Nurses Lunch at Prime Minister's Residence - Canadian Nurses Association's Photo Contest Winners Announced

    OTTAWA, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Six registered nurses will lunch at the
prime minister's residence today as part of their grand prize for winning the
Canadian Nurses Association's (CNA's) centennial photo contest. Nurses from
across Canada submitted photos featuring the centennial slogan, My Voice. My
CNA, to kick off the association's 100th anniversary in 2008.
    The grand prize winners enjoying a luncheon at 24 Sussex Drive prepared
by the residence's acclaimed chef, Oliver Bartsch, are:

       - Joanne Dignard, Department of Health and Social Services,
         Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut
       - Susan Uranowski, The Scarborough Hospital, resident of Whitby,
       - Troy Belisario, The Scarborough Hospital, resident of Scarborough,
       - Michael Chiles, The Scarborough Hospital, resident of Scarborough,
       - Angie Ganter, The Scarborough Hospital, resident of Toronto, Ontario
       - Dallas (Erin) Hegland, The Scarborough Hospital, resident of Ajax,

    "The many creative submissions we received showed the energy and
commitment nurses bring to our health system every day," said Marlene Smadu,
president of CNA, who will join the nurses at lunch. "It's important to
celebrate individual nurses who make a difference in the lives of Canadians -
whether in hospitals, in communities, in schools, in the Canadian Forces or in
government. Nurses are there for their patients 24/7 and are truly the heart
of health care."
    The winning photos were judged on their creativity, composition and use of
the slogan.
    "I wanted my photo to demonstrate that nursing in northern Canada is
exciting," said Ms. Dignard. "I've been working in Nunavut since 1992, and I
have the opportunity to use my nursing skills and knowledge in so many ways,
from immunization programs and well-baby visits to administration and chronic
care. Up north, there is no lack of variety!" She added, "I included my violin
to represent my Acadian heritage."
    "The photo contest was an opportunity for us to take a minute out of our
busy days and to stop and contribute to the celebration of nursing," said
Susan Uranowski. "I took the photo in front of the construction site of our
new Emergency Critical Care Centre at The Scarborough Hospital. The nurses in
our winning photo work in the emergency department, which is often the first
point of contact for patients. Nurses in all areas of our hospital contribute
to patient care, safety and advocacy. We are very excited to be sharing in
this grand prize."
    The Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper donated the lunch to a silent auction
for Sole Responsibility, an initiative started by a group of Ottawa
marathoners to ship gently used running shoes to refugees from Darfur.

    In addition, eight regional winners will receive iPods:

       - Brandy MacLellan-Stewart, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
       - Paula Didham, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
       - Noella Gagnon-Newman, Saint John, New Brunswick
       - Kimberley Lamarche, Sydney Forks, Nova Scotia
       - Sidney Thomson, Carleton Place, Ontario
       - Shannon Blanchfield, Thompson, Manitoba
       - Jorge Sta. Cruz, Edmonton, Alberta
       - Karen Bordun, Norman Wells, Northwest Territories

    CNA celebrates its centennial in 2008. CNA is the national professional
voice of registered nurses in Canada. It is a federation of 11 provincial and
territorial professional associations and regulatory authorities for
registered nurses. CNA believes that the sustainability of a publicly funded,
publicly administered, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant
nursing workforce.

    To view the winning photos, vivit

For further information:

For further information: Tina Grznar, Canadian Nurses Association, (613)
237-2159 ext. 283, Cell. (613) 240-7830,

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