Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Winners of RNAO Media Awards announced


TORONTO, March 14, 2017 – Journalists from CBC Radio's The Current and the Ottawa Citizen are among the big winners as the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) announces the recipients of its annual Media Awards.

Both news outlets garnered two awards in the competition, which celebrates outstanding journalism that shines a spotlight on nursing, health and health-care issues. Eleven awards will be handed out in total, in categories for print, radio, television and online media.

"It is our honour to recognize these outstanding journalists, who have worked diligently to share the stories of Ontarians on all sides of our health system," says RNAO President Carol Timmings. "Free and independent journalism is a pillar of our strong democracy, and we couldn't be prouder of our award winners."

Winners also include journalists from Global News, CTV, CBC Marketplace, Metroland Media, OZY Magazine, Peterborough This Week and the Woodstock Sentinel-Review. Winning stories tackled a variety of key health issues, including staffing cuts at an Ottawa hospital, the transgender community's struggle to access health care, and post-traumatic stress disorder among Ontario's first responders.

"Without the hours of research, interviewing and adept storytelling of these journalists, many of these stories may not have come to light," says RNAO Chief Executive Office Doris Grinspun. "As registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students, we vow to continue to support Canada's superb news media."

Winners were determined by a panel of judges comprised of nurses and journalists. Awards will be handed out at the president's banquet following RNAO's 92nd annual general meeting on Friday, April 28 in Toronto.

Here is the full list of RNAO Media Award winners:

Desmond Devoy
Metroland Media - Smiths Falls Record News
Community newspaper, best in-depth feature

Alex Karn
Peterborough This Week
Community newspaper, best news story

Heather Rivers and Jennifer Vandermeer
Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Daily newspaper, best news story

Elizabeth Payne
Ottawa Citizen
Daily newspaper, best series

Joanne Laucius
Ottawa Citizen
Exceptional reporting on an RN/nursing issue

Rignam Wangkhang
OZY Magazine
Magazine, best story

Carmen Chai and Andrew Russell
Global News
Online, best story

Elizabeth Hoath, Cathy Simon and Laura Lynch
CBC, The Current
Radio, best in depth-feature

Alison Motluk
CBC, The Current
Radio, best news story

Andreas Wesley, Tyana Grundig and David Common
CBC Marketplace
Television, best in-depth feature

Joanne Schnurr
CTV Ottawa
Television, best news story

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students 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. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Punch
Communications Officer/Writer, RNAO
Tel: 416-408-5606 / 1-800-268-7199, ext. 250