CNF president welcomes new board chair

    OTTAWA, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Nurses Foundation president
Lucille Auffrey is pleased to announce the recent election of Murray Elston as
chairperson of the CNF board of directors. Elston was welcomed to his new role
on the 29th November at CNF's annual general meeting. He has served as a CNF
Board members over the past years.
    Elston takes over from David Hill, past chair for the last several years.
During his term, Hill demonstrated tremendous dedication to the foundation
while running a legal practice and generously giving his time to many other
volunteer pursuits.
    "I'd like to offer my sincerest thanks to Mr. Hill for guiding our
organization with enthusiasm and expertise," said Auffrey. "And I'm delighted
to see such a passionate, capable and diligent member of our board step into
Mr. Hill's shoes. Mr. Elston's experience with the foundation, his lengthy
record of service in the Ontario legislature and his business acumen will help
us continue to grow nursing knowledge across Canada."
    "I am excited and humbled to be taking on this new challenge," said
Elston of his new role at CNF. "I strongly believe in the work being done by
the foundation, and I look forward to helping launch the CNF's five-year
fundraising campaign, which will begin in June of 2008 and end on the
foundation's 50th anniversary in 2012."
    Elston is the president of the Canadian Nuclear Association, appointed in
2004 after serving as president of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical
Companies for six years. He was also a member of the Energreen Solutions Group
in 1998 and served as president of the Ontario Interlink Industrial Park from
1994 to 1997. His career includes time spent in the Ontario legislature
between 1981 and 1994. He held a number of positions there, including Minister
of Health, Chairman of the Management Board, Minister of Financial
Institutions and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. He is a graduate
of the University of Western Ontario and holds a bachelor of arts and a
bachelor of law degree. Prior to being elected to the Ontario legislature,
Elston practiced law in Bruce County, Ontario.
    Elston serves as Chair of the Walkerton Clean Water Center and is also
Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Institute of
Mental Health Research and Energy Dialogue Group. He serves on the boards of
the Canadian Centre for Energy Information and Hydro One.

    The Canadian Nurses Foundation

    The Canadian Nurses Foundation was founded in 1962 with a grant from the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The organization is committed to enhancing nursing
knowledge, leading to better patient outcomes, through the provision of
research grants and scholarships. In 2007, the foundation awarded scholarships
to students from every province in Canada. It also committed funding to
research projects while leveraging additional dollars for a total investment
of over $1 million to improve patient outcomes.

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Sabourin, Executive Director, (613)
237-2159 ext. 250,

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