The Nursing Now Ontario Awards celebrate the contribution of nurses who improve the health outcomes of Ontarians and who contribute to nursing practice. Awards are presented to one winner in three categories: nurse practitioner (NP), registered nurse (RN) and registered practical nurse (RPN).
Entries will be judged by a volunteer panel of nurses. The three awards will be presented during Nursing Week.
The Nursing Now Ontario Awards leverages and supports the goals of the Nursing Now campaign, a global initiative led by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing. The campaign calls on governments, health professionals and service users to value nurses and champion their leadership in providing the best quality of care. It's about supporting nurses to lead, to learn and to strengthen the profession, in both clinical practice and political leadership.
Guangxia Meng is the NP recipient of the 2022 Nursing Now Ontario Awards. This year marks 30 years of nursing for Meng, who began her nursing career in Tianjin, China in 1992. Meng is a hardworking, dedicated and knowledgeable NP who has worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre (SRHC) in Newmarket for the past 18 years, currently working in its Stroke Prevention Clinic.
A passionate and dedicated advocate for street-involved, homeless youth, this year’s registered nurse (RN) recipient of the third-annual Nursing Now Ontario Awards is Marisa Bannavong.
Becki Lee is the RPN recipient of the 2022 Nursing Now Ontario Awards. She has been an RPN at the Village of Riverside Glen Long Term Care for the past 10 years. She shares her passion for excellent resident care with other neighbourhoods and shifts by working as a preceptor to nursing students and providing orientation to new team members.