100 Nurses



Judith Mizuik

Judith Mizuik’s leadership roles have included educator, administrator and vice-president of clinical services at the Brenda Strafford Foundation (BSF). As the clinical leader, she ensured all BSF sites met the standards of care, resulting in the highest quality outcomes and accreditation. Judith’s strength is her ability to push boundaries and promote change and growth. She has promoted change within BSF to provide high-quality care to elderly residents. Judith has provided many opportunities for staff/student learning and supports the integration of classroom learning into direct clinical practice. She advocates for nursing research, evidence-based learning, encourages nurses to pursue continuing education and supports the BSF Employee Educational Scholarship Fund.



Lori Apostal

While at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Lori contributed to the development of the Extracorporeal Life Support ECLS rapid-deployment system for cardiac rescue. She also implemented the hospital’s Berlin Heart Program. Lori currently works at the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network where she has recently implemented the lung wellness program. Patients with chronic lung diseases needed to drive over five hours to Edmonton for any pulmonary rehabilitation programs, but are now able to access these programs within their community. Lori also developed an outreach program which brought Primary Care Network programs directly into the First Nations communities surrounding Fort McMurray.


Sheli Murphy

As senior operating officer at Covenant Health, Sheli Murphy provides leadership to 12 rural facilities. She also serves as the executive lead for research and professional practice. Sheli displays exceptional leadership in all her work and has held leadership roles in Catholic health-care organizations for over a decade. She has served as acting president for Caritas Health Group, vice-president for the Misericordia Community Hospital and chief nursing officer for Caritas Health Group with lead for academics and research. Sheli has explored many aspects of registered nursing. She has extensive clinical experience in pediatrics and emergency care and has been an educator, research assistant and front-line manager


David MacLean

Lieutenant Commander David MacLean is a military member who has served in numerous peace keeping missions. In 2009, David was deployed on a hospital ship delivering humanitarian peace-time care to central/south Americans. He was then deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as the second in command in his medical unit, while also working on the intermediate-care ward as a med-surg nurse. In April 2015, he responded to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone where he worked in an Ebola treatment centre, providing care to local and international health-care workers. Currently, David is the detachment commander of a group of high-readiness nurses posted to the Canadian Field Hospital in Edmonton.


Adele Royer

Adele Royer has been a leader among registered nurses working in primary care settings. She has been a strong advocate for registered nurses, serving on a number of committees. Adele served as chair of a clinical care coordinator committee at Chinook Primary Care Network where she played an integral part in developing the role of the registered nurse. Adele played an essential role in developing a job description for both RNs and LPNs at Chinook Primary Care Network. She is a mentor to registered nurses as well as to the facilitators she supervises in her current position as Director of Clinical Services within her primary care network.


Linda Johnston

Linda Johnston has played a significant role in several initiatives to improve the health of mothers and infants. She has helped advance post-partum depression screening in southern Alberta through implementing a program to train nurses and develop protocols for screening. She also led an initiative to give families the opportunity to schedule an appointment for postpartum care prior to discharge from Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Linda also dedicates her time to ensuring youth in her community have the tools they need to become healthy adults. She worked closely with other organizations in her community and volunteered countless hours to find funding for and open a new Youth Wellness Centre.


Trudy Harbidge

Trudy Harbidge has been in nursing leadership positions for over half of her 41-year nursing career. Her leadership in strategic planning has been instrumental in elevating RNs within the roles of case managers, interdisciplinary team leaders and advocates for meeting client needs. Her leadership in the continuing-care system has truly influenced Alberta supporting a community-based model. Her work at the regional and provincial levels supported the shift from institutional-based seniors’ care to a community-based model supported by the expertise of community RNs. Trudy continues to advocate for community RNs as key leaders supporting the shift to a wellness, strengths-based approach in community settings.


Tracey Rice

Tracey Rice is a daily advocate for education in the operating room and is an active member of the Operating Room Nurses Association. Tracey recently served as the education chair for the Operating Room Nurses Association of canada, where she has helped plan their national conferences for the last four years. Tracey takes every opportunity to improve herself through advanced cardiac care, advanced trauma, and leadership courses. She is a strong advocate for CNA certification in perioperative and perianesthesia nursing and enjoys sharing her passion for perioperative nursing with new graduate nurses.

MEd, BScN, Retired

Mary Pat Skene

Mary Pat Skene has had many accomplishments in her career and through all of her endeavors, has been a champion for registered nursing. She developed several programs on a wide variety of topics including total parenteral nutrition, patient classification systems and workplace design, which she has presented locally, nationally and internationally to many students and peers. Mary Pat has been a highly visible nursing leader. In her role as president of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses (now CARNA), she led nurses in several health-care reform initiatives. She has also served as chief executive officer of the Grey Nuns Hospital, president of St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon and vice-president at both the Caritas Health Group and Capital Health Authority.


Janet Schimpf BScN, RN

As senior operating officer at Misericordia Community Hospital, Janet Schimpf is committed to ensuring safe, quality patient care is provided across the spectrum of services at Covenant Health. She has held several educational and administrative positions throughout her 30-year nursing career and keeps patients and staff at the centre of everything she does and in all decisions that she makes. Jan strongly believes in continuous learning and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. Her strong leadership can be seen as she builds and engages her team at the Misericordia Community Hospital and mentors those who work closely with her.


Anjili Sawhney

Anjili Sawhney frequently applies her knowledge and skill as a registered nurse to give back to the community. She served on the board of directors for the Sexual Assault Centre in Edmonton and as an investigator for Alberta Health’s protection for persons in care program. Anjili has also given back though her talent as a researcher. She coordinated a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) research project with inmates at Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre and developed life skills teaching tools for when inmates are released. She frequently gives presentations at conferences on FASD.

MSA, Extended Care Nursing Specialty Certificate, Retired

Tessie Oliva

Tessie Oliva has been critical in addressing barriers experienced by internationally educated nurses (IENs) in gaining licensure in Alberta. Through research and dialogue with decision and policy makers, she gave a voice to IENs on issues relating to professional accreditation and registration. Driven by her vision to support new nurses immigrating to Canada, Tessie founded the Filipino Nurses Association in Alberta (FNAA). Through the FNAA and other initiatives, she has played a key role in helping IENs experience equitable access to nursing opportunities and to strengthen individual capacities of IENs towards their successful nursing licensure and practice in Canada.


