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Lifetime Achievement Award: Kathy Moreland

This award is given to long-standing RNAO members who have made exceptional contributions to nursing practice, education, administration or research at the provincial, national or international levels. This includes activities that promote the association among nursing colleagues, the government and other health-care partners.

A registered nurse for 34 years - 22 of which were in oncology and palliative care - Kathy Moreland says her desire to make a difference in the health of Ontarians was behind her decision to become an RN and to join RNAO three decades ago. Moreland, who now teaches nursing at Conestoga College, has had a busy career, but has always found time to do advocacy work, including presentations to MPPs on behalf of RNAO. In 2012, Moreland submitting a unanimously approved resolution on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) at RNAO's Annual General Meeting (AGM). When she’s not involved in this important advocacy work, Moreland is chairing the Research Council for the Healing Touch Program (an accredited therapy program based in San Antonio, Texas), and keeping busy as a wife and mother of two teens. When reflecting on all of her accomplishments, she says what has driven her has been her ability to believe in herself and her refusal to let fiscal realities prevent her from finding solutions. "Don't ever believe you can't change something that needs to be changed," she says.