Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Nursing Now Ontario award recipients recognized

Celebrating the contributions made by nurses to nursing practice, the health of Ontarians and our health-care system, RNAO, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) recognized one NP, RN and RPN during Nursing Week 2020 (May 11-17) as part of the inaugural Nursing Now Ontario Awards. 

After receiving 234 nominations, the associations honoured Michael Borja, primary health care NP for the East GTA Family Health Team; Patric Campeau, professor for the St. Lawrence College and RN at the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Kelly Karges, RPN for Sunbeam Centre. 

Award recipients were recognized in a virtual award ceremony on May 12 where special guests included Lord Nigel Crisp, chairperson for Nursing Now and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott. 

See the full ceremony online. Also, see the bios for each of the winners. 

The awards fall on the same day as the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. 

This awards program builds on the goals of the Nursing Now campaign, a global initiative aimed at raising the profile of the profession and improving health around the world through nursing. The campaign calls on governments, health professionals and service users to champion nurses’ role in clinical practice, policy and political leadership.

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