Education Committee

CANO Education Committee 2017

CANO/ACIO Education Committee Terms of Reference

Charissa Cordon,

RN, MN, EdD, CON(C)

Dr. Charissa Cordon, RN, EdD is currently the Chief of Interprofessional Practice in Oncology and Palliative Care at Juravinski Cancer Center, in Hamilton, Ontario. Charissa also holds a cross faculty appointment as Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at McMaster University.

Charissa obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Waterloo in 2002. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from University of Toronto in 2004 and her Master of Nursing Degree from Ryerson University in 2008. She received her doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University with the School of Educational Leadership for Change in 2015. Her dissertation focused on exploring oncology nurses' experience with heutagogy, also known as self-determined learning.

 Jagbir Kaur,

RN, MN

Jagbir is an education resource nurse at the BC Cancer Agency and a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. She is also the CANO/ACIO Director at Large for membership. 

Sarah Champ,

RN, MN, CON(C)

Sarah Champ has been an oncology nurse for almost 18 years in a variety of areas, including hematology and many years as a clinical nurse educator. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998, and received her Masters of Nursing with a focus on Education at Athabasca University in 2016. She has taken ONDEC, and holds her CON(C). She is the chapter president of Oncology Nurses Interest Group of Alberta (ONIGA), and a member of the education committee with CANO. Sarah currently is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.

Michelle Rosentreter,

RN, CON(C)

Michelle has had many roles in her experience as an Oncology Nurse but recently became a Nurse Educator for Cancer Care Manitoba.  She brings with her both urban and rural vision.  She is passionate about oncology nursing and has over 16 years’ experience in both clinical and chemotherapy administration roles. She graduated from the Grace General Hospital with her diploma in 1994, and obtained her Baccalaureate of Nursing for Registered Nurses in 2015. She has presented at two national conferences and has been a member of CANO/AICO since 2007. Since 2009, she has held the position of Vice President, President, and Past President for the Manitoba CANO Chapter.

Bernadine O’Leary,

RN, MN, CON(C)

Bernadine O’Leary is the Clinical Educator for Eastern Health’s Cancer Care Program. She is the Facilitator for Eastern Health’s Adult Chemotherapy Course and is a Professional Associate with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, School of Nursing. Bernadine is also Treasurer of the NL Chapter of CANO and is a member of CANO’s National Education Committee.

Paula Araujo,

RN, BSN, MSc Health Informatics, PMP(c)

Paula is a Regional Practice Leader with Interior Health (IH) in British Columbia. With over 20 years of oncology nursing experience, she has practiced as an oncology nurse at BC Cancer Agency in the systemic/radiation therapy, clinical research and Leukemia/BMT programs, and as a provincial professional practice leader. Paula has worked as a project manager for the University Health Network International Partnership with Kuwait to improve cancer care services. She is currently the chair of the IH Regional Cancer Care Committee and supports standards for oncology practice and services in the Communities Oncology Network within the region.

Brenda Ross,

RN, BScN

Brenda Ross is proud to have worked in a variety of clinical, education, research, and leadership positions throughout her career in oncology nursing. She currently holds a position as Education Resource Nurse at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre. Previously, as the Research Nurse Coordinator with the CAMEO Program, Brenda developed education programs to support evidence-informed decision-making about complementary medicine and cancer. She has completed a Fellowship in Research Utilization in Cancer Nursing and has received the CANO/ACIO Award for Excellence in Education. Brenda is a past President of CANO/ACIO BC and is now Special Project Lead.

Janny Proba,

RN, BScN, MEd(c), CON(C), CHPCN(C)

Janny is an Education Clinician for Clinical Practice and Education at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, ON. She graduated from McMaster University in 2005 and is currently working on completing her Masters in Education from Brock University. Her work focuses on providing support for ongoing professional development of all staff employed at the hospitals, plus mentoring staff and students while facilitating learning opportunities. Her portfolio includes the adult solid tumour malignancy population, gastroenterology, endoscopy units and digestive diseases. She is also a distance educator for the oncology stream at Mohawk College and is a facilitator for the provincially standardized chemotherapy & biotherapy course and the Education in Palliative End-of-Life Care in Oncology curriculum through the deSouza Institute in Toronto, ON. 

Kara Jamieson,

RN, MN, CON(C), MEd(c)

Kara Jamieson RN, MN, CON(C), MEd(c), is an Oncology Practice Consultant with Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Her work focuses on providing education and support for the satellite chemotherapy sites across the province; including developing curriculum and facilitating the Provincial Online Chemotherapy administration certification program.She graduated in 1998 with BScN from Dalhousie University and in 2011 graduated with her MN, also from Dalhousie University. She is currently enrolled in the MEd online program through St. Francis Xavier University.

