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CHNC Board Call for Nominations 2017
Published on Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Nominating Committee is seeking experienced, committed, skilled individuals, who are passionate about community health nursing, as nominees for the CHNC Board of Directors to lead CHNC into the future.


The Call for Nominations is for the following Director positions for two-year terms of office beginning at the time of the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the 12th National Community Health Nurses of Canada Conference –June 20-22, 2017


·         Executive Positions

o    Communications Officer

·         Executive Positions

o    Communications Officer

·         Provincial/Territorial Representatives

o    Ontario

o    Prince Edward Island

o    New Brunswick

o    Northwest Territories

o    Yukon


The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates with a variety of skills and experiences including but not limited to:

·         Leadership in community health nursing (formal and informal)

·         Understanding of and interest in advancing current issues in community health nursing

·         Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across Canada

·         Ability to commit time and to serve on the CHNC Board and at least one CHNC Standing Committee

·         Specific areas of experience considered an asset include organizational governance,  financial  planning, communications,  membership recruitment  & policy development


For a more complete list of responsibilities related to specific positions, please see attached.


Nomination Requirements


Nominations for Director must be in writing and signed by the nominee indicating consent to be a candidate and must include 2 nominators who are CHNC members in good standing. Any CHNC member in good standing shall be eligible to be nominated for the office of Director.


The nomination form must be accompanied by a brief description of the candidate’s skills and experience (maximum 1 page) and signatures of the nominee and nominators.  The brief description of candidate’s skills and experience may be published in communications to members.


Nomination papers must be received by the Executive Director, addressed to the Nominating Committee, on or before midnight EST, April 21, 2017.


Nominations must be received by the CHNC Executive Director at

Nominating Committee, Community Health Nurses of Canada

632 Hugel Avenue,

Midland, ON L4R 1W7



Please note - nominations received after midnight EST, April 21, 2017 shall not be considered.

Communications Officer: The CHNC Board Communications Officer serves as a member of the CHNC Executive Committee and facilitates internal & external communication, ensures the CHNC website and social media are current & updated as appropriate and assists with the organization of promotional activities to increase the visibility and profile of CHNs.  The Communications Officer chairs the Communications Standing Committee who oversee management of the CHNC website, publishing of Great Big News, the electronic newsletterfacilitate the design, production & dissemination of promotional materials, and monitor organization communication strategies, including assisting with the development of external media releases. 


Provincial/Territorial Representatives: Provincial/Territorial Representatives are the official liaison between the Corporation and their Nursing Association Provincial/ Territorial Community Health Nursing Group or community health nurses in their jurisdiction. They will act as ambassadors for Corporation, be in regular communication with community health nurses in their jurisdiction, inform the Board of Directors of trends and issues in their jurisdiction and prepare an annual, typed report to be presented at the Annual Meeting.

Bev White, Nominations Committee Chair

The deadline for sending your intent to submit forms has been extended to March 17, 2017. We would really like to hear from you! Read on for the details.
Published on Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

What's Your Story? Deadline Extended


Intention to Submit Deadline Extended to March 17, 2017


What’s Your Story?

Oh, the stories community health nurses have to tell!  Every nurse has encountered memorable situations and circumstances in the course of her/his work in the community.  In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Community Health Nurses Association of Canada, CHNC is undertaking publication of a compilation of community nursing stories.  Here is your opportunity to share your favorite highlight from your nursing practice:

·       Think of a situation where you experienced success or felt great satisfaction. 

·       Or one that led to significant learning (in other words maybe one that didn’t go so well but you sure learned a lot!).

·       A time when you learned something about yourself or the value of your nursing presence. Your client may have acknowledged the impact of your efforts in working with him/her/them

·       It might be a serious or a humorous situation that you particularly recall as memorable.

·       Were there particular working conditions that you would like to tell about?

·       Perhaps there is a nurse who inspired you or mentored you and you would like to share that experience. 

·       Or a student experience in learning about community health nursing?


Community Health Nurses are invited to submit written stories, anecdotes, poems or other creative expressions (e.g. drawing) that capture nursing stories from your experience as a nurse in community health.  Current members of CHNC will be given priority in selection for publication. (Now is a good time to join or renew your membership in CHNC if you have not yet done so.) 


Submissions will be accepted in English and French.  Pictures (with appropriate permissions) may be included for consideration; any photos, pictures or graphics will be produced in black and white only in the publication.


Joint authorship with another Community Health Nurse is acceptable where appropriate to the situation.


Deadline to indicate your intent to submit: March 17, 2017 by completing the required form and sending it to . Title the email: Intent to Submit Form.


Deadline for submission of your contribution: April 14, 2017 by email to Title the email Publication Submission.


CHNC Publication Submission Details:


Length: no minimum, maximum 2500 words (about 5 pages). Anecdotes, poems or other creative expressions (e.g. drawing)are encouraged as well as longer stories.


