Through leadership and involvement in several community networks and organizations, Lori Zozzolotto advocates for and supports nurses and patients to live their best lives, and works to achieve social change on many fronts. Lori started her nursing practice as a registered practical nurse (RPN), then bridged to RN and became designated as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse by the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC). An RN for more than 15 years, she currently works as a clinical specialist for Convatec Canada. She is also the development officer at the Ontario Black Nurses’ Network, teaching conflict management in their Black Nurses’ Leadership Institute. She also participates actively in the NSWOCC national diversity task force, and in the is a member of the steering committee of an LGBTQ+ employment resource group that supports diversity. Most recently, Lori co-founded an Ostomy Canada support group in her town to support ostomates.
The Award of Merit goes to an RN or NP who has made outstanding contributions to RNAO and the nursing profession in Ontario. This resourceful individual is a change-maker, advocating for, promoting and initiating changes to improve healthy public policy through RNAO initiatives. This person serves as a resource and mentor contributing to and enhancing the role of the RN/NP in Ontario.