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November 13, 2020

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

Occupational Health & Safety

Updated on November 13, 2020

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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maria, Personal Support Worker, London, 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

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

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

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

Unknown name, residence administrative support (SQEES), Montreal, Quebec

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

Home care attendant (CUPE), Ste. Annes, Manitoba