New CANNT board members 2010-2011.
Subject: Nurses (Membership)
Hemodialysis (Health aspects)
Medical societies (Membership)
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Oct-Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 244162793
Full Text: I am very excited and thankful to continue on the CANNT board of directors as president-elect. I graduated from the Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1991, and I have been a nephrology nurse for 15 years. In that time, I have held many different positions: bedside nurse, clinical resource nurse in the hemodialysis units, and acting manager of patient care. I am currently a clinical resource nurse (CRN) to the community dialysis program and I do home-hemodialysis relief. CANNT is a great organization, and being a part of the board of directors has been a unique and very rewarding experience.



I was the co-chair for CANNT 2007 in Winnipeg, and I am currently the western vice-president (VP) for CANNT. My time as western VP has been wonderful, and I have had the opportunity to meet some fantastic people. I support professional development, and I believe that everyone can benefit from the educational and financial opportunities provided by CANNT. Volunteering for the CANNT board has been an invaluable experience, and I have had the opportunity to network with colleagues from all across Canada.

I look forward to the challenge and the added responsibility of presidentelect. Volunteering for a position like this is a huge undertaking, but I believe the relationships, both personal and professional, that I have built will help me succeed in this endeavour. I am enthusiastic about CANNT and nursing in general, and I want to bring that enthusiasm to our members. I look forward to networking with not only CANNT members across Canada, but also members of affiliate organizations like the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) and the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association (EDTNA). Through partnerships like these, CANNT has become a successful partner, and one of which I am proud to be a part.

I am incredibly lucky to be married to a very supportive man, and I am so blessed that he not only supports my enthusiasm for CANNT, he encourages it. We share our life with two crazy cats that keep us laughing, and we surround ourselves with family and friends. I am a 27-year cancer survivor, and I believe this has prepared me for any challenge I may face in life.

I believe that no challenge is too big, I believe in the CANNT organization and I believe this is a great opportunity for me to be a part of a team committed to promoting knowledge and expertise in the field of nephrology nursing. I look forward to representing you for the next three years.

I am very honoured to be a board member of CANNT in the position of vice-president western region. I graduated in 1984 from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton, Alberta. During the first 10 years of my career, I worked as a medical-surgical nurse. I started my nephrology career after moving to Calgary. I have worked as an inpatient staff nurse, in the peritoneal dialysis clinic, and in a community hemodialysis unit. My present position is nurse clinician at the South Calgary Dialysis Centre. I have been a member of CANNT for many years and find attending the annual conferences and reading CANNT Journal articles has benefited my career. I encourage my co-workers to do the same. I love my profession and take every opportunity to promote it. I am hoping during my term to see an increase in the number of young members becoming involved. I consider myself a life-long learner and enjoy new challenges.


I am the proud mother of four adult children, three daughters and a son. I enjoy the outdoors, travelling and participating in physical activity. I recently completed a 100 km walk (Kidney March) raising awareness and money for people living with Kidney Disease. The event to date has raised more than $900,00.00. I believe each of us can make a difference.

I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions on how I might serve your interests on the CANNT board.

It is with great pleasure that I accepted the position of regional vice-president for Ontario.

I graduated from the Grace General Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1972. I began my career in Newfoundland working in obstetrics, moving to Ottawa to work in open-heart surgery, back to Newfoundland to work in the ICU/CCU. My husband and I moved to St. Catharine's, Ontario, in 1983, where I worked in the ICU/CCU at the Hotel Dieu.


I have been part of the nephrology community since 1985, when I started as a staff nurse in the hemodialysis unit. I obtained my CNeph(C) in 1997, going on to complete my BScN through distance education with Laurentian University in Sudbury in 2002.

In 1997, I moved to the charge nurse position in the hemodialysis unit at the Niagara Health System, St. Catharine's, the position I hold today. I filled in as interim clinical manager for the Chronic Kidney Disease program from May 2008 to December 2009. I have been an active volunteer with the Kidney Foundation of Canada for approximately 20 years.

Also, I have been married for 37 years. We have two grown boys, one of whom is serving at present in Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces, while the oldest works with a gas company in northern B.C.

Attending several yearly CANNT symposia, I have never failed to be impressed with the accomplishment of the presenters who are also part of our community. The complexity of the dialysis patient presents challenges that can be shared and discussed nationally. To me, the networking at the annual conference is as valuable as the presentations. I feel it is important to gather and share information and will make this a priority. I hope to increase awareness and encourage participation in the renal network within my catchment area.

See you at our booth in November!

I am very honoured to have been chosen to be the voice of the dialysis technical community for Canada.

I was born in the small Central Ontario community of Penetanguishene. I grew up in a French-Canadian home and was the eldest of three children. It was here that I got my taste for health care. Both my parents were nurses: my mom was an RPN at the Penetanguishene General Hospital and my father an RN at the Mental Health Centre's geriatric unit. So have it be known that a job in health care lay somewhere in my future.


In 2003, I was a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technology--Automated Systems program at Georgian College, Ontario. It was from this point that I had found my way into health care. The following year I graduated from the Dialysis Technology Program at Georgian College.

Upon graduation, I worked as a field service representative with Fresenius Medical Care Canada (FMCC). In my technical role, I was involved in many aspects of customer service. One day I could be dealing with a home dialysis patient repair call, and new equipment installation the next. It was a great learning experience being able to wear both those hats. I had the opportunity to network with numerous techs throughout my time with FMCC and to travel to locations spanning from Calgary, Alberta, to Montreal, Quebec, and other far and out places in between.

Since May of 2008, I have been employed as a renal technologist with Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to my duties, I am very active within the hospital and sit on numerous committees such as the Renal Council, Safety Champions, the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC), Kailo, and the Green Team.

After speaking with CANNT Past-President Jan Baker, she convinced me to run for the upcoming CANNT elections, and, well, I guess the rest is history. I hope to bring about a positive impact to not only my peers, but also for the entire renal dialysis team. I am very excited for a new technical symposium I am launching in Spring 2011, which focuses on techs and the environment.

I have been a member of both CANNT and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) since 2004.

I am a loving father of two beautiful girls ages two and four, an aspiring rock star, and an environmentalist. When I am not drumming with a hometown rock band, I enjoy watching movies, cooking, spending time outdoors, public speaking, volunteering, and living life to the fullest with friends and family.

I would like to sincerely thank all of you who supported my nomination and look forward to my term as V P.
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