Press Release from Apr. 23, 2018 (Year 4. Meeting 3.)

Victorian Order of Nurses on the Receiving End of Help

The Victorian Order of Nurses has been a part of Canadian society for 120 years, and last night the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch received the support of 100 Women Who Care Guelph at their quarterly meeting.

VON’s nurses, personal support workers, therapists and other health care providers care for Canadians in their homes and communities. They offer more than 75 home care, personal support, and community services designed to help the frail and isolated, those suffering from cognitive impairments or dealing with chronic illnesses. Their help is critical to both the client and the care giver.

The members were taken on the intensely personal and harrowing journey of a fellow member as she related the importance and impact VON had made in her own life. When a family member received a life altering medical diagnosis followed by severe complications, she found her whole world turned upside down. VON become an integral pillar in her life as she struggled to cope with a changing reality. The message was clear – it can happen to anyone, at any time, you will need help, and VON will be there when that help is needed most.

Within a week of reaching out for help, VON was there to assist. Of particular importance in this story was the Meals on Wheels service, as well as transportation to and from a myriad number of medical appointments over the course of her two year journey.

Sometimes, there is just no going back to “normal”. When your whole life goes topsy-turvy and you need to find a new path, VON is there to support you in that transition. With a $10,000+ donation from 100 WWCG, many more people in our community will have access to that care and compassion.

Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100 WWCG and help support those in need in our community.