Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Distinguished Alumni & Awards

DAA Nomination Form 2015_Ver2

Each year Bloomberg Nursing honours alumni who are recognized by their peers for making outstanding achievements in their field and health care.

To nominate an outstanding nursing colleague, please submit your letter of reference and Nomination Form before April 7th, 2015 to our office:

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  • Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


    Doris Howell, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Kathy McGilton, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Linda Nugent, Award of Distinction
    Joan Palmer, Class Award
    Sheri Price, Rising Star Award – Academic Nursing
    Nicole Wagner, Rising Star Award – Clinical or Community Nursing


    Tracey DasGupta, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Jenny Ploeg, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Joy Richards, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Gillian Strudwick, Rising Star Award for Community Nursing


    June F. Kikuchi, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Helen B. Kirkpatrick, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Katherine T. Williams, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Laura Elise Hanson, Rising Star Award for Community Nursing
    Agnes Gelb, Class 1955 Award


    Barbara Davies, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Lillie Johnson, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Karin Von Schilling, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Gillian Brunier, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Ellen Rukholm, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Monica Parry, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Jiao Jiang, Rising Star Award for Clinical or Community Nursing
    Claire McDerment, 6T0 Class Award
    Maureen Montemuro, 6T9 Class Award


    Bonnie Anderson, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Mary Agnes Beduz, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Marilyn Butcher, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Pamela Hubley, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Sepali Guruge, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing


    Irene Elliot, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Mary Glavassevich, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Donna Tweedell, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Linda McGillis Hall, Outstanding Achievement Award
    Bridgette Lord, Rising Star Award for Clinical or Community Nursing


    Ruth M. Gallop, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Debra Bournes, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Daniela Naccarato, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Robyn Stremler, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing


    Angela Cooper-Braithwaite, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Michael M. McGillion, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Barbara Maxwell Joiner, Award of Distinction
    Roslyn Savage, Award of Distinction


    Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Bonnie Stevens, Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction
    Jennifer Lapum, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Leasa Knechtel, Rising Star Award for Clinical or Community


    Judith Watt-Watson, Distinguished Alumni Award for Education & Research
    Karima Velji, Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Practice
    Margaret Allemang, The late, Lifetime Achievement Award
    Lianne Patricia Jeffs, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Shirley Lynn Musclow, Rising Star Award for Clinical or Community


    Mary Jane Esplen, Distinguished Alumni Award
    Una Reid, Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Valerie Grdisa, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing
    Barbara Mildon, Rising Star Award for Clinical or Community


    Mary Ferguson-Paré, Distinguished Alumni Award
    Janet Ross-Kerr, Lifetime Achievement Award
    Cindy-Lee Dennis, Rising Star Award for Academic Nursing

  • Alumni Award Categories

    Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Recognizes a Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto graduate with outstanding achievements whose noteworthy activity has been recognized in their field and has contributed to the health system through patient care, basic and clinical research, or healthcare oriented services. The recipient will have demonstrated the highest principles of the health-care professions and serve as a role model for current and future health care professionals.

    2012 Recipient: Dr. June F. Kikuchi

    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Award of Distinction

    The Award of Distinction will recognize great achievements by a Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing graduate. This individual
    will have made important lifetime contributions and dedication to health care and the nursing profession. The individual will have made significant contributions to the community, established themselves as a mentor and advocate for the profession. In short, this candidate will embody a true nurse leader.

    2012 Recipients: Dr. Helen B. Kirkpatrick, Katherine T. Williams

    Rising Star Award – Academic Nursing

    This award will be awarded to an alumnus who is deemed to have excelled in his or her academic nursing career in the first five years of a full-time academic appointment. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated considerable achievements early in their academic career.

    2011 Recipient: Monica Parry

    Rising Star Award – Clinical or Community Nursing

    The Rising Star Award in Clinical or Community Nursing will be given to an alumnus who is deemed to have excelled in his or her nursing career and /or voluntary achievements in the first 10 years after baccalaureate graduation by making significant contributions to practice early in his or her clinical or community nursing career.

    2012 Recipient: Laura Elise Hanson

    The Class Award

    Nominated by their class peers, the recipient embodies someone who has made a positive impact in health care and/or the community. The candidate is someone who has made a difference in the lives of others. This impact can be in the form of nursing, volunteerism or community involvement. Nominations must be supported by at least three class peers.

    2012 5T5 Class Award Receipient: Agnes Gelb

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    Maria Babicka-Zachertowa, 2T6, a graduate of the Warsaw Training School in Poland attended the School of Public Health Nursing at the University of Toronto while on a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the 1920s. After returning to Poland she held a position with the Nursing Department within the Ministry of Internal Affairs where she was responsible for recruiting nursing educators, developing nursing curricula and setting standards in nursing practice. During this period, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation and international nursing organizations, she was also able to establish scholarships for students as well as build and equip new nursing schools. From 1926-1933 she was part of a committee that worked towards establishing the first nursing policy, which passed through the Polish Parliament in 1935 and helped in establishing Nursing as a profession in Poland. During WWII, and the German occupation of Poland, she trained nurses to care for wounded soldiers and civilians.

