We have been following the search for Joanna Lam and Connor Hayes closely and our office is a pretty sombre place as the events of this week have unfolded.
Joanna has been in touch with GHS since January. Our team gets to know candidates pretty well over the course of the recruitment process and for those of us who have hung up our international travelling shoes for a quieter life, it’s always a pleasure to share in the excitement of the people who are just about to take off to a new adventure.
Our last communication with Joanna was on Tuesday 10th September just before she and Connor headed south, when we made final arrangements for her arrival in Nelson on Sunday night. Although we sent additional messages to her by email on Wednesday, Thursday and again on Friday to wish her good luck on her first day, we were not worried about a lack of response. It’s typical of our locums to do as much exploring of their new surroundings as they can before they start working again. We are always keen to have a mobile phone number but respect the fact that once everything is in place, our locums want some space to enjoy the remainder of what has often been an extended holiday. However, when Joanna didn’t arrive at work on Monday, we instantly knew this was out of character and alarm bells started to ring. She had been meticulous in her dealings with us till that point and we didn’t believe her reliability was in question.
We don’t need to go over the subsequent events. Suffice to say it’s been the most difficult week to endure in the history of our company. Our thoughts and prayers are with both the Lam and Hayes families. We cannot begin to imagine what they are going through.