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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 health authorities.

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.

Source: Toronoto Canada National Post, 08 Jul 2000

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