Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Chapter of the Year

This award goes to the chapter or region without chapters that best demonstrates commitment to RNAO through active participation in RNAO initiatives.

RNAO's Halton chapter may be small, but it is mighty, says its president Karimah Alidina. Its membership is relatively low compared to neighbouring chapters, but that hasn't stopped the chapter from having a major impact over the past year. Its banner year included building relationships with local politicians through RNAO political events such as Queen’s Park Day, Queen’s Park on the Road, Take Your MPP to Work. The chapter executive also focused on improving the health of Halton nurses by hosting workshops on healthy eating habits and zumba classes. With the community in mind, the group hosted a Dialogue on Suicide Awareness, which addressed an important issue within the Halton region. Karimah says the highlight of the year was a Nursing Week art competition for local school children, who were asked to draw a picture of what nursing means to them. This, coupled with the chapter’s Nurse of the Year award, showed local members how appreciated they are. "It's our way to say thank you to our members for their vision and their dedication."