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Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic): Kimberley LeBlanc

This award is presented to the RN who excels as a nursing educator in a university or college. The winner enhances the image of nursing by encouraging critical thinking, innovation and debate on nursing issues, and acts as a role model and mentor.

A nurse educator for 18 years in various roles, Kimberly LeBlanc says the most rewarding part of teaching has been getting to watch students grow and develop passions of their own. "At the end of the day, if I can get one student to become passionate about what they do, I can improve the lives of many patients," says LeBlanc. Currently working as a Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certified enterostomal therapy nurse with KDS Professional Consulting, and as an adjunct professor at London’s Western University, LeBlanc spends most of her time teaching nurses and physicians how to better manage wounds, ostomies and continence issues, while also lecturing and supervising student research projects. Described by her nominators as an excellent mentor and colleague, LeBlanc also keeps herself busy by travelling the world to give presentations about important health-care issues at national conferences, including two upcoming conferences in Brazil and Italy. With a long career ahead of her, LeBlanc's plan is to complete her doctoral studies and continue to build on her experiences in education, clinical work, and research.