Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

90 Years of Leadership

Past Executive Directors/Chief Executive Officers

Name Year
Ethel Scholey 1926
Matilda Fitzgerald 1927 – 1945
Florence Walker 1946 – 1959
Laura Barr 1960 – 1976
Doris Gibney* 1976 – 1977
Maureen Powers 1977 – 1983
Gloria Tuck 1983 – 1984
Gail Donner 1984 – 1989
Judy Watts 1989 – 1990
Mary Wheeler* 1990 – 1991
Lynda Parks 1991 – 1992
Patricia Simpson 1992 – 1993
Margaret Watson 1993 – 1995
Jacqueline Choiniere* 1995 – 1996
Doris Grinspun 1996 – Present
*Acting/Interim

Note: The Executive Director’s position has had numerous title changes over the years. From 1926 to 1950 the position was designated Secretary. In 1951 the title was changed to General Secretary-Treasurer and in 1956 the position was designated Executive Secretary. The designation Executive Director came into effect in September 1966.


The designation of Chief Executive Officer came into effect in April 2012.

RNAO Past Presidents

Name Year(s)
E. MacP. Dickson 1925 – 1926 (1st unofficial president)
Florence H. M. Emory 1926 – 1929
E. Muriel McKee 1929 – 1931
Mary B. Millman 1931 – 1933
Marjorie Buck 1933 – 1936
Ethel Cryderman 1936 – 1938
Constance Brewster 1938 – 1940
Jean Church 1940 – 1942
Mildred Walker 1942 – 1944
Jean Masten 1944 – 1946
Nettie Fidler 1946 – 1949
Rahno Beamish 1949 – 1951
Gladys Sharpe 1951 – 1953
Bianca Beyer 1953 – 1955
Alma Reid 1955 – 1956
Christine Livingstone 1956 – 1957
Alma Reid 1957 – 1958
Margaret Morgan 1958 – 1960
Ella Howard 1960 – 1962
Blanche Duncanson 1962 – 1963
Jenny Weir 1963 – 1964
Margaret Page 1964 – 1965
Margaret Marie Rice 1965 – 1966
Elsbeth Geiger 1966 – 1967
Albert Wedgery 1967 – 1969
Laura Butler 1969 – 1971
Josephine Flaherty 1971 – 1973
Wendy Gerhard 1973 – 1975
Norma Marossi 1975 – 1977
Irmajean Bajnok 1977 – 1979
Jocelyn Hezekiah 1979 - 1981
Shirley Wheatley 1981 – 1983
Gail Paech 1983 – 1985
Patricia Kirkby 1985 – 1987
Eleanor Ross 1987 – 1989
Elsabeth Jensen 1989 – 1990
Shauna Fenwick 1990 – 1991
Sheila David 1991 – 1992
Emily Phillips 1992 – 1993
Valerie Smith 1993 – 1994
Kathleen MacMillan 1994 – 1995
Vickie Kaminski 1995 – 1996
Margaret Wood 1996 – 1997
Charlotte Noesgaard 1997 – 1998
Judith Shamian 1998 – 1999
Susanne Williams 1999 – 2000
Shirlee Sharkey 2000 – 2002
Adeline Falk Rafael 2002 – 2004
Joan Lesmond 2004 – 2006
Mary Ferguson Paré 2006 – 2008
Wendy Fucile 2008 – 2010
David McNeil 2010 – 2012
Rhonda Seidman-Carlson 2012 – 2014
Vanessa Burkoski 2014 – 2016