updated February 1, 2016
  there are two ways of spreading the light –
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it

Edith Wharton

Parish Nurse
hello ... I'm Janet 
your Parish Nurse 

I’m a member of St Mary's Anglican Church in Dunrobin, and very active in this small rural parish. I am also a nurse, and come to St Mark's with a long and varied career in community health nursing. With Masters in Education and Nurse Practitioner certificate,  I have worked in most nursing capacities outside of institutional health care service delivery, although educational roles did bring me inside the four walls of both long term care (LTC) and psychiatric facilities. I also continue to do some relief Nurse Practitioner work in Ottawa. 

Moving about Ontario with my family, I acquired many new nursing roles - public health nurse, visit nurse, homecare case manger, cancer clinic nurse and more. My eclectic nursing experience has prepared me to support the diverse health needs of your community here at St Mark's. 

I am actively engaged in acquiring certification in the *Parish Nursing role, mentored by Patti Robillard, your first Parish Nurse. We worked together many years ago and most recently on the conference planning committee for the national Parish Nursing organization (CAPNM) which was held here in Ottawa in 2012. 

Janet  Helmer
Parish Nurse

*In September 2013, Janet completed her parish nurse certification 
from the Institute of Catholic Formation at St Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario. 

St Mark the Evangelist  
1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa  
tel:  613-224-7431 ex 202  
e-mail:  janet@stmarksottawa.ca   


St Mark's Parish Nurse office hours:   
Wednesdays at my parish office from 9-11am .  
Please book an appointment  
to ensure we can connect when you are available.


Parish Nursing Ministry

the Role of the Parish Nurse

The Parish Nursing Ministry is a Christian ministry, led by a registered nurse, that reaches out to all parishioners to promote the health of body, mind and spirit which can lead to optimum health, healing and wholeness.

The Parish Nurse
works with clergy and the Pastoral Care team as they minister to parishioners with health related needs. The office is open Tuesdays 9am – 12 noon. Please book an appointment to ensure availability.  The nurse is available to the congregation at least one Sunday a month at coffee time after both services.

Parish Nurse: Health Educator develops health promotion and illness prevention strategies linking faith and health, using a variety of formats for educating and communicating with the parish and community.

Parish Nurse: Personal Health Counselor and Supporter for problems related to current health issues or issues likely to have an impact on health.

Parish Nurse: Professional Referrals and Resources acts on behalf of individuals requiring care, through accessing appropriate community, parish and family resources, and as a resource in health management to programs sponsored by St Mark’s.

Parish Nurse:  Facilitator/Teacher of volunteers provides training for pastoral care workers and other volunteers in health management issues, and draws on congregational resources where available and required,  such as volunteers willing to provide transportation, meals, and friendly or pastoral visiting.

Health Events 2016
unless otherwise stated - events are at St Mark's 
February 24  2 pm Grief Support     
a time to come together with others on a grief journey of support for each other    
led by Janet Helmer, St Mark's Parish Nurse, and trained in grief support  
RSVP   janet  @ stmarksottawa.ca  or 613-224-7431 x202  
May 17     
7:30 - 9:00pm 
Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program   
an evening lecture: "Dementia at the End of Life: Parenting your Parents"   
speaker Dr Michael Gordon, Director of Palliative Care Baycrest, GHCS   
Bells Corners United Church   
3955 Old Richmond Road, Nepean    
Cost: $25 - see registration on left 



Pastoral Care 
Caring for each other: a congregational discussion

An initial discussion took place on January 19, 2104, to discuss ways we can support the various needs of our parish. This meeting was led by Janet Helmer. A number of initiatives/actions are already moving forward.

What is still needed:
People to volunteer and get involved.
Stewardship offering of time and talents.

If you have time to support any of these Caring ministries: 
Friendly phone calling, Friendly visiting or Transportation (drive to church).
Please contact Janet Helmer, Parish Nurse by e-mail , phone call or in writing
(613) 224-7431 x 202        e-mail: janet@stmarksottawa.ca

Notes from the January 2014 meeting,  
 and future follow-up will be found here

Circle of Care

This is a supportive pastoral caring ministry of "being there for the family caregiver and/or patient". 

Each Circle would be co-ordinated through the Parish Nursing Ministry, and would help provide specific support for an individual parishioner's need. 

It could include:  

  • scheduled visits, providing caregiver respite and companioning or  
  • perhaps your gift of support lies in a casserole ministry 
  • some other kind of support such as respite from housekeeping, or

If you feel you would like to volunteer, 
please contact me at janet@stmarksottawa.ca or (613) 224-7431 x 202  

Full Circle of Care hands-on help for family caregivers 
Caring Bridge bringing family, friends and loved ones together when it matters 

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St Mark's Prayer Shawl Ministry started in 2010, with the first blessed shawl being given in June. 
The shawls are lovingly made by parishioners, with prayer, for specific individuals or as gifts to 
those who need healing grace. Shawls are blessed and meetings held the first Sunday of the month. 

