The Leadership Award in Political Action is presented to the RN or NP who acts as a change agent, resource and mentor through political action. This individual is actively involved in discussions with MPPs/MPs, other decision-makers, and media that benefit the health of individuals or communities.
Mahoganie Hines is a palliative pain and symptom management consultant for Hospice Niagara. She is an active member in her community. Currently, she volunteers her time acting as RNAO’s policy and political action executive network officer (ENO) for both the Niagara Chapter and Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group (PCNIG). She also sits on the newly formed national Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA) as secretary/treasurer. She is also involved in multiple committees on the Overdose Prevention Network of Niagara (OPENN). Mahoganie volunteers at the local Consumption and Treatment Service Site (CTS) and referees for Niagara Roller Derby. She works as an RN at McNally House Hospice, casually, as well as working full time for Hospice Niagara throughout the Niagara Region. Mahoganie says she is honoured, humbled and inspired to be the recipient of this year’s RNAO Leadership award in Political Action. Continuing her advocacy work and policy development, she begins her Masters of Health Science in Bioethics later this year.