The Full Wiki

More info on Victorian Order of Nurses

Victorian Order of Nurses: Map


Wikipedia article:

Map showing all locations mentioned on Wikipedia article:

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in Ottawamarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker on January 29, 1897 created as a gift for Queen Victoria for the purposes of home care and social services. It is registered as a charity the Canada Revenue Agency, charity number 129482493RR0001.


Lady Aberdeen, wife of Canadian Governor General Lord Aberdeen, visited Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker in 1896. While there, she heard many stories of women and children alone in remote areas of Canada as their husbands had to travel great distances for medical help. At a meeting of the National Council for Women in Halifaxmarker, Nova Scotiamarker, she was asked to create an order of visiting nurses in Canada. It was to be a memorial for the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's ascent to the throne of the British Empire. At Rideau Hallmarker on February 10, 1897, The Right Honourable Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier hosted an inauguration to create the Victorian Order of Nurses "as a mode of commemoration by the Dominionmarker (Canada) of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee". In 1898, the first nurse training program was established for the Victorian Order of Nurses in Ottawa, Ontariomarker.

In 1898 one of the first high profile projects for the VON was a call to women to join the Victorian Order of Nurses' Klondike contingent. Candidates had to be unmarried, at least twenty-eight years old, and be a graduate of a recognized nursing school. They were warned they would have to dress very plainly and not curl or crimp their hair. Four nurses were selected, three Canadians and one recent immigrant from England. They reached Dawson one month after the Sisters of St. Ann and found their skills desperately needed to care for the many victims of the typhoid epidemic that was raging through the Klondike.

The VON has helped Canada through many incidents including World War I, the Halifax Explosionmarker and World War II. More importantly, VON has been an important element of building community, creating opportunities for people to work together to meet their needs and those of their friends and neighbours.

As of 2005, the V.O.N., as it is almost universally known in Canada, was still the largest single, national homecare organization. With a staff of more than 7000 supported by more than 14,000 volunteers, they touch the lives of many Canadians daily.

VON Canada is structured into a national service provider and local charities. Both are governed by volunteer Board members. The National Board is composed of dedicated volunteers from across Canada elected by the representatives of the local branches. The local branches operate in each of their communities, raising funds and lobbying to meet specific needs.


  1. Canada Revenue Agency registered charity information database
  2. [1]

See also

External links

Embed code:

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address