Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Lifetime Achievement Award: Cathy Crowe

Lifetime Achievement Award: Cathy Crowe

This award is bestowed on long-standing members of RNAO who exemplify outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing 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. We have two recipients this year.

Cathy Crowe is a fierce advocate for the rights and dignity of people who are homeless. She first found her way into street nursing at Toronto's Street Health. "It was the independence and freedom to just do nursing that drew me to Street Health," she says. In addition to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, Cathy was also recently appointed Member of the Order of Canada. She says the appointment, as well as receiving a recognition award from RNAO, has been overwhelming, but it's important that her work is recognized. Cathy can often be found advocating for shelter reform and homelessness through various media interviews and documentaries, social media, and at Toronto's City Hall. In 2007, she published her first book, Dying for a Home, which chronicled the experiences of homeless individuals and her advocacy efforts on their behalf. Cathy is currently a distinguished visiting practitioner at Ryerson University's department of politics, and is revising a memoir about her career.