Angela Cooper Brathwaite RNAO president
Angela Cooper-Brathwaite
Past-President, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite is an associate graduate faculty member at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. As a mentor, she coaches, role models, fosters student engagement and stimulates students’ cognitive abilities by questioning and challenging them to excel to their full potential. Angela is also the co-chair of RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force (BNTF). In both of these roles, she is a leader, policy advocate, researcher and teacher. Her research is focused on preventing Type 2 diabetes among minority groups. She also focuses her research work on racism experienced by Black nurses. Angela chose nursing as a career because she likes helping and caring for people. Her career accomplishments are varied and include executive leadership positions in acute care nursing and nursing education. She is particularly proud of her work teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and her role as past president for RNAO. Angela is truly thankful for this award and will continue sharing her knowledge and skills with students to enhance their learning and fulfill their career goals.

The Leadership Award in Student Mentorship is awarded to the RN or NP who demonstrates outstanding practice as a nurse educator, mentor or preceptor in health care. This individual enhances the role of the RN and/or NP by encouraging critical thinking and evidence-informed practice, and initiates discussion about important nursing issues that encourage action and change. This individual is resourceful, adapting teaching to maximize learning opportunities that will contribute to student engagement and action.