    Maria de Castro Pamphiro attended the University of Toronto while on a Rockefeller Fellowship in the 1920s. On her return to Brazil she later founded the Associacao Nacional de Enfermeriras Diplomadas Brasileras (Brazilian National Graduate Nursing Association) and later worked for this association from 1945-47. In 1948 she was appointed the Vice President of the Alfredo Pinto Nursing School in Rio de Janeiro.

    Marija Gruber, 2T6, was a student at the School of Public Health Nursing at the University of Toronto in 1926 while studying under the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Originally from Yugoslavia, she returned to this country after her studies in Canada to become a nursing supervisor in the area of public health nursing.

    Margaret E. Kerr, 2T2, obtained a certificate in Public Health Nursing from the University of Toronto before completing her baccalaureate in nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and accepting a two year fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, completing her masters of arts at Columbia University. Returning to Canada Kerr held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing and Health at UBC from 1929 to 1944. She was also active within many nursing associations, chairing the Public Health Nursing Section of the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA), as well as being elected president of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (RNABC) in 1943. Kerr then became the Editor of the Canadian Nurse (1944 to 1965), developing this publication from a newsletter to a national professional journal, including the development of a French edition, growing its subscription base from 5000 to over 37000.

    Cora Kilborn, Certificate of Public Health Nursing, 2T4, became a Public Health Nurse with the Child Welfare Association in Montreal. Beginning in 1926 Kilborn worked in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, as a missionary, taking up both administrative and supervisory responsibilities in her roles as Instructor, Superintendent of Nurses, and then Principal at the School of Nursing within the Women and Children’s hospital. In 1945 she became Superintendent of nursing service in the University Hospital of the West China Union University in the same city and led the first class of a new baccalaureate nursing program. Upon her return to Canada she became the Superintendent at the Home Mission Hospital at Matheson, Ontario as well as in Ethelhert, Manitoba, before entering into private duty care in both Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario.

    Harriet T. Meiklejohn, 2T1, completed her BA at McGill University in 1903, after which she began her nursing training at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York, graduating in 1906. At the outbreak of World War I, she paid her own way overseas to serve with the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) in France. For her work during the war, Meiklejohn was awarded the Royal Red Cross for distinguished service. On her return to Canada in 1919 she enrolled in postgraduate work in Public Health Nursing at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1921. From 1927-1943 Meiklejohn served as Superintendent of Women’s College Hospital.

    Inez Oyarzabel was a graduate of the Carney Hospital in Boston and a member of the staff of the Baltimore Visiting Nurse Association before accepting a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 1929 and studying at the University of Toronto. Oyarzabel was selected for this fellowship in order that she could undergo additional training to help in the initial steps of the development of nursing in Spain while working for the Department of Health in that country.

    Dorothy Percy, Certificate of Public Health Nursing 2T5, completed a certificate in Public Health Nursing at the University of Toronto in 1925 and later joined the Faculty at this institution, in 1934, after leaving her position as Superintendent at the National Headquarters of the Victoria Order of Nurses. During WWII Percy enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp and served both overseas and within Canada. Her impeccable service earned her many awards, including the Royal Red Cross First Class, the Jubilee and Coronation Medals, the Canadian Volunteer medal and the Defense of Britain Medal. After returning from the war Percy took up the position of Chief Supervisor of Nursing Counsellors and completed a fellowship, studying in the USA, UK, and Scandinavia, in order to prepare for her later position as Chief Nursing Consultant for the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare which she held from 1953-1967.

    Before Edith Kathleen Russell was appointed Director of the newly established Department of Public Health Nursing of the University of Toronto in 1920, she spent a short period as supervisor in the Division of Public Health Nursing of the Municipal Department of Public Health in Toronto. While in her position as Director at U of T she established a model four-year nursing program, the first of its kind in Canada. In 1933, due to Russell’s leadership and securing of Rockefeller Foundation support, the Public Health Nursing department gained independence as a separate School of Nursing. Russell was also the first to advocate for a survey of nursing education in Canada, of which she participated in the completion of, serving on the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Nurses Association’s joint survey committee. In 1939 she was awarded a doctor of civil law, honoris causa, from King’s College, Nova Scotia, and in 1940, the Mary Agnes Snively Memorial Medal from the Canadian Nurses Association. She was also a recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal (1949) and a second honorary degree, this time from the University of Toronto in 1956.

    Venny Snellman, 2T9, was appointed to the position of Inspector for nursing education in 1929, then Finland’s highest nursing position. Just prior to accepting this role she received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study nursing in the USA and Canada, including attending the University of Toronto. Returning to Finland a year later, Snellman implemented a new three year nursing curricula in this country. After WWII she received a second Rockefeller Fellowship to study in the USA, before her retirement in 1957.

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    Fatma Abdurrahman, Certificate of Public Health Nursing 3T3, was selected for a Public Health Nursing Fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation, studying in the USA and Canada. During this time she completed a certificate in Public Health Nursing from the University of Toronto. According to a letter sent by the Turkish Health Minister to the Schools Director Kathleen Russell, Abdurrahman was considered to be one of the most capable nurses in Turkey and had been selected to provide instruction to future nurse educators at a new Health Centre in Istanbul as head of the Red Crescent School and Instructress in Hygiene and Public Health.