Prayer shawl ministry for general information on the international program




Parish Nursing

CAPNM  Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry
ICHM  InterChurch Health Ministries - Parish Nursing Ministry
IPNRC  International Parish Nurse Resource Center
RNAO-PNIG  Parish Nursing Interest Groups

seniors - general OSSOntario Seniors' Secretariat - Programs and Services   
OSS Guide  
"A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario". The guide helps seniors find what they need, when and where they need it, and features up-to-date information on provincial and federal services available to seniors, in 16 languages. It provides practical information on issues that affect our quality of life as we age, including: 
* health, wellness and active living 
* safety, security, finances and transportation 
* housing, long-term care homes and care-giving 

health  AHHA American Holistic Health Association  -  self-help videos and articles  
DRCC Champlain Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre
LHC    Living Healthy Champlain
OHS    Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court)
OPCC Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre (Diocese of Ottawa)
SAS O-R   Alzheimer Society - Ottawa - Renfrew County
H&S    Heart and Stroke Foundation 

legal ACE    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - a community-based legal clinic for low income senior citizens


Newsletters DRCC Champlain Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre
    bi-monthly newsletter - check on line for subscribing 
LHC    Living Healthy Champlain monthly newsletter - online
    or for direct e-newsletter info@livinghealthychamplain.ca 
OHS    Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court) 
ACE    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - Spring/Summer 2013 newsletter  
CAO   Council on Aging Ottawa

February 2013

Ottawa Hospice Services (Friends of Hospice Ottawa / May Court) officially opens new hospice beds at Embassy West  http://www.friendsofhospiceottawa.ca/what.html  http://www.friendsofhospiceottawa.ca/Documents/lifelines_spring2013.pdf 

January 2014 WINTER NEWSLETTER from the Parish Nurse

Our Nordic Pole walking (NPW) clinic held Jan 15th was a huge success. Twenty people learned why this is such a healthy physical activity and then tried it out. Some even purchased their own set of poles to continue this lifestyle- friendly activity. If you missed out and want to start NPWing, you can contact:
Janet Crawford, Certified Nordic Pole Walking Instructor 
Email:  jcrawford6122@hotmail.com    Phone: 613 736 0198. 
Stay tuned for information about another clinic this spring at Carleton Memorial United Church (CMUC) and the start-up of a nordic pole walking group. 

2014 January Alzheimer Awareness Month - the Alzheimer Society’s nationwide campaign is  promoting the benefits of early diagnosis and helping people understand there is life after dementia. 
Please visit their website for more information. 
Alzheimer Society - Ottawa   where you will find these resources: 
§ The importance of early diagnosis 
§  How do I get my relative diagnosed? 
   Value of early diagnosis and tips on starting the conversation with the person 

2014 Heart Health Month Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation states : “Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your general health. Nutritious, balanced meals and healthy snacks may reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by helping you increase your intake of heart-healthy nutrients, manage your weight, keep your blood pressure down, control your blood sugar levels and lower your cholesterol.”  
Heart & Stroke   

Caring For Each Other: congregational discussion was held Sunday January 19th in BRHall. Approximately 20 persons offered input, ideas and perspectives. Summative notes of this meeting are available on the St Mark’s website - Parish nurse webpage under Health Events 2014 or hard copy upon request. A number of initiatives /actions are moving forward. What we still need: People to volunteer and get involved. Stewardship offering of time and talents. If you have time to support any of these Caring ministries: Friendly phone calling, Friendly visiting or Transportation (drive to church). 
Please contact Janet Helmer, Parish Nurse by e-mail, phone call or in writing 
(613) 224-7431 x202  e-mail: janet@stmarksottawa.ca  
October  2014

FALL NEWSLETTER from the Parish Nurse

Please mark your calendar for a one hour lunch n’ learn  talk about sleeping well - “Sweet Dreams” by an Ottawa Public Health Nurse on Sunday Oct 26 at noon following our 11:30am coffee hour. Brown bag lunch, refreshments provided. Please invite anyone you know who might benefit

Please see the parish nurse bulletin board for Good Food Market (locations, times and dates) being held in our community at General Burns and Inverness parks

Sign up for Ottawa Public Health 12 week exercise programs for 65+  (see PN bulletin board for info and mini-flyer)

Wednesday October 29, Care for the Caregiver half-day workshop in our community- details to follow

Community Diabetes Education 3 week program  Oct 2, 9& 16 at Carlington Community Health Centre. Call 613 233-4443 x 216 to register (see PN bulletin board)

CCAC drop-in Chair exercise for Seniors at Bethel church Mons @3-4pm and Carlington CHC Tue and Thurs 2:30-3:30pm

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