Past Nurse of the Year Awards
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Congratulations to the 2019 Nurse of the Year!



(From left to right: Tanya Hills, Boehringer Ingelheim; Rana Jin, 2019 Oncology Nurse of the Year; Colleen Campbell, CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee Member and 2017 Oncology Nurse of the Year)


Rana Jin, clinical nurse specialist at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Geriatric Oncology Program, was recognized by her peers for the exceptional impact she has made on the lives of seniors throughout her 20-year nursing career.


Rana was inspired to enter nursing by her mother and grandmother who were both dedicated nurses, but it was not until she was faced with her grandmother’s own experience suffering from breast cancer that she really understood the value nurses can bring to the overall patient experience.  


Rana’s experience with her grandmother led her to pursue a specialization in geriatric oncology. Today, she’s a clinical nurse specialist at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Geriatric Oncology Program, providing comprehensive clinical assessment and care planning for older adults referred to the program. She says she is honoured to have been recognized by her peers with the 2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Nurse of the Year Award.


To view the recording of the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, click here.


Congratulations to the 2018 Nurse of the Year!

(From left to right: Linda Irwin, Boehringer Ingelheim; Robin Morash, 2018 Oncology Nurse of the Year; Colleen Campbell, CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee Member and 2017 Oncology Nurse of the Year)

Robin is a long-standing active CANO/ACIO member at the national and chapter levels. She is a member of CANO/ACIO Advanced Practice Nursing and Surgical Oncology Special Interest Groups, and is the current co-chair for the Survivorship SIG. She will be co-leading a survivorship workshop at this year’s conference called “Enhancing Survivorship Knowledge and Patient Self-management Care”. Her nomination letters spoke of her work in both direct patient care and transformation of regional cancer centre programs, including the development of a prostate cancer assessment centre. In her current work as an advanced practice nurse in Regional Cancer Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital, she provides education, support, and long-term follow-up. She has developed patient pathways to facilitate seamless care, which has led to improved patient outcomes. She is a committed volunteer, providing countless hours working with Bladder Cancer Canada, a patient driven national support organization. Her letters highlight her recent work in a smoking cessation program, her contributions to advancing practice and her active role in Urologic Oncology Care. She has developed several programs in recent years, particularly the Wellness Beyond Cancer program and the Smoking Cessation program. Her work in leading Smoking Cessation in the Cancer Program program over the past two years has shaped and advanced the treatment of smoker-patients. As a result of this success, she is now spearheading smoking cessation for all of The Ottawa Hospital. Her colleagues attribute the success of these smoking cessation programs to her excellent and effective leadership, and “her passion for assisting others is evident in everything that she does which inspires those around her to be better”. Both her career and recent accomplishments are demonstration of her commitment to our 2018 conference theme: Excellence in Oncology Nursing: Our patients, our passion.

To read the press release, click here.
To view the recording of the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, click here.

Congratulations to the 2017 Nurse of the Year!

(From left to right: Pavel Goldvasser, Boehringer Ingelheim; Colleen Coxson, Boehringer Ingelheim; Colleen Campbell, 2017 Oncology Nurse of the Year; Karen Janes, CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee Chair)

On October 29, 2017, Mrs. Colleen Campbell was announced as the winner of the sixth annual Boeringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award at the CANO/ACIO annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held in Gatineau, QC.

Colleen has an active career in oncology nursing that is characterized by exemplary leadership and oncology nursing excellence in her work as a nurse practitioner, as a mentor and preceptor to staff and students, as a co-chair of the of the Advanced Practice Nurses Community of Practice, and as a member of ISNCC’s Knowledge Dissemination Committee. She regularly presents and publishes, and this year is particularly impressive – including four papers at the 2017 CANO-ACIO conference. One nominator notes that her “passion for providing high quality patient care while empowering front line nurses to practice to full scope is truly outstanding”. Over the past year, she has led the implementation of an urgent care clinic within the local cancer program that has successfully met the needs of patients experiencing toxicities due to systemic therapy and radiation therapy, with a 50% reduction in visits to ER in those patient groups. 

She continues to provide support for model of care changes, including current work underway and continuing past work in developing clinics and support for oral chemo patients and survivorship care. In addition to her volunteer work on committees, she has also volunteered her nursing expertise in nursing services in the Dominican Republic and Peru. Colleen's work is an excellent demonstration of the 2017 conference theme: The Path to Change: Oncology Nurses leading the Way.

Congratulations to the 2016 Nurse of the Year!

