Potts, Mary Stewart

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Potts, Mary Stewart

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1923-

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Mary Stewart Potts was born on July 3, 1923 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She entered nurse’s training in 1942 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. After her graduation in 1945 she worked at the Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto and then with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Welland, Ontario. Ms. Potts completed a course in Public Health Nursing at Queen’s University and was appointed charge nurse with the VON In Lachine, Quebec. Later she returned to Kingston where she worked with the Public Health Unit.

In August 1951 she married Len Harper and relocated to Toronto. She worked in the Public Health Branch until 1954 with the arrival of the first of her six children. She returned to nursing in 1965 after a refresher course at the Red Deer General Hospital, working in the Emergency and Outpatients Department. Subsequently, she was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Bay, Ontario and then the Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in the New-born Nursery and Neonatal units of both hospitals.

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