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UVic Alumni Elaine Harvey publishes book on her experiences nursing in Cambodia

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School of Nursing alumni, Elaine Harvey, publishes book on her experiences in Cambodia

Elaine Harvey graduated with a BSN from UVic in 1996. For the next fourteen years she worked at the Comox Valley Nursing Centre, then in 2010 moved back to Victoria. Over the course of a diverse career, she had three missions with the International Red Cross in Asia and Africa.

In 1980 Elaine worked in Cambodian refugee camps immediately after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. In 2007 and 2009 she returned to Cambodia, volunteering in a rural orphanage and a city hospice. She met the people on the front lines - the human rights activists, the caregivers, and those who needed care, inspiring her to explore the challenges of service.

These experiences led to writing her first book of creative non-fiction, Encounters on the Front Line; Cambodia: A Memoir; published in 2015.