    Irene Abelgas, originally from the Philippines, attended UofT on a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship during the 1930s, after which she received a second scholarship (from the League of Red Cross Soceities) to complete another post-graduate certificate in London, England. Returning to the Philippines, Abelgas was later appointed Assistant Director and then Director of Nursing Service within the Philippine Red Cross. In 1963 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal.

    Daisy Caroline Bridges, 3T8 studied at the School of Nursing at the University of Toronto in 1938. After returning to England she was assigned to the position of Resident Tutor to the international students studying in London, England under the League of Red Cross Societies. During WWII she served in France, Egypt and India with the Queen Alexandra’s military nursing service for which she was later awarded the Royal Red Cross, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the Coronation Medal and the Florence Nightingale Medal. In 1947, she became President of the National Council of Nurses of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Following this, from 1948 to 1961 she held the position of General Secretary for the International Council of Nurse (ICN). In this position, Bridges is credited for the official recognition of the ICN by the World Health Organization (WHO), making it one of the first non-governmental organizations to be so recognized.

    Helen Carpenter, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 3T3, worked as a public health nurse in outpost hospitals across Canada, as well as with the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the Departments of Health in British Columbia and Ontario. From 1960 to 1962 Carpenter held the position of President of the Canadian Nurses’ Association after which she was appointed Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Toronto. During her ten years as Dean, Dr. Carpenter helped in establishing the school’s graduate nursing program. She later served as a consultant to the World Health Organization completing a study on nursing education in New Zealand, resulting in the “Carpenter Report” in 1971 which is said to have been instrumental in the development of university-based nursing education in that country.

    Eileen (Ethel) Cryderman, Certificate of Public Health Nursing 3T1, was a nursing sister with the R.C.A.M.C. during World War I she returned to Canada to become a staff nurse and district supervisor with the Toronto Department of Health. From 1929 to 1934 she was a central office supervisor with the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, and in 1934 was appointed to the position of District Director of the Toronto Branch of this organization until her retirement. Cryderman also served within a number of professional nursing organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels. In addition to being president of her alumnae association and of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, she held the position of president of the Canadian Nurses’ Association from 1948 to 1950.

    Florence Emory joined the staff of the School of Nursing at the University of Toronto in 1924. Outside of her appointment with the School of Nursing, Emory served as President of the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA) (1930-1934), Chairman of the CNA’s Nursing Committee (1935-1951) and National Chairman for Nursing Services, for the Ontario Division of the Canadian Red Cross. In additional she was chairman of the nursing section of the Canadian Public Health Association, chairman of the nursing advisory committee of the Toronto Branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, and member of the board of directors of the health division of the Welfare Council of Toronto. Her last appointment with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto was that of Professor and Associate Director. In 1953 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, “for outstanding contributions toward the development and prestige of the nursing profession”.

    Verna Huffman Splane, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 3T9 was Canada’s first Principal Nursing Officer, holding the highest office of any nurse in this country and becoming intimately involved with articulating nursing’s perspective to the leaders in federal government. Splane is also a former Vice-President of the International Council of Nurses and completed various assignments around the world on behalf of the World Health Organization. Her previous honors include: the RNABC Award of Merit (1987); the Order of Canada (1996); the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and Gold Jubilee Medal (1977, 2002); the Jeanne Mance Award (1982); the Canadian Red Cross Distinguished Service Award (1975); the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing Award (shared with her husband Richard) (2001); and the Emily Gleason Sargent Award.

    Vera Nieh- (Nie Yuchan), Certificate of Public Health Nursing 3T0, graduated from the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) School of Nursing in China in 1927 before accepting a Rockefeller Fellowship and studying Public Health Nursing at the University of Toronto. Upon her return to China she was appointed as the first secretary of the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Central Board of Nursing Education, and later was the first Chinese nurse to be appointed to the position of Dean of the PUMC School of Nursing. During WWII, when the PUMC was forced to close its doors, Yuchan remained as a mentor to her students and ensured they could continue their studies within various hospitals. In 1942 she resumed the position of Director of the Nursing School and reopened its doors to students. She is now regarded as a “distinguished predecessors” (qian bei) of modern nursing in mainland China.

    Edith Rainsford (nee Dick), Certificate of Public Health Nursing 3T2, was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Nurses at the Ontario Hospital, in Mimico, and then to a similar position at the Psychiartic hospital, Toronto one year later. In 1936, she became an Inspector of Training Schools for Nurses under the Ontario Department of Health, where she remained until enlisting in the RCAMC during WWII. During her military service she was appointed Matron in charge of nursing services at the Toronto Military Hospital and later Matron-in-Chief of the RCAMC. When she was released from active service she held the rank of Major and was awarded the Royal Red Cross, first class. On returning to Canada she completed her Bachelor’s degree and later became director of the Nurses’ Registration Branch at the Ontario Department of Health.

    M. Jean Wilson, Certificate of Public Health Nursing, was hired onto this School’s Faculty where she remained until her retirement in 1974. During her near 40 year career at the University she taught in both the Diploma and Baccalaureate nursing programs and worked towards the completion of a degree in Pedagogy (1946) and her BScN (1948). Wilson was appointed Associate Professor in 1961 and was granted tenure in 1967- always attributing her success to the mentoring she received from Kathleen Russell. This same year she travelled to India to assist with a nursing education project acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization. In 1977 she was presented with a “Long Service Award” and later that same year was appointed Professor Emeritus. A scholarship was established at this school in 1987 in honour of Wilson, and is awarded each year based on academic achievement as a testament to her devotion to academic excellence.

