EDMONTON, Jan. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Six registered nurses were honoured with Diamond Jubilee medals by his Honour Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta's Lieutenant Governor at a ceremony today at the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) in Edmonton. The six registered nurses are:
- Dr. Wendy Duggleby, Edmonton
- Janet Lapins, Lethbridge
- Dr. Sandra Reilly, Calgary
- Barb Shellian, Canmore
- Dr. Ardene Vollman, Calgary
- Dr. Lorraine Wright, Calgary
Biographies of recipients and a group photo are available at www.nurses.ab.ca/jubilee
"The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a way to recognize those among us who have made lasting contributions to our communities," said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. "The deserving health-care professionals chosen by CARNA to receive the medal have shared great care, compassion and skill with their fellow Albertans and they stand as excellent examples of the importance of serving the greater good."
Lieutenant Governor Ethell presented the medals with CARNA President Dianne Dyer and Canadian Nurses Association CEO Rachel Bard in conjunction with a CARNA Provincial Council meeting.
"These Albertans are leaders in their practice and within the profession, exemplifying pride, passion, caring and expert knowledge," said Dyer. "Their innovation and hard work inspire us and make their colleagues, the more than 33,000 RNs in Alberta, proud to call ourselves registered nurses."
"All the nurses honoured are shining examples of excellence in this profession, both in Alberta and nationwide; the Canadian Nurses Association is proud to celebrate with them," says Rachel Bard, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nurses Association. "This is well-deserved recognition for individuals who dedicate themselves to improving the health of Canadians every day."
CARNA was asked to identify six nominees for the medal after the Canadian Nurses Association was granted 30 medals by the Governor General's Office to recognize outstanding nurse members. In Alberta, RNs submitted 30 nominations which were then evaluated against the criteria by CARNA Provincial Council.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 Canadians are being recognized for significant contributions and achievements.
CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's 33,000 registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.
SOURCE: College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
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