Karen Macmillan

Karen Macmillan has been engaged in palliative care research and education for over 20 years. Karen serves on a variety of committees and task forces and has published extensively in this field. She brings a passion for mentorship, research and ongoing quality improvement to her leadership roles. She is the senior operating officer for acute services at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and the lead on the palliative and end of life strategy. She also led the opening of the hospital’s stroke/geriatric unit and expansion of the tertiary palliative care unit.


Tracy MacDonald

Tracy MacDonald provides strategic leadership as the senior operating officer for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Tracy advocates for children and is committed to developing and enhancing the delivery of excellent care to children and their families. This is reflected in her involvement with associations and task forces at a national and provincial level. She sits on the board of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and on the board of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres. In her role, she helps to shine light on important and current issues in order to inform and influence policy.


Lisa Kemp

Lisa Kemp faces challenges head-on, while using humour and an amazing ability to connect with people of all backgrounds. Lisa piloted a workforce initiative that changed the way nursing was structured on her unit. She worked tirelessly to ensure the change would maintain patient safety and that staff was involved in decision-making. Lisa is now managing a team within the primary care northeast zone. Her team facilitates collaborative relationships with community and health-care partners to ensure gaps in services are covered and that quality, safe, and effective patient care is delivered.


Debbie Elliott

Debbie Elliot was instrumental in establishing the quality assurance program at the Misericordia Community Hospital. Changes to care delivery and procedures that improve safety and quality are often recommendations from this committee. Debbie was the co-chair of the accreditation for the operating room, surgical services and medical device reprocessing areas, which included all Covenant Health’s acute care sites throughout the province. Debbie was a member of the Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services and co-lead for the Alberta Health Services Provincial Trauma Working Group. This group is helping to implement a provincial care pathway and order sets for all fractured hip patients across the province.


Deborah Gordon

Over Deborah Gordon’s career in nursing and as a successful health-care leader, she has had an impact on many important health-care changes. In every role that Deborah takes on, she always recognizes and advocates for the importance of nursing practice on patient care. Through her current role as the vice-president and chief health operations office – Northern Alberta for Alberta Health Services, Deborah’s vision for quality patient care has empowered nursing to be an integral and leading force in health-care reform. Deborah is a strong advocate and has supported many initiatives to advance the scope of practice of registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

PhD, MN, Retired

Corrine Truman

Corrine Truman has been a driving force in advancing nursing research. Her leadership can be seen through her commitment to leading by example and excellence in research. Corrine is a prolific writer, co-authoring two book chapters and publishing over 25 articles on issues ranging from anesthesia for maternal labour to long-term care. She has also conducted numerous health service planning and evaluation studies. Corrine has demonstrated leadership in a variety of roles including serving as a strategic health policy manager and as director of case management at Alberta Health Services. Her dedication to advanced education, led her to complete her master of nursing and doctorate.


Lucy Reyes

Lucy’s work in ethics has established her as an expert in the field. She has a way of making informatics interesting and she is an ambassador for the advantages for patient care related to information systems and nursing applications. She is an active member of the Strategic Clinical Network Cardiovascular Arrhythmia and Stroke working group and the project lead for implementing Remote Monitoring across the province. She also led the integration of the Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer Cardiac Device programs Data Repository, the first in the province, which enhanced data flow among these sites resulting in continuity of the patients’ care record.


Judith Spiers

Judith Spiers’ work in qualitative nursing research has made a significant impact on exploring the experiences of those living with chronic and hidden illness, and how those experiences influence interactions between health professionals and patients. Judith has been a co-investigator on twenty research studies exploring a variety of health topics and her talent has been recognized with several awards including the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) Distinguished Scholar Award, and the IIQM Affiliate Scholar Honor. She also volunteers for numerous committees and working groups at the University of Alberta faculty of nursing and IIQM.


Dan Marchand

Dan Marchand is a firm believer in supporting individuals who are vulnerable to harm or discrimination. Dan was a leader and champion in the development of the Alberta Health Services domestic violence screening and intervention policy for provincial urgent care. This policy will now be spread wider to other provincial emergency departments. Dan has also been involved with Camp FyreFly, a leadership camp for LGBTQ youth to foster resiliency in a world that can often be difficult to these teens. His leadership has led the development of an orientation, a medical liaison team and protocols for the summer camps in Edmonton and Calgary.


Nancy Guebert

Nancy Guebert is a dedicated patient and family advocate, and as co-lead of the continuing care resolution team (CCRT) spearheaded major improvements to Alberta’s continuing-care system. The CCRT completed a high-level review of home care, supportive living and long-term care; reviewed and responded to continuing-care concerns; engaged with more than 1,200 stakeholders; and proposed recommendations to build on system strengths. Nancy has worked persistently to identify areas for improvement and create practical proposals to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our continuing-care system while focusing on the well-being of patients, their families and other care supporters.


Lori Forand

Lori Forand started her career as an acute care bedside and charge nurse on the oncology and bone morrow and blood cell transplant program at Foothills Medical Centre. She then became a sessional instructor for many years, mentoring student nurses through Mount Royal College.  Teaching inspired her to pursue her masters in communication studies, focusing on clinical informatics. After obtaining her masters, she worked to address the information needs of health-care professionals through the use of information and communication technologies.  As area manager within integrated home care, she led the program’s transformation of the care delivery model.


Margaret Edwards

Margaret Edwards led the review of the Nursing Practice Standards and the development of the Entry-to-Practice Competencies. She was the first nurse in Alberta to be awarded research funding from the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. Her research evaluated what the public knew about cardiovascular disease and CPR instructional processes and cast a spotlight on how nurses can make important contributions to research. She also became the founding director of the Women’s Health Resources Unit at the Calgary Grace Hospital. This unit provides education and counselling for women. Margaret was also part of a group of nurse leaders who established the online Athabasca University nursing program in 1990.


MacNeil Cornez

MacNeil Cornez is always looking for ways to better his practice and the health-care system as a whole. He was president of the Student Nurses Society at Mount Royal University where he played an active role in setting up volunteer opportunities and social events for nursing students. He has held various positions at Foothills Medical Centre, including unit clerk, registered nurse and charge nurse. MacNeil was chairperson of the unit’s council, responsible for growing leadership and empowering employees. He is now a site manager, where he is responsible for coordinating day-to-day patient flow throughout the hospital and acts as a resource to charge nurses. He is also currently working towards his masters in health policy.


Christine Cook

Christine Cook started her nursing career on the oncology and bone marrow transplant program as a bedside nurse, charge nurse and clinical educator. She initiated and led the program’s first Calgary FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation. Christine has been influential in establishing the Calgary acute medical nursing specialty program for orienting new nurses to acute care medical units. She has also been an advocate of bridging the IT and clinical communities in terms of technology. Christine was instrumental in the build and implementation of the patient care information system, and works to ensure remote-care workers have access to the technology support needed to complete their jobs.


