This award is presented to the RN who excels as a nursing educator in a university or college. The winner enhances the image of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate on nursing issues, and acts as a role model and mentor.
Charles Anyinam says he was stunned to find out about his nomination for an RNAO recognition award. Described by his nominators as a tireless student advocate, Charles is known and respected for his background in diversity and his sensitivity to the varying needs of his students. His nominators say a hallmark of his communication strength is his unique ability to ensure every voice is heard.
A professor at George Brown College, and clinical supervisor for students in the community setting, Charles places the needs of students first. In fact, many of his students will stay in touch with him long after completing their courses. Charles is coordinator of the RPN Bridge to BScN Program, a partnership between George Brown College and Trent University, where he once taught in the collaborative program.
He is no stranger to RNAO. He has been an executive network officer, voting delegate, and is currently workplace liaison for George Brown. He received the RNAO HUB Fellowship in 2009, and has been nominated twice for the Toronto Star Nightingale Award. Charles is currently completing his PhD in disability studies, with a focus on mental health, and has presented his research nationally and internationally.