From left to right: Jodie Errington, Recognition of Excellence Committee,Mary Lisa Sheridan, Boehringer Ingelheim Representative (Senior Brand Manager, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd), Angela Leahey, 2016 Nurse of the Year, Karen JanesChair of the CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee and Meena Bhogal, Boehringer Ingelheim Representative (Oncology Therapeutic Specialist).


On October 22, 2016 Mrs. Angela Leahey was announced as the winner of the fifth annual Boeringer Ingelheim oncology nurse of the year award at the CANO/ACIO annual awards ceremony held in Calgary.

Angela Leahey has a significant history within oncology, dating back to 1991 when she began her first nursing role in medical and radiation oncology, and has since then moved through a variety of roles in the field. Angela is currently the Professional Leader for Oncology Nursing and Manager for Advanced Practice Nurses in Oncology and Palliative Care at the Odette Cancer Program, as well as the Cancer Care Ontario Oncology Nursing Lead for the Toronto Central LHIN North. Within these roles Angela is recognized by nurses and the interprofessional team for her excellence in practice, her leadership, and her capacity to advance the oncology nurse’s role while transforming cancer care.

Angela has demonstrated her capacity to advance the oncology nurse’s role and to transform care through championing several key projects including nursing triage in the ambulatory clinics, spearheading a live telephone answer system (Teletriage) by Registered Nurses and clerical staff, co-creating an Interprofessional Council of Oncology at Odette to inform and guide interprofessional practice, and in creating a process to embed the patient voice in nursing leadership. In particular, Triage and Teletriage as practice innovations, seek the voice of the patient, enabling Registered Nurses to quickly identify patients in distress and in need of nursing support in busy ambulatory clinics and on the telephone.

Triage was initially developed by Angela in 2013 to ensure that patients who require nursing care during their ambulatory clinic visits receive it. Triage is essential to patient care as we receive upwards of 1400 patient visits daily, and lack the capacity for nurses to meet with each patient.

In 2015-2016 Angela championed the fine-tuning of the Triage process in select disease sites, identifying new ways to connect with patient’s on identified issues, utilizing the telephone, when appropriate for follow-up calls. This ensures that all patients with self-identified needs have contact with a Registered Nurse, while enabling evaluation of the nursing interventions provided.

Teletriage was developed to enhance the telephone experience for patients and families, reduce barriers to care and decrease distress patients articulate when waiting for return telephone calls from their nursing team. Odette patient and family focus groups described the experience of leaving a voicemail about significant health concern akin to a voicemail black hole, and felt they were left in limbo while waiting for a return call. They articulated experiencing significant fear, not knowing whether their symptoms warranted a visit to the Emergency Department, or whether their symptom was considered normal. Angela envisioned a new system that is patient centred, responsive to urgent need, collaborative, and streamlined. Nurses now answer a symptom telephone line live in select disease site groups. Evaluation indicates significant patient satisfaction with the transformation to the system, and the feasibility to grow the symptom support telephone line beyond the initial disease sites included in the pilot.

Angela has been instrumental in the development of the Interprofessional Practice Council of Oncology (OPCO), from vision creation to implementation. This interprofessional forum discusses and provides recommendations and/or decisions on practice, education, research and leadership for the Odette Cancer Program. This includes advising and promoting safe and high quality, person-centred care through an interprofessional collaborative framework/lens. Angela now co-chairs the council with the professional leader for radiation oncology.

As a leader and oncology nurse, seeking the patient voice to guide and inform decisions is important to Angela. To ensure the patient voice is incorporated in advancing nursing practice, Angela has partnered with the Odette Patient and Family Advisory Council to request volunteer advisors to partner with the nursing practice leadership team. These advisors will provide guidance, insight and direction on new strategic priorities, and on ongoing implementation of current projects. Having the patient voice present at the table ensures that strategic decisions have the end user, the person living with cancer, in mind.

Angela is a leader who believes in the potential and capacity of others. She works to support nursing at all levels to ensure optimization of scope of practice. She is a relational leader that each member of the Odette Advanced Practice Team is proud to call a mentor. She demonstrates courage and compassion as a professional leader, advocating strongly for the role of specialized oncology nurses in ambulatory care, and articulating the value of nurses in ensuring patient safety and positive patient outcomes. Angela authentically weaves together on a daily basis the attributes of excellence and leadership.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Nurse of the Year!

From left to right: Tim Brown, Boehringer Ingelheim Representative, Wayne Enders, 2015 Nurse of the Year, Lorraine Martelli, Chair of the CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee


In October 6, 2015 Mr. Wayne Enders was announced as the winner of the fourth annual Boeringer Ingelheim oncology nurse of the year award at the CANO/ACIO annual awards ceremony held in Toronto.