Margaret Athaide

Margaret Athaide says, “There is so much need; I have always wanted to do what I can for whoever is in need. My patients’ gratitude and appreciation touches my being, and that’s what we are here for.” Whether it’s volunteering in her community by providing foot care to the homeless and organizing drives for shoes, socks and towels, or travelling the globe with eight suitcases full of clothing donations and medical supplies, Margaret truly embodies the philosophy of giving. This can be seen in her extraordinary mission work which has taken her to Tanzania, Afghanistan, Vietnam and India, often under her own funding and without an organized group.



Laurie Carmichael

As a clinical nurse educator, Laurie Carmichael takes initiative in not only her areas, but with the Calgary South Health Campus as a whole. She was actively involved in setting up and facilitating site-wide orientation, and in her current role has influenced the site with new and innovative projects. Laurie ensures RNs are taken into account when planning new projects. During the opening of medicine inpatient and outpatient areas, Laurie researched what supports the RNs needed to provide excellent patient care. Laurie also led the implementation of Baxter IV pumps where she advocated for nursing input into the drug library.


Laurene Black

Laurene Black is a pioneer in creating a children’s mental health service that is responsive to and respectful of family choices. Her work as an administrator has aided in the transformation of the children’s mental health system. She has also been a member of many senior management groups who aim to create family-focused care for children who experience mental health issues. Laurene is trusted in her community and is frequently called upon to assist co-workers, neighbours and friends as they navigate difficult health issues. She has continually sought to create opportunities for parents, families and other stakeholders to have a stronger voice in health services.


Arvelle Balon-Lyon

Arvelle Balon Lyon recognizes motivational interviewing (MI)-based health coaching as a new innovation in health care that could fit with chronic disease management. She initiated the program-wide adoption of MI-based health coaching to support clients living with diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma and heart disease. Today, motivational approaches are identified as central to supporting client self-management. Arvelle has been involved in several other key initiatives and continues to focus her work on strengthening and diversifying the role of the registered nurse in primary care settings.


Scott Baerg

Scott Baerg is a strong patient advocate, in both clinical practice and when planning new programs and services. As the senior operating officer for Covenant Health, Scott provides leadership in mental health and Edmonton-area seniors care. He is also the executive lead for the Institute of Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) at the Misericordia Community Hospital. Scott’s work is inspired by the vulnerability patients experience within the health-care environment, where people come during the most challenging times of their lives. He believes, “It is our responsibility to keep patients safe and to provide them with high-quality health care. Patient needs are always at the heart of what we do.”


Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson is an advocate for person-centred care and is passionate about enhancing patients’ quality of life. Marian has made many contributions at the Shepherd’s Care Foundation, including initiating an interdisciplinary approach to clinical rounds and arranging for allied health providers to provide dental and foot care to residents. Under her leadership, wound teams were initiated and a study was undertaken with key clinical wound indicators and rates that continue to be monitored and used to improve quality of care. Marian is a champion for evidence-based best practices and is actively involved in many external committees related to nursing and quality person-centred care.

Direct Care

June Trevoy

June Trevoy has had many roles during her nursing career, moving seamlessly from one area of practice to another. She has been a community health nurse, outpatient nurse clinician, nursing coordinator, rehab nurse specialist and research assistant. Now, she is a nurse practitioner (NP) at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, the first NP in the adult rehab setting at the hospital. She has been an integral part of developing a new model of care at the hospital. She views the role of the NP as essential to providing safe, competent care to patients in the rehabilitation setting and has presented nationally on the value of the NP role in rehabilitation.


Liza Trohan

Liza Trohan is a leader in public health within a correctional setting. She has acted as the regional manager of public health and been involved in a working group to explore new protocols for the management of tuberculosis in correctional settings. She is also involved in national investigations into incidents within the correctional community ensuring best practices are shared and promoted and nursing standards are met. Liza has been involved with the Alberta Hepatology Nurses and on critical incident stress management and crisis negotiation teams. Liza’s passion for caring for disadvantaged populations goes beyond the formal workplace. She has been an active fundraiser for HIV positive women in Africa and also volunteered at an orphanage there.


Karen Kuprys

Karen Kuprys consistently advocates for registered nursing through her involvement as local UNA president and vice-president, and as a lead RN at her place of employment. She is passionate about the role of the registered nurse within the health-care system and firmly believes that role to be pivotal to achieving excellence of care. Karen attends provincial and national conferences to keep up-to-date on trends in treatment and shares them with her colleagues. She does not hesitate to speak up on issues and continually encourages her colleagues to become interested and active in the future of nursing in our province and country.


Charlotte Roch

Charlotte Roch is a role model to her home-care team in Smoky Lake. She has no hesitancy being a resource to the team. Charlotte continually attends many workshops that relate to her work load and is eager to share the information with will co-workers and make the changes to the program as necessary. Her past experience as a psychiatric nurse for seven years has been an asset to her home-care team. She is always questioning and exploring new ideas for home care to best manage caseloads to benefit the team and clients.  


Sharon Gurr

Sharon Gurr is tireless in her efforts to ensure safety and quality of care. She frequently takes it upon herself to ensure all equipment is in working order and follows through when repairs are needed. Sharon is committed to further education, not only for herself, but is also dedicated to providing educational opportunities for her colleagues. She has been instrumental in the success of the professional responsibility committee at Coaldale Health Centre which has benefitted residents enormously through advancing the knowledge of staff.

BScN, Retired

Alice Reid

Alice Reid is one of the first indigenous nursing leaders in Alberta. Alice played a key role working with northern Alberta Cree communities and the University of Alberta to consider how traditional medicine and western medicine could work collectively and in harmony to improve the health and well-being in northern Alberta Cree communities. Alice was also instrumental in development of the aboriginal licensed practical nursing program at NorQuest College in Edmonton. Her leadership in representing the First Nations perspectives and building relationships with First Nations communities has significantly influenced the development of Canada’s aboriginal health-research policy.


Chantal Vallee

Chantal Vallee was the first RN hired by the Primary Care Networks in Alberta to help establish the program. She helped develop a rural palliative care consultation program for the region and has spoken at various regional, provincial and national palliative care conferences. Chantal has taken a leadership role within the community of Bonnyville to ensure all people have access to quality health care. She went on to use her natural leadership skills to instruct first year nursing students in their rural nursing program at Grant MacEwan College. Today, many of her student are still working at the Bonnyville Health Centre in the community that Chantal has help to support and build.


