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For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2010

Region of Peel celebrates National Nursing Week

Recognized for their important and often invisible work

BRAMPTON, ON. (May 14, 2010) – At some point, practically everyone will benefit from the services of a public health nurse – and they don’t even know it. “We play an important role in the provision of health services to Peel citizens, but our work is not always visible,” says Karen Hilliard, Acting Supervisor of Child Health at Peel Public Health.

There are 500 nurses working for the Region of Peel and their work positively impacts the health and well-being of Peel residents every day.

Celebrating the nursing profession and the important contribution nurses make to society is the goal of National Nursing Week, held every year during the second week of May to honour Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her death and has been declared International Year of the Nurse.

The level of knowledge and skills of nurses has evolved to the point where they are involved in assisting individuals and families from before birth and throughout life. “Nursing in any field is rewarding because you’re intimately involved in people’s lives,” says Kathy Topping, Director of Care at the Davis Centre.

Peel Regional Council issued a proclamation recognizing the contribution of nurses and the excellent service they provide through education, disease prevention, health promotion and caring for clients.

If you have a family member in a Region of Peel Long Term Care facility, they have been cared for by a registered nurse or registered practical nurse. A nurse would have also helped you if you’ve received prenatal education, needed support in the workplace with disability management or accommodation, been to a healthy sexuality clinic or received smoking cessation support.

“Our focus this week and for the whole year in Region of Peel Health Services is on reminding people of the importance of prevention and living healthful lives,” says Claudine Bennett, Research and Policy Analyst with Peel Public Health.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Ellen Gardner
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4329

Karen Hilliard
Acting Supervisor, Child Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 2789

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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