Wayne currently holds the position of Alberta Health Services Cancer Care Provincial Clinical Nurse in Community Oncology. He has given numerous guest lectures on cancer care since 1998. Wayne began his career in Oncology as part of the Community Oncology team in 1996, where he quickly became an influential leader within the team. Wayne has held a variety of roles including front line nurse, manager and educator. In each of these roles, his dedication and compassion has positively impacted the patients and families he has cared for. In 2006 he accepted a role as a Clinical Nurse Educator in Community Oncology where he has been instrumental in mentoring and developing new nurses into competent, compassionate, specialized oncology nurses.

Over the past year, Wayne has taken a leadership role in the establishment of a standardized nursing curriculum for Cancer Control nurses across Alberta. In addition, Wayne has been a tireless advocate for the development and implementation of minimum practice guidelines for Oncology Nurses in Alberta, which were presented at the CANO conference in 2014. Under his leadership and mentorship, the Community Oncology nurse education program has flourished from a single educator to a team of six Clinical Nurse Educators operating under a standardized clinical education program. Wayne has impacted the lives of countless patients and families and played a significant role in the training and development of hundreds of community oncology nurses. Wayne’s commitment to community oncology was evidenced when he took on the role of acting Ambulatory Care Manager along with his educator role. He did this in an effort to keep community cancer care functional and so that patients could continue to be seen and treated close to their homes. Despite the heavy responsibility of two roles he continued to maintain the highest level of patient care. He is a excellent communicator, and advocate for patients and their families not infrequently rising to the myriad challenges facing delivery of community oncology to make practical changes. Wayne leads by example. He exemplifies a commitment to lifelong improvement of nursing care delivery for oncology patients.

Wayne’s adheres to the following personal philosophy on nursing as a profession: In order to attract bright ambitious people to our profession, to maintain the highest standards for patient care as well as research and development of the nursing profession and most important to ensure that the patient always comes first we must care for them holistically with compassion, respect and dignity to the best of our ability within the constraints placed upon us whatever they may be. As individual nurses, we must acknowledge our strengths and limitations, continually strive to maintain and improve our knowledge and skills while always keeping in the forefront, the need to attend to those under your care, as you wish to be cared for, when you become a patient and someday you will be a patient.

When not working in community oncology Wayne finds time to rebuild classic cars, enjoys woodworking golfing, camping and boating. He is the proud parent of 3 adult children and somehow found the time, alongside his wife to add in a little farming – they raised cattle for 10 years!

Wayne is seen by his colleagues as approachable, humble and compassionate; a ready smile and dry humor ever present. As one nominator stated, Wayne is so well respected by some of his colleagues that they use his name as their password! Wayne will be retiring in February of 2016 after a distinguished 40 year career.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Nurse of the Year!

From left to right: Jean Paradis, Boehringer Ingelheim Representative, Irène Leboef, 2014 Nurse of the Year, Lorraine Martelli, Chair of the CANO/ACIO Recognition of Excellence Committee

In October 28, 2014 Ms. Irène Leboeuf was announced as the winner of the third annual Boeringer Ingelheim oncology nurse of the year award at the CANO/ACIO annual awards ceremony held in Quebec City.

Irène Leboeuf has held the position of Specialized Care Advisor - Oncology at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM) since 2009. More specifically, she is a member of the interdisciplinary teams that support patients with colorectal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancer, and their families. Previously, she worked in pediatric oncology and in neuroscience nursing, including surgery, intensive care, and neuro-oncology. She holds a Master’s in nursing sciences from the University of Montreal and Canadian certification in oncology nursing.

Her area of interest concerns the development of nursing practice with respect to psychosocial aspects across the entire cancer care continuum, and aspects associated with cancer surgery.

In addition to providing direct care to clients, she participated in client support activities such as a neuro-oncology support group and coffee meetings for the parents of children hospitalized in the pediatric unit. Through these experiences, she grasped the full importance of the support provided to families, and observed the impact on their well-being and level of satisfaction with the care provided.

She also has experience in university-level teaching, graduate student supervision, coaching, and professional development for nurses on the family systems nursing approach.

