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An Outpouring of Love for a Canuck Place Nurse

May 9, 2016

Canuck Place nurses are a special breed. They’re top professionals in a very specialized field, and give their all every day, not only making use of their extensive knowledge and skillset, but working with a loving heart.

One Canuck Place RN has worked in palliative care since the start of her career in the 1970’s. Doreen Landry had recently graduated from Dalhousie, and was working in Nova Scotia when an oncology doctor began recruiting nurses for a new team to focus on palliative care.

At the time, this was a brand new concept in medicine. They were pioneers.

Doreen sees her work as a calling,“It feels very life-giving,” she explains. “We will all go through grief, it’s part of the human condition. We are here to be with each other and to lighten the load if we can.”

Doreen had been at Canuck Place since the very beginning, over 20 years ago. She’s seen pediatric palliative care evolve in Canada, largely pushed by the insights and innovations sparked at Canuck Place.

She has worked with countless families during this time, and many of them remember her fondly, even years later. When we shared her story on Facebook last fall, the kind words poured in:

“She’s an amazing nurse that we had the privilege of knowing while we were at Canuck Place.” – Giselle

“Congratulations on 20 years Doreen! Alyssa loved her time with you at Canuck Place – especially the shopping trips! You are an awesome nurse, an awesome person and we’re so blessed to know you.” – Wendy

“Congratulations Doreen! It was such a pleasure working with you years ago. Hospice and the children are so blessed to have your love and care. Your dedication and compassion shine into the hearts of all you touch.” – Robyn

“You have always been so loving and caring, nice to see some things never change.” – Theresa

“Doreen, you are a remarkable person in every way, great integrity, huge compassion and an amazingly loving, giving person. Congratulations! Love you!” – Deirdre

“Doreen. Look at all these people whose lives you have touched! I feel lucky to know you and to be one of those people.” – Kali

Thank you for being with us for over 20 years, Doreen. You’ve left a permanent mark on the many hearts you have touched.

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