The Submission:

1)    Description of the context of the situation, what was the situation or problem being addressed, what skills and knowledge you used. Tell your story as though you were speaking to someone about it - make what is memorable to you come alive!


While maintaining confidentiality regarding clients in reflecting the details of the situation, location etc.,the submission should convey:

·       Who were you interacting with?

·       What were you doing?

·       Where were you?

·       When did this happen (if it is important to the story)?

·       Why were you doing this?

·       How did you engage in the situation?

·       What were you feeling? 

·       How did other people in the situation respond?

·       What were others in the situation doing/ feeling?  Convey the emotions involved by yourself and the other people (clients)

·       What were the conversations - set out as quotes (paraphrased or recreated to represent what actually happened even though you may not recall the exact words used)

·       What did you learn from this situation?


A potential site to visit for ideas on how to approach your story can be found here:


2)    Include a short bio up to 50 words


3)    Style:  Use Arial font 11 pt. Margins of one inch on page and submit in a Word document not pdf.


Assessing Submissions:

An editorial board has been established to assess and provide editing of submissions.

Submissions will be assessed for:

·       Quality of writing, presentation of the story

·       A range of CHN work in different settings to reflect the variety that is community health nursing work

·       Range of knowledge and skills applied in the situation

·       Cross country representation

·       Submitter(s) membership in CHNC.


All submissions will be subject to editing and requested changes must be made in a timely manner; submission does not guarantee inclusion in the publication. 


Authors whose submissions are accepted for publication must sign a consent for publication and agree to grant first rights copyright permission to CHNC.  Materials may not have been published previously in any form and is not currently under consideration by any other publication.


Intent to Submit Form Due: March 17, 2017 by email to

Submission for Publication Due: April 14, 2017 by email to


Published on Sunday, 26 February, 2017

** Le français suit l’anglais **


Induction Committee Chair: Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

Deadline for the 2018 Induction:  Monday, June 26, 2017

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureate nominees are role models to Canadians for their work in furthering health in Canada and the world or for an achievement developed significantly during a period of residency in Canada.

Their outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.

Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models who inspire young Canadians to pursue careers in the health sciences.

The CMHF acknowledges health leadership to be inclusive of many professions and roles including physicians, nurses, researchers, dentists, pharmacists, policy makers - to name only a few. Nominations of Canadian individuals who meet the criteria from the many aspects of health are encouraged.
Canadian Citizens from across health professions may be recognized for their work in one or more of the following categories:
A.  Leadership in building excellence in health for Canadians and the world      
B.  Leadership in health promotion, illness prevention and care             
C.  Leadership in research with national and international recognition for a 
     scientific contribution     

Up to six individuals may be selected for induction annually. Posthumous nominations are accepted, however only one individual may be inducted posthumously each year.
For more information about our nomination process, visit
 For tips on how to create a compelling nomination, CLICK HERE


LE 12 AVRIL 2018 | LONDON (ONT.)  
Président du Comité d’investiture : Docteur Michael J. Strong
Doyen de l’École Schulich de médecine et d’art dentaire, Université Western

Échéance pour l’investiture 2018 : le lundi 26 juin 2017

Les candidats à l’intronisation au Temple de la renommée médicale canadienne (TRMC) sont des citoyens canadiens dont le travail exemplaire a fait avancer la santé au Canada et dans le monde ou des personnes dont les réalisations ont progressé substantiellement au cours d’une période où elles habitaient au Canada.

Les contributions exceptionnelles des candidats en médecine et en sciences de la santé ont donné lieu à des améliorations extraordinaires de la santé humaine.

Le travail des candidats peut prendre la forme d’une seule contribution méritoire ou d’une vie entière de réalisations exceptionnelles. Par leur exemple, ces pionniers dans leur domaine sont une source d’inspiration pour les jeunes Canadiennes et Canadiens qui songent à faire carrière en sciences de la santé.
Le TRMC juge que le leadership dans le secteur de la santé est exercé dans une grande diversité de rôles et par les membres de nombreuses professions, y compris les médecins, les infirmières, les chercheurs, les dentistes, les pharmaciens et les décideurs, pour n’en citer que quelques-unes. Le TRMC encourage la mise en candidature de personnes des divers milieux de la santé qui répondent aux critères.

Les citoyens canadiens de toutes les professions du secteur de la santé pourront être reconnus pour leur travail dans une ou plusieurs des catégories suivantes :
A.  Leadership favorisant l’excellence en santé au Canada et dans le monde.
B.  Leadership en promotion de la santé, prévention des maladies et prestation
     des soins. 
C.  Leadership en recherche avec reconnaissance nationale et internationale d’une 
     contribution scientifique.
Chaque année, le TRMC peut choisir jusqu’à six nouveaux lauréats. Les candidatures à titre posthume sont acceptées, mais un seul lauréat sera choisi chaque année dans ce groupe.

