CNA Memorial Book

last updated: May 12, 2021

This year Jan Stirling was added to the CNO Memorial Book.

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Jan Stirling (1927-2017)
As a northern nurse, Jan Stirling contributed to nursing and public health in Yellowknife and the vast Arctic. Affectionately known as “Grandma Jan,” she had a special empathy for marginalized people. She often offered her home to those in need on a cold night, worked with the NWT Seniors’ Society to develop and implement a strategy to prevent elder abuse, and was instrumental in helping Vietnam refugees settle in the north. After graduating from the Saint John General Hospital School of Nursing, Stirling enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was stationed in Kure, Japan, during the Korean War. Later, she obtained a BSN from the University of Ottawa. As the manager of the Public Health Centre in Yellowknife for over 25 years, her work included hundreds of medical evacuations from remote communities and the high Arctic. She received numerous honours including the Order of the Northwest Territories (2016). – See more at:

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