The Association pleased to be part of CNA's historic 2017 AGM
The CNA Annual General Meeting took place in Ottawa June 21, 2017. This year we had five RNs from Manitoba who attended as voting delegates on behalf of the Association:
- Dr. Caroline Park, RN
- Dr. Francine Laurencelle, RN
- Jonathan Honsberger, RN
- Mary Smith RN
- Margaret Rauliuk, RNNP
The AGM was historic in that Ontario and Quebec were reinstated to the CNA board table, as well as the bold mandate provided through the resolutions for the next year.
As independent members, Ontario and Quebec had voting delegates present and board members elected. Quebec has not been at the CNA board table since 1985 and Ontario has not been at the table since 2016. We will be richer as a profession by having voices representing our profession from all of Canada’s provinces and territories.
Membership gave clear direction through resolutions that included developing a position statement on the human rights violation of non-state torture; supporting access to safe drinking water in Canada’s Indigenous communities; ecoliteracy in nursing; Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID); and supporting the need for expanded access to injectable opioid agonist therapy as well as advocating for decriminalization of drugs across Canada. This stems from the increasing crisis with drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil in Manitoba, and the need to ensure that if there is a suspected overdose, people are not reluctant to call 911 for fear of criminal consequences.
If you have the opportunity to attend the CNA biennium in Ottawa next year, I hope you’ll consider it. These meetings are very energizing and inspiring. We will be looking for delegates for the June 2018 meeting next spring.