OTTAWA, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is
recognizing 30 registered nurses (RNs) for their outstanding
contribution to nursing and health care with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond
Jubilee medals. The recipients from across the country were selected by
provincial/territorial nursing colleges and associations and awarded
their medals in a ceremony that included Health Minister Leona
Aglukkaq, CNA president Barb Mildon and CNA CEO Rachel Bard.
"Congratulations to all the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond
Jubilee Medal," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.
"Your outstanding contributions in nursing have earned you this great
honour and set a fine example for others in your profession to follow.
Please accept my best wishes for your continued success in serving
Canadians and the health-care profession in such an exemplary manner."
Among the recipients are Heather Jewers and Landon Graham James. Ms.
Jewers, an RN in Nova Scotia for 38 years, is currently an assistant
professor at St. Francis Xavier University. With her specialty
certification in palliative care nursing, she has provided education
services to nurses, other health-care professionals, patients and
families as a nurse consultant with St. Martha's Regional Hospital in
Antigonish. Mr. James, from British Columbia, began his career 15 years
ago as an emergency room nurse. During that time he has led two
different emergency departments and volunteered countless hours for the
St. John Ambulance brigade and the National Emergency Nurses'
Affiliation of Canada. As a leader in education, he's brought emergency
education to nurses in previously underserved communities throughout
B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
"I offer the warmest of congratulations and thanks to all of the medal
recipients," said CNA president Barb Mildon. "These medals represent a
distinct achievement in each of their exemplary careers. They will also
serve as an inspiration to the entire nursing community. No matter what
capacity or sector an RN works in, he or she is engaged in and
committed to helping Canadians and the health-care system reach a
higher level of health."
As an organization with royal patronage, CNA was invited by the Office
of the Secretary to the Governor General to nominate 30 worthy
candidates from the RN community. These commemorative Queen Elizabeth
II Diamond Jubilee medals recognize Canadians who have dedicated
themselves to the service of their fellow citizens, their community and
The complete list and a description of the 30 medal recipients are
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada.
A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges representing 148,992 registered nurses, CNA advances the
practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and
strengthen Canada's publicly funded not-for-profit health system.
SOURCE: CANADIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561