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. Two nurses have been selected for recognition in this category.
Newly retired Helen Tindale considers winning the Lifetime Achievement Award to be the highlight of her career.
She has committed 40 years of her life to nursing, and 39 to RNAO. Throughout these years, she has invested tremendous passion and energy into the promotion of public health and public health nursing.
Today, she is co-president of RNAO’s Wellington chapter, and a panel member for the association’s Safe Sleep Practices for Infants best practice guideline. For almost 20 years, Helen has served on RNAO’s regional executive. She has also served on the Ontario Public Health Association’s (OPHA) board of directors. With a focus on family health, Helen regularly promotes the need to improve determinants of health through the media, and as a clinical lecturer at the McMaster University School of Nursing. Her mentorship is sought out by nursing students and nurses alike, who benefit from her pride in the profession and best practice promotion. Helen has received many accolades, including RNAO’s Award of Merit and Leadership Award for Political Action.
In 2002 she was the first person to be awarded the Community Health Nurses Association of Canada Award of Merit and the RNAO Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group Award of Clinical Excellence in the same year.