Shaunna Yasinski

Shaunna Yasinski has served 31 years in community health and has worked in rural and urban communities, including Metis settlements and small towns. She is passionate about working with new moms and their newborns. She has been a lead in her clinic’s weight and see program, where she has supported new mothers and identified babies at risk. Shaunna has also been involved in issues related to injury prevention, having served seven years as the injury prevention nurse at West Jasper Place Public Health Centre. She has always been involved in committees, having sat on the CARNA continuing competence committee and later an auditor for the committee.


Lora Walker

Lora Walker is actively engaged in occupational health nursing practice and has promoted the importance of practice and continuing education. Lora pays great attention to detail and to ensuring course materials are clear, up-to-date and relevant for occupational health nursing students. Lora is an active provincial council member of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA) where she assists with updating standards. Lora is also a part-time instructor with the AOHNA program at Grant McEwan University.


Arudselvi Sinnadurai

Arudselvi Sinnadurai’s experience in cardiovascular intensive care and passion for improving patient care was essential in developing a ventricular assist device (VAD) program for Alberta Health Services – Edmonton Zone. She led a team in developing relevant education platforms, policies and procedures and overall operations. Arudselvi has been consulted for the development of VAD programs at the Foothills Medical Centre and the B.C Children’s Hospital. She also identified the need for, and worked to develop, a structured extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy program to support patients receiving this therapy and practitioners providing it. The VAD and ECMO programs have given many registered nurses the opportunity to improve their practice through specialized training.


Kimberly Scherr

Kimberly Scherr has worked diligently to promote and further the nurse practitioner role. As the first nurse practitioner at the Misericordia Community Hospital, Kimberly forged relationships with other health professionals and promoted the nurse practitioner role within Covenant Health, the University of Alberta Hospital and the Mazankowoski Heart Institute. Her knowledge of internal medicine and critical care has made her a valuable resource to nurse practitioners. Over the course of her career, she has published more than 15 articles in various accredited journals. She also lends her knowledge and leadership to several committees dedicated to advancing the nurse practitioner role.


Peggy Sawchuk

Peggy Sawchuk believes in developing and mentoring the next generation of nurses and has done so as a preceptor for graduate nursing students, through guest lecturing and as a nursing instructor. She also believes in sharing her knowledge and experience with her peers and consistently accepts requests to deliver staff in-services. She also dedicates her time promoting nursing excellence as a member of the Honor Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau International. Peggy is also dedicated to promoting health to the public. She has volunteered her time delivering presentations to the public on a range of topics including CPR and advance directives.


Sandra Kennett

Sandra Kennett has played an active role in the development of the Edmonton West Primary Care Network. Sandra is an active member in the Alberta Association on Gerontology. She also held the executive position of member at large with the Canadian Diabetes Association, Educator Section. Sandra has been a guest lecturer and preceptor for post-RN nursing students at the University of Alberta. Sandra has co-authored a number of publications and presentations related to her research topics of interest: inter-professional teamwork in family medicine and patient preferences in diabetic care. She also advocates for patients suffering from chronic illnesses.


Cheryl Robbins

Cheryl Robbins is a dedicated nurse practitioner committed to advancing the NP role in Alberta. Cheryl served six years as an executive on the Nursing Practitioner Association of Alberta. Her leadership has helped to identify and address extant barriers to NP practice and to advance the nursing profession as a whole. Cheryl has contributed to important regional document and reports, which are broadly shared across the country and influence policy decision-making. Her co-authored report, “Rural Health Services Review” focuses on the increased role of nursing, in particular nurse practitioners, in providing primary health services in Alberta.


Pauline McCormick

Pauline McCormick has helped raise awareness on the valuable contribution of registered nurses on the interdisciplinary transplant teams. She was the first transplant coordinator in western Canada and the first registered nurse in Canada to assume the responsibilities as a transplant coordinator. Pauline played a pivotal role in the establishment of a multi-organ donor program and raised awareness about the need for participation in initiating protocols to support sharing organs and tissues. Throughout her volunteer work with the Kidney Foundation, she tirelessly lobbied the provincial government to get the organ donor card on driver licenses.


Teresa Kish

Teresa Kish’s expertise in acute care makes her the ‘go-to’ person for health issues in the rural Alberta seniors’ community. She is currently in the role of case manager in a brand new supportive living facility in Olds. Teresa shares her expertise with other health providers on wound care, assessments and the special care required by patients living with dementia or receiving hospice care. Teresa is also a highly sought-after preceptor for nursing students. She exudes enthusiasm for nursing and teaches ethical principles, critical thinking to problem solve, professionalism and accountability.


Irene Gasner

Irene Gasner’s contributions to direct patient service has had a positive impact on patients, families, and health-care team members at the Provost Health Centre. Irene has a vast wealth of knowledge which she was always eager to share with others through preceptorship and by providing health education to the community. Irene has seen many changes in technology and pharmacology and is a role model for continuous learning, embracing change and moving forward. Irene was always keen to implement change and lead the way for others to ensure best practice stays in the forefront of nursing service.


Daphne Wallace

Daphne Wallace is a leader and role model for her colleagues. She helped develop the United Nurses of Alberta’s Respect Policy document when she sat as a committee member. She is also a member of the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. Daphne is an expert in neuroscience nursing and willingly shares her knowledge. She welcomes new nurses into the profession with enthusiasm, warmth and a sincerity that makes all excited to belong to this great profession. When a procedure was being performed, Daphne would gather up staff and take the opportunity to teach them why it was being done and the expected outcome.


Linda Strachan

Linda Strachan has been nursing for over 50 years. At age 75, she continues to provide patient care, teaching and support in busy oncology clinics at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She is a role model to and well-respected by her nursing colleagues and other health-care professionals. Linda has seen many areas of nursing practice. Since serving as a U.S. army nurse during the Vietnam War, she has worked as a head nurse, assistant director of nursing, a nursing instructor and a staff nurse. Her coworkers appreciate the vast knowledge Linda brings to the team and the look into nursing history when she regales her many experiences.


Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart goes over and above her role as a community health nurse in maternal and infant health. She strives to ensure the care provided by herself and her peers is current and evidence-based practice. At Postpartum Community Services – Calgary Zone, Melissa acts as the voice of registered nurses on the postpartum committee and advocates for change in the program to maintain current, relevant nursing care and teaching with clients. She has also taken on a resource role to ensure all staff has up-to-date information. Melissa is always eager to take on a mentor role with students, new staff and especially with new mothers and their infants.

