Premier and nursing leader to visit Aboriginal health centre for Take Your MPP To Work

TORONTO, May 5, 2017 – As part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Take Your MPP To Work, nurses will give the premier of Ontario a close-up look at the care provided to the Aboriginal community in Toronto during Nursing Week (May 8-14).

On May 10, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and RNAO’s CEO Doris Grinspun will visit Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a community health centre in downtown Toronto, to give thanks to the nurses and to learn more about a model of health care based on traditional Aboriginal practices.

“Nurses are central to a high performing health system, and I am honoured to once again join RNAO in the Take Your MPP To Work event to celebrate our province’s nurses. I feel especially privileged to join RNAO’s CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun to visit the RNs, NPs, RPNs, and clients at the Anishnawbe Health Toronto. This is an opportunity to see firsthand the expert care of nurses in action, as they work with their clients bringing together primary health-care teams and traditional healers to advance health in a meaningful and powerful way,” says Wynne.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to applaud nurses and to see how Anishnawbe Health Toronto is meeting the needs of the community it serves and the work still needed to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people,” says Grinspun. “Thanks to Take Your MPP To Work, politicians can stay in touch with the day-to-day challenges and successes facing Ontario’s health system.”

“It is an honour to welcome Premier Kathleen Wynne and Dr. Doris Grinspun to Anishnawbe Health Toronto to see our nurses in action and working with our clients. We are proud to shine a spotlight on the unique relationship that exists between our primary health teams and traditional healers and how we work together to promote healing and living a good life,” says Joe Hester, Executive Director of Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

– The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
– Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
– Shirley Gillis-Kendall, President of Anishnawbe Health Toronto
– Jane Harrison, Manager of Anishnawbe Health Toronto
– Anishnawbe Health Toronto’s nurses and clients

Take Your MPP To Work

Anishnawbe Health Toronto, 225 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON

Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Members of the media are welcome.

Take Your MPP To Work, now in its 17th year, is an annual event organized by RNAO where politicians accompany a registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) and nursing students to public health units, NP-led clinics, community health centres, family health teams, hospitals, home care visits and long-term care homes.

This year, more than 40 MPPs will participate including Minister of Housing Chris Ballard, PC leader Patrick Brown, and NDP Health Critic France Gélinas. A full list of meetings scheduled for Take Your MPP To Work is available on RNAO’s website.

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a fully accredited Community Health Centre in downtown Toronto. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing traditional healing within a multi-disciplinary health care model. Since 1987, Anishnawbe Health Toronto has been the only provider of western medical services and traditional healing practices to a rapidly growing urban Indigenous population in the GTA.


For more information, please contact:

Victoria Alarcon
Editorial Assistant, RNAO
Tel: 416-408-5610/1-800-268-7199 ext 211
[email protected]


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