Personal Support Network of Ontario (PSNO) Ends Its First Year on a High Note

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Today hundreds of Personal Support Workers from
across the province will attend the first annual conference of the Personal
Support Network of Ontario (PSNO).
    "This first year of operations for the Network has been an exciting one",
says Ms. Lori Payne, Director of PSNO. "The response from PSWs and their
employers has been tremendous. It definitely demonstrates the need for support
and recognition for these highly valuable professionals".
    Personal Support Workers play a major role in our health care system. In
Ontario over 90,000 of these women and men provide essential, personal care
for patients and clients in their homes, communities, long term care
facilities, supportive housing and hospitals.
    In celebration of the vital care PSWs provide, the PSNO in partnership
with the Ontario Community Support Association will announce the creation of
the Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC) continuing education bursary for any
PSW member of the network. Applications will be accepted in the fall of 2007
with the bursary officially awarded in the winter of 2008.
    "At SEHC, we believe that ongoing learning is absolutely fundamental to
the future of health care," said Nancy Lefebre, senior vice president and
chief clinical executive. "By investing in this annual bursary, valued at
$2,000, we are providing wonderful opportunities for PSWs to further their
education, with a specific focus on home and community care."
    "OCSA would like to see the delivery of high quality service in personal
care in all service areas of health, including home and community support,"
says Susan Thorning, OCSA CEO. "The Network is a big part of achieving this
    The time has come to recognize PSWs and support the important work they
do each day. Every PSW should take pride in the critical role they play in
Ontario's health care system.

    The Personal Support Network of Ontario strives for a higher standard in
the field of personal support and is dedicated to improving the overall
wellbeing of the workforce, appropriate training for the role, solutions for
recruitment and retention demands and access to products and services. Our
vision is a strong, cooperative personal support service sector where
providers, managers, trainers and employees are equal contributors to
strengthening the profession.

    Saint Elizabeth Health Care is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable
organization that shares its talent and wisdom nationally and internationally
through direct care and service, consultation, and education and e-learning to
support the transformation of care for families, health organizations and
communities. With nearly a century of experience and a dynamic talent team of
3,700, SEHC delivers three million home care visits annually and has been
recognized as both one of the 50 Best Employers and Best Workplaces in Canada.

    The Personal Support Network of Ontario (PSNO) is a division of OCSA.

For further information:

For further information: Lori Payne, Director, PSNO,, (416) 256-3010 Ext 242

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