She was the principal investigator or co-investigator in nursing research leading to a description of “The contribution of the pivot nurse in oncology to the experience of receiving a diagnosis of cancer by the patient and their loved ones” and “L’expérience des familles dont l’enfant doit subir une greffe de cellules souches hématopoïétiques” [The experience of families with a child who must undergo an hematopoietic stem cell transplant]. She made it a priority to develop rigorous continuing improvement projects in order to identify the needs and satisfaction level of clients on a variety of subjects, and thereby better meet their needs. One of the projects consisted of putting in place a program to achieve early recovery after colorectal surgery. In addition, she collaborated on research conducted by University of Montreal researchers on two components. The first component concerns the transfer of knowledge about the family systems nursing approach. The second component describes the development process of a web portal for oncology knowledge transfer: Réseau infirmier, un partenaire de soins (RIUPS) [Nursing Network, a Partner in Care].

Ms. Irène Leboeuf is the head of the education committee of the Association québécoise des infirmières en oncologie [Quebec Association of Oncology Nurses] (AQIO, a division of CANO), and of the study group for Canadian certification in oncology at CHUM. She also belongs to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). In the past, she has been a member of the following: the Oncology Nurses Advisory Group – Quebec Cancer Control Branch; the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON); and finally, the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). She has also received two awards, namely the Brain Tumour Foundation Award (2000), and the Codman Award (1998) presented by the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN).

Finally, throughout her career, Ms. Leboeuf has been a participant as well as a presenter (oral and poster sessions) at many international, national, and local conferences. To date, she has seven publications in scientific journals.


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Congratulations to the 2013 Nurse of the Year!

(L to R) Tracey Truant (CANO/ACIO Vice-President), Pradeep Nair (PhD, Medical Science Liaison, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd), Jodi Hyman, Mary Lisa Sheridan (Senior Brand Manager, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd)


On October 21st 2013 Ms. Jodi Hyman was announced as the winner of the second annual Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award, at the CANO/ACIO annual awards ceremony held in Vancouver BC.

Jodi Hyman is the Nurse Educator of Community Cancer Programs Network with CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she is responsible for the assessment, planning, development, implementation, evaluation and coordination of educational programs. In that position, she provides all new CCP Nurses hired within Manitoba with a three week 1-on-1 orientation to systemic therapy and the care of people affected by cancer. Over the past 18 years she has held a variety of oncology nursing positions and has tirelessly merged her own clinical practice with direct care, educating other nurses, and initiating and creating programs to help improve the cancer patient journey. Ms. Hyman has a Bachelor of Science in Cancer Nursing from the Institute of Cancer Research, University of Manchester, in addition to a Diploma in Nursing from St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ms. Hyman holds Canadian Certification in Oncology Nursing and is current Vice President and member of Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, Manitoba Chapter, and member of Oncology Nursing Society & Chemotherapy Special Interest Group. Throughout her career, Ms. Hyman has attended a variety of international conferences and has presented seven poster presentations, oral communications and publications at conferences since 2005.

You may view the presentation of the award and Ms. Hyman’s acceptance speech online (at the 25" mark) by clicking the image below.

2013 Award Media Coverage

“Winnipeg oncology nurse named best in country for dedication to patients”, Winnipeg Free Press and Brandon Sun, October 20, 2013

Global Winnipeg, Morning News, October 25, 2013

Radio Canada Segment, October 25, 2013

CBC Radio One Winnipeg Segment, October 20, 2013

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Congratulations to the 2012 Nurse of the Year!

Ottawa nurse Lynn Kachuik (centre) receives the first ever Oncology Nurse of the Year Award from Ryan Ward, Medical Science Liaison, Oncology at Boehringer Ingelheim and Lorraine Martelli-Reid,  Advanced Practice Nurse in the Lung Disease Site Group at Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, (photo credit: Erica Kool)

On October 13th, 2012, the winner of the first ever Oncology Nurse of the Year Award was announced at the CANO/ACIO annual conference held in Ottawa, Ontario. Ms. Lynn Kachuik of Ottawa was presented the award.

Ms. Kachuik is the Advanced Practice Nurse in Palliative Care at the Ottawa Hospital. Ms. Kachuik leads the inter-professional palliative care consult team providing consultation services for complex pain and symptom management and end of life care for inpatients and outpatients at the Ottawa Hospital. Ms. Kachuik also oversees the Malignant Effusion Program that provides outpatient consultations for cancer patients. Ms. Kachuik has over 20 years of oncology nursing experience in clinical practice, education and management. She has a Masters Degree from Georgetown University and holds Canadian Certification in Oncology Nursing and Hospice Palliative Care Nursing. Ms. Kachuik is an active CANO member and co-chairs the Scientific Programming Committee for the CANO/ACIO Annual Conference, and has presented no fewer than ten abstracts at the last two association conferences.


Last Updated: March 2019

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