This award is given to the chapter that shows commitment to RNAO by involving its members in association-related activities.
RNAO’s Windsor-Essex chapter basked in a banner year in 2012, thanks to the dedication of over 900 members. These nurses hosted a number of events, including one that addressed violence and abusive behaviours between nursing students and peers in other health programs, an unsettling trend at a local college. The event was organized using RNAO BPGs, and touched on interprofessional collaboration.
The chapter also participated in Take Your MPP to Work, and promoted the role and benefits of RNAO to RNs and nursing students, the latter leading to a bump in membership.
This chapter takes time to honour its own. In 2012, it introduced the Annual Windsor-Essex Chapter Award of Distinction, which recognizes a member who has shown leadership and commitment. The cherry on top of this successful year was winning the Chapter of the Year award, says President Jennifer Johnston, who adds the group’s achievements are due to the collaborative efforts of a dedicated executive team and members-at-large who volunteer many hours of their time. “We truly live and breathe speaking out for nursing, speaking out for health,” she says. “That’s our passion.”