B.Ed., BN, RN

Amal Remu

Amal Remu has immensely contributed to the field of emergency response in public health. She has greatly advanced the role of a nurse manager and actively liaised with all levels of government to achieve greater public health preparedness across many jurisdictions. Through her leadership as a public health nurse manager, she made workplace well-being a priority. As a result, her team of nurses has successfully enhanced public health nursing surveillance for communicable diseases across Western Canada. In 1994, Amal established Health Education Inc., a company that promotes healthy behaviours and focuses on illness prevention. She has also been involved on a number of boards including the Canadian Red Cross, the Health Board, Poverty Alleviation Portfolio, Ismaili Council for the Prairies, and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.


Janice Rae

Janice Rae is passionate about issues about pain management. She initiated the acute pain service in Calgary at Rockyview General Hospital in 1998 and continues to be heavily involved in the planning and expansion of the service, which now serves all four adult hospitals in Calgary. Janice is a content expert and has presented on a variety of pain topics across Canada at a multitude of conferences. She is a resource and mentor to her colleagues and spreads the word about pain management by organizing local conferences for health-care providers. She also teaches workshops for in-services to hospital staff and nursing students on topics including pain assessment, pharmacology, and modes of analgesic delivery.  


Carolyn Pada

Carolyn Pada is consistently raising the profile of registered nurses as an active part of a thriving multidisciplinary team in the pediatric consultation liaison service at Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is a valued and sought after resource as a skilled clinician with expertise in family counselling, mental health triage, child and adolescent addiction and mental health therapy. She has coordinated several research studies and her roles in supervisory positions have allowed her to influence hiring, orientation, continuing competence activities, and polices for staff in the psychiatric emergency department and the inpatient psychiatric unit.


Cheryl Niemiec

Cheryl Niemiec is often asked to lend her expertise in the field of dialysis patient care. She played a central role in developing and implementing a new southern Alberta renal program computerized charting program. This system has proven to be instrumental in improving work efficiency and patient safety. Cheryl’s insight on what makes sense in the clinical field was called on again in the creation of a comprehensive renal database. Hemodialysis nursing can be very technical and Cheryl’s expertise is valued by both patients and colleagues. Her ability to educate patients about the nature of their illness and healthy lifestyle choices in plain language is irreplaceable.


Janice Miller

Janice Miller’s leadership has catapulted community health nursing in Calgary. Her contributions to the early start program at Northwest Community Health Centre built necessary bridges between the acute and community postpartum health services. She also played a major role in implementing school health programs and developing resources for school nurses. As part of the community development child and youth initiative, Janice mentored nurses in implementing community development principles and helped create a resource manual on applying these principals. Janice is dedicated to ensuring successful research in her area and worked as a bridge between the University of Calgary and the Calgary Board of Education to facilitate a successful research partnership.

BScN, RN, Peri-Operative Nurse Certified

Tara McHardy

Tara McHardy uses all of her vacation time each year to travel abroad on both medical missions and Mercy Ships. She encourages everyone she knows to visit other parts of the world, meet new people, learn new ways of nursing and most of all, to help. Tara has positively influenced the public perception of registered nursing around the world by showing the full scope of nursing practice. She comes back from her missions with mounds of new-found knowledge, skills and experiences which she is always eager to pass on to her coworkers at Alberta Children’s Hospital.


Karen Lasby

Karen Lasby has become an expert in the care of complex feeding challenges seen in premature infants. Karen, along with her colleagues, created the neonatal transition team (NTT). This team is unique in Canada and designed to meet the needs of very low birth-weight infants and their families, post discharge. Karen also developed the NTT telehealth outreach project, where parents can watch sessions on oral feeding, sleep and development, reflux and preparing for hospital discharge. A teaching handout for the care of infants with gastroesophageal reflux was also designed by Karen which has been a valuable teaching tool for public health nurses and for parents.


Ronnie Biletsky

As the lead of the central Alberta sexual assault response team, Ronnie Biletsky provides education and training for hospital staff and makes herself available to answer questions 24/7. She has created relationships in the community and provides education, resources and support for each patient who comes through. Ronnie has furthered the program by having the Domestic Violence Question (DVQ) added to all emergency room assessment forms, an important addition as the ER is often the first time a patient reports domestic violence. Ronnie is diligent in following up with every patient that answers yes to the DVQ.

BSc H & HS, RN

Diane Colley-Urquhart

Diane Colley-Urquhart is recognized as a dynamic community leader serving as Calgary Police Commissioner and a member of Calgary City Council. Diane is an innovative strategist who continually seeks new ways to enhance the effectiveness of her public service and volunteer roles. She currently sits on over 15 boards, commissions and committees and volunteers tirelessly within her community. A registered nurse for over 45 years, Diane has held senior management and teaching positions in intensive trauma and cardiac care with Foothills Medical Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Beverly Care Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Kids Help Phone to name a few. Diane has worked at the Chronic Pain Centre for the past 12 years.


Ellen Coe

Ellen Coe was a mentor to numerous occupational health nurses provincially and nationally. She served as president of both the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA) and the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association (COHNA). She could be counted on to be active at nearly every occupational health nursing event. In addition to the many hours Ellen donated to the practice of occupational health nursing, she was a union representative at Charles Camsell Hospital, taught a pulmonary function course at Grant MacEwan University, and was a consultant to the City of Edmonton infection control response team.


Lea Bill

Lea Bill is a gifted nursing leader in the area of community health nursing and dedicated to achieving equity and excellence in First Nations, Inuit and Metis nursing education. She is highly sought after by various organizations for her compelling workshops on indigenous knowledge in nursing, cultural safety and cultural competency. Her understanding and integration of indigenous knowledge in nursing practice is having a significant impact on how nursing services are being developed in partnership with communities. Lea served as president of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and has sat on several committees, contributing to local, provincial and national aboriginal organizations.


Christene Evanochko

Christene Evanchko is a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) and was instrumental in developing the NNP role at the Sturgeon Community Hospital. She contributed to neonatal nursing practice by completing research on bacterial growth in human milk which informs current practice. She was formative in educating management, nursing, physicians and allied heath about the importance of the NP role and working to full scope of practice. Christene also worked with the University of Alberta, faculty of nursing to develop and teach the NNP program as well as participate in other research opportunities, preceptor students and foster the next generation of NPs.


