WCH's School of Nursing Alumnae: A Century of Care and Support

2019-05-06 1:32:47 PM

This year marks an incredible milestone for the Nursing Alumnae Association of the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing – their centennial anniversary!

Since the Association’s inception 100 years ago, the Nursing Alumnae have been passionate supporters and advocates of patients and programs at WCH. From compassionate care provided to generations of patients to fundraising efforts that have helped advance the work of Women’s College Hospital, the Association’s members have directly transformed the lives of countless individuals and families over these many years.

Championing diversity and inclusion from its earliest days, the Association counts among its members the first Black, Asian and Indigenous nurses to practice in Canada. Read more about these courageous women in a recent article from the Toronto Star.

Since 1992, a portion of all donations raised by alumnae have supported victims and survivors of sexual assault, providing clothing and personal items to patients accessing services at WCH’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC). The Association’s dedication to this important program has helped the SA/DVCC address a crucial gap in care while providing comfort, dignity and security to individuals in need.

The Association has also been instrumental in celebrating and preserving the rich history of Women’s College Hospital. Through generous donations of archival materials, funds and volunteer support to The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital, alumnae have amassed an impressive collection of materials that showcase the extraordinary story of the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing – a history of nurses who helped pave the way for pioneering advances in healthcare.

As we celebrate a century of impact for the health of women and their loved ones, the Foundation team would like to express our deepest gratitude for the Association’s profound impact and legacy. The dedication of generations of nurses to both patient care and fundraising to support those in need will continue to be felt within and beyond the walls of Women’s College Hospital for years to come. Thank you.