NLN.ON eNewsletter – Winter 2011

Winter 2011

* President’s Remarks
* NLN.On Socal Media Feeds
* 2011 NLN.ON Conference
* 2011 Board Nominations
* Meet the New Board Member
* NLN.ON Membership

Message from the President – Sue Roger

Your Board has had a very busy autumn and I am pleased to tell you that we have had extraordinary response to our call for abstracts for our annual conference.  Once again, the Conference Planning Committee has organized an outstanding program for us in March 2011.  Our Education Committee has received many high-calibre applicants for our scholarships and awards and I congratulate all applicants on their personal and professional pursuits.

At our November meeting, the Board authorized an update to our website and a social networking trial for our membership.  We are investigating opportunities for mentorship for nursing leaders and will have an update at our AGM in March.  It has been a busy and creative few months, indeed.

As we turn our minds to festive baking, presents and time spent with friends and family, I am grateful for the leadership shown by your Board as we move into the New Year.  I know that many of you have had early and extreme winter weather and I have thought of our membership, everyone a leader, as you cope with the additional work stress that is created by stormy times.

In Southern Ontario, there have been record snow falls and high winds; closing schools, highways and bringing services to a standstill.  Everyone has a “snow story” with two themes – help that was given and help that was received.  These stories are singularly remarkable and in combination, remind me that the holiday spirit is found in generosity and simple acts of kindness.  

My best wishes to you and your family for a safe and warm 2011.

Sue Roger,
President NLN.ON

Our Vision


Inspiring, supporting, and advocating today for nursing leadership tomorrow.


NLN.ON is an interest group of the RNAO that inspires, promotes, and influences nursing leaders and nursing leadership through innovation, integration and collaboration.


NLN.ON Social Media Feed

For the past two months we have been running a trial to feed up-to-the-minute nursing news direct to member’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The idea is to keep nursing leaders informed without having to go and find the information yourselves.

We have also created a LinkedIn group for members who use this professional networing tool. All NLN.ON news is feed to this group from the website, and it is a great platform for discussion and recommedations.

If you use any of these tools then we recommend you follow the links below to get the feeds.

[ LinkedIn ]  [ Facebook ]  [ Twitter ]

2011 NLN.ON Annual Conference

Setting the Bar for a High Performing Health Care System

Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto
March 24 & 25, 2010

Featuring renowned Keynote Speaker Chantel Hérbert.

As the National Affairs writer for the Toronto Star, Hébert is an influential and compelling voice on major national issues of the day. She is also a weekly participant on CBC’s “At Issue” political panel on CBC’s The National. In a 2009 article in the Toronto Star she wrote that health care in Canada is the elephant in government budget rooms. In Ontario, as in other provinces, health-care spending is the biggest item on the budget list and its costs have already been going up faster than the rate of economic growth. Knowledgeable, down-to-earth and direct, Hébert is able to cut through the spin and hype of the politicians and their operatives. Hébert will explore what is really going on in the corridors of power and how it affects health care funding.

[ Download Brochure ] [ Download Registration Form ] [ Register Online Now! ]

2011 Board Nominations

Our 2011 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 25th, at 8:00 AM at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto. As usual it is being held in conjunction with our annual leadership conference (see our website for details).

Our Board elections are held at that time and we have enclosed for your consideration, the information related to positions up for elections this year. NLN.ON generally has half of the Board positions up for elections each year. In 2011 we will have elections for the following three positions:

Region 5 & 8 Director
Region 9 & 10 Director

Note:   Normally Region 11 & 12 would also be part of this election cycle, however mid-way through the past year the NLN Board appointed a new Director for a two-year term to fill a vacancy caused by resignation. Therefore this position is currently filled.

[ Download the Nomination Documents ]

Please review the materials. If you are interested in running please complete and return the Nominations Form along with a one page statement indicating why you are running. These statements are distributed so please present a positive reflection of yourself and the value you feel important for our association. (Please e-mail your position statement in a Word doc in case we need to distribute).

Thank you for your consideration.

