I’ve always thrived with change…I just was never looking forward to this kind of change.
My Friend Ted, Episode #4
Ouimet Presents #11
This is the fourth episode in this series called My Friend Ted.
Produced by Robert Ouimet.
This episode is titled: The Need to Live.
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My Friend Ted – Episode 4 – The Need to Live
I have been through the wars.
The universe is trying to tell me something.
Maybe I’ll Never Get to That
I was ready to throw in the towel.
We all have this intrinsic need to live.
You begin to accept the stuff that was completely unacceptable.
Medical Assistance in Dying (British Columbia)
ALS Society of BC
What is ALS (Wikipedia)
End of Life Doula Association of Canada
All episode in this series:
- August 20, 2020 My Friend Ted: The Lines Behind Me
- December 18, 2019 My Friend Ted: The Need to Live
- September 26, 2019 My Friend Ted: Hope
- July 1, 2019 My Friend Ted: Front Loaded
- June 17, 2019 My Friend Ted: Do What You Can
Roy Allen says
I have known Ted ‘off-and-on’ for more than 25 years. Unfortunately due to geographic and ADP Divisional changes the time was more off than it was on. I classify Ted as a professional “Road Warrior” and I met him at airport lounges sometimes where we caught up.
I hired Ted at ADP many years ago when I was General Manager and he went on to be a very valuable individual for ADP but particularly the Clients he spent time with all over North America. When hiring accounting Client Support roles I looked for two (2) gotta-haves…1st they had to answer a basic-bookkeeping question and 2nd I imagined myself as the Client and had to feel that this ADP person would make my service experience Valuable, Professional and fun…well Ted failed on the 1st question however that is something you can learn (and he did – big time). On 2nd question I knew instinctively that Ted was a perfect fit for Client Support – he is a natural and this overrode the 1st question. Ted had a great career
Ted was endearingly referred to as “Ted the Trainer” by his peers and management – when a critical Client situation arose Ted was always a key person to call on for his product knowledge and his incredible people skills…Clients loved him and Sales reps at ADP were always keen to invite Ted into prospective situations where he could really “seal-the-deal” and win the sale.
I’ve visited Ted and Robyn a few times lately and most recently also got to see his Mom on my last visit to New Westminster. Looking forward to visiting Ted again very soon
Fernando Lovo says
Ted and I have worked together for over 25 years. We traveled throughout the Caribbean Islands visiting our clients for years. Ted is probably the best presenter that I have ever been around. He takes command of a room full of people in seconds. His sense of humor makes everyone in the room relaxed. His knowledge of so many things is amazing. Such a good teacher and role model. I always look forward to seeing him at the National Automobile Dealer Association Conference around February every year. We get to catch up and talk about our families, kids, music, and our friends/clients. This year I missed him due to his condition. I texted him to let him know that.
Saludos a mi gran amigo Ted.
Greg Petrack says
As a former colleague at ADP and in the same workgroup as Ted, I was fortunate to befriend him. He was a truly remarkable person. For those who didn’t know, Ted passed on April 6, 2020. Robert- It sounded like you were working on an episode past #4. Will the finished product be available? Or is it available somewhere and I’m just missing it? Thank you so much for doing this! -Greg P., Wisconsin.
There is another episode – you’ll see it hear when it’s ready.
Roy Allen says
Thank you Robert – what you and Ted have provided as insight for people dealing with ALS is invaluable today and for the future.
A great loss for all he touched along his journey. Truly a warrior!!!