. : 2014 Chapter Champion
Alberta – ONIGA South Chapter
Jennifer Anderson completed her Bachelors degree in nursing in 2005 and has been working in oncology for the last 9 years. Initially Jennifer started work on an in-patient hematology unit and in 2009, transitioned to outpatient oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, a main tertiary cancer centre in Calgary, Alberta. In 2010 Jennifer completed her Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary and began work on the pilot provincial screening for distress project.
In 2012 Jennifer took on the role of the provincial cancer patient navigation coordinator, her current position. This role in the cancer patient navigation program is dynamic and innovative, incorporating traditional elements of an educator role with aspects of project design, implementation and management.
Jennifer was instrumental in effectively rolling-out a provincial navigation program, ensuring competent practice amongst navigators and designing an integrated and effective provincial navigation program. This role meant combining education components, program coordination, and community engagement. Jennifer supported the creation and hiring of new cancer patient navigators in 15 community oncology sites across Alberta and assisted in developing their roles and creating a provincial navigation community through standard role competencies, standard orientation and providing opportunities for ongoing professional development.
As well, the program coordination aspects of the role have ensured that the functional aspects of the navigator role are integrated in a way that will meet project objectives while still supporting the local communities in which navigators work in caring for cancer patients. Clearly, incorporating elements of project coordination with a traditional educator role has facilitated a standardized provincial navigator role while providing the leadership necessary to implement and evaluate a provincial program. Jennifer’s passion, determination, and incredible work ethic demonstrate how Engaging for Excellence can create positive, successful, and sustainable change.
At the annual OND Dinner on Thursday April 3, 2014 at Liberty North in Barrie, the Simcoe-Muskoka Chapter of CANO/ACIO awarded the Chapter Champion Award for the nurse who most demonstrates Patient Engagement.
This was awarded to Maryellen Love. There was a lovely tribute read, followed by a video where nurses, clerks and doctors all spoke about Maryellen. It was very touching. She was awarded a beautiful crystal award, roses and her CANO membership paid for one year.
Congratulations, Maryellen, and thank you for all the work you do!
2014 Chapter Champion – Ottawa/Champlain Chapter
The Ottawa/Champlain Chapter is proud to announce that Laura Giannantonia, an oncology nurse educator at the Ottawa Cancer Centre, is their Chapter champion!
Greater Toronto Chapter – Simonne Simon
Congratulations to our Chapter Champion; Simonne Simon, who was our GTCON past president! Simonne was nominated by her colleagues due to her dedication to oncology nursing in Toronto and internationally in Kuwait providing education to oncology nurses with regards to symptom management.