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CNA congratulates Lisa Little on becoming First Vice-President of ICN


December 1, 2021 – The board, staff and members of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to our member and an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing, Lisa Little, on being elected to the position of first vice-president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

“This is excellent news for both ICN and for nursing more broadly. Lisa’s extensive knowledge of health systems and the health profession, as well as her broad range of experience globally, will prove to be invaluable in her new position as first vice-president of ICN,” said Tim Guest, president of CNA.

A former director of public policy at CNA, Lisa was recently elected to a second term on the ICN board, representing North America and the Caribbean. She has been an important supporter of CNA over many years.

“I cannot think of a harder working or more suitable candidate for this position than Lisa. She embodies nursing leadership, and her ethic of hard work done well continues to help advance the nursing profession both in Canada and worldwide,” said Michael Villeneuve, CEO of CNA. “I know that Lisa will be an excellent support to the new president, Pamela Cipriano, and the entire ICN board.”

CNA also wishes to congratulate second vice-president Karen Bjøro, from Norway, and third vice-president Lian-Hua Huang, from Taiwan, as well as the entire new board of directors. We would also like to thank ICN’s outgoing president, Annette Kennedy, for all her hard work. We look forward to our continued relationship with Lisa and the entire ICN board.

Lisa Little will be featured in a Canadian Nurse profile on December 6th.


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