2010 Awards Recipients


2010 Education and Research Awards Recipients

Education Award – Full Time

barbarachyzzyBarbara Chyzzy has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. She is currently enrolled full-time in the University of Toronto’s Master of Nursing program with a focus on community nursing. As an adjunct to her graduate studies, she is also pursuing the Collaborative Masters Program in Community Development.  This collaborative program provides a unique multidisciplinary learning experience between the fields of nursing, public health sciences, social work, adult education, counselling psychology and planning.
Barbara is employed with St. Elizabeth Healthcare (SEHC), a community healthcare organization. She strongly supports community healthcare as a vital part of the Canadian Healthcare System in order to improve the quality of life for Canadians. Her main area of interest is with families of children with disabilities. Barbara’s ultimate goal is to transition into a nurse educator role teaching community nursing and leadership.

Student Award

philizgohPhiliz Goh graduated from the University of Waterloo Kinesiology program and became a Certified Kinesiologist in 2007. She has been doing research in Oncology for both the Radiation and Nursing departments at the Odette Cancer Center. This has allowed her to publish multiple manuscripts and present at conferences nationally and internationally. She has just recently published a book for patients diagnosed with Bone Metastases which is being distributed to cancer centers internationally. Upon Philiz’s completion of her BScN at the University of Toronto, she hopes to continue her passion in the field of Oncology.

Education Award – Part Time

davidkeselmanDavid Keselman is the District Executive Director with the Victorian Order of Nurses, for Toronto-York, Peel and Simcoe sites. He is also a sessional instructor with the Continuing education department, school of nursing Ryerson University. Engaged in the education of post Diploma nurses leading a variety of courses including health assessments, leadership and theory courses. David Has worked in various practice settings, including academia, Acute Care, Public Health and Community in various clinical and administrative roles. Currently engaged in pursuing his Doctor of Health Administration degree through the Central Michigan University.

Education Award – Part Time

lesmabartleyLesma Bartley, Clinical Team Manager at NYGH for the past 11 years and has over 25 years experience in healthcare. She holds a Bachelor in Health Studies and is currently pursuing her masters at the University of Phoenix majoring in Health Administration. She was a co-lead in the Flo collaborative with the Central CCAC and the Central LHIN and continues to be a resource support for the initiative at NYGH.


Dorothy Wylie Fellowship

donnarawlinDonna Rawlin, a graduate of Mohawk College’s Diploma Nursing Program, has worked in many clinical settings as a staff nurse prior to attending McMaster University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and subsequently a Master of Science (Teaching) degree.  She has previous managerial and leadership experience, through previous employment positions and participation in professional organizations. Currently, she is an Associate Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Mohawk College.

Donna has developed a simulation program in the Learning Resource Centre, leading the integration of technology into the classroom by providing “real-life” simulated clinical experiences in the resource centre for health science students. She has worked as a case manager and investigator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and was a manager in acute health services at the Henderson Hospital in Hamilton. She is involved with many internal and external committees, and has had experience working with national, provincial and local organizations related to nursing accreditation standards and patient safety in health care.

Donna is currently pursuing a PhD at McMaster University, conducting a thesis study which examines the organizational leadership required to develop patient safety initiatives for health care, using a Business Excellence Model. She is also leading an applied research study related to critical thinking and simulation technology in nursing curriculum at Mohawk College and is interested in issues such as Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Program Evaluation. Her professional interests include health regulation, risk and quality management, educational research and legal issues pertaining to health care.

Research Award

barbjonesBarbara Jones, RN, BScN, MWS, MSc (student)

Barb graduated with a BScN from the University of Toronto in 1988.  She has a Master of Worldview Studies from the Institute for Christian Studies and has studied at the Joint Centre for Bioethics.  Barb is currently enrolled at McMaster University in the MScN program.  The focus of her thesis research is professional practice model use in Ontario acute care hospitals.  

Barb is the Director, Professional Practice, Quality, Patient Safety & Risk at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.  An experienced facilitator, Barb has an Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate from York University and has attained a green belt in Deep Democracy.