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15th Annual Lois Fairley Nursing Award Honours Retired Nurses Who Came Back To The Front Lines

Monday May 9th, 2022, 5:33pm


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The 15th annual Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Lois Fairley Nursing Award winners were announced Monday at City Hall.

This year the award recognizes those nurses throughout Windsor and Essex County who left their retired lifestyles and came back to serve in various capacities in the community during the past year of COVID. This includes hospitals, vaccination clinics, and volunteer services.

In the past two years, the recipients of this award were “All Nurses in Windsor and Essex County” for their outstanding care and extra effort demonstrated during COVID. As a symbol of their service to our community, there are three dedicated benches throughout Windsor and Essex County. In Windsor in Jackson Park, Leamington in Seacliff Park and outside the Amherstburg Health and Wellness Centre on Richmond Street. These benches are tributes to active nurses in Windsor and Essex County.

The annual award recipient is selected by members of the Fairley family and the Windsor-Essex chapter of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario from nominations received from the public.

The award is named for Lois Fairley, a graduate of Windsor’s Grace Hospital nursing program in 1955, who spent her career caring for patients at Grace Hospital as a nurse and head nurse. She also served the nursing profession as a member of the Provincial Board of Directors of R.N.A.O. and served as President of the Ontario Nurses Association (O.N.A.). She was also a St. Clair College Nursing Program Advisory Committee (P.A.C.) member.

Fairley passed away in 2007, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario instituted this award for Windsor Essex in 2008.

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