for the last four years, and to welcome our new doctor. Medical Committee chairwoman Diane Baker gave a glowing speech of thanks for Peter’s work for the island and presented him with a copy of the ‘Art for the Love of Sark’ book. Kevin Adams and David Melling also spoke highly of Peter regarding his work with the island’s emergency services and presented him with a cartoon by Sark-born artist Martin Remphry. Jon Beausire, Chief Ambulance Officer for St John’s Ambulance Service in Guernsey, also thanked Peter and gave him a framed photograph of the Flying Christine III ambulance boat. In his speech Peter praised Sark’s emergency services and said that it had been an honour, and a steep learning curve, to work in Sark. He also praised the support of his wife Shannon, the Methodist community and Sark Surgery practice manager Fiona Hamon. He went on to say that what makes Sark so special is the people who live here and that the outside world could learn a great deal about the community’s willingness to help its fellow man. Peter and his family are going to live in Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Sark’s new GP, doctor John Stevenson, has over thirty years experience and started work here at the beginning of August. Photos clockwise from top left show
Peter & Kevin Adams, head of Sark’s emergency services.
Dave Melling reading his speech to Peter
Diane Baker & Dr John Stevenson
Jon Beausire presents his gift to Peter