Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario opens doors of its new home


TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2006 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is proud to announce the official opening of its new office at 158 Pearl St. in downtown Toronto. To celebrate the opening, RNAO is hosting an open house tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

RNAO’s new home is a lovely, four-storey red brick building built in the late 1800s. Located two blocks west of University Avenue, one block north of King Street, it is directly behind the Royal Alexandra Theatre in the heart of the entertainment district.

“Our new home reflects RNAO’s strength and visibility,” says RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun.

“The new office gives each of our 24,000 members a professional home they can be proud of, and gives the association a greater presence with the general public as we continue to speak out for nursing and health-care issues,” adds RNAO president Joan Lesmond.

The move comes after RNAO members approved the purchase of a new building at the 2004 annual general meeting. Last January, the Board unanimously approved the purchase of 154 and158 Pearl St. Construction and retrofitting took place over the summer and fall, and staff settled in during early November. RNAO’s new home brings together staff from the former University Avenue home office as well as our Richmond Street office; our entire team of 60 expert staff will now be under one roof.


  • RNAO president Joan Lesmond.
  • Executive director Doris Grinspun.
  • RNAO’s board of directors and assembly representatives.
  • Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman.
  • 250 RNs and representatives from other health-care organizations across Ontario.

RNAO open house, officially opening the new home of our 24,000 member-strong organization.

158 Pearl St., Toronto.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied 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, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605