Premier John Hamm offered thanks and congratulations on behalf of all Nova Scotians today, Jan. 18, to several health-care professionals for their volunteer relief efforts in Pakistan. A team of two doctors and three nurses from Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, and a translator were honoured at a ceremony at Province House. The team travelled to Pakistan for 10 days in November 2005 to provide medical care to victims of an earthquake. Dr. Syed Haider, an orthopedic surgeon and native of Pakistan, led the team. “The work of this Pictou County team is an example of how the Nova Scotian tradition of helping those in need knows no boundaries,” said Premier Hamm, who presented the team with certificates in recognition of their relief work. “All Nova Scotians can be justifiably proud of Dr. Haider and his team for participating in this vital, humanitarian project.” The team also included: retired family physician Dr. Ed Skinner, operating room nurses Joyce Horne, Susan MacDonald, and Brenda McCarron-White, and team co-ordinator and translator, Perveen Sharif.