Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Winners of Recognition Awards and Media Awards announced

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Our annual Recognition Awards recognize individuals and groups that make significant contributions to RNAO's mandate: Speaking Out for Nursing, Speaking Out for Health.

The awards acknowledge contributions made by volunteers and long-time members within the association. They also foster excellence in the nursing profession and promote the profession to the public by highlighting the best of nursing practice, education, research, administration and policy.

The organization’s annual media awards competition honours reporters working at newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations and online publications examining nursing, health and health-care issues.

Recognition Awards

Leadership Award in Nursing Administration
Carol Maxwell
Debbie Toppozini

Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic)
Carmen James-Henry

Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Staff Development)
Lisa Lun

Leadership Award in Nursing Research
Cheryl Forchuk

Leadership Award in Political Action
Lorraine Telford

Chapter of the Year
Peel Chapter

Interest Group of the Year
Staff Nurse Interest Group

Leadership Award in Student Mentorship
Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy

RNAO Student of Distinction Award
Rachelle Bergeron

Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly Honorary Life Member)
Wendy Fucile

Honoured Friend of Nursing (formerly Honorary Member)
Michael Creek

Award of Merit
Sheryl Bernard
Jo-Ann Hoeflok

RNAO in the Workplace Award
Toronto Public Health

HUB Fellowship
Bahar Karimi

President’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice
Anne LeMesurier

Media Awards

Daily Newspaper - Best News Story
Ottawa Citizen
Elizabeth Payne
Lung cancer, the stigmatized killer

Daily Newspaper - Best Series
Hamilton Spectator
Steve Buist
Cancer: A Code Red Project

Daily Newspaper - Best In-depth Feature
Ottawa Citizen
Joanne Laucius
The other side of 18

Community Newspaper- Best In-depth Feature
Manotick News, Metroland East
Laura Mueller, Emma Jackson, Jessica Cunha, Blair Edwards and Michelle Nash
Dying for dignity

Online - Best Story
Global News (
Patrick Cain and Carmen Chai
Childbirth economics: What older moms and teenage pregnancy say about opportunity in Ontario

Radio - Best News Story
CBC Radio’s World at Six
Pauline Dakin
MS procedure debunked

Radio - Best In-depth Feature
The Sunday Edition, CBC Radio One
Alisa Siegel
A place for Konnisola

Television - Best News Story
CBC Ottawa
Steve Fischer, Lynn Douris, Paula Waddell, Mathieu Theriault and Reno Patry
Opioids news reports

Television - Best In-depth Feature
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Mental health matters