Tribute to nursing
Four registered nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital Centre in Montreal in 1968 wanted Montréalers to have a daily remembrance of the role that nurses play in their lives and their contribution to society. We know that they are dedicated to their patients and their community, but their true worth is not always acknowledged.
For instance, few people remember that Montréal’s first hospital, Hôtel-Dieu, was created by a nurse: Jeanne Mance! In fact, she had to wait until 2011 to be recognized as one of the founders of Montréal. However, the idea is not to honour just one woman, but the entire nursing profession. With the support of the City of Montréal and the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec, the organizers have set up a fundraising campaign for a statue to pay tribute to nursing.
They hope that the statue will be ready for the 100th anniversary of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec in 2020. Out of the estimated $115,000 needed to complete this project, the campaign has raised close to $30,000 to date.
If you would like to contribute to this public art project, go to the Facebook page Tribute to Nursing Montreal/ Hommage à la Profession Infirmière Montréal.