Canada Post Commemorative Stamp Honours Nursing Profession



    OTTAWA, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Post will recognize the centennial
anniversary of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) with the release of a
commemorative stamp on June 16, 2008. The stamp will be unveiled by
Environment Minister John Baird, Judy Middlemiss, occupational health programs
manager at Canada Post, and Marlene Smadu, CNA president, at the opening
ceremonies of CNA's biennial convention in Ottawa. Almost 1,000 nurses will be
in attendance.
    "Depicting the nursing profession, the world's largest group of health
professionals, on such a small canvas is no easy task," says Smadu. "We
congratulate Canada Post and artist Doreen Colonello for taking on this
difficult challenge and succeeding in designing a vibrant stamp. At CNA we are
committed to communicating to the public the considerable education, knowledge
and experience that registered nurses possess to deliver safe, competent and
ethical health care in a challenging and complex system, and we thank Canada
Post for supporting this vision."
    CNA applied for the stamp in 2003 and mounted an energetic letter-writing
campaign involving nurses, provincial and territorial nursing associations,
and other organizations from across Canada. Every year, Canada Post receives
hundreds of stamp suggestions, which are reviewed by the Stamp Advisory
Committee. Approximately 25 themes per year are chosen.
    "We are proud to mark this significant anniversary with a commemorative
stamp," said Bob Waite, chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee and senior
vice-president, Corporate Social Responsibility, at Canada Post. "Through the
stamp program, we celebrate our country, our people, our heroes, our
achievements and who we are as a nation. With this stamp, nurses as well as
all Canadians can share in this milestone."
    "This stamp is an honour to and a recognition of our history, our
contributions and the success of CNA in engaging and leading change in our
health system," says Lucille Auffrey, chief executive officer of CNA. "We look
forward to working with Canada Post again when we celebrate our 150th!"
    This is the second time Canada Post has issued a commemorative stamp
honouring CNA. The first time marked CNA's 50th anniversary in 1958.

    CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It
is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges. CNA believes that the sustainability of a publicly funded, publicly
administered, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing
workforce.

    To view the stamp, visit www.canadapost.ca/collecting or contact Nicole
Lemire at nicole.lemire@canadapost.ca




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Tina Grznar,
Communications Coordinator, Canadian Nurses Association, Cell: (613) 266-0306,
tgrznar@cna-aiic.ca; Nicole Lemire, Media Relations, Canada Post, (613)
734-8876, nicole.lemire@canadapost.ca

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