Drs. Charlie Bayliff and Anne Marie Bombassarro represent best the esprit de corp found in the clinical pharmacists at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). In doing so, Charlie and Anne Marie have transcended the usual designations of friend, mentor, role model, and colleague, so much so the job title offered them by the Human Resources department does not even come close to doing them justice.
While Charlie passed away January 24, 2010, his optimism is still keenly felt at LHSC and beyond. Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” and Charlie boiled that down even further to one simple word: “Yes”, which is how he responded to questions, especially of the “What should I do?” variety.
Contra Charlie, Anne Marie is somewhat more detail-oriented. There is no stone left unturned, no piece of data unconsidered when Anne-Marie is involved in patient care, which is probably why the light in her office goes out so infrequently.
As different as Charlie and Anne Marie are, they share at least one thing in common which is the ability to enlighten those around them without inhibiting individual practice, or as Thomas Jefferson put it: “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his candle at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
Charlie and Anne Marie have helped me honestly say, “here am I ready for my vocation, and now I turn unto my calling” for which my patients and I will always be grateful.