Association announces Cheryl Cusack RN PhD as the new executive director 

The board of directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Cheryl Cusack RN PhD is the successful candidate for the recent executive director search. On October 19 she will join the Association to begin the transition into the role prior to Mary Smith's retirement on October 31.

Cheryl’s most recent work experience is with Manitoba Health, Seniors & Active Living, where she has been in the role of acting executive director and senior health nursing practice advisor and provincial practice leader. Past work experiences include teaching in Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing programs; nursing management; regional and government public health and nursing leadership; and direct care. 

Cheryl holds an inter-disciplinary PhD and a Master of Science in Nursing. Professional and research interests include nursing role advancement, health equity, nursing workforce development, and inter-professional collaboration. She is a longstanding member of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC). Cheryl is the current president, and has held positions on the board as treasurer, provincial representative, and chaired multiple CHNC standing committees. 

“On behalf of the board, it’s my pleasure to welcome Cheryl to the Association,” said Jennifer Dunsford, president. “Cheryl’s experience in a variety of areas of nursing care, academics, leadership and government provides a strong understanding of the needs of nurses throughout the province. We look forward to working with her to further the Association’s advocacy efforts and advance nursing.”