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National nursing association celebrates Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

Ottawa, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is recognizing 30 registered nurses (RNs) for their outstanding contribution to nursing and health care with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. The recipients from across the country were selected by provincial/territorial nursing colleges and associations and awarded their medals in a ceremony that included Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, CNA president Barb Mildon and CNA CEO Rachel Bard.

“Congratulations to all the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. “Your outstanding contributions in nursing have earned you this great honour and set a fine example for others in your profession to follow. Please accept my best wishes for your continued success in serving Canadians and the health-care profession in such an exemplary manner.”

Among the recipients are Heather Jewers and Landon Graham James. Ms. Jewers, an RN in Nova Scotia for 38 years, is currently an assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University. With her specialty certification in   palliative care nursing, she has provided education services to nurses, other health-care professionals, patients and families as a nurse consultant with St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. Mr. James, from British Columbia, began his career 15 years ago as an emergency room nurse. During that time he has led two different emergency departments and volunteered countless hours for the St. John Ambulance brigade and the National Emergency Nurses’ Affiliation of Canada. As a leader in education, he’s brought emergency education to nurses in previously underserved communities throughout B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

“I offer the warmest of congratulations and thanks to all of the medal recipients,” said CNA president Barb Mildon. “These medals represent a distinct achievement in each of their exemplary careers. They will also serve as an inspiration to the entire nursing community. No matter what capacity or sector an RN works in, he or she is engaged in and committed to helping Canadians and the health-care system reach a higher level of health.”

As an organization with royal patronage, CNA was invited by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General to nominate 30 worthy candidates from the RN community. These commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals recognize Canadians who have dedicated themselves to the service of their fellow citizens, their community and their country.

The complete list and a description of the 30 medal recipients are available online.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 146,788 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded not-for-profit health system.


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Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca