By Bill Baker
(LEAMINGTON, ON) – Eva Lewis, day surgery RPN and 43-year veteran nurse at Leamington District Memorial Hospital (LDMH) received the RNAO Lois A. Fairley Community Service Award at a ceremony at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Campus on Prince Road.
The award is given to a nurse in the Windsor-Essex area in recognition for the care and compassion to patients, and contributions to the field of nursing. The award is given by the Windsor-Essex Chapter of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and presented by Grant & John Fairley, sons of Lois.
Eva began her career at LDMH in 1971. She has worked in all areas within the hospital from the Emergency Department to Obstetrics and is now in Day Surgery. Eva’s career has been very rewarding.
“I’m so proud to be part of the nursing profession,” Eva explained. “Every day I take pride in what I do and value every day with our patients.”
“I have had the privilege to nurse patients from their very first breath and held their hand as they took their last,” she concluded with emotion brimming from her eyes.
When asked what it means to receive the Lois A. Fairley Community Service Award, Eva first wanted to thank the community members for taking the time to do the work to nominate her and then said, “Receiving this award confirms to me this is where I should be in my life.”
Community members who nominate a nurse for the annual Lois A. Fairley Award were asked to submit a story of 500 words or less that describes the how a nurse impacted their life or changed the life of a client or family. This is the seventh year this award had been bestowed upon a deserving nurse.
“Eva received the most number of nominations this year and that each and every story I read about Eva, were words that were always used to describe my mother,” said co-presenter, John Fairley.