RNAO’s AGM program in detail – June 24-26

We are delighted to invite all RNAO members, other health professionals, and members of the public to our 96th Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place on June 24 – 26, 2021. The theme for this year’s AGM is Protecting Ontarians and Leading Change: Nurses and RNAO during COVID-19.

The AGM will highlight the incredible leadership played by RNs, NPs and students in nursing Ontarians during the pandemic, and the role of RNAO and its members advocating for healthy public policies to protect nurses and the public. We have an exciting program of events that will be livestreamed to rnao.ca, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you have yet to register, be sure to not miss this awesome event. Register now!

We have an exciting three-day program:

Thursday, June 24th

Opening Ceremonies | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The opening ceremony is the official kick-off of our AGM. You’ll hear from Ontario’s top political leaders, government officials, and our international nursing colleagues. To top off the evening, we’ll be celebrating our newly designated provincial and international Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO).

Friday, June 25th

Annual General Meeting | 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The AGM is a time for members and the board of directors to gather to discuss the required business of the association:

  • During the AGM, you’ll hear from President Morgan Hoffarth and CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun on the year’s achievements and successes for nursing and the health system over the past year.
  • The results of the governance items up for vote will be announced; including the election of the President-Elect and Regional Representatives, bylaw amendments, and the selection of auditors.
  • Another key feature of this event is the consultation session. Consultation Representatives from RNAO’s chapters/regions without chapters and interest groups will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed resolutions brought forward by members. Members submitted 17 resolutions!

Come and join us on the discussion!   

Saturday, June 26th

Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity Best Practice Guideline: Launch & Media Conference

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

RNAO is excited to release its newest Best Practice Guideline (BPG), Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The virtual release will celebrate the rigorous and collaborative efforts by RNAO and a diverse expert panel – consisting of persons with lived experience, activists, nurses and other health providers, researchers, educators and administrators – to publish a much-needed resource with evidence-based recommendations on ways to promote inclusivity and enhance the safety of 2SLGBTQI+ people across health, school and academic settings.

The virtual release will be hosted by RNAO President Morgan Hoffarth and will include the co-chairs of the BPG, Sheena Howard, RN, and past president of RNAO’s Primary Care Nurses of Ontario Interest Group, and Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, RN and director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Paul-Andre Gauthier, RN and provincial president of RNAO’s Rainbow Nurses’ Interest Group, will also take part as we release a related position statement. Speakers will discuss the important need for this BPG, its purpose and scope, share best practice recommendations, and answer questions from members of the media.

Closing Keynote: Protecting Ontarians and leading change: The COVID-19 pandemic as viewed through the eyes and experiences of RNs, NPs and nursing students.

 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.          

Concluding the exciting activities is our closing keynote presentation. Moderated by CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun, this presentation will include a panel of RNs, NPs and nursing students in all roles and sectors sharing their experiences working on the frontlines of COVID-19.

We look forward to your participation as we celebrate the past year’s achievements.

Register now and we’ll see you there!