Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Chapter of the Year: Toronto East – Region without chapters

Chapter of the Year: Toronto East – Region without chapters

The RNAO chapter of the year award goes to a chapter or region without chapters (RWC) that best exemplifies a commitment to RNAO through active promotion, participation and initiation of projects that promote healthy public policy and the role of the RN or NP in its region. The chapter or RWC uses a variety of media and communications tools to effectively engage with its region, influence decision-makers, mobilize RNs/NPs to take action, and increase membership. This chapter or RWC demonstrates strong leadership in its nursing and health-care community, and its activities reflect RNAO's ENDs.

Toronto East – Region without chapters – works to motivate its members by fostering a sense of belonging, according to president Lhamo Dolkar, who is also Region 7 representative on RNAO's board of directors. This is the second Chapter of the Year award for Toronto East in less than five years, and Dolkar says the recognition goes to the executive team. Dolkar says the line between executive roles is often blurred in Toronto East because executive network officers in a variety of roles are willing to help out, regardless of title. When running a large region that represents many members, Dolkar says a strong executive team makes all the difference. "Having a great team makes the work so much easier," she says. Toronto East's signature event is its annual December celebration. The 2018 event focused on women in politics, promoting empowerment among women. RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun and President Angela Cooper Brathwaite attended the 2018 event along with MPPs Doly Begum (NDP, Scarborough Southwest) and Mitzie Hunter (Liberal, Scarborough-Guildwood). Dolkar says the executive team uses this and other events to create a culture that encourages member leadership.