20 May 2014 CHNIG AGM and Award Winners

CHNIG held its AGM on May 3rd, 2014 at the Toronto Hilton. CHNIG members joined the Board to celebrate the achievements of the past year. We thanked outgoing President Jennifer Bouwmeester for her outstanding years of leadership and welcomed incoming President, Cindy Baker-Barill.

Each year CHNIG supports members’ knowledge and skill development through a variety of awards, scholarships and grants. All CHNIG members in community practice, education, research, administration and primary care are eligible to apply. Congratulations to the following 2013-2014 recipients.

CHNIG Research Awards:

Barbara Chyzzy

Barbara is a second year PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research is investigating the prevention of postpartum depression among adolescent mothers. Barbara is also a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto and Humber College / UNB Collaborative Bachelor of Nursing Program teaching in the area of community nursing.

Alana Devereau

Alana is a primary health care nurse and a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. Her research is focused on improving public health emergency planning and the working conditions of front line nurses. Alana’s first love is primary health care and she believes that we cannot separate academia from clinical practice.

CHNIG Educational Scholarships:  

Susan Bookey-Bassett 

Susan is a full-time PhD student at McMaster University School of Nursing. She has worked in a variety of nursing roles and currently teaches on a part-time basis at McMaster. She works closely with her supervisor on a variety of research projects in the Aging Community & Health Research Unit related to chronic disease management for community-living older adults. Her doctoral dissertation research includes developing, implementing and evaluating an inter-professional education intervention for a community-based diabetes team of health care and community-service providers.

Ruth Walker 

Ruth is a Public Health Nurse with experience in tobacco use prevention, sexual health and youth programming. Ruth currently works at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit with a focus on Child Poverty. Ruth’s passion for public health inspired her to study how public health nurses describe the art of nursing for her master’s thesis, and will graduate from Athabasca University in June with a Master in Nursing.

Seed Grant Initiative

The Southwest Professional Practice Leaders Network Membership List

This is a group of Chief Nursing Officers and Professional Practice Leads from nine southwestern Public Health Units. The group was formed to enhance regional collaboration, and resource-sharing. The membership will hold a one-day educational event for regional public health nurses in the fall of 2014 in the London, ON area. This interactive, full-day educational event will provide a venue for networking and collaboration as well as increase the knowledge related to specific professional competencies identified by the PHNs in the region.

CHNIG Professional Development Bursary to Attend the 9th National Community Health Nurses of Canada Conference: June 2-4, 2014, Ottawa, ON.

  • Catharine Celebre:  PHN North Bay- Parry Sound- Muskoka
  • Chancy French: Undergraduate nursing student at Ryerson:
  • Dana Boyd: PHN Windsor Essex County
  • Kim Lazier: RN First Nations
  • Leanne Siracusa: Educator at McMaster University
  • Rebecca Butler: Undergraduate nursing student Trent University
  • Helen Tindale: Member of the RNAO BPG panel “Working with Families to Promote Safe       Sleep for infants 0-12 months of age”.
  • Barbara Chyzzy: PhD student at University of Toronto
  • Karen Graham: PHN North Bay-Parry-Sound-Muskoka
  • Ruth Schofield: Educator from McMaster and Western