Toward a healthier Amherst

Darrell Cole
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It's VON Week in Cumberland County

It's VON Week across the area and Mayor Robert Small helped kick it off Friday with a flag-raising ceremony in Victoria Square.

Amherst Mayor Robert Small and Cumberland VON board chairman Robert Estabrooks were joined by board members and VON staff in raising the flag to celebrate VON Week in Amherst. The mayor also signed a proclamation.

AMHERST – It would be pretty hard to count how many people the VON of Cumberland County has touched since first arriving in the community 76 years ago.

The Victorian Order of Nurses has become a key contributor to the health-care community and is celebrating its successes during VON Week from May 18 to 24.

“We have a number of activities planned to celebrate the week,” volunteer services co-ordinator Fonda Hutchinson said. “We had the flag-raising ceremony and the mayor signed a proclamation declaring VON Week in Amherst while we will also have a window display at CANSA a volunteer appreciation brunch and are playing public service announcements on the radio with draws for VON items.”

VON Cumberland has been in Amherst since 1938 and has been providing services countywide since 1999. It offers more than 50 different home nursing, personal support and home care services as well as health promotion and volunteer programs.

“The VON makes an invaluable contribution to the health care system in Cumberland County and throughout Canada,” the mayor said. “The services offered by the VON assist people in maintaining their independence, help them remain at home in their community and achieve a good quality of life.”

The VON has more than 150 staff in Cumberland County. They also have more than 80 volunteers supporting community programs like Meals on Wheels, adult day programs, foot care clinics, Safety Check-In, SMART In-Home Exercise Program and the Vial of Life Program.

VON Cumberland provides 4,000 nursing visits a month and more than 8,000 hours of home support each month across the county.




Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Canada

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