This award is presented to an individual who may or may not be a member of RNAO or an RN, but who has made outstanding contributions to RNs and/or the nursing profession, in the areas of nursing practice, education, administration or research such that it has had a positive influence on the profession.
When Michael Creek discusses lifting people out of poverty, he’s hard to distinguish from his valued partners at RNAO. “Being able to end (poverty) is just as important as ending any disease,” he says. As someone with lived experience of poverty, he knows the importance of the social determinants of health. That’s why Michael has dedicated so many years advocating for marginalized people. He is currently director of strategic initiatives at Working for Change, and a former board member at Canada Without Poverty. He has made several presentations to legislative committees, and is among the loudest voices highlighting the need for poverty reduction strategies across the province/country. Michael has also been an invaluable friend and resource to RNAO, providing his unique perspective to its policy and advocacy work. In nurses, Michael says he’s found a knowledgeable ally directly connected to communities. “Nursing is not just about curing, it’s about healing,” he says.