Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) honours nine journalists for their coverage of nurs


TORONTO, March 31, 2006 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is pleased to announce nine successful journalists who are the recipients of this year’s Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.

This year’s winners include those from large media outlets including the Toronto Star and CBC Radio One, as well as smaller papers such as The Sault Star and Toronto Community News. The awards will be presented during the President’s Banquet at RNAO’s annual general meeting, Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North hotel in Richmond Hill.

The winners of the 2006 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting are:

  • Holly Lake, a writer for the Ottawa Sun for “A life of pain,” winner in the daily newspaper, best series category.
  • Robin Harvey, a Toronto Star reporter for “Helping lost souls find their feet,” winner in the daily newspaper, best feature category.
  • Frank Dobrovnik for his story “Is there an internist in the house?” The Sault Star reporter won in the daily newspaper, best news story category.
  • Lisa Day, of Toronto Community News, in the community newspaper, best feature category, for her story “Dying to be skinny.”
  • Time Magazine (Canadian Edition), for “Canadian Hospitals,” winner in the magazine, best story category.
  • Kellie Hudson, CBC Radio One (Thunder Bay), winner in the radio, best local or regional broadcast category, for her story “Bariatric surgery.”
  • Pauline Dakin, CBC Radio One, for “Pandemic: the threat of avian flu,” in the radio, best national broadcast category.
  • Dale Molnar, CBC television (Windsor), for his coverage of the fallout following the murder of Windsor RN Lori Dupont. Molnar won in the television, best local or regional broadcast category.
  • Donna Young, for her story on Body & Health (Global TV), “The nurse practitioner,” which won for best national broadcast, television.

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practice 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