Meet (and pledge!) Alison Fox-Bourdon and Marc Bourdon.
Sponsored by Minimax
What we do at CCH:
We’re both Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) on the Resource Team.
Marc: It feels like CCH has always been a part of my life. My mom was a nurse in Obstetrics, and I started volunteering at the Emergency Department in high school. I found my work family here – encouraging, special people who inspired me to become a nurse. It’s hard to believe I’ve been an RPN at CCH for 24 years.
Alison: I was a candy striper growing up in Kemptville. In high school, I made more pieces of toast than you can imagine! That was my first experience in a hospital environment, and I’ve been a nurse for 17 years. I worked in community nursing for many years, and after Marc and I got together, I saw how supported he was by his coworkers, how much he enjoyed his job, and how proud he was to work at CCH. I joined him at the hospital as an RPN five years ago and haven’t looked back.
Life on CCH’s Resource Team …
Some people love being in the same role every day, but we get our kicks moving around the hospital and filling gaps where we’re needed most. That means every day looks different, but for us, it’s a rush.
Most people don’t know the Resource Department exists. We’re like free agents who use a wide range of skills across every department. On days or nights when we work, we call in at 6:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. and ask where we need to go. The benefit of moving around means we get new patients, new cases, and new opportunities every day.
What keeps us going on the frontlines?
Watching someone get better and go home to their family never gets old. Since we travel the hospital, we might see the same patient in Emergency, then in Surgery, and then in rehab as they work to reclaim mobility. Or we could see someone very ill in Emergency, then moved to an inpatient bed, and a few days later they can leave the hospital.
We might not see the same cases every day, but patients cross our paths in so many ways. Providing compassionate care at the most vulnerable time of someone’s life is our shared passion.
What do we wish people in our community knew about CCH?
We’ve grown to be a bigger hospital than many people in the community assume. CCH covers a much larger area than years ago, with a culturally diverse population. Being positioned so close to the US and Quebec borders, we have patients of various complexities and backgrounds who need our support. CCH is forever evolving, we’re here to serve our community, and we’re proud of our care.
What does our community mean to us?
Marc: I’ve travelled the world, and I’ve always come back home.
Alison: And I moved here to be with Marc. We’ve been together for seven years and married for five. I like Cornwall, I really do. I’ve felt welcomed, and the people are kind. I’m happy here.
Since we live and work here, sometimes when we’re out and about, we might run into someone we’ve helped. Hearing a thank you from a former patient and seeing them doing well means the world to us.
What inspires us outside of work?
Marc: I got into aid work during high school at St. Joe’s. I’ve been a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, in India and Nepal. I’ve helped dig irrigation ditches, build houses, even helped support Dr. Shaw on a trip. I’m all about providing service to others, showing compassion, and learning about the outside world.
Alison: Two Christmas Eves ago we made care packages and gave them out into the night — mittens, socks, and a hat to keep people warm, chocolate bars for energy and a little treat. Helping is our way of life.
We’ve seen a lot, and we know life isn’t a guarantee, so we try to live to the fullest. We also love the great outdoors. Maybe we’ll practice our dance at the campsite underneath the stars!
Why are we dancing?
When the hospital benefits, the community benefits. There’s no limit to what we’ll do to support our community. And we want to have some fun together! Dancing will be our date night.
What’s our project?
We’re supporting new equipment for the Medicine Unit at CCH. This unit is for patients admitted to the hospital outside of the Emergency Department and ICU because they’re too sick to be at home – whether they’re recovering from an illness, rehabilitating after surgery, being treated for a chronic health problem or being stabilized to prevent a more serious condition.
Our project includes:
- 4 new bedside monitors.
- 4 new central monitoring units located at the nursing station.
- 1 bariatric lift to prevent injury for staff and patients.
It’s so important to monitor sick patients closely and frequently, and we’re always working to avoid an ICU stay. Central monitoring puts more eyes on individual patients and helps us catch problems more quickly at the nurses’ station. A new lift helps us get patients out of bed more easily, helping avoid respiratory issues, bedsores, and other problems. Mobility is the key – the quicker people can move, the quicker they can go home. We’re passionate about what we do, and we want to do it as long as possible. We need the proper tools, so we don’t get hurt.
Why vote for us?
We support each other at work and at home. We get each other. And we know how to get at each other, too (lol!). We always have each other’s backs, whether it’s on the job or on the dance floor! Vote for us – we’re here for you!