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Stellar group of nurses named the first Fellows of Canadian Academy of Nursing

September 9, 2020 — As we celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to announce the inaugural class of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing. The academy is the first pan-Canadian organization dedicated to identifying, educating, supporting and celebrating nursing leaders across all the regulated categories and domains of practice. The Fellowship program recognizes and celebrates the most accomplished nurses in Canada and represents the highest honour for Canada’s nursing leaders.

“This is a historic step forward in Canadian nursing,” said Tim Guest, CNA president. “I am delighted to finally have the opportunity to announce the inaugural Fellows. Each individual has displayed outstanding leadership and commitment to advancing the nursing profession in Canada and globally.”

To become a Fellow, candidates made a detailed submission to the academy, which included a completed nomination form by two nominators. The decision to select candidates for Fellowship was based on their demonstration of substantial contributions and sustained impact to nursing.

The Fellows are as follows:

  • Michelle Acorn
  • Irmajean Bajnok
  • Marilyn Ballantyne
  • Helene Berman
  • Joan Bottorff
  • Annette J. Browne
  • Victoria Bungay
  • David Byres
  • Lorie Donelle
  • Netha Dyck
  • Maher El-Masri
  • Carole Estabrooks
  • Nancy Feeley
  • Marilyn Ford-Gilboe
  • Doris Grinspun
  • Linda McGillis Hall
  • Marcia Hills
  • Pam Hubley
  • Lianne Jeffs
  • Heather Keith
  • Sandra Lauck
  • Kimberly LeBlanc
  • Lisa Little
  • Carmen Loiselle
  • Kathleen MacMillan
  • Colleen Maykut
  • Mary McAllister
  • Becky Palmer
  • Natasha Prodan-Bhalla
  • Margaret Rauliuk
  • Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham
  • Elizabeth Saewyc
  • Richard Sawatzky
  • Judith Shamian
  • Julia Scott
  • Shannon Scott
  • Beverley Simpson
  • Victoria Smye
  • Judith Skelton-Green
  • Kelli Stajduhar
  • Dawn Stacey
  • Bonnie Stevens
  • Agnes Marie Tarrant
  • Michelle Trask
  • Carol Young-Ritchie
  • Peggy White

The inaugural class of Fellows joins our Charter Fellows, who were appointed earlier in 2020 to help the CNA team establish the Canadian Academy of Nursing. The Charter Fellows are:

  • Claire Betker
  • Chantal Cara
  • Greta G. Cummings
  • Laurie N. Gottlieb
  • Jacqollyne Keath
  • Dianne Martin
  • Ruth Martin-Misener
  • Lynn M. Nagle
  • Sioban Nelson
  • Earl Nowgesic
  • Sally Thorne, Chair
  • Colleen Varcoe

Profiles of all our fellows will be posted on the academy pages of the CNA website. These nurses have all earned the right to use the credential Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN) after the induction ceremony.

“This is such an exciting landmark for Canadian nursing leadership,” said Mike Villeneuve, CNA CEO. “I want to thank every nominee for their time and dedication to the growth, diversity and sustainability of the new Fellowship program. CNA looks forward to working with the inaugural class to continue advancing nursing leadership in Canada, and we will be turning regularly to our Fellows and members for their advice and expertise in developing our nursing and public policy positions.”

The Charter and inaugural Fellows will be inducted this fall. Due to COVID-19 public health measures, we will celebrate the Fellows in a virtual ceremony on November 20, from 12 p.m.-14:30 p.m. ET. Details will be posted on the Canadian Academy of Nursing pages of the CNA website.


About the Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses Association is a powerful, unified voice for the Canadian nursing profession. We represent regulated and retired nurses in all 13 provinces and territories. We advance the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen health care for all people in Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Eve Johnston
Media and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-282-7859
Email: ejohnston@cna-aiic.ca