Harper Government Recognizes Nurses at the Tenth Annual Award of Excellence in Nursing
OTTAWA, May 11, 2012 /CNW/ – Parliamentary Secretary of Health, Colin
Carrie, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health,
was present as three registered nurses were recognized for their
dedication, initiative and high standard of excellence in serving
Canadian First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada.
Lori Monture of Hagersville, Ontario; Sophie Pamak from Hopedale, Labrador; and Leslie-Ann Smith of Battleford, Saskatchewan were recognized with the 2012 First Nations and
Inuit Health Branch National Award of Excellence in Nursing, presented
annually by Health Canada in conjunction with National Nursing Week.
“It is with great pleasure and honour that I recognize Lori, Sophie and
Leslie-Ann for their outstanding work in their respective communities,”
said Parliamentary Secretary Carrie. “Dedicated nurses are a
cornerstone to the service Health Canada provides to support
improvements in First Nations and Inuit health.”
Registered nurses working in First Nations and Inuit communities play a
critical role in helping the Government of Canada deliver on its
commitment to address the gap in health status between First Nations
and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Nurses who work in these
communities have tremendous responsibilities.
This year’s event marks the tenth anniversary of the Awards. The
National Award of Excellence in Nursing was established in 2003 as part
of an initiative to recognize the contributions of nurses working in
First Nations and Inuit communities. Each year, nurses working in First
Nation and Inuit communities are nominated by their peers and fellow
community members to receive this designation. Three winners (a Health
Canada nurse, a First Nations-employed nurse and an Inuit nurse) are
chosen to receive the National Award. In addition to receiving a
statuette, each nurse will receive a bursary towards career development
For additional information on this year’s Award recipients, please view
the attached backgrounder.
Please visit Health Canada’s website for information on past winners.
To learn more about what nurses do in First Nations and Inuit
communities, please visit Health Canada’s nurse profile page.
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