This award is given to long-standing RNAO members who have made exceptional contributions to nursing practice, education, administration or research at the provincial, national or international levels. This includes activities that promote the association among nursing colleagues, the government and other health-care partners.
Colleagues from all sectors of health care came out in overwhelming support of Wendy Fucile’s nomination. It’s a fitting tribute for a woman whose four-decade career ranges from clinical to academic settings, and has impacted countless colleagues and patients alike.
Wendy has earned tremendous respect as a brave and influential leader who stands up for her beliefs. She has served as both dean of the Trent Fleming School of Nursing and vice president at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Through 40 years with RNAO, she has left her mark as a former president, three-term board member, and a member of chapter and interest group executive teams.
Wendy has been a valued mentor in the classroom and the workplace, and continues teaching at Trent University despite being “mostly retired.” She says she will always cherish the relationships she’s built, and the lessons she’s learned throughout her career. “It’s always struck me how much of the values and beliefs of nursing help you not just in nursing, but throughout your life.”