Sponsored by Pfizer
Friday, October 15, 2021, 12-2:30 p.m. ET
You are invited to a celebration of nursing excellence! Join us as we recognize and celebrate the 2021 Class of Fellows and the CNA Certification Award recipient, proudly sponsored by Pfizer.
Fellowship represents the highest honour for Canada’s most accomplished nursing leaders. Fellows include executives, presidents, deans, provincial and territorial government nursing leaders, hospital and health authority executives, clinical leaders, advanced practice nurses, scholars, researchers, thought leaders, teachers, retired nurses and exceptional clinicians from all categories of nurses.
As part of the event, CNA will host its awards program and present CNA’s Employer Recognition Award. The award was created to honour employers who have demonstrated exemplary support for nurses who seek and achieve specialty certification.
We are honoured to have Sheila Tlou and Madeleine Kétéskwēw Dion Stout, our first Honorary Fellows, as the keynote speakers for our event.
We hope you can join us. Please register in advance.
Tim Guest RN, BScN, MBA
Sylvain Brousseau, RN, PhD
Mike Villeneuve, RN, MSc, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
Prof. Sheila Tlou has just made Advance Media’s list of 100 Most Influential Women in Africa. She is the Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the Co-Chair of the Nursing Now Global Campaign. From 2010 to 2017 she was Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana (2004-2008). She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa. She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on Gender issues relating to HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Ageing and Older Persons. She has played a key role in the development of national nursing and medical education curricula, working to broaden the scope of Health Sciences education in her home country of Botswana.
During her term as Minister of Health, and Chair of SADC and of the African Union Ministers of Health, Prof. Tlou contributed to the improvement of global health care, especially for women and girls. She led a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support program in Botswana whose achievements saved countless lives. She has received numerous, prestigious national and global awards and honorary degrees. And in her spare time, Prof. has portrayed Precious Ramotswe, the heroine of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series, in several amateur theatre productions in Botswana. She also starred in the Anthony Minghella BBC Movie: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (2008).
Madeleine Kétéskwēw Dion Stout
Madeleine Kétéskwēw Dion Stout was born on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. As a child, she had her first encounter with a nurse whom she now credits for motivating her to study nursing at the Edmonton General Hospital. When she earned a nursing degree at the University of Lethbridge, she joined the rare ranks of Indigenous women who had graduated from a university nursing program. After almost two decades of providing nursing care to Indigenous Peoples in hospital and community settings, she became a special advisor to the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada and was eventually appointed to lead the Indian and Inuit Health Careers Program. Kétéskwēw went on to receive a Master’s of Arts degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where she taught in the School of Canadian Studies and served as the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture. In these and other roles she took on over the years, she helped to shift health matters to Indigenous communities’ control.
For decades, Kétéskwēw has worked with Indigenous Peoples, nursing colleagues and Canadian society at large as a nurse, researcher, educator, lecturer, reformer, and policy leader. Lifelong winning traits include her retention of the Cree language, relevance to her community, reverence for her Indigenous culture and respect for all kinship ties. She is a recipient of several awards from the Indigenous and nursing communities. Notably, she was named one of Canada’s top 100 nurses during the celebration of the Canadian Nurses Association’s centennial anniversary in 2008. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Lethbridge and holds honorary doctoral degrees conferred by the University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In recognition of her national influence, she was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015. Kétéskwēw’s biggest prize though is her devoted and dedicated family.