 Kara serves as DAL-Communications for CANO, is the NS Chapter President of CANO and is on the CANO education and marketing committee. Outside her professional and educational endeavours, Kara spends time with her two dogs, Penny and Emma, enjoying the natural surroundings of our beautiful province.

Gisele Sarbacher,

RN, BN, CON(C), WRHA Oncology Nurse Educator

Gisele Sarbacher graduated from the Misericordia School of Nursing in 1986, and for the past 20 years she has been an oncology nurse (primary clinic nurse, chemotherapy administration nurse, clinical resource nurse, clinical nurse educator) at CancerCare Manitoba. More recently, she has taken a position as the Regional Clinical Educator for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for the Oncology Program where she is undertaking the development of an orientation curriculum and continued competency program for oncology nurses within the region. Gisele completed her Baccalaureate of Nursing for Registered Nurses in 2006, completed the ONDEC curriculum earlier on in her oncology career, and in 2014 recertified her CON(C) for the third time. She is currently an active member of CANO Manitoba Chapter.

 Jodi Hyman,

RN, BScN, CON(C)

 Jodi Hyman graduated from St. Boniface Diploma School of Nursing in 1994 and with her BSc in Cancer Nursing from University of Manchester in 2001. She has enjoyed working in Hematology/BMT & Oncology for the past 20 years both nationally and internationally including England, Australia and Manitoba.

Jodi has been employed at Cancer Care Manitoba (CCMB) since 2008. She is currently employed as the Nurse Educator for the Community Oncology Program. 

Jodi is actively involved in CANO Manitoba and is the current chapter president.

 Cheryl Page,

RN, BScN, BSc, MEd, CON(C), BMTCN

 Cheryl Page has over 22 years of oncology nursing experience including community nursing, inpatient nursing, primary cancer care nursing, assisting allogeneic transplant coordination, and staff development. She received concurrent undergraduate degrees in nursing and in biology from Harding University in Arkansas in 1994 and completed her graduate study in Education from Brock University in 2014. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society while pursuing her undergraduate degrees. She is currently an Education Clinician for Clinical Practice and Education at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, ON supporting staff education and professional development. Her portfolio includes adult inpatient hematology, oncology day services and the hematopoietic stem cell transplant population. She is a member of CBMTG and serves on their education committee. She is also a distance educator for the oncology stream at Mohawk College.

 Stephanie Healey,

RN, BN, CON(C)

Stephanie Healey has been an oncology nurse for almost 16 years in a variety of areas, including hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant, outpatients clinics and many years as a clinical nurse educator. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2002. She has completed ONDEC, and holds her CON(C) with the Canadian Nurse Association. She is also a member of the education committee with CANO. Stephanie is currently a Regional Nurse Educator for Innomar Strategies in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 Suganya Vadivelu, 

RN, BScN, MScN, CON(C), PGDHM

Suganya Vadivelu is a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing and an oncology nursing certification from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). 

She received her undergraduate degree in nursing plus midwifery from India and completed her thesis-based graduate study with specialization in oncology from McMaster University. Her thesis study focused on the supportive care needs of patients with advanced colon cancer. For her graduate work, she received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the de Souza Fellowship, and the V. Hardy Supportive Care Research award. 

She has 15 years of nursing experience including community nursing, staff education, college teaching, and primary cancer care nursing. She currently works as an Education Clinician for the Clinical Practice and Education at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON. In this Role, she supports staff education and professional development by enhancing clinical proficiency, evidence informed practice change, quality improvement and teamwork in the outpatient oncology patient areas. She also promotes student's  learning in patient care areas through teaching, coaching and mentoring. 

In addition, she works as a part-time faculty member in the School of Nursing, McMaster University and enjoys guiding and mentoring future nurses. She is an active CANO member and is involved in the Radiation Oncology Special Interest Group and the Education Committee. 

 Liz Ross,

RN, BScN, MHS

Liz Ross (RN, BScN, MHS) is currently employed at Alberta Health Services (AHS) as the Director for Professional Practice & Education with CancerControl Alberta.  She is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Masters in Health Studies (Leadership)  at Athabasca University in 2011.  Over the past 25 years she has held a number of practice leadership roles in community nursing, oncology & hospice palliative care.  She completed ONDEC and achieved  CNA certifications in both  Oncology and Hospice Palliative Care.  Her work now focuses on developing & supporting a collaborative approach to  clinical oncology practices and clinical workforce models across AHS.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017

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