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    Margaret Allemang, Certificate of Public Health Nursing 4T0, BScN 4T7, Certificate of Nursing Education 4T8, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was posted to various Air Force stations within Canada until her discharge from service in December 1945. Following her service, she used financial aid provided by the Veteran’s Rehabilitation Act to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the U of T, followed later by Master’s and PhD degrees in the USA. Allemang joined the U of T Nursing Faculty in 1950 and remained there until her retirement. She was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

    Nita Barrow, Certificate of Public Health Nursing 4T4, Certificate in Nursing Education 4T5, was the first woman to be appointed Governor-General of Barbados (1990-1995), and was offered a one-year fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation to study at the University of Toronto in 1940. At the end of her year’s study in Toronto she made the valedictorian address to her graduating class and was subsequently provided an additional scholarship by the Rockefeller Foundation to complete further study in the area of nursing education at the University of TorontoIn 1956 she became the first principal nursing officer of Jamaica within the Ministry of Health following which she held the position of nursing advisor to the Caribbean Area within the World Health Organization in 1964. From 1986-1990 she was also the Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations.

    Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, Certificate in Nursing Education 4T5, spent 25 years, from 1953 to 1978, on the editorial staff of the American Journal of Nursing and was past Editor of the nursing research section. During the same time she completed her doctorate in Public Administration at New York University (1972). Over her career Dr. Carnegie wrote, edited and contributed chapters to nearly 20 books including, the award-winning “The Path We Tread: Blacks in Nursing Worldwide, 1854-1984” (1986). Among her awards are the George Arents Pioneer Medal from Syracuse University, the President’s Award from Sigma Theta Tau International and the Living Legend Award from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education. She was also inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

    Glete D’Alcantara, Certificate in Public health Nursing 4T4, returned home to become a nurse education at Sao Paulo’s School of Nursing. From 1947 to 1950 she studied Social Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, however before completing her studies she accepted a scholarship from the Kellogg Foundation to take post-graduate studies at Teacher’s College. In 1951 D’Alcantara again returned to Brazil to work in the Faculty of Philosophy and completed her bachelor diploma in Social Sciences. She later founded and directed the Riberao Preto Nursing School in Sao Paulo and was a two-time President of the Brazilian Nursing Association.

    Victoria Eugenia Gaete, Certificate in Nursing Education 4T5, returned to her home country of Chile to become the Assistant Director of the Beneficencia School of Nursing in Santiago. In 1946 she became Director of this School which had then changed its name to the University School of Nursing. Two years later she took on the additional title of Director of the Carlos Van Buren School of Nursing in Valparaiso and led both schools at the same time. From 1955 to 1958 Gaete was Nurse Advisor to the World Health Organisation National School of Nursing in Managua, Nicaragua and later worked for the Panamerican Sanitary Bureau in Central America, Panama and Belize.

    Thora (Jerry) Gerow, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 4T7, founded the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario and in 2005 the NPAO established the Jerry Gerow Nurse Practitioner Leadership Award, its’ most prestigious award, recognizing the significant contributions of Jerry Gerow to the profession as a pioneer in NP practice in Ontario and to the Association as one of the founding members.

    Ligia Gomezjurado, Certificate in Clinical Supervision 4T7, took part in a two year fellowship offered by the Rockefeller Foundation to study nursing in both the USA and Canada. In 1947, after completing a certificate in Clinical Supervision she was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of the National School of Nursing in Ecuador, and in 1949 became the first Ecuadorian nurse Director of this School.

    Olive Frances Griffith was born in China where her parents were missionaries with the Chinese Inland Mission. Griffith, who spoke fluent Chinese, later trained as an orthopedic nurse at the Lord Mayor Treloar’s Hospital, Alton, in Hampshire. In 1946 she travelled to Greece as a psychiatric nurse consultant to the United Nation’s Rehabilitation and Relief Administration (UNRRA). Returning to the UK in 1947 she accepted a position as Inspector of training schools for the General Nursing Council of England and Wales. Two years later she traveled to Canada to become a lecturer to the University of Toronto’s School of Nursing.

    Heather Kilpatrick
    , Certificate in Public Health Nursing 4T0, was appointed the first director of public health nursing in British Columbia’s (BC) provincial health service. During World War II Kilpatrick worked with the UNRRA and was assigned to the most distant camp from headquarters, the Nuseirat camp in Palestine, which cared for Greek refugees. After returning home to BC after the war she held the position of Head Nurse to the Outpatient Department at Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver where she worked until her retirement in 1971.

    Aagot Lindstrom
    , 4T9, attended the University of Toronto on a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. On her return to Norway she became Educational Leader, and later Principal, of the Ulleval School of Nursing in Oslo. In 1955 Lindstrom accepted an appointment with the World Health Organization as a Nurse Consultant to Egypt. During the 1960s she also held the position of President of the Northern Nurses Federation, a regional federation of Icelandic, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish nurses founded in 1920.