Lorna Estabrooks

Lorna Estabrooks has over 33 years’ nursing experience and currently practises as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery with Alberta Health Services. Lorna has gained extensive clinical expertise, as an educator, researcher, consultant, and in leadership roles through a variety of nursing positions and clinical settings. Lorna is keen to share her knowledge and experience, speaking at neuro educational conferences and being active in the preceptorship program for nurse practitioner students. She has also been an instructor for Mount Royal University’s undergraduate nursing program and the University of Calgary nurse practitioner program.


PhD, MN, BSc, RN

Anita Molzahn

Anita Molzahn is Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Under her leadership, she has created an Alumni Board, started a shared governance model of administration and implemented a curriculum design for the undergraduate collaborative program. She also established a Strategic Advisory Committee to engage nursing leaders in academic programming, research initiatives and student issues. Anita is an international expert in quality of life research. She has served as a peer reviewer for numerous journals over the past twenty years and has been invited to present courses and lectures on quality of life in the United States, Japan, Brazil and Norway. Her lifetime commitment to knowledge dissemination and professional engagement in health issues is evident in her involvement in more than 50 committees at the provincial, national and international levels.


Tracy Cowden

In her 36 years of nursing, Tracy Cowden has advocated for evidence-informed practice and patient/family-centred care in all areas of her nursing practice. She has been an innovator in terms of patient care delivery models, implementing practices such as infant-rooming in, single room maternity care and resident-focused geriatric care. Her four published works, focusing on the retention of clinical nurses, have contributed positively to the body of nursing knowledge. Tracy is also actively involved in her community serving as the Cold Lake Affordable Housing Society director, Child and Family Services director, and a volunteer for the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre.


Janet Lapins

Janet Lapins played a key role in establishing the Chinook Primary Care Network. Janet served as director of Chinook’s health information and outcomes department, one of the first health region departments in Alberta focused on evidence-based health care and decision-making. She also helped establish the Pincher Creek primary care project and the chronic disease network, which advanced progressive, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to chronic disease management and prevention. Now, after 30 years of occupying nursing leadership roles, including CARNA provincial councillor, Janet has returned to the bedside, teaching and mentoring nursing students at Lethbridge College in the area of maternal/child health.


Jean Harrowing

Jean Harrowing is an inspiration for registered nurses around the world. Her research in Africa and the Caribbean brought registered nurses to the policy table by getting them involved in HIV research and expanding their capacity to provide care to HIV patients. Jean is dedicated to engaging nursing students in global health and community development. She leads a four-week trip to Malawi where students can interact with people from a variety of backgrounds. Jean continues to seek ways to incorporate caring for diverse populations into nursing curricula. Jean has significantly contributed to registered nursing education in Alberta by serving on the Nursing Education Program Approval Board (NEPAB) for 10 consecutive years.


Janet Storch

Janet Storch is a powerful influence and advocate for registered nurses and nursing ethics. In 1997, Janet was integral to the development of the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. She also led work on revisions in 2002 and 2008. In addition to founding the Bioethics Centre at the University of Alberta, she was instrumental in developing the Provincial Health Ethics Network, a leading organization in health-ethics education and consultation resources. Janet represented the nursing profession as the Canadian Nurses Association Board designate on a panel on physician assisted death and is frequently consulted in this area for her ethical and professional expertise.

PhD, MEd, RN

Olive Yonge

Olive Yonge is an education trailblazer known for her strong commitment to students, ability to work collaboratively and innovations in teaching and research. In the 1980s, Olive was an early supporter of the model for clinicians to teach nursing students. Olive has served on over 30 committees or task forces. An experienced nurse, educator, and chartered psychologist, Olive is always thinking about innovation and pushing the boundaries of our discipline. Presently, Olive is a professor in the faculty of nursing and deputy provost at the University of Alberta.


Elizabeth White-MacDonald

Elizabeth White-MacDonald encourages an ongoing vision of the registered nursing profession within a changing community and health-care environment. Elizabeth was integral to the implementation of the postpartum parent support program (PPSP), which later became the ongoing healthy beginnings network. Elizabeth has empowered nurses through developing breastfeeding education resources, learning modules, in-service presentations and clinical supervision. While at the Grey Nuns Hospital, Elizabeth helped with the development of the breastfeeding education program for health-care professionals: self-study modules. Her education modules have been used by organizations throughout all of Canada.


Judith Spiers

Judith Spiers’ work in qualitative nursing research has made a significant impact on exploring the experiences of those living with chronic and hidden illness, and how those experiences influence interactions between health professionals and patients. Judith has been a co-investigator on twenty research studies exploring a variety of health topics and her talent has been recognized with several awards including the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) Distinguished Scholar Award, and the IIQM Affiliate Scholar Honor. She also volunteers for numerous committees and working groups at the University of Alberta faculty of nursing and IIQM.


Jayne Smitten

Jayne Smitten has served in many leadership roles in the world of health and higher education. She was instrumental in developing, implementing and evaluating many nursing educational programs during her career. Jayne is well-recognized for her expertise in nursing simulation. She was responsible for overseeing the operations of health-care simulation programs in Alberta and representing the University of Calgary-Qatar in the Middle East. Her expertise has been sought for the development of simulation programs by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Jayne was also the inaugural director of the Telehealth and Simulation Centre, the first centre of its kind in Western Canada.


Glenna Mae Phippen

Glenna Stewart Phippen’s nursing career has spanned more than four decades. Glenna has worked in almost every area of nursing and her work has taken her to Ontario, Yukon, the United States and Uganda. Her life and work emulate what nursing is, service to others. She spent six years in Uganda managing five health clinics, providing community health care and staff education. For over 25 years, Glenna has volunteered as a camp nurse at children’s camps in central Alberta. She has also travelled to Mexico for the last five years, providing nursing care and health promotion in outpost clinics and villages. She currently works with CapitalCare Edmonton as a corporate educator.

PhD, MSc, RN

Pauline Paul

Pauline Paul’s service to the faculty of nursing with the University of Alberta has been outstanding. Pauline initiated and led the development of the bilingual nursing program to support bilingual students, the francophone community of Edmonton and surrounding areas. She also played a key role in developing the faculty’s BScN honours program, BScN after-degree, masters in nursing nurse practitioner adult program and the new direct-entry MN program. Pauline’s scholarly excellence is exemplary. She is intrinsically motivated to share knowledge, having supervised twenty-two graduate students, mentored numerous novice teachers, taught 14 courses, and given more than 75 guest lectures.


