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Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) NL Branch - St. John's

The vision of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is that the VON will be Canada's leading charitable organization addressing community health and social needs. VON Canada, a charity, guided by the principles of primary healthcare, works in partnership with Canadians for a healthier society through:


  • Leadership in community-based care
  • Delivery of innovative, comprehensive health and social services
  • Influence in the development of health and social policy

VON St. John’s as a local site of Von Canada has adopted the National Vision and Mission statement as our own however the St. john’s Site is solely responsible for securing funding for authorized charitable programs and to deliver these programs.


Year(s) Funded: 2008 - 2015

Amount of Funding Awarded to Date: $125,400

Address City Province Phone Country
193 Lemarchant Rd   A1C 2H5 St. John's NL (709) 726-8597 Canada

Program(s) Funded:

Program: VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) In-Home and Congregate Exercise Program $9,500 (2015): This program provides one-on-one and group volunteer facilitated exercise visits to help shift the balance away from frailty, to empowering seniors to maintain their own wellness.

Program: VON St. John's Foot Care Clinic $8000 (2008), $8750 (2009) , $4,500 (2010) $9,500 (2011 - 2014): The VON Footcare Clinic offers high-quality comprehensive footcare services to individuals in need in the community. The Professional nursing staff provides assessments, self-management training, and face, for a range of clients with medical conditions; including complex diabetic footcare. The general goal of the footcare program is that patients will have healthy feet, something very important as with many people, as they age, they are prone to developing problems with their feet. This program will allow many clients to maintain their mobility and independence and reduce the need for institutional care.

Program: SMART In Home Exercise Program $9,500 (2012): This program provided one-on-one Volunteer facilitated exercise visits to help shift the balance away from frailty, empowering seniors to maintain their own wellness. Funding from the United Way was used to increase the program coordinator's hours to 25 per week to meet the increasingly demanding needs of the program.

Program: VON Meals on Wheels $5,200 (2009): Trained volunteers deliverd hot nourishing meals to residents who may not be able to prepare meals themselves.

Funding from United Way was used to purchase equipment, provide volunteer education, purchase Christams stockings and help support an annual volunteer social.

Program: VON Palliative Care Volunteer Program (PCVP) $5,700 (2008), $9,750 (2009), $4,500 (2010) $9,500 (2011): The PCVP trained volunteers to deal with illness, death and bereavement. It matched clients with volunteers who visited with the client in their own home where the client and family were coping with life-threatening illness to provide comfort and dignity.

Funding from United Way went towards:Efforts to increase the profile of the program in the community Visibility of the VON program among Health Services professionals Professional development of the VON staff who is responsible to coordinate the volunteers

Program: VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) $9,500 (2008): The VON SMART In Home Exercise Program targeted isolated, homebound, frail seniors, whose health and safety was jeopardized by limited mobility. Exercises were led by trained volunteers in the client's home. It overcame barriers to attending community or for profit exercise programs by filling the gap in physical activity interventions available to seniors within their homes.

Funding from United Way was used to train volunteers in a newly revised version of the program so that benefits for clients could be maximized and more people could be served.