15th Annual R.N.A.O. Lois Fairley Nursing Award

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15th Annual R.N.A.O. Lois Fairley Nursing Award Honours “Retired Nurses Who Came Back to the Front Lines”

Today, it was important to highlight those nurses throughout Windsor and Essex County who left their retired lifestyles and came back to serve in various capacities in our community during the past year of COVID. (Hospitals, vaccination clinics, volunteer services). Answering the call of local health officials and administrations asking … What can I do to help?

We are hopeful that we will finally close the two-year plus chapter of the COVID 19 and its variants.

The presentation ceremony was in the lobby of Windsor City Hall. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens spoke to the guests thanking those attending and all of the retirees for their service to the community.

The 15th Annual R.N.A.O. Lois Fairley Nursing Award recognizes a nurse or nurses from Windsor and Essex County who have impacted the lives of patients and their families.

Annually, the community is asked to nominate a nurse in 500 words or less why someone should be chosen to be honoured with this award.

In the past two years (2020,2021), the recipients of this award were “All Nurses in Windsor and Essex County” for their outstanding care and extra effort demonstrated during COVID. As a symbol of their service to our community, there are three dedicated benches throughout Windsor and Essex County. In Windsor in Jackson Park, Leamington in Seacliff Park and outside the Amherstburg Health and Wellness Centre on Richmond Street. These benches are tributes to active nurses in Windsor and Essex County.

The annual award recipient is selected by members of the Fairley family and the Windsor-Essex chapter of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (R.N.A.O.) from nominations received from the public.

The award is named for Lois Fairley, a graduate of Windsor’s Grace Hospital nursing program in 1955, who spent her career caring for patients at Grace Hospital as a nurse and head nurse. She also served the nursing profession as a member of the Provincial Board of Directors of R.N.A.O., and served as President of the Ontario Nurses Association (O.N.A.). She was also a St. Clair College Nursing Program Advisory Committee (P.A.C.) member.

Unfortunately, Lois passed away in 2007, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario instituted this award for Windsor Essex in 2008.

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