" if "

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when
all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look good,
nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,

If you can think - and not
make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the
truth you've spoken twisted by knoaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breath
a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds
and keep your virtue, or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you,
but none too much;

Of you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds'
worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more -
you'll be a Man, my son!

Steven A. Huesing

September 8, 1944 - April 12, 2009

It was with great sorrow that we announced the passing of Steven A. Huesing, of Enderby BC, on Sunday April 12, 2009, at the age of 64. Born on September 8, 1944 in Bensheim, Germany, Steve immigrated to Canada in 1952 with his parents.

He made Edmonton his home for most of his life, but also lived in Barrhead, AB, Inuvik & Yellowknife, NWT, and Surrey, BC.

He will forever be remembered and missed for his significant contributions to the field of Health Informatics in Canada and Internationally.

I walk alone along the strand
my feet on grey and golden sand
a clap of thunder from far-off clouds;
Mist the grassy dunes in shounds

A child is wading in the sea-
some years ago, that would be me.

The breakers in the distance roar, and shallow waves lap on the shore like fingers of a gentle hand carress and hold the gold-grey sand.

A seagull overhead just cried,
but my thoughts are not
on the countryside;
instead,
I'm wondering how it would be if you, were hand in hand with me.

- Steven Huesing


Steven Huesing - Medical Informaticist

Canadian medical informaticist Steven Heusing, executive director of the International Medical Informatics Association, died Sunday, April 12, 2009. He was 64. Mr. Heusing had been in declining health for a number
of years and reportedly had had two kidney transplants.

Mr. Heusing was founding president of COACH, Canada’s Healthcare Informatics Association and co-founder
of the Canadian Healthcare Information Technology Trade Association (CHITTA), now called ITAC Health.
He was editor and publisher of Healthcare Information Management & Communications Canada,
the official journal of COACH and ITAC Health.

To recognize his service, COACH established the Steven Heusing Scholarship in 1999 for students in
Canadian health informatics or healthcare information management programs.

Current AMIA President Dr. Reinhold Haux, director of the Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics
at the University of Braunschweig Institute of Technology and Hannover Medical School in Germany,
issued this statement:

" Steven Huesing was an outstanding person and professional. As Executive Director of the International Medical Informatics Association, he has for many years provided significant and global contributions to the progress of our field. It is through his tireless work that IMIA has developed into the leading international association that it is today. Since the start of his career, in the 1960s, he has been a pioneer and ambassador to the advancement of computers and information technology in healthcare. Among the many recognitions of his contributions, he was honoured for his exceptional work with the prestigious Canadian Health Informatics Award for Lifetime Achievement."