Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

RNAO Chapter of the Year: RNAO Region 3 "Hamilton Chapter"

RNAO Chapter of the Year: RNAO Region 3 "Hamilton Chapter"

The RNAO chapter of the year award goes to the RNAO 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 roles of the RN or NP in their region. The chapter or RWC uses a variety of media and communications tools to effectively engage with their region, influence decision-makers, mobilize RNs/NPs for action, and increase membership. The chapter or RWC demonstrates strong leadership in its nursing and health-care community. The chapter's activities reflect RNAO's ENDs.

To say the Hamilton chapter is active in its community is an understatement. Chapter members have attended a variety of local events this past year, including the March for Science, a Take Back the Night rally, and also laid a wreath at a local Remembrance Day service. Hamilton members have contributed articles to The Hamilton Spectator for its annual Nursing Week insert for the past 15 years. In 2017, the chapter hosted a wide variety of events that targeted all of its membership, from nursing students to career RNs and NPs. Its executive also met with politicians during Queens Park on the Road and Take Your MPP To Work events. The chapter works closely with other chapters, often inviting them to attend Hamilton events while at the same time attending events hosted by other chapters and interest groups. According to current president Irene Molenaar, the local executive is a spirited team. "We are a force to be reckoned with," she says, adding they will continue to champion health care and advocate on behalf of the Hamilton community, as well as RNAO across the province.