Statement on the tragic passing of two VON employees on April 19, 2020


It is with great sadness that we confirm that two employees of VON, Heather O’Brien and Kristen Beaton, died in the tragedy that took place in Nova Scotia, on Sunday April 19th. We have been in touch with their families and are offering our sincere condolences and support during this difficult time. 

Heather O’Brien was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), wife, mother and grandmother. She shared her deep caring of others as a VON nurse for nearly 17 years. 

Kristen Beaton was a Continuing Care Assistant, and a young wife and mother.  Kristen began work with VON nearly six years ago and like Heather, was a caring and compassionate member of the VON team.

All of our frontline care providers are heroes. Yesterday, two of those heroes, Heather O’Brien and Kristen Beaton, were taken from their families, and from VON. We mourn their loss, and we mourn for their families.  


Jo-Anne Poirier

President and CEO


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