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Winnipeg Group Salutes Nurses During Nursing Week

A Winnipeg organization is working with the community to show their love and support for Winnipeg’s Nurses and front-line health care workers, who have experienced the trauma and pressure of caring for the sick during three waves of the virus.

The Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative (WCCLI) is holding community-driven events to salute our dedicated nurses and healthcare workers at Health Sciences Centre, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) during Nursing Week.

President of WCCLI, Jennifer Chen, says nurses recently reached out to their organization and told us how appreciative they were of community-driven food donations. These acts of kindness reminded them that the community sees them.

WCCLI core group in “From Our Kitchens to Our Heroes” last year and a  vehicle “honk-a-thon.” Jennifer says they wanted to continue to show support to Winnipeg’s healthcare heroes who have had to endure over 15 months and three waves of the pandemic.

“We know that nurses and health care staff are working hard to care for our community. Staff are burnt out; morale is at an all-time low level. Many nurses cry every shift and it’s heartbreaking. We want to send a message of hope and healing to these nurses and staff”.

The events started Monday with a performance by Chinese-Canadian drummer Phoebe Man. On Tuesday, three immigrant-owned restaurants donated food for the nurses’ and healthcare worker’s lunches.

“We want to show we’re a part of society, and we care about our communities,” says Jennifer. “As an immigrant myself, I appreciate my life here in Winnipeg, and I know many others feel the same. We wanted to do something to express our gratitude during this difficult time. “

She notes these activities aim to lift nurses’ and healthcare workers’ spirits during this challenging time and acknowledge their dedication, compassion, and kindness.

“All healthcare workers have sacrificed so much for the community, and we want to acknowledge them. We are here sending love and strength to the nurses and health care staff. We hold them in our hearts as we continue to fight COVID-19.”

The two remaining of the event will take place Thursday, May 13 and Sunday, May 15. Thursday’s event will be a surprise, while Sunday will be food donations from three immigrant and refugee owned restaurants.

Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

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