Dr. Gerry Farrell has been named honorary chair of the 15th annual Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival.
Recently retired as the medical director of the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital, Farrell’s model for community palliative care formed Pictou County’s first palliative care program. In 2000, the first integrated palliative care team of Pictou County was formed and is still growing strong today.
Farrell’s vision of a peaceful and comforting place for patients and their families was opened in 2006 when a former storage space of the hospital was transformed into a six-bed unit through community funding, thanks to Farrell and his team and the support of the Pictou County Health Authority. The program has grown into one of full service, integrating hospital and community care.
Outside of medicine, Farrell is well known for his love of gardening and photography, in which some of his photos can be seen in the corridors of the Palliative Care unit.
More than 30 teams are registered for Race on the River July 22-23. Aside from the races, the festival offers children’s activities, musical entertainment, games and food from onsite vendors.