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Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada

Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted May, 2016

Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada

Photo by Alan L Brown with assistance from Sally Brown - Posted October, 2015

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On St. Laurent Boulevard south of Walkley Road

Coordinates: N 45 23.053 W 75 37.116


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Plaque Text

For more than a century, this national organization has provided vital home nursing and health education to Canadians. Founded in 1897 by Lady Aberdeen, the Order developed innovative programs to improve the health of mothers and children, particularly among the poor and isolated. It established the first Canadian training homes for public health nurses, set a national standard for visiting nurse services, and later expanded its work to meet the needs of the elderly and the chronically ill. Through advocacy and by example, the VON helped lead the way to broader public health care programs.

Related Ontario plaque
Lady Aberdeen (1857-1939)
Colonel Elizabeth Smellie (1884-1968)
Colonel Elizabeth Smellie 1884-1968


Doctors and Nurses

Ottawa Plaques

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> Posted January 28, 2014
I recently found a pin of my mother's when there was a V.O.N. chapter in New Liskeard ON. This chapter goes back to 1956 and earlier. I was wondering if this would be of any use to anyone.
Yours truly Joan Colquhoun, 97 Clarke St. Port Colborne ON L3K2G2

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