This award is given to the chapter that shows commitment to RNAO by involving its members in association-related activities.
Even after three-straight Chapter of the Year wins from 2007 to 2009, the Peel chapter isn’t about to rest on its laurels. The 20-member executive team strives to address the needs of its almost 2,900 members. In 2012, they conducted a membership survey that found Peel nurses are concerned with work-life balance and political action. The executive responded with mental health and workplace violence workshops based on RNAO’s best practice guidelines. They also fostered increased political involvement by working with chapter members to meet with MPPs in 2013, and to present to the Mississauga city council. President Maria Tandoc says it’s important to stay engaged with members in a diverse region like Peel, which encompasses Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Peel’s nurses also focused on retention and recruitment, hosting Benefits of RNAO booths during Nursing Week and publishing a Why I Participate in RNAO article in their newsletter. Maria, who wrote the article, says teamwork and co-operation is key to Peel’s success. “It was easy to write the nomination,” she says, “…because of the excellent work the chapter does.”