RPNAO Executive Director Dianne Martin presented with honorary degree from Georgian College

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The Executive Director of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO), Dianne Martin, was presented with an honorary degree from Georgian College at a ceremony at the school's Owen Sound campus on Friday, October 22.

Martin received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree during a convocation ceremony, during which she had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a large group of graduating students.

Georgian College established the honorary degree to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to society, have achieved noted accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education and who have enhanced or promoted the college's image and reputation in Ontario or abroad.

"As the Executive Director of RPNAO, Dianne has been – and continues to be – a strong advocate for registered practical nurses and quality care in the province," said Georgian College President and CEO, MaryLynn West-Moynes. "She's demonstrated exemplary initiative throughout her career, both professional and academic, completing both her BScN and MA while working full-time, inspiring thousands of students and nurses to follow their dreams and be champions within their profession. Dianne exemplifies the power of a college graduate who embraces pathways to further her own education, setting a high standard for future health care professionals."

"On behalf of the Board of Directors of RPNAO, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dianne for receiving this honorary degree," said Anne McKenzie, President of RPNAO. "This is an honour that reflects Dianne's professionalism and her strong commitment, not only to nursing, but also to the importance of continuing education, lifelong learning and leadership."

About the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario
Founded in 1958, RPNAO is the voice of practical nursing in Ontario. There are approximately 35,000 RPNs working in Ontario, playing a vital role in the province's health care system. For more information about RPNAO and how RPNs contribute to Ontario's health care system, please visit rpnao.org.

SOURCE Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

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