RPNAO Executive Director Dianne Martin nominated for Premier's Award

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Dianne Martin, has been nominated for the 2010 Premier's Awards for Ontario College Graduates.

The Premier's Awards for Ontario College Graduates were created in 1992 to recognize the important social and economic contributions the province's graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world.

Martin, a graduate of the Diploma Nursing program at Georgian College, was nominated in the Health Sciences category for her contributions to Ontario's health care system. In addition to her 26 years working as a bedside nurse (registered as both an RPN and RN), she has also helped develop new nursing practice policies as a senior policy analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Since 2006, she has served as the executive director of RPNAO, advocating on behalf of Ontario's 29,000 registered practical nurses.

"As a graduate of the Georgian College Nursing program, recipient of the Board of Governors Alumni Award of Distinction and a highly-regarded leader in the health care field, Dianne is a most-deserving nominee for the Ontario Premier's Awards," said Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College. "As a passionate advocate for nurses and their patients, Dianne has earned the respect of her peers for her dedication and vision in the advancement of the nursing profession. Georgian is very proud of her accomplishments."

"With her work as an RPN and RN, Dianne dedicated nearly three decades of her career to caring for others. And for the past four years, she has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for Ontario's 29,000 RPNs and the people they care for every day," said Linda Gould, President of RPNAO. "On behalf of all of us at RPNAO, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dianne on her nomination for this prestigious award."

The 2010 Premier's Awards for Ontario College Graduates will be presented on November 22, 2010 in Toronto.

About the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)

Founded in 1958, RPNAO is the voice of registered practical nursing in Ontario. There are more than 29,000 registered practical nurses working in Ontario, playing a vital role in the province's health care system. For more information about RPNAO and its mandate, please visit www.rpnao.org.

SOURCE Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

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