Ontario Nurses' Association Members Support Huron Women's Shelter

GRAND BEND, ON, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Registered nurses and allied health professionals, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), will be in town next week to attend a leadership conference and will devote an evening to give back to the community by donating to the Huron Women's Shelter.

The conference provides ONA members with enhanced leadership skills in representing their members on the front lines.

On the evening of September 17, the nurses will hear from the Executive Director of the Huron Women's Shelter, Donna Jean-Forster-Gill. The nurses will then assemble packages to donate to children up to age seventeen who are using the shelter's services, including arts and crafts supplies, diapers, games and puzzles, activity books and child-specific toiletries. The nurses are donating new clothing as well.

"As nurses, we are a caring profession, and giving back is part of what unions such as ONA believe in," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "We are honoured to be able to say thank you to this community for hosting us, and donating to an organization that exists to help those in need."

Huron Women's Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services provides emergency shelter, housing, support, counselling and advocacy for women and their children in all of Huron County. It has a 10-bed emergency shelter in Goderich, a 24/7 Crisis Phone Line, and three apartment buildings in Exeter, Clinton and Goderich geared to income that help these families get back on their feet. The organization also provides counseling, court support and advocacy as well as public education. More information is available at http://www.huronwomensshelter.ca/.

ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses and allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.

Visit us at: www.ona.org; www.Facebook.com/OntarioNurses; www.Twitter.com/OntarioNurses

SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430; shereeb@ona.org; Ruth Featherstone, (416) 964-8833, ext. 2267; ruthf@ona.org


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