Over 8700 VON health care providers and 15000 volunteers provide services to over 1 million Canadians each year, most of whom are over the age of 65. Volunteer boards of local citizens jointly operate the 67 local branches to ensure that the mix of services is based on the unique and specific needs of the community. Fees paid through provincial government health-care insurance provide the main source of funding in most provinces, and additional revenue is obtained from local governments and the United Way.
Author JEAN E. DRYDEN
Links to Other Sites
Changing Women, Changing History: Canadian Women
This Library and Archives Canada site features biographies of women activists who have made substantial contributions to the lives of all Canadian women. Also offers teaching guides and reference sources.
Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall
"Face to Face" features outstanding Canadians whose ideas and contributions have transformed this country. Click on the photos in "Meet the Personalities" to see their biographies. From the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie
A Yousuf Karsh photograph of Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie. From "Mark Our Place," a website produced by the New Brunswick Museum.
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead
The website for the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead. Adelaide Hunter Hoodless is credited as a co-founder of the Women's Institute, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the National Council of Women and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), and a major force behind the formation of three faculties of Household Science.
Besides hockey and the maple leaf, there is little as symbolically Canadian as the CBC – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It grew out of a developing nation's need to express its identity and find its voice.