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    Sylvia Burkinshaw, Certificate in Nursing Education 5T3, became Associate Director of Nursing Education at the Hospital for Sick Children before accepting the position of Director of Nursing at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in Kingston, Ontario, where she remained until her retirement in 1984. While employed at KGH Burkinshaw held the positions of Director of Medical Services, Ombudsman, and Assistant CEO. After retiring she continued her education completing a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Queen’s University (1988) and a Master in Public Administration (1992). She was made an honorary member of the KGH Nurses Alumnae and the Salvation Army (2005), and in 2006 she was awarded the Davies Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the Kingston (Ontario) Hospitals Joint Advancement Foundation.

    Nettie Fidler was a member of the University of Toronto, School of Nursing as lecturer and assistant professor. A graduate of the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing in 1919, she had previously held teaching and supervisory positions at this institution until 1928 at which time she obtained a certificate in Teaching and Administration from McGill University School of Nursing. Just prior to the outbreak of WWII, in 1939, she obtained a travelling fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to visit schools of nursing in Europe. From 1945 to 1949 she held the position of President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, after which she accepted a position of Director of the Demonstration School in Windsor. Succeeding Kathleen Russell, she became the Director of the school of nursing at the University of Toronto in 1952. The same year she was appointed to the Dominion Council of Health and ten years later, in 1962, she was awarded an honorary life membership in the Canadian Nurses’ Association.

    Inger Gotzsche, Certificate in Nursing Education 5T1, returned to Denmark she was appointed Regional Nursing Advisor to the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Office in Alexandria, Egypt (1952-57). From 1957-1978, Gotzsche returned to the field of nursing education, taking a position as Teacher, and later Principal, of a preliminary school of nursing in Denmark. Towards the end of her career she developed an interest in nursing history, completing her Master of History degree at the age of 83, as well as publishing two books on Danish nursing history (1978, 2001(post-mortem)) and co-founding the Danish Society of Nursing History (1997).

    Phyllis Jones, BScN 5T0, went on to become a Professor and Dean of the Faculty from 1979 to 1988. During her time at the faculty, she was instrumental in furthering the nursing profession not only locally, but also abroad. Her international work took her to Lagos, Nigeria and Finland where she contributed to the establishment of a Master of Nursing program at the University of Turku.

    Floris King BScN 5T5, was hired at UBC in the 1968, shortly after the completion of her Doctoral degree in public health, in order to help that School organize its first master’s program. She had previously held a position as a field program director and nursing consultant with the Canadian Tuberculosis Association. In 1971 King organized the First National Conference on Research in Nursing Practice, to be held in Ottawa, with a grant from the Department of national Health and Welfare. She resigned from her position at UBC in 1972 to become professor and director of the Dalhousie University School of Nursing. Later she returned to the USA (where she had completed both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees) and eventually became the Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota.

    Kathleen King, BScN 5T1, is an Emeritus Dean of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Nursing, having served in this role from 1972 to 1979. She is a committed educator, scholar and nursing leader.

    Maria Ofelia Leite-Ribeiro, Certificate in Clinical Supervision 5T2, attended the University of Toronto on a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1952. She later returned home to accept teaching and supervisory positions within the School of Nursing and University Hospital of Lisbon, Portugal. In 1956 she became a Nursing Advisor to Turkey in charge of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Nursing Advisory Project and in 1958 became the Assistant Regional Nursing Advisor for the WHO’s European office.

    Haiffa Koudsy Midani, Certificate in Nursing Education 5T2, returned home to Syria and became President of the Syrian Nurses Association. She was appointed Director to the School of Nursing at the Palestinian Refugees Institution when it was established in 1959.

    Lily M. Turnbull, Certificate in Nursing Education 5T2, later studied at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where she completed a Masters degree in public health administration. She was associated with the World Health Organization for the next 24 years, spending 17 years in its Western Pacific Region, five of those years as Team Leader of a field project in Malaysia and 12 years in the Regional Office as Nursing Advisor for an area consisting of over 20 countries and territories. In 1969, she moved to Geneva and took on the position of Chief Nursing Officer for the World Health Organization.

    Dorothy Wylie, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 5T9, took a position as Assistant Executive Director of Patient Care at Sunnybrook Medical Centre in Toronto, followed by a two-year position with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). From 1978 to 1988 she held the position of Vice President of Nursing at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH). While in this role Wylie completed a second Master’s degree, this one in Human Resource Development. During her career, she also served as President for both the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the RNAO and was named a Fellow of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (now University) in 1982. After retiring from her position at TGH Wylie entered academia taking up assistant professorships, first at the University of Manitoba, and then at the University of Toronto (1989-1994). Her experience and education in the area of nursing administration equipped her to assist in the development of a Master’s program at U of T in this subject area, as well as co-found the Canadian Journal of Nursing Administration (now the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership).

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    Laura Barr, Certificate in Nursing Education 4T9, BScN 6T2, was appointed to the position of Director of the RNAO (1960). Remaining in this position until 1976 Barr was a leader in many areas of nursing, including heading up a study on the feasibility of conducting diploma-nursing programs in post-secondary settings. In 1989 she was honoured for her visionary leadership in nursing with a Ryerson Fellowship.

