Manitoba RNs Sonia Michalyshen and Phyllis Reader were honoured with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in February 2014. This award recognizes Canadians who have “made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.” Michalyshen and Reader are co-founders of International HOPE Canada Inc., a non-profit organization that collects and distributes refurbished medical equipment and other sterilized medical supplies, which were previously simply discarded. Initially, the two faced resistance to the idea from manufacturers, hospital administrators, health authorities and even politicians. Today, however, with the help of volunteers, they divert unused items like suture, gauze and gloves from the landfill to impoverished countries all over the world who can use them. Both RNs formerly worked in Winnipeg hospitals, Michalyshen as a post-op nurse at Concordia Hospital and Reader as an operating room nurse at St. Boniface Hospital. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Innovative-nurses-receive-major-honour-250411421.html
Retirement hasn’t slowed down Katherine Williams! The retired Nova Scotia public health nurse is the honorary chairwoman of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital fundraising committee. Williams started her 35-year career in 1952 when the hospital was still a big old wooden house. In 1998, she was part of the auxiliary team that raised $6 million to build the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Now, once again leading the fundraising charge, Williams will help bring about a new expansion for primary care that will deliver services from doctors, nurse practitioners, continuing- and palliative-care specialists, all under one roof. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1185114-retired-guysborough-nurse-on-a-mission
A proud Filipino, Edsel Mutia is the latest recipient of the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses’ (CARE) Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award. The North York General Hospital intensive care nurse was nominated for the award by a colleague. It is presented to “an internationally educated nurse who displays professionalism, excellence in holistic care for patients, exceptional knowledge, teamwork, courage, resilience and passion.” Mutia dedicated his award to the citizens of his native Philippines, who are still struggling to rebuild after national disasters. Before coming to Canada, he worked at a community hospital in the Philippines and in an intensive care unit in Saudi Arabia. http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4251576-award-winning-nurse-at-north-york-general-dedicates-honour-to-filipino-community
After her husband’s serious illness led to a long hospital stay, former RN and dean at the University of New Brunswick’s faculty of nursing Penny Ericson raised red flags about cleanliness and professionalism at a Fredericton hospital. Since speaking out publicly, she’s already seen changes for the better, calling the improvements “a credit to the people who are leading the charge to make a difference.” Ericson says she plans to lobby for a greater role for nurses, which she believes would further improve patients’ quality of care. Ericson also founded the New Brunswick Gerontological Nurses Association and is past president of the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/fredericton-hospital-s-quality-compromised-by-cuts-1.1413351
In 2011, the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. honoured Rosemarie Riddell with its advocacy award for her unwavering dedication “‘to making a difference for those who otherwise might not have a voice in health care.’” Riddell, who died in July 2012, was a nurse pioneer in the treatment and care of HIV-positive patients, most remarkably in the early days of the disease when it was terrible, frightening and mysterious. She cared for some of the most stigmatized individuals and was instrumental in educating others about the social contexts that affected HIV/AIDS patients. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/nurse-rosemarie-riddell-saw-beyond-the-stigma-of-hivaids/article14238804/#dashboard/follows/
With the selection of Leslee Thompson and Marilyn Emery, health and nursing were part of the Women’s Executive Network’s list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners in 2013. Thompson, who started her career as a critical care nurse, is now CEO and president of Kingston General Hospital and an assistant professor at Queen’s University. She also recently received the Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour for her commitment to empowering women with cancer and for helping to bring the Look Good Feel Better program to Canada. Emery, who holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Western University, is CEO and president of Women’s College Hospital. She is currently leading a $500-million redevelopment project to advance women’s health, prevent and manage complex, chronic conditions and deliver better health-system solutions. https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/
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