Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario honours health-care journalists with annual award


TORONTO, April 2, 2009 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting.

The 2009 winners have been chosen from 50 entries. The winning submissions represent large and small media outlets including The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Global Television, Stoney Creek News and Burlington Post. The awards will be presented during the President’s Banquet at RNAO’s Annual General Meeting, Friday, April 24.

The winners of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting are:
• Abigail Cukier, Stoney Creek News, in the community newspaper, best in-depth feature category, for her story about teenagers caring for their ill parents.

• CBC Radio One’s Pauline Dakin wins the best in-depth feature, radio award for her story exploring the issues behind whole-body donations to science.

• Denise Davy, a reporter at The Hamilton Spectator, receives the daily newspaper, best in-depth feature award for her examination of mental health services for children.

• The Globe and Mail’s year-long look at mental health care in Canada is the winner of this year’s daily newspaper, best series award.

• Marcia Kaye, MORE Magazine, for best magazine story for her article about the impact estrogen and progesterone can have on perimenopausal women.

• André Picard, The Globe and Mail, is the best column winner for his look at the social and economic factors behind a group of nurses’ fight for equal pay.

• Pauline Tam, for her look at how Queensway Carleton Hospital has reduced the waits for hip and knee surgery. The Ottawa Citizen reporter won for daily newspaper, best news story.

• Allison Vuchnich, Global News Toronto, receives two awards this year. Her three-part series on health concerns related to compact fluorescent light bulbs won for best in-depth feature in television, while her story looking at the way a team at the Hospital for Sick Children cares for critically ill patients across the province won for television, best news story.

• Tim Whitnell’s coverage in the Burlington Post of the fallout from an outbreak of C. difficile won in the best news story, community newspaper category.

“These reporters have excelled at sharing the impact health care has on millions of patients and health professionals in Ontario,” says RNAO President Wendy Fucile. “These journalists show a commitment to telling stories that are both important and of interest to people in Ontario.”

“It’s inspiring to see that such important issues have been dominating headlines over the last year,” adds Doris Grinspun, Executive Director of RNAO. “Mental health, C. difficile and nurses’ roles on critical care teams are all stories that give the public an insider’s look at the health-care system and the key role nurses play.”

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.


Please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Office: 416-408-5605