Unifor celebrates World Health Day and Year of the Nurse


Unifor celebrates health care workers on April 7, 2020 for World Health Day, recognizing the special sacrifices these workers are making right now as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Workers in health care professions face incredible challenges with bravery and determination on a daily basis, and never in our lifetimes has that bravery been more evident,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Thank you, on World Health Day, and every day to Unifor nurses and health care workers, and all health workers across the country.”

World Health Day is led by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an annual day of recognition to those working in health care. This year, it is also part of a larger campaign to recognize nurses and midwives: The Year of the Nurse. Unifor represents more than 25,000 workers in health care, many of whom are Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs).

“As a nurse, it has meant the world to me to work with my union to help provincial and federal governments better understand the needs of today’s care teams, and in particular, the struggles we face in regions where public health funding is inadequate or faces cutbacks,” said Katha Fortier, Assistant to the National President. “Nurses are the heart, soul, muscle and grit in our health care system and we owe them a deep gratitude for their tireless work, especially right now.”

Now, more than ever, Canadians depend on the care nurses provide and recognize the risks they face on a daily basis.

“As Canada grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is particularly important to protect and value nurses who will be on the front lines to combat the spread of this virus and treat those who fall ill,” said Fortier.

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More information about the Year of the Nurse and World Health Day can be found on the WHO website.