NLN.ON Board of Directors
Elizabeth Nemeth, Past President
Chair, Nominating Committee

Meet the New Board Member

Pat Piaskowski is the new the Region 11 & 12 Board member.  Currently, Pat is the coordinator of the Northwestern Ontario Regional Infection Control Network and resides in Thunder Bay.  She has vast experience working in different health care sectors.  Her employment history includes a variety of positions in administration, quality control and infection control, working both in acute and long-term care.

Pat has published articles in the Canadian Journal of Infection Control. She has also participated in international consensus conferences concerning Antimicrobial Resistant Organisms.  Her other accomplishments include authoring and coauthoring Infection Control Tool kits. She has made numerous presentations at local, provincial, national and international infection control conferences.

A nationally recognized leader in infection control and prevention, Pat is also a past president of CHICA (Community and Hospital Infection Control Association). She has served on the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee- Infection Prevention and Control subgroup and is currently the editor and chief of the Canadian Journal of Infection Control (CJIC)


NLN.ON Membership

As an Interest Group of the RNAO, all our full standing members must be members of our professional association. Our fee for 2010/11 is $55.00. This fee will be payable to the RNAO when you join our Interest Group.

To join the NLN.ON please contact RNAO in Toronto at (416) 599-1925 or Toll Free 1-800-268-7199 and ask for their Membership Services Department. Please indicate that you wish to join The Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario Interest Group.


Board of Directors 2010-2011

Sue Roger
President, NLN.ON

Business Director, Medical Programs
Bluewater Health
89 Norman St.
Sarnia, Ontario
N7T 6S3

Phone: (519) 464-4400  x8264

Ken Allan

Director, Health Protection
Thunder Bay District Health Unit
999 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6E7

Phone: (807) 625-5955

Elizabeth Nemeth
Past President, NLN.ON

Healthtech Consultants Inc.
144 Front Street West, Ste 300
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2L7

Phone: (416) 483- 5974 ex. 46


Victoria Lucas
Region 1&2 Director

Business Director Surgery, Ambulatory Care and Rehab Programs
Bluewater Health
220 North Mitton Street
Sarnia, ON, N7T 6H6

Phone: (519) 464-4400

Donna Rothwell
Region 3 & 4 Director

Chief Nursing & Professional Practice Officer
Niagara Health System
65 Third Street
Welland, ON, L3B 4W6

Phone: (905) 378-4647

Sherri Huckstep
Region 5 & 8 Director and Secretary

Executive Director, Operations and Chief of Practice VON Canada, Ontario
VON Canada
246 Pringle Drive
Barrie, ON
L4N 0P4

Phone: (705) 726-5169


Donna Woodhams
Treasurer, NLN.ON
Region 6 & 7 Director

Project Manager
Rouge Valley Health System
2867 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1E 4B9

Phone: (416) 284-8131 x 4507

Heather Arthur
Region 9 & 10 Director

Chief Clinical Officer
Cornwall Community Hospital

Phone: (613) 938-4240 x 4277

Pat Piaskowski
Region 11&12 Director

Network Coordinator for Northwestern Ontario Infection Control Network
289 Munro Street
Thunder Bay
ON P7A 2N3

Toll free: 1-866-706-7426
Phone: 807-683-1747

Kim Alvarado
Director of Education & Research, NLN.ON

Director, Surgical Oncology & Orthopedics
Hamilton Health Sciences
711 Concession St.
Hamilton, ON L8V 1C3

Phone: (905) 521-2100 x 42185

Linda MacLeod
Admin at Large, Nursing Administration RNAO, NLN Board

Program Developer, Residential Hospice
VON Grey Bruce
1280 20th Street East
Owen Sound, On N4K 6H6

Phone: (705) 422-2384

Poonam Sharma
RN BScN (New Grad)
Student Executive Member NLN

Nursing Students’ of Ontario (NSO)
Humber ITAL
46 michelangelo Blvd
Brampton, ON L6P0G9
Phone: (416) 871-7137