Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario mourns the passing of Dr. Sheela Basrur

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Nurses across Ontario mourn today's untimely
passing of Dr. Sheela Basrur and express their deepest condolences to her
loved ones.
    "Dr. Basrur had a distinguished career in public health. Her
determination to protect health and to prevent illness was enormous," says
Wendy Fucile, President of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
    "Sheela will be always with us, and her legacy will strengthen our
paths," says RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun. "She will remain in our
memories as 'Our Sheela,' a passionate individual whose expertise, humanity,
and courage made her a formidable professional and an exemplary citizen of
Ontario," adds Grinspun with deep sadness.
    Measures of nurses' admiration for Dr. Basrur's contributions occurred in
2007 and 2008 when Dr. Basrur was made an honourary member of RNAO, and
nominated by the association to the Order of Ontario. Dr. Basrur was invested
with the Order in April 2008 and made a moving address to nurses at this past
annual general meeting.
    "We join our fellow nurses across Ontario in mourning the loss of
Dr. Basrur," Fucile says. "We hope her family and friends take some comfort in
knowing that her championship of public health and her outstanding and
multifaceted leadership earned her resounding respect in Ontario and beyond."

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario.
Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in
nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care
system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

For further information:

For further information: Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO,
Phone: (416) 599-1925, 1-800-268-7199, ext. 209, Cellular: (647) 406-5605;
Jill Scarrow, Communications Officer, Writer, RNAO, Phone: (416) 599-1925,
1-800-268-7199, ext 210

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