A 57-year-old nurse at a Mississauga long-term care home has died after contracting COVID-19.
According to SEIU Healthcare, the union representing over 60,000 frontline healthcare workers in Ontario, Maureen Ambersley, a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), passed away due to COVID-19.
Ambersley worked at the Extendicare nursing home in Mississauga.
She leaves behind her parents and two children.
“Maureen represented everything good about what it means to serve your community,” said SEIU Healthcare president Sharleen Stewart.
“For her last birthday, she encouraged friends to make donations to SickKids Hospital Foundation. Maureen dedicated her working life to caring for our most vulnerable as a nurse in long-term care.”
Stewart said that Ambersley is the fourth member of SEIU Healthcare to die during the pandemic.
“Christine Mandegarian, PSW, Arlene Reid, PSW, Sharon Roberts, PSW, and now Maureen Ambersley, RPN, were all women of colour serving on the frontline who died because they showed up to work in service of their community,” said Stewart.
“It must be said that the death of healthcare workers is preventable and the result of ongoing policy failures. As Ontario families bury more workers and residents in long-term care, we reiterate our demand of the provincial government for a new action plan to get us through this out-of-control crisis.”