    Phyllis Burgess, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 6T2, was an advocate for psychological counselling and training programs for nurses whose patients suffered from life-threatening illnesses. In 1957 she was appointed the first director of nursing at Princess Margaret Hospital, a position she held until her retirement in 1977. During her first year in this role, she received a Civic Award of Merit from the City of Toronto for her outstanding contribution to oncology nursing and the care of cancer patients and in 1988, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Canadian Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Joy Calkin, BScN 6T0, held nursing positions in Canada, the USA, and the United Kingdom, including teaching positions at the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Wisconsin. She later accepted a position as Dean of Nursing, at the University of Calgary, before becoming Associate Vice President Academic for one year, then Vice-President (Academic) & Provost at the same institution. In 2002 she retired from her position as President and CEO of Extendicare Inc., a multi-national long-term care company.

    Dorothy Craig, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 5T6, BScN 6T7, MScN 7T8, is a professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

    Mary Ferguson-Pare, BScN 6T7, currently holds the positions of Vice President, Professional Affairs and Chief Nurse Executive at University Health Network. In addition to her degree in nursing, Ferguson-Pare has also earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, received an MA in Organization Development, as well as a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Fellow of The Wharton School of Business of Pennsylvania and a Past President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, the Ontario Nurse Executives, the Association of Nurse Executives of Metropolitan Toronto, and the RNAO.

    Ruth Gallop
    , BScN 6T5, MScN 8T3, is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and is an internationally sought-after expert on women’s psychological health and the linkages between childhood experiences and adult behaviours.

    Hilary Llewellyn-Thomas, BScN 6T8, MScN 7T7, currently holds the positions of Professor in the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS); Co-Director, Academic Area for Health Care Decision Making; Director, Health Decision Research (HDR); and Director of Research at the Center for Shared Decision Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Llewellyn-Thomas has served as President of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and publishes extensively in the methodological literature about health care decision making.

    Marion Pope, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 5T2, BScN 6T8, MScN 7T5, attended the United Church Training School (now the Centre for Christian Studies) before leaving for Korea to work as a nursing professor, public health nurse and minister. Pope stayed in Korea from 1957 to 1972 and completed a Bachelor (6T8) and Master (7T5) degree from the University of Toronto, and later a PhD from Yonsei University where she completed her doctoral thesis in Korean.

    After 17 years as Executive Director of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), Margaret Risk, Certificate in Public Health Nursing 5T2, BScN 6T8, MScN 7T5, retired in 2000 to become an independent consultant. Before her appointment with the College, she was a public health nurse for the City of Toronto. During her time with the CNO, Risk was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Regulated Health Professions Act and the founding of the Federation of Regulatory Colleges of Ontario.

    Judy Watt-Watson, BScN 6T7, MScN 8T4 is a Professor Emerita at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Executive Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Professional Practice. She is a member of the UofT Centre for the Study of Pain Advisory Committee, a Faculty Associate at University Health Network Hospital, and an Associate Scientific Staff member of the Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital. She has served on international, national, and provincial committees to examine standards for pain management practices and curricula for health science faculties and is the recipient of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Distinguished Career Award and the CPS Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.

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    Bonnie Adamson, BScN 7T4, has held the position as President and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH) since 2002. Prior to joining NYGH, she was President and CEO of the Huron Perth Hospital Partnerships, an eight hospitals network in Southwestern Ontario. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and Certified member of American College of Health Executives.

    Marilyn Longo Dollinger, BScN 7T4, moved to the USA where she has since held positions in the fields of nursing practice, policy and education. In 2007, she completed her doctorate in nursing science from the University of Buffalo in which she explored the connection between nurses and the public debate over healthcare. In 2009, she received the Legislative Award from NYSNA for her decade long work as an advocate for nursing issues in the New York State Legislature. She has served six years as the president of the Board of Trustees of the St. John’s Home, one of Rochester’s largest long-term care facilities.

    Jane Drummond, BScN 7T2, is the Vice-Provost (Health Sciences Council) at the University of Alberta. She has been a nurse scholar for over 30 years. She is the team leader of the Child and Family Resilience Research Group and the principle investigator of the Families First Edmonton research team and the Primary Care Nursing Role (Edmonton) research team.

    Margaret Fitch MScN 7T7, is now the Head of Oncology Nursing and co-director of the Integrated Psychosocial, Supportive and Palliative Care Program, at the Odette Cancer Centre, at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. She is also the chair of the Partnership’s Cancer Journey Advisory Group (formerly the Rebalance Focus Action Group) as well as a past president of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Among her many honors are the Oncology Nursing Society International Award for Contributions in Cancer Care (2006), Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (2005) and Award of Excellence, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (2004).

    Louise Lemieux-Charles MScN 7T7, is now Chair of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME), at the University of Toronto. In addition to this role, she is an Associate Professor in HPME, as well as the Program Director of the Hospital Management Research Unit, and an adjunct scientist with the Institute for Work and Health. Prior to her appointment in HPME, she held positions in senior management in the acute care system, as well as in teaching and consulting.

    Karen MacInnes BScN 7T9, is a community health/school nurse at the Kanesatake Health Center on a Mohawk settlement in Quebec. IN her practice MacInnes provides client education in the areas of pre- and post-natal care including nutrition, breastfeeding, and parenting. She also provides nursing services to local schools, daycares and community groups.

    Linda O’Brien Pallas, BScN 7T5, MScN 7T9, is a Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director, Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit (University of Toronto site). In addition, she is the inaugural Canadian Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Nursing/Health Human Resources. Linda has provided leadership to various boards and committees, including the Canadian Nurses Association, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), and The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Nursing Task Force (1998-99).

