Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Five RNAO nurses to receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals


OTTAWA, March 4, 2013 – Five members of Ontario’s top professional nursing association will be presented with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals at a special ceremony in Ottawa this week.

Theresa Agnew, Leah Jamnicky, M. Patrice Lindsay, Josephine Santos and Ruth Walden, members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), are each receiving the honour to acknowledge their outstanding work and their contributions to nursing and health care. Agnew, Jamnicky, Lindsay, and Santos* live in Toronto. Walden lives in Ottawa.

Last year, the office of the Governor General of Canada announced it was giving 30 medals to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to distribute to nurses across Canada. RNAO was given five because it is the Ontario member of the national nursing organization. The remaining medals are being given out to other provincial/territorial nursing colleges and associations who are also part of CNA. RNAO’s board of directors had the difficult task of choosing from a list of over 40 nominees. The commemorative award was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

The awards will be handed out at an event hosted by the CNA in Ottawa on March 5. To check out the full list of recipients, click here.

Theresa Agnew, Toronto
Leah Jamnicky, Toronto
M. Patrice Lindsay, Toronto
Ruth Walden, Gloucester (Ottawa)

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is recognizing 30 registered nurses (RNs) with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. The recipients will be celebrated at an evening reception and medal presentation attended by Canadian nursing leaders, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, federal Minister of Health, CNA President Barb Mildon and CNA CEO Rachel Bard.

Rideau Club
99 Bank St., Ottawa K1P 6B9

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Program highlights:
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Welcome reception
6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Medal ceremony

The RNs who are receiving their Jubilee medals this week are the latest group of RNAO members to be selected for this prestigious honour. Nine other RNs including RNAO`s Chief Executive Officer Doris Grinspun have also received Jubilee medals.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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*Josephine Santos is not able to travel to Ottawa for the ceremony.

Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
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Melissa Di Costanzo
Communications Officer/Writer, RNAO
Office: 416-408-5606