Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO honours journalists for their coverage of nursing and health-care issues for 10th straight year


TORONTO, March 26, 2008 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.

This year’s winners were chosen from more than 50 entries. The winning entries represent large and small media outlets including The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Global Television and Burlington Post. The awards will be presented during the President’s Banquet at RNAO’s annual general meeting, Friday, April 11 at the Hilton Suites in Markham.The winners of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting are:

  • Mike Adler, Joanna Lavoie and Lisa Queen of the Scarborough Mirror for best community newspaper series for their stories on drug addiction.
  • CBC Radio reporters Sandra Bartlett, Phil Harbord, David McKie and Susanne Reber won this year’s radio, best in-depth feature category for their series on violence and medication in long-term care.
  • This year’s best in-depth feature, online, entry comes from Lisa Day at Toronto Community News. She wrote about grandparents faced with the task of raising their grandchildren.
  • Mary Gazze is the winner of this year’s student journalism award. Her story Canada: Destination for Infertile Couples was completed while she was a student at Carleton University and later published in the Globe and Mail.
  • The Hamilton Spectator won best series, daily newspaper, for its look at caring for the aging population in Full Circle: A Family Guide to Eldercare.
  • Marcia Kaye’s story about the HPV vaccine, Hot shot, published in More Magazine, took the magazine, best story categor
  • Waterloo Region Record reporter Anne Kelly’s portrait of the inner workings of local emergency rooms, won the daily newspaper, best in-depth feature category.
  • Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen, is the winner in the best news story, daily newspaper category, for her article ‘Draconian’ Policy Stymies Cancer Patient.
  • Vanessa Moss’s story on farmers’ mental health, published in the Elmira-based paper, The Observer, won in the community newspaper, best in-depth feature category.
  • Globe and Mail health reporter André Picard won best column for Who will endure as nursing’s leading light?
  • Tim Whitnell, Burlington Post, won for his story Jo Brant dialysis unit on hold, in the community newspaper, best news story category.
  • Global News reporter Allison Vuchnich won for best in-depth feature and best news story, television, for her stories about mental health and bisphenol A in baby bottles.

“These reporters have excelled at drawing out the stories that show the impact our health-care system has on millions of patients and health professionals in Ontario,” says RNAO President Mary Ferguson-Pare. “The diversity of this year’s entries reveals that health-care remains a priority to the public.”

“It’s inspiring to see the high calibre of this year’s winning entries,” adds Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of RNAO. “These journalists show a commitment to telling stories that are both important and of interest to people in Ontario.”

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605