Peace Corps/Mission Work
Dr. Conner served in the Peace Corps from 1986 through 1988 in Gabon, West Africa, also known as
“the Gabonese Republic.” As a construction superintendent, he organized and managed local labor. Alongside his labor team, he envisioned, constructed and erected village schools, teachers’ houses, dispensaries and latrines. By creating self-sustainable and operating villages, the villagers no longer needed to go into the cities for their education, health and commercial needs. The goal was to help reduce the over-population of the cities located within an hour or two of the villages.
During Dr. Conner’s time in Gabon, he assisted and provided basic first-aid to sick villagers. Helping the villagers ignited his interest in medicine. There, in Gabon, he realized his desire to become a doctor so that he could better help and serve others.
Since his Peace Corps time in Africa and days in medical school, Dr. Conner has been involved in numerous mission trips both nationally and internationally.
After the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Dr. Conner went to Haiti to help. He was one of the first Charlotteans to arrive there. His voyage to Haiti was chronicled in The Charlotte Observer by journalist Franco Ordonez.
To this day, Dr. Conner continues to be involved in events and medical needs occurring in Haiti. He has also maintained his friendship and professional relationship with Dr. Maklin Eugene of Haiti. Dr. Eugene has visited Dr. Conner at his home during his visits to Charlotte to raise money for his hospital in Haiti.
Dr. Conner’s last mission trip to Haiti was in 2013. Dr. Conner, his family and patients continue to help support Jacky, the Haitian boy in the video below, as well as his mother, Shela.