2016 ticket of nominations

March 2016   Comments

Every two years at CNA’s annual meeting of members and biennial convention, elections are held for the position of president-elect. This year, delegates attending CNA’s meeting of members on June 20, in conjunction with the biennial convention (June 20-22) in Saint John, N.B., will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for president-elect.

The next president-elect will serve a two-year term (2016-2018) before becoming CNA president, also for a two-year term (2018-2020). Visit cna-aiic.ca for a description of each role.

Claire Betker, RN, MN, CCHN(C)

I am proud to be a registered nurse. Over the past 35 years, I have had the opportunity to promote the health of individuals, families and communities and to make a difference in their lives. I believe we are all leaders. It is through our collective voice and action that we support the sustainability of our health-care system and create communities where people have an opportunity to be healthy.

As the director of population health and health equity with Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, I engage in intersectoral policy, standards and program development. With the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, my previous work across Canada focused on leadership to advance health equity. With the Public Health Agency of Canada, I led the development of interprofessional competencies, used extensively for all of Canada’s public health practitioners in public health organizations, academia, and workforce development and professional associations.

RNs’ involvement in nursing specialty groups, provincial/territorial nursing associations and the Canadian Nurses Association contributes to the voice of nurses being heard. I believe that professional associations at local, provincial/territorial and national levels provide an opportunity for nurses to advance nursing and the health of people living in Canada.

Victoria Louise Smye, RN, BA, M.H.Sc., PhD

I am delighted and at the same time humbled to accept the nomination for CNA president-elect. As the director of nursing for BScN collaborative programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Durham College and Georgian College — 2014-present), associate director of nursing undergraduate programs at the University of British Columbia (2011-2013, university faculty since 2001), and a clinical nurse specialist (since 1988) with many years’ experience in clinical practice, leadership, program development and research, I am conscious of the various challenges and opportunities currently affecting Canadian nursing practice, education and leadership.

I am committed to addressing pressing issues in our health-care system today — particularly access to primary health care for all (including mental health care), home care management, healthy aging and seniors care, attention to the work environment, promotion of advanced nursing practice and the generation of future nursing leaders in Canada. My experience in different practice and policy contexts has shaped me as a collaborative leader who can engage in constructive political action and bridge-building with different nursing groups as well as with client communities from diverse population groups. My goal is to advance the discipline and the professional practice of nursing to ensure we meet our social mandate and act as a force for social good.

Lianne Patricia Jeffs, RN, BScN, M.Sc., PhD, FAAN
Candidate withdrew on March 10.

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