Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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2007 Recognition Award Winners


RNAO HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP Dr. Sheela
Basrur

RNAO HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP Stephen Lewis and Michele
Landsberg

RNAO AWARD OF MERIT Yvette Laforêt-Fliesser

RNAO AWARD OF MERIT Nancy Lefebre

RNAO LEADERSHIP AWARD IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION Norma
Nicholson

CHAPTER OF THE YEAR Peel Chapter

RNAO INTEREST GROUP OF THE YEAR Childbirth Nursing Interest
Group

PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE Suman Iqbal and Suzy Young


RNAO HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP Dr. Sheela Basrur

RNAO’s Honourary Membership is granted to an individual or individuals
who have made an outstanding contribution to the nursing profession in the areas
of nursing practice, education, administration or research. The winner(s) demonstrate
outstanding national and/or international leadership in nursing. Recipients
do not have to be members of the association.
In 2003, Sheela Basrur, then Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto,
was front-and-centre during the SARS outbreaks that killed 44 people and put
the province’s health-care system -- and those who work in it -- under
tremendous stress. Her leadership earned her the respect of public health authorities
around the world.
Basrur has spoken out on the role nurses play in improving lives, and has advocated
for supports for women, children and new immigrants so they have access to health
care. Late last year, personal health concerns forced Basrur to step down from
her position as Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, where her leadership
in health promotion and public health will leave a lasting impression on the
province for years to come.
Basrur has also served as Assistant Deputy Minister for both the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health Promotion.

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RNAO HONOURARY MEMBERSHIP Stephen Lewis and Michele
Landsberg

RNAO’s Honourary Membership is granted to an individual or individuals
who have made an outstanding contribution to the nursing profession in the areas
of nursing practice, education, administration or research. The winner(s) demonstrate
outstanding national and/or international leadership in nursing. Recipients
do not have to be members of the association.
For decades, Michele Landsberg has spoken out on issues of women’s rights,
human rights and social justice. For 25 years, she wrote a passionate column
in the Toronto Star. She is also the author of several books, and has written
and spoken on countless occasions about how nurses play an important role in
advancing healthy public policy. A breast cancer survivor, Landsberg continues
to investigate environmental links to the disease.
Landsberg has served on the boards of many organizations. She is currently
Chair of the Board at Women’s College Hospital, where she has been instrumental
in having the organization’s independence reinstated. She is the recipient
of many journalism and social justice awards, including two National Newspaper
Awards, a Media Watch Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and the Governor
General’s Award in Commemoration of the 1929 Persons Case, which allowed
women to be appointed to the Senate.
Between 2001 and 2006, Stephen Lewis was United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS
in Africa. In his role, he gave a voice to millions of individuals struggling
with HIV/AIDS. Through his public profile and bestselling book, Race Against
Time, he has drawn attention to the plight of African women, children and grandmothers
who have been left to raise grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.
Lewis has also tirelessly advocated for nurses, calling them the ‘linchpin’
in the fight against the pandemic. Although his position as envoy has officially
ended, Lewis continues his work on HIV/AIDS as board chair for the Stephen Lewis
Foundation. He continues to push for a UN agency for women.
In the 1970s, Lewis led Ontario’s NDP before going on to work at the
United Nations as Canadian Ambassador to the UN. He was also Deputy Executive
Director of UNICEF, an investigator on the panel that examined the Rwandan genocide,
and Chair of the first International Conference on Climate Change.
Today, Lewis is the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at McMaster University’s
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. He became a Companion of
the Order of Canada in 2003, was awarded the International Council of Nurses’
Health and Human Rights Award in 2005, and received the Pearson Peace Medal
from the UN Association of Canada in 2004. Two years ago, TIME magazine named
him one of the most influential people in the world.

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RNAO AWARD OF MERIT Yvette Laforêt-Fliesser

RNAO’s Award of Merit recognizes a registered nurse who has made outstanding
contributions to RNAO and to nursing in Ontario. Winners have demonstrated responsibility
for professional development and are exemplary role models and peers. Yvette
Laforêt-Fliesser and Nancy Lefebre have been chosen as the distinguished
recipients of the 2007 Award of Merit.
Throughout her 30-year career, Yvette Laforêt-Fliesser has made invaluable
contributions to community health nursing not only through her work at the Middlesex-London
Health Unit (MLHU), but also through volunteer activities, her teaching career,
and mentorship to countless colleagues. As the Manager of Family Health Services
at MLHU, Laforêt-Fliesser consistently receives praise from her colleagues
for her supportive approach, mentorship and leadership. She also devotes her
volunteer time to improving nursing and health care.
Laforêt-Fliesser helped prepare the first CNA certification exam for
community health nurses, and has contributed to public health through her work
as a board member of the Community Health Nurses Association of Canada. She
is also Past President of the Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group and
a former Vice President of RNAO’s Middlesex chapter. She has been a member
of the Enhancing Healthy Adolescent Development BPG panel, and is a Best Practice
Champion. She is also a member of the team implementing and evaluating the smoking
cessation guideline at MLHU.
Laforêt-Fliesser has dedicated countless hours to advocating for the
restoration of public health nurses in a school setting. To advance this cause,
she lobbies politicians and government officials. She is also a founding member
of the Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition. As a nursing professor at the University
of Western Ontario, Laforêt-Fliesser implemented new curricula, provided
leadership to create a new collaborative program in nursing, and has won several
teaching awards.
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RNAO AWARD OF MERIT Nancy Lefebre

