UNION LEADER RECOGNIZED
Hamilton nurse and provincial union leader Linda Haslam-Stroud is being given a lifetime achievement award by her peers for her advocacy.
Haslam-Stroud is the longestserving president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association at 14 years and counting. What started as a quest to get her wedding day off has since become 38 years of leadership in the union representing 64,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals as well as 16,000 students.
The St. Joseph’s Healthcare renal-transplant nurse is being recognized by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. The association particularly praised the campaign Haslam-Stroud spearheaded in October 2015 called “The Truth Hurts” to stop the elimination of registered nurse positions in hospitals.
BLOOD CONDITION SUPPORT
A Hamilton hematologist is bringing support and advocacy for a rare blood condition to Canada.
Immune thrombocytopenia is a persistent disorder where platelets in the blood are rejected by the body leading to easy bruising and serious bleeding. One in 10,000 people have the potentially deadly condition.
McMaster University associate professor Dr. Donald Arnold is helping to establish the Platelet Disorder Support Association in Canada. The non-profit patient advocacy group is already active in the United States.
“We have work to do to get Canadians better access to new medications. Groups like the PDSA can help with issues like that,” said Arnold.