TORONTO, May 15, 2008 – The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition, will visit the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa on Friday to join in celebrating National Nursing Week.
The visit is part of the Take Your MPP/MP to Work event organized annually by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). It gives politicians the chance to see first hand the realities of front-line health care, and the long-lasting effect nurses’ knowledge, expertise and compassion have on countless lives in Ontario. Thirty-five politicians are taking part in events across the province this week.
“Nursing Week provides an important forum to remind politicians how nurses help people remain healthy, and get access to timely, high quality health services when they need them,” says Nancy Watters, a public health nurse and RNAO’s board member for the Ottawa area. She will accompany Mr. Dion on his visit.
During the event, Mr. Dion will have the chance to see how teams of nurses, physicians, dietitians and others work together to provide primary care to Ottawa’s multi-cultural community. Among its many health and social services, Somerset West offers blood pressure clinics, healthy eating resources and breastfeeding supports for mothers.
Liberal Leader, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, RNAO board member and public health nurse Nancy Watters, RNs and other staff at Somerset West Community Health Centre
Take Your MPP/MP to Work event.
Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles Street, Ottawa
Friday, May 16. Mr. Dion will be available to the media at 12:45 p.m.
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.