The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on long-standing members of RNAO who exemplify outstanding contributions to the profession in the areas of practice, education, administration or research, at the provincial, national and/or international level. This includes activities that promote RNAO among nursing colleagues, the government and other health-care partners.

Dr. Angela Cooper-Brathwaite

Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite is an associate graduate faculty member at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. She is also the co-chair of RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force (BNTF). In these positions, 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 excited to be nominated for the RNAO Lifetime Achievement Award. “When I received the news, it sounded as music to my ears,” she says. “This news elevated my mood. I am truly thankful and will continue to serve RNAO’s members in the future.”

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Angela Cooper Brathwaite RNAO president