Nancy Lefebre is Chief Clinical Executive and Senior Vice-President of Knowledge
and Practice at Saint Elizabeth Health Care. She integrates evidence into both
her clinical practice and management work. She was a panel member for RNAO’s
Client Centred Care best practice guideline (BPG). Under her leadership, Saint
Elizabeth has implemented and evaluated several clinical BPGs, including those
focusing on pain management and on therapeutic relationships. Saint Elizabeth
has also implemented the Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership Healthy
Work Environment BPG.
Lefebre supports and mentors colleagues, including those completing RNAO Advanced
Clinical/Practice Fellowships or participating in nursing graduate programs.
She encourages colleagues to become RNAO members, and is herself a member of
the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario, the Community Health Nurses’
Initiatives Group, and the Ontario Nursing Informatics Interest Group.
Lefebre is committed to her education. She has earned a master of science in
nursing, and completed the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA)
fellowship program. She has also received her Certified Health Executive (CHE)
designation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives.
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LEADERSHIP AWARD IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION
Norma Nicholson

RNAO’s Leadership Award in Nursing Administration recognizes an RN who
provides exemplary nursing management in an acute, long-term care, community,
education, research or other setting. The winner is a role model in nursing
administration, implementing innovative ideas to enhance patient care and demonstrating
a commitment to improving the quality of health care.
Norma Nicholson is a Service Manager at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto.
She is also Co-Chair of RNAO’s Peel Chapter, and President of the Alzheimer
Society of Peel. Nicholson works to improve nursing and health care every day.
At West Park, she helps ensure RNAO’s clinical and healthy work environment
BPGs are used in all aspects of care. She also encourages staff to go back to
school or enrol in RNAO conferences and other professional development activities.

Recognizing the importance of full-time jobs, Nicholson ensures 70 per cent
of nurses at West Park have full-time work. Her efforts have been making a difference
to patients: 98 per cent of ambulatory patients surveyed said they were satisfied
with their overall care, an increase of nearly 30 per cent over previous years.
She also spreads her passion for nursing throughout her volunteer work. In
addition to her duties as chapter co-chair, she is a nurse ambassador who visits
classrooms to encourage students to become nurses. Last fall, Nicholson completed
RNAO’s political training program and has participated in many media interviews
and meetings with politicians to share the unique perspective nurses bring to
health-care discussions.

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CHAPTER OF THE YEAR Peel Chapter

RNAO’s Chapter of the Year Award is presented to the chapter, or region
without chapters, that demonstrates the best commitment to participation in
RNAO. The chapter effectively communicates through a variety of methods, influences
decision makers, and demonstrates strong leadership and teamwork within the
nursing and health-care communities.
With more than 2,300 members, Peel chapter strives to promote nursing, health
care and social determinants of health in its community. Chapter executive take
part in local vigils that commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence Against Women. Members also regularly speak out on issues such as
public health and the evolution of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
by writing letters to the editor and participating in print and broadcast interviews.
The chapter also takes its lobbying directly to decision makers by regularly
participating in RNAO’s Day at Queen’s Park and writing letters
to MPPs. Last fall, three chapter members participated in RNAO’s political
training sessions.
Peel chapter also actively recruits new RNAO members. It’s executive
and members promote membership among all Peel’s nurses, sponsor memberships
for new graduates, and encourage new members to become voting delegates at RNAO’s
annual general meeting.
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INTEREST GROUP OF THE YEAR Childbirth Nursing
Interest Group

RNAO’s Interest Group of the Year Award is given to the group that best
demonstrates commitment to RNAO through active participation in association
initiatives. The interest group effectively communicates through a variety of
media and methods, influences decision makers, mobilizes RNs for action, and
exhibits exemplary teamwork and strong leadership within the nursing and health-care
communities.
The Childbirth Nurses Interest Group (CNIG) has more than 2,000 members who
are committed to ensuring that babies and families have the best start in life.
The group has worked with RNAO and other interest groups to create post-partum
depression workshops. CNIG members have also participated on several best practice
guideline panels, and actively promote the guidelines at their workplaces and
conferences around the province.
CNIG’s executive officers have lobbied provincial politicians to implement
the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), which promotes and supports breastfeeding
in Ontario health-care organizations. They have also been instrumental in publicizing
the link between breastfeeding and childhood obesity. In 2006, RNAO received
the Annual Breastfeeding Award of Excellence as result of CNIG’s nomination.



CNIG is committed to fostering growth and development of its leadership executive
by recruiting new executive members and helping them develop the leadership
skills necessary to build on the group’s success.
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PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE Suman Iqbal and Suzy YoungThe RNAO President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice is awarded to the registered nurse who consistently demonstrates expertise and evidence-based practice in one or more areas of clinical practice in a staff nurse position. This member enhances the image of nursing by demonstrating nursing leadership in her workplace and influencing change for the betterment of patients, families and/or communities.   This year we have two successful candidates for the President's Award.Suman Iqbal is a staff nurse at Sunnybrook Hospital, where she works in surgical oncology.  Suman chaired the Nursing practice council and acts as a role model, a leader, and a dedicated teammate.  Her nomination from colleague Mary Glavassevich illustrated how Suman "has done much work to advance the nursing profession" and "has shown exceptional leadership as a staff nurse."  Suman has reviewed Best Practice Guidelines, mentored students, and exemplifies the spirit of speaking out for health and speaking out for nursing.

Suzy Young is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, where she is a leader in innovative interdisciplinary care.  Suzy's nomination highlighted her immense contribution to the Chest Program, especially in promoting smoking cessation and improving the quality of life for COPD patients.
Another key to Sandra Hett's successful nomination of Suzy is Suzy's long term commitment to the Waterloo Chapter of the RNAO.  


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