“A year into the pandemic, the stamina and endurance of nurses, wherever they may work, is truly remarkable,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“It has been a year of many unknowns, and profound ups and downs. Many nurses are working well beyond a 40-hour week, and they are exhausted. We thank each and every one for their sacrifice and courage in these difficult times, whether they work in hospitals, clinics or public health units,” Mayor Peckford added.
Nursing Week also marks the contributions of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and whose birthday was May 12.
Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan who has been a registered nurse for over 40 years also noted that, “nurses continue to care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced incredible stress as case counts have increased, and COVID variants have wreaked havoc on families and communities.”
“Nurses also work extra shifts in COVID assessment centres and vaccine clinics to meet the demand for these services,” added Councillor O’Sullivan.
Nursing is one of those professions that has touched the lives of everyone. As we highlighted last year, in the Municipality of North Grenville, not only is Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan a registered nurse, but Eunice Dyke, the great Aunt of the Municipality’s CAO Gary Dyke, was a pioneer in public Health in Ontario. Councillor Kristin Strackerjan’s late mother was also a registered nurse.
Council encourages all North Grenville residents to please take a moment this week to recognize all the hard work nurses do for our community every single day.
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