Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Chapter of the Year: Region 7 "Toronto East Chapter"

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

RNAO's Region 7 represents members in Toronto (East). It has increased its force over the past few years, with members attending rallies on housing, poverty, immigrant health, and refugee policy. Members also participated in media conferences on minimum wage, a national pharmacare program, BPG implementation, and safe injection services. Each year, representatives from Region 7 participate alongside other nurses in Toronto’s Pride Parade. The launch of an initiative called Political Cafés has generated interest in municipal politics, and members continue their involvement in provincial political events such as Queen’s Park Day, Queen’s Park on the Road, Take Your MPP To Work, and all-candidate debates during elections. Through the two student executive leads, the region has developed a unique relationship with Ryerson University. The group has secured free space at Ryerson for RNAO meetings, and has increased student membership by at least 400 thanks to events on campus to raise awareness of RNAO. Region 7 supports individual members to become leaders. For example, students are sponsored to attend the annual Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) conference and RNFOO awards. The region also funded the student who launched the Autism Teenage Partnership last year to help autistic youth. Region 7 embraces different ways of communicating with members through social media, teleconferences, emails and regular meetings, and has seen a sharp increase in membership since 2014.