Colleen Maykut

Colleen Maykut is currently an assistant professor at MacEwan University, as well as president of the University’s Nursing Honour Society. She has been instrumental in forming and developing the Mu Sigma chapter with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing. The chapter allows current and former MacEwan students the opportunity to contribute to world health and advance their pursuits of scholarship, leadership and excellence. Colleen’s has also been involved in the university’s Caring Award, where students have an opportunity to attend a conference that promotes furthering both the profession of nursing as well as individual pursuits.


Manal Kleib

Manal Kleib has been instrumental in moving health informatics for the nursing profession forward in Alberta. Manal is the founder of the Nursing Informatics Association of Alberta and has created educational modules and peer-reviewed journals in health informatics. Her local and international experiences have also provided a rich diversity of acute care teaching and learning opportunities for her nursing students at the University of Alberta. In addition to regular teaching time, Manal is often invited to be a guest speaker to nursing students, clinicians and administrators, particularly on topics related to health and nursing informatics.


Shane Heavener

Shane Heavener’s work as a nurse educator at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has made a significant impact to the quality of care in the catheterization laboratory. Shane started a best practice group which led to reduced hospital-acquired infections. He worked to set up a new recovery room and acted as a liaison with product representatives to ensure nurses were up-to-date with the new equipment. He is dedicated to ensuring the safety of colleagues and patients by monitoring and increasing radiation safety. Shane was also responsible for developing an orientation manual which has better prepared new staff coming into a specialized, technical role.


Cheryl King

Cheryl King has been involved in improving stroke care in rural Alberta. Cheryl started the Stroke Prevention Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and was instrumental in implementing the hospital’s atrial fibrillation project. This program was the first 60-second pulse check to be done in a rural acute care setting. Cheryl has also worked to developed teams across Alberta who provide rehabilitation care and stroke unit equivalent care to stroke patients in their home so they can be discharged early. This initiative won an award at the 2014 Canadian Stroke Congress for IMPACT and was chosen among many submitted across Canada.


Lorraine M. Wright

Lorraine Wright founded the University of Calgary family nursing unit. She has offered clinical care to families, supervised undergrad and grad students and conducted research in this unit for over 25 years. Lorraine is the author of 10 books and numerous chapters and articles. She is an international lecturer sought after for her inspiring presentations focusing on compassionate care of families. She has also served on the boards of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Association and the Journal of Family Nursing. Presently, Lorraine serves as professor emeritus of nursing at the University of Calgary and is considered within the family nursing area of specialty to be an outstanding leader producing landmark and innovative scholarships.


Frankie Wong

Frankie Wong developed the bladder algorithm which has become the gold standard in nursing and has been used in many hospitals in Canada and the United States. He has also developed orientation manuals for the department of neurosciences at Foothills Medical Centre and published the book Basic Neuroscience Nursing, which has become a tremendous resource for nursing staff. Frankie has received numerous requests from universities and hospitals from around the country for guidance and lectures on lumbar drains, burr hole procedures and the arterial blood gas interpretation method that he developed. In addition to being a part-time teacher at Mount Royal University and Bow Valley College, Frankie participates in the development of content for nursing programs, education tools for nurses, and research projects.

Ed.D, BScN, RN

Sandra Muir Reilly

Sandra Reilly is an advocate for vulnerable children and founder of the Children’s Cottage Society (CCS) in Calgary. In 1986, Sandra initiated a six-bed crisis nursery (the first in Canada) for children in times of family crisis. Since then, the crisis nursery has grown to 14 beds and CCS programs have delivered an expanding array of social support for more than 55,000 children. Sandra has devoted her career to the practice, teaching and research in community health nursing. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and has an internationally recognized program of research on health promotion and the enhancement of parent-infant/child interactions.


Shahirose Premji

Shahirose Premji was the founder and first president of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses. Shahirose has been engaged locally, nationally, and internationally in activities to improve newborn health-care standards, and recognition of neonatal nursing as an important specialty of practice to reduce childhood mortality. Shahirose has taught neonatal intensive care courses, and provided expertise in the development of nursing programs in Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Syria. Locally, Shahirose has been involved in a number of studies and initiatives including a study to understand parents’ and public health nurses’ perception of caring for late-preterm infants in Alberta.

Ed.D, BN, Retired

Anita Mitzner

Anita Mitzner is known for developing valuable resources for Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs). She was instrumental in developing several timely and relevant resources for new graduates and has provided many workshops for CNEs and RNs. Anita is a respected mentor and is frequently consulted on the delivery and assessment of education. She coordinated regional nursing orientation and streamlined practice education to ensure newly hired nurses had current information. She has been an education consultant with Health Professions Strategy and Practice (HPSP) for many years. Anita was also involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and helped develop the training manual for basic life support instructors, parts of which are still in use today.


Linda McCracken

Linda McCracken has made it her mission to ensure all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have the opportunity to disclose and learn what their options are in a safe environment. Through her work on the Calgary sexual assault team and as coordinator of the Alberta Health Services domestic violence program, she has championed province-wide domestic violence and sexual assault screening training for health providers. Linda serves as a consultant for frontline staff and management on issues related to violence prevention and sits on various clinical procedures and guideline domestic violence working groups. Linda has also published several articles on the topic of forensic nursing.


Barbara Hosang-Grant

Barbara Hosang-Grant is dedicated to ensuring her colleagues have access to the tools and knowledge essential for high-quality patient care. She advocates for an open, supportive learning environment and acts as a resource for nurses by providing educational opportunities, feedback and guidance. Barbara has encouraged further education organizing study groups with guest lecturers for critical-care registered nurses at the Foothills Medical Centre preparing for the CNA certification exams. Barbara also brings her skills and experience to the table at initiative meetings where she advocates for registered nurses to strengthen their clinical knowledge, and work to their full scope of practice.


Sandra Hirst

Sandra Hirst is influencing the next generation of registered nurses as an associate professor and supervisor of masters and doctoral students. As a recognized leader in gerontological nursing, Sandra has been celebrated with numerous awards (including a CARNA Award of Nursing Excellence) and readily passes on her knowledge through conducting education sessions for RNs preparing for CNA certification. She also published a textbook on gerontological nursing so that Canadian nurses could have access to knowledge about evidence-informed practice in Canada. Sandra consistently shows initiative and volunteers for a range of university and community initiatives to assume leadership roles such as the Canadian Nurses Association certification review committee and the CARNA registration review committee.


