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Being in the two-seat Harvard plane as it flew over Sunnybrook’s Remembrance Day ceremony is one of the highlights in Nicholson’s 25-year career at Sunnybrook.

Photographer Doug Nicholson takes a seat in
the Second World War aircraft.


Before Sunnybrook photographer Doug Nicholson took his seat in a Second World War-vintage aircraft last November, he had to do something he had never done for any other flight: put on a parachute. Being in the two-seat Harvard plane as it flew over Sunnybrook's Remembrance Day ceremony is one of the highlights in Nicholson's 25-year career at Sunnybrook. He has been chronicling daily life at the hospital for the last 14 years, and before that was performing specialized diagnostic photography in ophthalmology.

The vintage Harvard plane during the 2013
Remembrance Day flyover in the skies above Sunnybrook.


For Nicholson, the highlights are numerous. He recalls the gratitude and selflessness of a young man from Mozambique who received a prosthetic leg here in 2003. He is awed by Sunnybrook's growth and evolution into a centre of global stature. And most recently, he felt fortunate to be part of history as he and his colleagues live tweeted a heart bypass surgery last February. "When a TV crew shows up and starts filming us, as opposed to the doctors, you know that something special is happening," Nicholson says.


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