ONA Front-Line Nurses Re-elect President: Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN to Serve Third Term



    TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members have
re-elected Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN for a third two-year term as union
president.
    Haslam-Stroud is a long-time political activist and nursing advocate. She
has been an active member of ONA since 1980, chairing the hospital-sector
provincial bargaining team three times and serving on a wide array of internal
and external ONA committees.
    A renal transplant nurse from St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton,
Haslam-Stroud's priority continues to be improving the quality of working life
for ONA members.
    Vicki McKenna, a registered nurse from London Health Sciences Centre, is
also back on the ONA board of directors. McKenna has been acclaimed for a
second two-year term as First Vice-President. In this position, she will hold
the portfolio for political action and professional issues. In her nursing
practice, McKenna worked with both adults and pediatric patients at the Day
Surgery Unit.
    "ONA members will be well-served by having Linda and Vicki representing
them," says ONA Chief Executive Officer Lesley Bell, RN. "This is a critical
time for health care in Ontario, as thousands of registered nurses retire and
the nursing shortage grows more serious. Linda and Vicki, in conjunction with
ONA's board of directors, will be tireless in their efforts to work to
advocate for ONA members and their patients."

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community and industry.





For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369


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