Becoming Number 75: A President’s Story
Written, Narrated in the First Person by Dr. Mohit Bhandari
Just over 128 weeks ago, I received a call from Dr. Peter MacDonald, COA Past President. A call steeped in decades of COA tradition. A call from the Chair of the Nominating Committee to share news of my nomination as 2nd President Elect of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. In his words, “Mo, this is a big decision. Please discuss this with your family and let me know…”
“I accept!” I interrupted him from finishing.
“What? Are you sure you don’t need time to discuss with your wife?”
“No, it’s all good. Sonia will be delighted.”
“Okay, please keep this confidential until we announce this at the Victoria Meeting.”
“Got it. And thank you Peter”.
Immediately, I texted Sonia, my partner of 22 years.
“I just received a huge honour of being nominated as President Elect of the COA.”
Even after 22 years, I really never know what’s coming after the three-dot text bubble.
“Well, you didn’t just say yes, did you? It’s a big decision involving both me and Kaya.” She texted back.
“Wow. Sonia. Of course not. Do you think I’d just say YES without discussing this with you first?”
She already knew I had said yes without discussing it first. I have been a perpetual –‘over the line stepper’ — I have 7 mountain bikes and after each purchase, I’ve told her it’s absolutely the last one.