. : 2018 Chapter Champions
The OND Chapter Champion recognition is provided by the local chapter to an active CANO/ACIO member who has worked in his/her city or institution to advance oncology nursing. This is administered by the chapter and is meant to recognize local contributions.
If you know a CANO/ACIO nurse who best exemplifies the theme this year: “Excellence in Oncology: Our Patients, Our Passion“/ << L’excellence en oncologie : Nos patients, notre passion >> please email us at email@example.com to nominate them as an OND Chapter Champion!
Alberta North Champion – Karey McCann
Karey McCann never ever dreamed of becoming a nurse – let alone an oncology nurse when she was growing up but life is an interesting adventure and leads you to places you sometimes never think of. She graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with distinction in 2000. Her final practicum was in Pediatric Oncology at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and she has been hooked on Oncology ever since for the past 17.5 years. What drew her to Oncology was the opportunity to learn something new every day and the amazing patients and families that allowed her to be a part of their team during these challenging times. She feels oncology is a place where nurses really get to know the patient and the family and accountability is first and foremost.
Karey’s career is similar to that old Johnny Cash song “I’ve Been Everywhere” when it comes to Oncology. She started off as an inpatient nurse in pediatric oncology/hematology/BMT for a five years, working at the Stollery Childrens’ Hospital and several other U.S. hospitals, as a travel nurse. In 2005, she took on the role Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator for Northern Alberta. In 2007, she ventured into the Nuclear Medicine Radioisotope Therapy Coordinator at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton. This opened up a whole new world in oncology that was dynamic, working with a diverse team of professionals that imparted a different view of Oncology. Karey helped to establish a dedicated multi-disciplinary Neuroendocrine Tumor clinic at the CCI, patients from all across Canada, and contributed to the development and implementation of the Lutetium177DOTA-TATE Clinical Trial. Karey became a Clinical Educator in 2014 and is now with Professional Practices and Education for CancerControl Alberta (CCA). Her role is not only focused on enriching the practice of nurses but all disciplines who provide care to oncology patients and their families.
She has been very active with the ONIGA North Chapter of CANO the past few years and is currently the Vice President, willing to help out wherever she is needed. Karey has been nominated twice for the Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award in 2014 & 2017. She has presented at the European Association of Nuclear Medicine in 2008 and recently at the Annual CANO conference on the CancerControl Alberta “Systemic Therapy Patient Education” project that she co-lead with Keira MacKinnon, Patient Education Specialist with CCA.
Karey is a strong patient and family advocate who believes that we should always strive to do the best we can. This coming September Karey will begin her Masters in Leadership with a Health focus, at Royal Roads University. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Jeff and their two fur babies Carlos and Chai. She enjoys the adventure of traveling, photography, the art of tattoos, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Her motto is “life is a journey – you just never know where it is going to take you.”
Photo: Karey in her happy place in London, UK riding the tube
PEI Chapter Champion – Kara McQuaid-Duffy
Kara McQuaid-Duffy has worked in Oncology for close to 20 years at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre. Kara is an oncology nurse who exemplifies every attribute a “Chapter Champion” should have. Kara is the dedicated and knowledgeable leader to the Prince Edward island Cancer Treatment Centre nurses as our Clinical Leader and Clinical Educator, as well as Chapter President of CANO PEI and Treasurer of Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA) PEI.
Kara spent most of her career as a front line nurse at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre, and has transitioned about 5 years ago to become the Clinical Lead and Educator. Kara works tirelessly to ensure all oncology nurses in PEI have the support, resources and training they need to provide excellent oncology nursing care to our patients. Nurses always feel supported and encouraged to further their educations by attending local and national education opportunities. Kara always strives to improve the quality of care our patients receive and strives for best practice standards.
Along with her regular work duties, in her off time Kara spends many of hours to broaden CANO PEI Chapters reach to other nurses in PEI as well as the Maritimes by hosting our annual conferences along with many other education sessions she has organized. Kara regularly mentors student nurses through University Preceptorships as well as summer internships at the Cancer Centre, which has inspired many young nursing graduates to pursue a career in Oncology. You never have to worry about feeling supported by great leadership in PEI. Kara is a nurse who truly embodies the 2018 conference theme of Excellence in Oncology: Our Patients our Passion. PEI Chapter of CANO is so fortunate to have Kara as our President!