Nurses strutted their stuff in replicas of vintage Victorian Order of Nurses uniforms yesterday.

VON Edmonton celebrated its centennial anniversary at Capilano Elementary School with a fashion show, school choir performance and, of course, cake.

VON has provided medical care and services for Edmontonians in need since 1909.

Its programs include People in Crisis, foot-care clinics, Meals on Wheels and adult day programs for those who are homebound.

Deputy Mayor Ed Gibbons stopped by to thank VON staff and volunteers for their “significant contribution” to the community.

“You have helped many people in our community get through the hardest times,” said Gibbons.
“If you work for VON, you always love VON,” said Joyce Rebus, an RN who has worked for VON for 17 years.

“It’s a really special (organization).”

Rebus said even after VON staff retire, many keep working as volunteers.

“We never quite leave,” she said.

Coleen Falk, one of the event’s models and a nurse with VON for 17 years, said she loves her job because she “can make someone’s day better.”

“With foot care you can make (patients) more mobile and independent,” said Falk.

VON is also launching an adult day program at Capilano Elementary.

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