    Linda Olgilvie, BscN 7T5, is a national leader in international/trans-cultural nursing and an immigration scholar. She is a nursing Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and a Co-Director of the Prarie Metropolis Centre.

    Gail Paech, MScN 7T8, moved on to hold a variety of senior positions in education, research, management and consulting, including the position of president and CEO of Toronto East General Hospital. Later Paech took the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and was instrumental in leading the work of the expert panel on SARS and infectious disease control during the outbreak in 2004.

    Eleanor Ross, BScN 7T8, MScN 8T3, has held the positions of Chief, Nursing Practice and Vice President, Professional and Academic Affairs at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and was Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Nursing. She is a past president of the CNA (1994 to 1996), the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (1987-1989) and the Canadian Nurses Respiratory Association (1984-1985). She was also twice nominated to the Board of Directors of the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN).

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    Heather Arthur MScN 8T1, has been on faculty at McMaster University School of Nursing, her most recent position as Professor and Director of the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists. She also currently holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research and is the Co-Director of the Cardiac and Vascular Nursing Science Unit at Hamilton Health Sciences.

    Janet Beed, MScN 8T0, has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Markham Stouffville Hospital since 2005. Beed has held senior level positions in several hospitals, including Vice-President of Nursing at the Hospital for Sick Children, Vice-President at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital and Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital.

    Anne Coghlan BScN 8T1 MScN 8T5, had been a staff nurse and a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Hospital for sick Children in Toronto before taking the position as Director of Professional Practice and Chief of Nursing at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Coghlan also worked as a senior management consultant in the health care division of Ernst and Young Consulting Services Inc. in Toronto.

    Cheryl Forchuk MScN 8T0, is currently a Professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario, with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the same institution. Dr. Forchuk is also a Scientist and Program Leader for the Health Outcomes & Health Services Group at Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario.

    Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, MScN 8T7, is currently the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation Community Nursing Professor and Chair of the Graduate Programs in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario.

    Ellen Hodnett, MScN 8T0, is currently a Professor and Heather M. Reisman Chair in Perinatal Nursing Research at U of T. Dr. Hodnett is also an Editor for the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration, a memberof the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the World Health Organization Maternal and Reproductive Health Research Program, and an Inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

    Ellen Rukholm, MScN 8T8, has over 20 years of teaching, research and nursing leadership experience, and is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Rukholm has held many leadership positions in nursing education, including Director of the Laurentian School of Nursing, Director of the Laurentian site of the Ontario Research Training Centre in Health Services and Policy (funded by CIHR/CHSRF), and Interim Director Doctor Program in Rural and Northern Health also at Laurentian University.

    Tilda Shalof, BScN 8T3, is a bestselling author. After completing her degree Shalof took a position as staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Toronto General Hospital during which time she published her bestseller, “A Nurse’s Story”. Shalof continues to be an outspoken patient advocate, passionate nurse leader, public speaker, and media commentator.

    Bonnie Stevens, MScN 8T3, is currently a Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Toronto. Stevens holds the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research at the Hospital for Sick Children, the first of its kind in Canada.

    Michael Villeneuve, BScN 8T3, MScN 9T3, held positions in the areas of nursing practice, education and administration including employment with Health Canada as the leader of an outpost nursing station in Northern Manitoba, as well as a Patient Care Manager of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care and Neuro/Trauma Units at Sunnybrook & Women’s Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. In 2003 he represented Health Canada at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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    Gillian Brunier, MScN 9T1, ACNP 9T6, is an expert practitioner in area of nephrology with 24 years experience in this field. A recipient of a CNA Centennial Award in 2008, she has volunteered for the past 10 years as the CANNT Journal Editor. She has published widely in the areas of diabetes, end of life issues, and dialysis.

    Irene Elliott, ACNP 9T5, has practised at SickKids for longer than 38 years. Currently and acute care nurse practitioner in neurology, much of her clinical practice, education and research has focused on children with epilepsy and their families.

    Pam Hubley, MScN 9T3, ACNP 9T5, completed both her MScN degree and her post-masters ACNP diploma at the University of Toronto. Throughout her career she has held positions in administration, practice, education and policy, and is currently the Associate Chief, Nursing Practice, at the Hospital for SickKids. In 2008 Hubley took the lead to have SickKids recognized by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) as a Best Practice Guideline Spotlight Organization.

    Mary Glavassevich, MN 9T5, has served as a patient care manager at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre for over 35 years. Glavassevich left her home in Montserrat at the age 19 to study nursing in England. She completed her initial training in Blackburn, Lancashire and later her midwifery training in Scotland before coming to Canada to work as a staff nurse in Thunder Bay. She joined Sunnybrook in 1968 as a staff nurse and was later appointed patient care manager in 1974. Glavassevich was presented with the Canadian Association of Nurses Oncology Leadership award in 2005.

    Kathleen MacMillan, MScN 9T2, has contributed to clinical practice, education, administration and policy and research and has held policy positions in both the federal and provincial government. Her experience includes serving as the first provincial chief nursing officer in Canada (Ontario) from 1999 to 2001, where she provided nursing leadership, support and policy advice as a member of the senior executive team of the health ministry. Since 2005 she had held the position of Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the Humber Institute for Technology and Advanced Learning. In 2008 she was a recipient of the CNA Centennial Award.

