ONA Past President Passes Away: Nurses Join in Mourning of Lois Fairley, RN

    TORONTO, July 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the union
representing 53,000 front-line registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community and industry, is mourning the loss of ONA Past President
Lois Fairley, RN.
    Mrs. Fairley passed away yesterday at age 76. She led ONA in 1977-78, and
touched nurses with her compassion and leadership.
    "Lois Fairley was a tireless advocate for registered nurses and the
nursing profession," said current ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "She
was generous with her time and always willing to share her knowledge and her
    ONA Chief Executive Officer, Lesley Bell, RN, says Mrs. Fairley was
passionate about the profession of nursing. "She spent her career at Grace
Hospital in Windsor," noted Bell. "She trained there and she practiced nursing
there until she retired in 1993. The people and healthcare professionals in
Windsor are better for having her."
    ONA's members and board of directors send their condolences to Mrs.
Fairley's husband, Harry, her sons Grant, Brian and John, and her five

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369