TORONTO, June 2, 2008 – Nurses across Ontario mourn today’s untimely passing of Dr. Sheela Basrur and express their deepest condolences to her loved ones.
“Dr. Basrur had a distinguished career in public health. Her determination to protect health and to prevent illness was enormous,” says Wendy Fucile, President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).
“Sheela will be always with us, and her legacy will strengthen our paths” says RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun. “She will remain in our memories as ‘Our Sheela,’ a passionate individual whose expertise, humanity, and courage made her a formidable professional and an exemplary citizen of Ontario,” adds Grinspun with deep sadness.
Measures of nurses’ admiration for Dr. Basrur’s contributions occurred in 2007 and 2008 when Dr. Basrur was made an honourary member of RNAO, and nominated by the association to the Order of Ontario. Dr. Basrur was invested with the Order in April 2008 and made a moving address to nurses at this past annual general meeting.
“We join our fellow nurses across Ontario in mourning the loss of Dr. Basrur,” Fucile says. “We hope her family and friends take some comfort in knowing that her championship of public health and her outstanding and multifaceted leadership earned her resounding respect in Ontario and beyond.”
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.-30-