On May 26, nearly 500 people attended Wild at Heart, Libin’s annual get-together of clinicians, researchers, staff, trainees and their families at the Calgary Zoo. After a full week of rain, the sun broke on Sunday and the Libin Institute welcomed its guests for a private function on the west lawn across from the Elephant Crossing area.
Families and friends arrived shortly around before lunch and festivities got underway with a build-your-own burger station and face-painting. There was also a green-screen photo booth where individuals could pose with zany props and costumes and get their photos taken with fun animal backgrounds. Zookeepers brought out an alpaca to the west lawn and kids and their families got a close encounter of the animal kind. Institute director Dr. Todd Anderson said a few words of thanks to guests for attending as well as recognized the collective efforts of the cardiovascular community’s hard work in cardiac sciences across the city.
The day was a great way to celebrate the health care practitioners, nurses, lab staff, grad students and more for their contributions to cardiac sciences in Calgary. Most met and mingled at the tent and then embarked on an adventure throughout the park for the day. Thanks to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!