2014 Spring | Foundation Focus

Foundation Focus

Foundation Focus is the official news magazine of the Canadian Nurses Foundation. It contains Foundation updates and news, interesting articles, successful scholarship and research recipient listings, nursing research findings, event listings and much more.

What’s New?

You’ll notice that CNF has a new logo and new look – we hope you like it.
What hasn’t changed is our passion for supporting nurses to make a difference in health care.

For 2015, it’s a new award for Manitoba nurses!

CNF is delighted to announce a new annual scholarship award at the graduate level. The CNF Registered Nurses of Manitoba Centennial Legacy Scholarship was established in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) and will be open to Manitoba residents who are on the practicing register of the college. We offer our thanks to CRNM for working closely with us to create another opportunity for Manitoba nurses. Here are some previous award winners from Manitoba – thanks to this new opportunity, you could be next.

Emily Blunden coordinated a community buddy program linking university students and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Crystal Cook specializes in dialysis, and provides holistic care to help reduce the incidence of dialysis therapy in her community.

Christine McIvor works closely with young mothers and their newborn babies to help them achieve healthy lifestyles.

*Check out the bios of these award recipients on our website to see how your investment is having an impact in your community.

“CNF changed my life and the quality of life for cancer patients.”

“My scholarship allowed me to investigate gaps in the quality of care for cancer patients.”

A 2012 TD Meloche Monnex award recipient, Tracy Truant has acted as Vice President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) since 2013. CANO’s mission is to lead nursing excellence in cancer control for Canadians. In her role as VP, Tracy has been able to launch discussion of gaps in the quality of care for cancer patients with local, national and international health leaders. Discussions included the role of nurses in promoting health equity, and the opportunities and challenges they face. Next steps will include publication of the findings, and integrating health disparities considerations in the CANO strategic plan. Tracy’s activities within CANO also include promoting Complementary and Alternative Medicine information, for education and decision support for oncology nursing. Since receiving her award, Tracy has published in the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer and the Oncology Exchange, among other professional journals. Her subjects have ranged from stem cell transplants to weight loss and physical activity lifestyle interventions in the context of breast cancer. Tracy says “I am humbled to be among the inspirational leaders and researchers who have been awarded scholarship at this national level. I feel a commitment to give back to the nursing and cancer care community as a result of this award.”

CNF Annual Scholarship Award Anniversaries – Celebrate with us!

Five Years
TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund – 2009 – 2014
“TD is committed to Aboriginal communities and supporting the Canadian Nurses Foundation and to help improve health care is part of this commitment. We’re pleased to offer our support through the TD Bank Aboriginal Nursing Fund, having funded 76 Aboriginal nursing students in the last five years, encouraging educational development, ultimately improving health outcomes in Aboriginal communities.”
Alan Convery, Senior Manager Community Relations, TD Bank Group

Ten Years
Margaret Munro Award – 2004 – 2014
“I spent my nursing career in nursing education, mostly at the undergraduate level. Nurses, especially young ones, need support to be able to contribute to the future of the discipline.”
Margaret Munro, retired nurse and donor

Twenty Five Years
Northern Award – 1989 – 2014
“Everyone in this great country of ours deserves the very best nursing care, and all northern Canadians should have access to care equal to those in the south. The Canadian Nurses Foundation is the vehicle through which I can do something positive and concrete. I’ve been a donor for 25 years – and I continue to derive a deep sense of purpose and meaning from the support I offer.”
Erin Hogg, retired nurse and donor

AstraZeneca Award – 1989 – 2014
“As a leading health care company, AstraZeneca recognizes the integral role nurses play in delivering patient care and bringing solutions to health care challenges. We’re very proud to be a long-standing supporter of the Canadian Nursing Foundation, helping to advance nursing education and research through the AstraZeneca Nursing Award.”
Elaine Campbell, President, AstraZeneca Canada

Extendicare Award – 1989 – 2014
“At Extendicare, we are committed to providing quality care, quality of life and safety to help people live better. We employ highly skilled health care professionals, and we recognize the importance of supporting nurses to reach their full potential. Our partnership since 1989 with Canadian Nurses Foundation to offer an annual scholarship in gerontology means that nurses have an opportunity to excel in the rewarding field of caring for the elderly.”
Paul Tuttle, President of Extendicare (Canada) Inc.

2013 Donors. Thank You!

CNF would like to thank all our generous 2013 donors and supporters.

We couldn’t support award recipients like Heather McQuinn of New Brunswick without YOU! “CNF changed my life and the lives of First Nations people living in New Brunswick.
My award helped me to better understand the role culture and spirituality play for optimal mental health care.”

You will find a complete list of our donors on our website.

Occasionally, we inadvertently omit a name. If we have missed including yours, please let us know, and we will include it in the next donor recognition publication.

News and events

Volleyball tournament
Are you in the Ottawa area on Saturday August 16th? Join us for our second CNF volleyball tournament on Britannia Beach, noon till 5pm. Watch our website for details!

Message from the Executive Director

After a very long winter, spring has finally arrived and brings with it warmth, sunshine and rejuvenation. In that spirit, CNF has not only refreshed its logo but is launching its Monthly Donor Campaign, a campaign that invites current and new donors to make a very conscious commitment to the nurses of today, tomorrow, and the future. This campaign will help us stay strong and thrive in the future, and allow us to make an even bigger difference in the lives of nurses and the patients, families, and communities they care for.

So please, fill out the monthly donor card and help us make a difference. Invest in nurses! See the difference in health care! Your once a month can change someone’s every day!

Stay happy and healthy and enjoy the warmth of spring.