ONA Front-Line Nurses Choose President: Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN to Serve Fourth Term

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Long-time political activist, nursing advocate
and St. Joseph's Healthcare (Hamilton) renal transplant nurse Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN has been acclaimed as President of the Ontario Nurses'
Association (ONA) and will serve a fourth two-year term.
    Haslam-Stroud has been an active member of ONA since 1980, leading
hospital-sector provincial bargaining and serving on a wide array of internal
and external committees.
    "I'm so honoured to be serving our members for a fourth term," said
Haslam-Stroud. "Now more than ever, nurses need a strong voice and strong
leadership to fight for quality health care and a quality work environment for
our profession."
    Haslam-Stroud is also a passionate spokesperson for ONA's 54,000
registered nurses and allied health professionals and 10,000 nursing students
in Ontario.

    First Vice-President Also Acclaimed

    Also acclaimed - to serve her third term as First Vice-President of ONA -
is Vicki McKenna, RN, a nurse from London, Ontario. In this position, McKenna
holds the board portfolio for political action and professional issues,
bringing with her decades of ONA experience, including hospital-sector
provincial bargaining, and serving on many internal and external committees.
In her nursing practice, McKenna has worked with both adults and pediatric
patients at the Day Surgery Unit, London Health Sciences Centre.
    "This continues to be a turbulent time for those of us in the health-care
system," notes McKenna. "With the great work of ONA's leadership, I look
forward to another term as First Vice-President. Our members need ONA to be at
the table as policies are developed by government and health-care facilities
that impact on their professional lives - and most importantly, their
patients' care."
    ONA Chief Executive Officer Lesley Bell, RN, believes that ONA members
will be well-served by having Linda and Vicki representing them.
    "This continues to be a critical time for health care in Ontario for
patients and for registered nurses," says Bell. "We're seeing more nursing
cuts province-wide, just as thousands of registered nurses retire and the
nursing shortage grows more serious. Linda and Vicki with their commitment,
passion and the backing of 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 54,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals and 10,000 nursing students providing care in
hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics
and industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past,
a powerful future.

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Ruth Featherstone, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2267

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