Judy Hanson

Judy Hanson is committed to lifelong learning and sharing her experience and knowledge with anyone who seeks it. She actively contributed to the implementation of a revised bachelor of nursing curriculum at the University of Calgary. As a nursing administrator and leader, Judy was instrumental in the transition from stand-alone hospital-based administration to the Calgary Health Region and brought nurses together to achieve great work amidst a changing landscape. Judy is currently teaching part-time in at the University of Calgary where her knowledge has greatly benefitted undergraduate nursing students. She has also contributed as a co-investigator on funded demonstration projects.


Dory Glaser-Watson

Dory Glaser-Watson is a true leader in the nursing community and eagerly steps forward to represent the interests of registered nurses. She has held many significant positions including CARNA provincial councillor, president of PANAsac (PeriAnesthesisa Nursing Southern Alberta Chapter), NAPANC (National Association of PeriAnesthesia) board director and chairperson of clinical nurse educator meetings. Dory is a role model for excellence in practice and a mentor to students and educators. She is future-oriented and aware of future trends and impacts on health care. She has created many timely education resources which she readily shares with colleagues to ensure safe and consistent practice.


Virginia Vandall-Walker

Virginia Vandall-Walker spent her early career working in remote fly-in communities in northern Canada. She demonstrated excellence in responsive, innovative nursing care by establishing satellite locations for those who had difficulty traveling to the nursing station. She even obtained her private pilot’s license to make sure she could reach her patients. For the last 20 years, Virginia has been teaching with Athabasca University. She not only initiated the first rural licensed practical nurse program in the north, but also developed the first proposal for nurse practitioners to be educated at the graduate level. Virginia also spent time in critical care, researching the different facets of the lack of family-centred care in ICU. Her publications continue to be used at the Foothills ICU to orient new faculty.


Sue Barnes

Sue Barnes believes “simulation makes ‘A’ teams into ‘A+’ teams.” Her dedication to improving patient care can be seen in her work as one of the first provincial simulation specialists. Sue was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing eSIM, the provincial simulation program, in southern Alberta. This program helps health-care teams provide the best possible care by creating an opportunity to practise low-frequency, high-risk scenarios. Sue is devoted to creating an atmosphere where no question is too small and no mistake is so big that positive learning cannot occur. Sue’s work has motivated others to join the simulation movement and the program has grown to cover 30 hospitals within Alberta.


Wendy Bissett

Wendy Bissett is committed to advancing education at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). She is a basic life saver instructor and pediatric advanced life support instructor, and is part of a project to evaluate and improve how education is delivered. She is also a believer in the value of simulations. She developed and implemented REACH, a program that allows health-care professionals to practise ‘the first five minutes’ of managing a child whose condition deteriorates. She also co-runs the mock code program. Wendy is heavily involved and passionate about quality improvement work and is a member of the quality assurance review team for critical incidents at ACH.


Colette Foisy-Doll

Colette Foisy-Doll is a world leader in health-care simulation and has actively sought to increase the profile of simulation at regional, national and international levels over the past 15 years. She is the recipient of three international nursing awards in simulation and is well-recognized as a simulation expert in the design and development of health-care simulation programs and learning spaces and across Canada, the United States and in the Middle East. She has also worked for the past six years as a member of the Interdisciplinary Health Care Education Project for inter-professional nursing education development in Edmonton and Western Canada.


Jennifer Evangelista

Jennifer Evangelista works as the clinical nurse educator at the Foothills Medical Centre emergency department in Calgary. Jennifer believes in supporting all staff and developed a written and verbal plan of action for guidance and support to RNs for return to work after a disciplinary issue. She developed and now teaches the trauma orientation and participates as a facilitator in critical incident stress management events. She also co-teaches orientation for new RNs, PCAS and unit clerks, organizes the education days for all staff and organizes the street drug workshops attended by over 200 staff members.



Bonnie Woloschuk

Bonnie Woloschuk is currently a research coordinator at the University of Alberta. She has made numerous contributions to people in the community. She has assisted seniors with understanding and managing health-care issues, food prep at Ronald McDonald House and volunteering as a first aid assistant at various events. Bonnie has also been a member of the education committee for UNA Local 301. Bonnie facilitated a monthly focus group for patients called boost your heart. This involved teaching healthy behaviors in diet, exercise and smoking cessation which has helped educate and motivate people managing their chronic disease, particularly diabetes.


Shannon Scott

Shannon Scott is a highly regarded, internationally recognized nurse researcher whose contributions have had a substantial impact on improving nursing knowledge in pediatric care. Her research focuses on improving children’s health outcomes by understanding the factors and patterns that shape how research is implemented in child health settings. Since completing her post-doctorate degree seven years ago, Shannon Scott has been an editor for two books, written two pediatric health book chapters and published 88 articles. She has been recognized with several awards including the Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award and the CARNA Award of Nursing Excellence in Research.


Winnifred Savard

Winnifred Savard has contributed 34 years of exemplary nursing service and continues her dedication through her engagement in research for the development of new knowledge. Further, Winnifred is active with the advancement of patient care with her engagement and dedication with research in fetal and neonatal cardiology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Winnifred is certified with the International Board of Lactation as a certified lactation consultant, and has served as staff nurse and clinical educator for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and member of the Canadian Neonatal Nursing Association.


Beverley O’Brien

Beverley O’Brien is an outstanding leader in mother and newborn health clinical research. She established a research program in antenatal comfort and became one of the first nursing researches at the University of Alberta to receive a prestigious research scholar award from the Medical Research Council of Canada. Beverley assisted in creating a midwifery education program in northern Canada, which followed midwifery regulatory standards while incorporating traditional Inuit values and allowed more women to give birth in their communities. Beverley has also been involved in research projects, training graduate students and professors, and consultations on maternal health care in Peru, Bangladesh, Belfast and Ghana.


Irene Coulson

Irene Coulson has over 35 years of experience in nursing, particularly in the field of aging. She has taught at universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Russia, Nepal and Indonesia. Her gerontological research has culminated into a proposed model for dementia-care environments.  Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and in 2005 she won the Allen and Unwin Australasian Book Prize for the best publication in the field of aging. Her ongoing research continues to look at ways to improve the health and well-being of older adults.


Mandy Archibald

Mandy Archibald is blazing the trail for combined clinical/academic nursing roles. As a nurse who is training as a clinician scientist, Mandy advocates for more nurses to work in these combined roles as a way to increase the clinical relevance of using nursing research at the bedside. Mandy’s impressive list of published articles shows she is driven, committed to the profession and a talented academic. In just four years as a doctoral student, she has published 15 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 30 peer-reviewed presentations. Her work has increased the visibility of RNs within international and interdisciplinary academic communities.