/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Front-Line Nurses Participate in London
Pride Parade: Ontario Nurses' Association has float/

LONDON, ON, July 24 /CNW/ - Registered nurses, their families, patients and kids will be out this Sunday in London to march for the first time in London's Gay Pride Parade.

The registered nurses, who recently celebrated cancer program nursing cuts being rescinded, will be easy to spot - they'll be waving Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care placards and distributing buttons to onlookers.

The nurses are members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), which has a strong human rights and equity group. Local 100 Bargaining Unit President Diane Strachan, RN, says she's looking forward to celebrating the day and celebrating diversity. She expects to see about 25 people to be marching in the nurses' group beginning at 1:00 pm Sunday, and notes that the nurses' families and patients will be there to also highlight the threats to nursing positions that threaten quality patient care.

ONA is the union representing 55,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community and industry.

    Who:   London registered nurses, their families and patients

    What:  Marching in London's Gay Pride Parade

    When:  Sunday, July 25, 2010, beginning at 1 pm

    Where: Beginning on Dundas Street, London, ON

SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association

For further information: For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416) 986-8240

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