TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - London's Vicki McKenna, RN, has been acclaimed as the Ontario Nurses' Association's (ONA) incoming President for 2018-19, and Kingston's Cathryn Hoy, RN, has been elected First Vice-President.
McKenna, a day surgery nurse from London Health Sciences Centre, will take office as ONA President in January 2018.
"I am thrilled to announce that our 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals will be led by Vicki McKenna in her first term as ONA President," said current ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "ONA members will be in good hands with Vicki's leadership. She is a passionate advocate for our profession and for quality patient care, and has been both a dedicated ONA First Vice-President and a reliable support to me during my terms as president."
McKenna is a registered nurse from London Health Sciences Centre, where she has worked with both adult and pediatric day surgery patients. An ONA member for more than 30 years and an ONA activist for more than 20 years, McKenna says that she will continue to harness the power of the union's 65,000 members and more than 16,000 nursing student affiliates to fight for quality working conditions for ONA members and quality patient care.
"Nurses know both the challenges and solutions to so much of what is happening in our health-care system right now," says McKenna. "We are on the front lines each day, and our patients look to us to be their voice. I am honoured that our members have entrusted me to be their voice as we work to improve health care for Ontarians."
ONA's Board of Directors will also welcome Kingston registered nurse Cathryn Hoy, elected as incoming First Vice-President, and Laurie Brown, a registered nurse from Hamilton Health Sciences, elected as Vice-President, Region 4.
ONA is the union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association