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Latter-day Saint Fights Anorexic Clinic
LDS Canada News 8Jul00 P2
TORONTO, CANADA -- It wasn't long before Gay Pankhurst found herself
out of a job when she filed a complaint against her employer with
The Montreux Clinic, world-famous for it's programmes to help those with
eating disorders, had been accused of abusing children as young as three
and employing inept staff. The province chief medical officer had ordered
them to close up shop by the end of January, but they managed to file for
reprieve pending their appeal. Their next court date isn't until November.
Pankhurst, 48, and a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints found her elf, in addition to being unemployed, thousands
of dollars in debt, ridiculed by Montreux supporters and full of despair.
Two senior sister missionaries had contacted her and began teaching her
about the faith. A "pot-smoking, hippie activist, who...had for years
eschewed formal religion," Pankhurst was particularly impressed with the
storied of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Saints trying to find a
place of solace, away from their persecutors.
"They weren't after gold. They weren't after fur. They were only after a
place they could live peacefully.They were such dedicated people, and they
had this tremendous commitment. They would not give up."
But joining the Church, she met with her bishop to see how necessary it was
to love and forgive everyone.
Speaking of the staff and management at Montreux, she could not yet forgive
them because she felt forgiveness was preceded by repentance and a change
in behaviour, something she did not see in the Montreux personnel.
Thanks to Pankhurst's efforts and persistence, investigation into the
Montreux clinic, where she had worked for six months, has become the
largest of its kind in British Columbia's history.
Toronoto Canada National Post, 08 Jul 2000
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