Mayor Brown recognizes National Nurses Week

May 13, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

May 10-16 is National Nurses Week this year and Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown recognized the day during Council’s Monday night meeting (May 10).

“I just wish to make a comment that today is the start of nurses week. Our nurses in our community have been some of the tireless frontline essential workers. I come from a family of nurses, my mother and my sister are both nurses. I know how hard they work and what an important profession it is,” remarked Mayor Brown.

“I just wanted to make a comment that we all owe a deep debt of gratitude to nurses for helping us through this pandemic and every day, the nurses are who are looking after us primarily when we’re in hospital and the doctors are providing obviously the key diagnoses but nurses are who take care of us… so I just wanted to have a big shout out to all the nurses of Ontario and celebrate them this week.”

In a video posted to the Town of Orangeville’s YouTube page, Mayor Brown also took note of National Nurses Week and his family’s history in the profession.

He shared that his mother started her nursing career of 40 years by taking care of wounded soldiers during and after World War II.

“She then went on to a career working with the elderly as a nursing supervisor for Metro Toronto Home for the Age. Today we call them long term care facilities,” Mayor Brown remarked. “I learned a great deal about elder care from my mother.”

He said his sister, Kim, worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as a nurse in its neurology and burn units, caring for very sick children and supporting their families.

Kim later went on to work in indigenous communities in the far north and finished off her nursing career as a telehealth nurse, Mayor Brown noted.

Across Canada nurses are being recognized in a variety of ways. Headwaters Health Care Foundation recently received $10,000 from RBC to support the educating and training of local nurses.

“This is a time where we get to recognize and honour the dedication that nurses make for our loved ones and other residents of our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses show every day and has shined a light on the important roles that nurses play in the healthcare system,” said Mayor Brown.

“On behalf of town council, and all the residents of Orangeville I would like to say thank you for all the exceptional, caring and supportive work that you do. Thank you to all nurses.”

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