Linda Mao moved to Canada with her family from China. As a new immigrant, she had to face a new social system and unknown experiences. Although she was a doctor at a municipal hospital in China, she found an entry-level labour job to support her family. The stress of work began to exhaust her, and her family decided to move to Hamilton from Toronto for more affordable housing.
“Just as Vallance encouraged me to, I would like to try my best efforst to promote traditional Chinese medicine, therapies and treatments to heal local patient who have chronic diseases and pains.”
Like most new immigrants, language barriers got in the way of Mao’s many job opportunities. Her English skills were poor and needed to be developed. In November 2010, Mao registered for the LINC program at the Immigrant Woman’s Centre to improve her English. She enjoyed the program so decided to enroll in Telephone and Communication Skills to further improve her English.
She found her LINC instructor, Mary Vallance, to be very helpful.
“Vallance was a very kind instructor with good patience. Often correcting my inaccurate pronunciation and speaking errors, teaching me grammar and reading. She really made an indepth impression in my life.” Mao attributes Vallance’s encouragement as what helped her continue to pursue a medical career in Canada.
Mao has worked in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over twenty years, giving her strong medical experience and skills. She is hoping to make full use of her knowledge and expertise to serve the local Chinese community in Hamilton. A chance came this spring, when the Hamilton Chinese Community Services Centre launched a new initiative called ‘TCM Healthcare Clinic.’ TCM includes using herbs, acupuncture, moxa, scraping, cupping and Tui Na therapy to treat health issues.
Recently, Mao started a new job in the clinic as a TCM doctor, and has a renewed hope of treating local residents, not only Chinese people, but also the wider community.
“Just as Vallance encouraged me to, I would like to try my best efforts to promote traditional Chinese medicine, therapies and treatments to heal local patients who have chronic diseases and pains.”
To make an appointment or speak with Linda Mao, call 905-308-9355.
-Robert Zhou, Hamilton Chinese Community Service Centre