Celebrating Nurses with Some Chicken Soup for the Soul

May 20, 2011
LeAnn Thieman Presents during Nursing Week at Ontario Shores
LeAnn Thieman Presents during Nursing Week at Ontario Shores

Internationally acclaimed co-author LeAnn Thieman, of the best selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul celebrated Nursing Week at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), on May 10, 2011.

Thieman gave a remarkable presentation of her role in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift rescue in 1975 that left audience members in awe of her experience. Her courageous tale of being 25, fresh out of nursing school and rescuing 300 babies during the collapse of Saigon left goose bumps and teary eyes throughout the audience.

Pictures of the crumbling city of Saigon, babies in cardboard boxes and an airplane filled with hundreds of orphaned infants ready for lift off will forever be etched in the minds of those who had the opportunity to hear her speak.

“It’s unlikely that you will ever be asked to rescue babies from a third world country, but you help rescue people every single day,” says Thieman “You’re helping set the world a glow with your goodness and caring.”

An intimate book signing for staff and community members followed the lecture. Her warmth and presence illuminated the room and hope lingered in the air as people told LeAnn about their personal journey in life.

 “It’s such a privilege to work in an organization that really touches and saves lives,” says Thieman. “You may think you are small and ordinary, but you are helping to make an extraordinary difference in this world.”

Staff indulged in the much needed serving of that good old chicken soup for the soul. Thieman’s message of thinking positively and tending to one’s physical, mental and spiritual health was energizing and encouraging.

“Nurses play a key role in advancing the healthcare system and here, at Ontario Shores we are proud to support, uplift and reenergize our nurses who provide an environment of hope and recovery for the patients, families and communities we serve,” says Vice-President, Professional Practice and Research and Chief Nurse Executive, Barbara Mildon.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001