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Kitimat staff shows support to local RCMP with Red Scrubs Day


A group of health care staff and RCMP line up, with a man in the middle holding up a plaque with a hat on its front.
L-R: Christy Slanina, NH Occupational Therapist; Laura Pistell, NH Registered Nurse; Mark Hawkins, NH Medical Laboratory Technologist; Jonathan Cooper, Health Service Administrator; Sgt. Eric Black, Acting Detachment Commander; Cpl. Stu Egers, Acting Ops NCO; Edwin Empinado, NH Registered Nurse; Cst. Jenny Muckle; Ashley Sevigny, NH Care Aid.

Staff at Kitimat General Hospital and Health Centre recently found a way to show appreciation to their local RCMP detachment for the work members do to protect the community.

A plague on red wood features a mounted police officer's hat and badge, and an inscription.
The plaque that Northern Health staff presented to honour local RCMP. 

To recognize the national day of mourning following April’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia last month – a tragic event that claimed 22 people, including an RCMP constable – Canadians joined together by wearing red on April 24.

Mark Hawkins, Chief Laboratory Technologist in Kitimat, wanted to take this further to honour both Kitimat RCMP and the victims of violence, which health care workers see all too often.

“To support our local detachment, we purchased a pair of red scrubs for staff to sign and give to the RCMP,” says Mark, “to let them know that we appreciate them and we will always wear red to support them.”

When Kitimat staff and administration presented local RCMP members with the red scrubs, they were recognized in return with a plaque from the local detachment, thanking health care workers for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A plaque thanking health care workers for their contributions during COVID-19.
RCMP shared their mutual appreciation, thanking health care workers for their sacrifice during COVID-19.

“It was a nice surprise that the local RCMP detachment gave us a token of appreciation as well,” says Mark.