    Linda McGillis Hall, MScN 9T3, PhD 9T9, is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Research & External Relations in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She is a recognized leader in nursing health services and systems research and is the first Canadian nurse to be inducted as an American Academy of Nursing International Fellow (2007). She was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Research in Canada (2008). She has extensive experience working with policy leaders in Canada in the area of nursing health human resources and patient safety outcomes, including Health Canada, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

    Barbara Mildon, BScN 9T3, MN 9T8, is currently president-elect of the CNA and has held roles in the areas of clinical care, administration, education and research, most recently holding the position of Chief Nurse Executive and VP of Professional Practice & Integration for Fraser Health in B.C. On behalf of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) she led the development and publication of a national discussion paper on the unique role of the Registered Nurse. Mildon has also been a driving force in the development of national standards of practice for community health nurses, and the achievement of specialty recognition and CNA certification for community health nursing.

    Nora Stearns, BScN 6T4, MScN 8T6, ACNP 9T5, is a clinical nurse specialist focusing on oncology and palliative care. Stearns published a manual on advanced nursing practice in palliative care, which was the first of its kind in Canada.

    Joan Tranmer, PhD 9T9, is a career scientist with the Ministry of Health of Ontario, and the Director of the Nursing Research Unit at Kingston General Hospital. She is also an Assistant Professor and co-director of the Practice and Research Nursing Group at the School of Nursing at Queen’s University. Her research interests and expertise is in the measurement of nursing sensitive outcomes in complex patient populations and the design and evaluation of health service interventions to enhance the care of these patients.

    Karima Velji, MScN/ACNP 9T7, PhD 0T6, currently holds the position of Vice-President of Clinical and Residential Programs and Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) at Baycrest. She is also the incoming Chair of the Council of Academic Health Science Organizations Chief Nursing Group and Chair of the Policy Committee of Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses. Prior to this position she was Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Velji has cross appointments at both University of Toronto and McMaster University.

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    PhD Graduates:

    Margaret Blastorah BScN 7T7, PhD 1T0 is currently Director, Nursing knowledge, research and innovation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

    Sepali Gurunge, BScN 9T5, MScN, 9T9, PhD 0T7, obtained her education in Sri Lanka, the former Soviet Union, and Canada. She focused her doctoral dissertation on the influence of gender, racial, social, and economic inequalities on the production of and responses to intimate male partner violence in the post-migration context. Her post-doctoral work at the University of Western Ontario examined the effects of intimate partner violence on women’s health. Both her doctoral and post-doctoral studies were supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowships.

    Claire Mallette, MScN 9T8, PhD 0T5, was recently appointed Director of Nursing at York University. Mallette received her PhD at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto in 2005. Her doctoral research focused on nurses’ employment patterns (full-time, part-time and casual) and the type of psychological contract that they form with organizations. During her PhD studies she was an award recipient of a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation /Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, a National Health Research and Development Program Doctoral Fellowship, and the University of Toronto Connaught Scholarship.

    Robyn Stremler, PhD 0T3, is currently Assistant Professor at the LSBFON at the U of T and Adjunct Scientist, Research Institute and Research Associate, Centre for Nursing, at Sick Kids. In her position at Sick Kids she contributes to the advancement of nursing research initiatives and provides research mentorship to staff and advanced practice nurses. Her program of research focuses on sleep disturbance and fatigue in new families and sleep for hospitalized children and their parents.

    MN Graduates:

    Patricia Caldwell, MN 0T2, has held several positions in international nursing including serving as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Development in Nursing Leadership. She has also held a variety of roles with the International Council of Nurses (ICN), most recently as a Consultant for Nursing and Health Policy with the ICN. Prior to her international work she served as Team Leader, Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Laura Hanson, MN 1T0, is a primary care nurse at Regent park Community Centre in Toronto. Previously, she was an outreach nurse at Street Health Community Nursing. She participated in the Brazil-Bloomberg collaboration ‘Nursing Leadership and Capacity Building in the Context of Primary Health Care.”

    Jiao Jiang, MN OT7 recently completed the Nurse Practitioner Anesthesia certificate program. She is working as an APN for the Acute Pain Service at UHN (TGH site). At the Bloomberg Faculty, she helped launch the nurse practitioner anaesthesia care program.

    Gurjit Sangha, BScN 0T1, MN 0T8 clinical nurse specialist with the Palliative and Bereavement Care Service at the Hospital for Sick Children and is an active member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

    BScN Graduates:

    Hilary Hall, BScN 0T9, also graduated at the top of her class receiving several awards for her academic excellence including the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing Award for Excellence at the Undergraduate Student Level, the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario Jennifer Award for outstanding potential and contribution to child & family, oncological or mental health nursing, the University of Toronto’s Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award and the Jean Wilson Scholarship.

    Catriona Mill, 0T5, graduating at the top of her class and has since been working for Toronto Public Health, her most recent role as a Maternal Child Consultant. She is also currently involved in a research project as co-Principal Investigator for an evaluation of the Homeless At-Risk Prenatal Program (HARP), and is a Lecturer at the LSBFON at U of T.

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