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January 18, 2021

In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Occupational Health & Safety

Updated on January 18, 2021

Across the globe, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic do essential work caring for patients but all too often put themselves at risk of infection.

Join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in remembering and honouring the lives of all Canada’s health care workers who have died from COVID-19, whose names and information we have recorded here.

As we collectively mourn their loss, let us recommit to fighting for all frontline workers to have the protections they need to remain safe and healthy.

The CFNU extends heartfelt condolences to all families and individuals who have lost loved ones as a result of this pandemic. We encourage anyone in need of support to seek assistance. We are in this together.

If you wish to submit a name, please email 

(Note: This list of health care workers includes any staff who work in health care facilities.)


Anonymous hospital environmental services worker, 58, Brampton, Ontario

Anonymous Hospital Cleaner, Ontario

Anonymous Personal Support Worker, 50s, Sienna Senior Living’s Altamont Care Community, Scarborough, Ontario

Anonymous Personal Support Worker (CUPE), Ottawa, Ontario

Anonymous Personal Supporter Worker (CUPE), Ottawa, Ontario

Anonymous residence administrative support (SQEES), Montreal, Quebec

Anonymous home care attendant (CUPE), Ste. Annes, Manitoba

Anonymous health care worker, a woman in her 50s, Edmonton, Alberta

Anonymous physician, Alberta

Anonymous housekeeper (CUPE) in the Environmental Services Department (Etobicoke General Hospital), Etobicoke, Ontario

Agary Akaekpuchionwa, Personal Support Worker (CUPE), LTC, Ottawa, Ontario

Maureen Ambersley, 57, LTC RPN (SEIU Healthcare), Mississauga, Ontario

Oscar Anibal Rodriguez, in his late 50s, LTC home employee, Quebec City, Quebec


Brian Beattie, 57, Nurse (ONA/CFNU), LTC, London, Ontario


Joe Marie (Jing) Parrenas Corral, 61, health care aide (AUPE), Calgary, Alberta


Jean Claude Dianzenza, 61, health care aide (CUPE), Winnipeg, Manitoba


Marcelin Francois, 40, Personal Support Worker, Montreal, Quebec

Maria Flores, Personal Support Worker, London, Ontario


Dr. Huy Hao Dao, 44, Public Health Physician, Montreal, Quebec


Christine Mandegarian, 54, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care) Scarborough, Ontario

Laurence Ménard, 33, Social Worker (APTS), Drummondville, Quebec


Thong Nguyen, 48, patient attendant (Federation of Health and Social Services for CSN), Montreal, Quebec


Arlene Reid, 51, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care), Peel Region, Ontario

Sharon Roberts, 59, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care), North York, Ontario

Leonard Rodrigues, 61, Personal Support Worker (UNIFOR), Toronto, Ontario


Victoria “Vicky” Salvan, 64, Orderly (CUPE), Montreal, Quebec


Marina Thenor Louis, 45, Orderly, CHSLD, Montreal, Quebec

Stéphanie Tessier, 31, Orderly (union for health care workers in the Laurentians), CHSLD, Saint-Jérôme, Quebec


Warlito Valdez, 47, Residential Support Worker for people with disabilities, Richmond, British Columbia

Rose Vandelannoite, 62, Health Care Aide at Summerwood Village Retirement Home (LiUNA), Sherwood Park, Alberta

Denis Vincent, 62, Dentist, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Sheila Yakovishin, 60, Personal Support Worker (UNIFOR), Windsor, Ontario