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Canadian Nurses Association announces CNAOntario inaugural president

Ottawa, November 21, 2016 — Ontario nurses are one step closer to optimizing their involvement with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) through the selection of Mary McAllister, RN, PhD, as the inaugural president of CNAOntario. The group aims to provide a vehicle for CNA members in Ontario to connect with each other, with RNs and NPs across Canada and with the International Council of Nurses.

Sara Lankshear, RN, PhD, chair of the CNAOntario transition committee, believes that CNAOntario will offer the province’s nurses a mechanism to fully contribute to CNA initiatives, outcomes and to the nursing voice for health care in Ontario as seen through a national and international lens.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mary as president of CNAOntario, which aims to be a connected group of Ontario RNs and NPs from diverse sectors, settings, roles and locations,” said Lankshear. “CNAOntario is an initiative proposed by CNA members in Ontario due to the continually increasing number of Ontario nurses joining CNA.”

“I invite my colleagues from across the province to join CNA and continue contributing to the national dialogue. I also encourage them to be a part of the CNAOntario legacy as it works toward meeting the needs of Ontario CNA members,” said McAllister.

McAllister is a registered nurse and a longtime member of CNA. She is the associate chief of nursing practice at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. As the inaugural president, her immediate objective will be to lead the development of a governance model for CNAOntario, with the support of an executive team.


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca

Julia Scott
Consultant, Membership Development
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 533
E-mail: jscott@cna-aiic.ca

CNA Membership Inquiries:
613-237-2159, ext. 262