Horizon Star - March 2021

The Moncton Hospital staff give back to vulnerable community members

How the past shapes the present: A look at New Brunswick’s pandemic history through poetry

Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. But access to some of life’s little essentials can be hard to come by for the most vulnerable in our communities. To help ease the burden during the holiday season, staff from the Emergency Department and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Horizon’s The Moncton Hospital (TMH) worked together to help provide everyday essentials to those who need them most. “We decided to donate little gifts to help put a smile on someone’s face,” said Emmanuelle Landry, SANE Coordinator for the Moncton and Miramichi areas. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people have been struggling.” Emmanuelle and Trena Brown, nurse manager of TMH’s Emergency Department, reached out to staff asking for their help and collected generous donations. They were overwhelmed with the positive response from staff who wanted to contribute and received more donations than expected. “It always feels good to help others and to give back,” added Emmanuelle. With a goal in mind to help people who an underserved population, they decided to donate bags of essentials to people at Youth Quest Central and The Sanctuary. Youth Quest Central is a multi-resource centre for youth aged 16 to 24 who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Sanctuary provides a positive and safe space for those who work in sex-trade by chose or survival reasons.

Glen Sheppard, Manager of Budgets and Reporting, Financial Services at Horizon’s Woodbridge Centre writes about how the Ministry of Health began in New Brunswick, and how its response to the Spanish flu laid the foundation for the province’s COVID-19 response, over 100 years later.

NewBrunswick Pride In 1917Dr. WilliamRoberts was elected to a Saint John liberal seat Twice he brought forth a Health bill, that resulted in defeat He tried again, with enough community support it could no longer be debated This is how the first Department of Health in the British Empire was created When the Department of Health first started it had a staff of two It was just created when NewBrunswick was hit by the Spanish Flu Dr. Melvin as the Chief Medical officer acting on behalf of the Crown First official act was a proclamation shutting NewBrunswick down In order to slow the spread schools, churches and theatres were closed People were not to gather in large crowds to reduce others getting exposed Masks were worn and travel by ferry and train was restricted Over 100 years later, the same advice, who could have predicted



Emmanuelle Landry, SANE Coordinator for the Moncton and Miramichi areas, presents donations to representatives from Youth Quest Central. Bags contained several essentials, such as feminine products, shampoo, soap, nail files, mouth wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail polish and perfume. Access to essential items like feminine products or soap are a guarantee for a lot of people, but can be devastating for those who don’t have access to the items they need. Florence (Flo) Bastarache, Finance Department

Emmanuelle, with representatives of The Sanctuary

cashier at TMH added her special touch to the donations by providing handmade toques, scarves and mittens — much needed items to help people through Moncton’s cold winters. Emmanuelle had the opportunity to deliver the bags and said, even through the masks, you could see the huge smiles of recipients. Both organizations were thankful to be on the receiving end of kindness from Horizon staff.

The Spanish Flu you could feel fine in themorning and the next day be pronounced dead Still a small few defied the proclamation gathered and held dances instead

Sounds familiar, human nature, temptation, it won’t happen tome I wish some people paidmore attention when they studied history

Join Horizon’s SANE team to help care for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Horizon’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program is looking for registered nurses (RNs) to join their team. The SANE program plays an essential role in the care of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Typically, they are the first person to treat a victim and hear their story. Training sessions take place throughout the year to prepare RNs for the role. RNs begin their SANE clinical work with a mentor who provides support and guidance.

Dr. Roberts andDr. Melvin contacted all the doctors and nurses Redeployed provincial staff to help stop the need for more hearses FHS home ec department was used by the Red Cross tomakemeals for the sick With resources all coordinated they could react to situations really quick Due to their actions, NewBrunswick had one of the lowest mortality rates Nothing like a real pandemic to help them to demonstrate It’s hard to believe how similar these pandemics really are With all our technological advances, we really haven’t gotten very far One NewBrunswicker full of devotion Set the Department of Health concept inmotion With some help from the Spanish Flu Made Canada and the world realize how important this concept is too

The SANE program requires staff to be on-call on a rotational basis, outside of their primary RN role. During these shifts, RNs will work one-on-one with victims, often during one of the worst times of their lives. RNs in the SANE program provide compassionate care, without judgement. They provide a head-to-toe, forensic examination. They provide consistent, uninterrupted and supportive care and treatment to the victim and collaborate with RCMP and municipal police forces, the legal system, victim services and other community-based support services. If this sounds like a role for you, contact the SANE coordinator in your area or email the SANE inbox: SANE.Coordinators@horizonnb.ca.

HORIZON’S SANE COORDINATORS Moncton and Miramichi areas: Emmanuelle Landry, 506-857-5686 or Emmanuelle.Landry@HorizonNB.ca Fredericton and Upper River Valley area: Robyn Kenney, 506-459-6540 or Robyn.Kenney@HorizonNB.ca Saint John area: Maureen Hanlon, 506-653-2926 or Maureen.HanlonE@HorizonNB.ca

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