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements au sujet du mécanisme de mise en candidature, veuillez consulter le site
Veuillez CLIQUER ICI pour connaître les éléments essentiels d’une mise en candidature concluante.

Information on 2017 Awards Now Available
Published on Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Information on submitting applications for the 2017 awards is now available.  Members can log-in to access the application forms on the Awards & Grants page located under the About tab.

CHNC Endorses Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers Curriculum
Published on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) is pleased to endorse the Oral-Systemic Health Education for Non-Dental Healthcare Providers curriculum developed by the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health at the University of Manitoba.  These courses are an important educational resource for community health nurses.  Oral health is a critical component of being a healthy person throughout life, impacting such things as nutritional status, mental health, prevention of chronic disease, and more. Find out more by visiting the website to see the courses offered.

CPHA Position Statement: The Opioid Crisis in Canada
Published on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

CPHA Position Statement: The Opioid Crisis in Canada
There is an expanding opioid crisis in Canada that is resulting in epidemic-like numbers of overdose deaths. The current approaches to managing this situation have failed to reduce the death toll and should be supplemented with an enhanced and comprehensive public health approach. Such an approach would include the meaningful involvement of people with lived experience. CPHA calls on the Government of Canada, in partnership with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous peoples’ governments to expand current efforts to manage this crisis.
Énoncé de position de l’ACSP : La crise des opioïdes au Canada
Une crise des opioïdes s’étend au Canada et entraîne un nombre épidémique de décès par surdose. Les démarches actuelles pour gérer la situation n’ont pas réussi à réduire le bilan des pertes humaines; il faudrait y ajouter une démarche de santé publique rehaussée et globale. Une telle démarche inclurait la participation concrète de personnes ayant une expérience vécue. L’ACSP appelle le gouvernement du Canada, en partenariat avec les provinces, les territoires, les municipalités et les gouvernements autochtones, à élargir les efforts en cours pour gérer cette crise.

Public Health Leadership Competencies Network - Survey
Published on Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

The Public Health Leadership Competencies Network is conducting a national survey of public health practitioners on the awareness and use of the Public Health Leadership Competencies. If you agree to complete the survey then you are consenting to participate.


Please complete this brief 10-15 minute on-line survey using the link below by Feb. 3, 2017. Feel free to share with other public health nurses who may not be CHNC members. rse/


Thank you for your participation.

Community Health Nurses of British Columbia Event November 2016
Published on Thursday, 5 January, 2017

Overview of CHNBC Event from November 2016. See BC page in Provincial/Territory section for more information.

CHNC Endorses Stop M2K Campaign
Published on Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

The Community Health Nurses of Canada has endorsed the Stop Marketing to Kids Campaign. We join over 50 other organizations who share the goal of restricting all food and beverage marketing to Canadian children age 16 and younger.
The Stop Marketing to Kids (Stop M2K) Coalition was founded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in collaboration with the Childhood Obesity Foundation in 2014. The website is hosted and maintained by the Heart and Stroke Foundation with support from the Childhood Obesity Foundation. Check out more background and how you can take action at  Materials available in French at

Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Ministers Seeking Input to Inform a Physical Activity Framework
Published on Tuesday, 25 October, 2016

Towards the development of a Physical Activity Framework
Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Ministers Seeking Input to Inform a Physical Activity Framework

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments (excluding Québec) want to hear from parents, professionals, businesses, NGOs, and other Canadians, as they embark on a process to develop a physical activity framework. Research clearly shows that inactivity and sedentary behaviour remain a critical public health issue among Canadians of all ages. Together with other sectors of society, federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity, and recreation (SPAR) are working to address this disturbing trend by developing a physical activity framework.
Federal, provincial, and territorial governments have asked The Conference Board of Canada to assist in engaging Canadians and key stakeholders in health, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, sport, and recreation, as well as other relevant disciplines and sectors, to inform the development of the framework. This consultation process will help inform the direction, objectives, priorities, scope, and a plan for performance measurement and evaluation. 
The first stage in the consultation process is a survey for completion by the general public, all levels of government, and all relevant sectors of society related to physical activity. 
You are invited to complete the online survey by November 11, 2016, and share with others who would like to have a voice in the consultation process. 

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Vers la création d'un cadre de travail sur l'activité physique 
Les ministres responsables du sport, de l'activité physique et des loisirs souhaitent recevoir des commentaires pour la création d'un cadre de travail sur l'activité physique

Les gouvernements fédéraux, provinciaux et territoriaux (sauf le Québec) veulent connaître l’avis des parents, des professionnels, des entreprises, des ONG et d’autres Canadiens alors qu’ils démarrent le processus d’élaboration d’un cadre visant à encourager l’activité physique.
Ce cadre complétera les autres politiques ou programmes gouvernementaux et communautaires existants tels que Canada actif 20/20 – Une stratégie et un plan de changement pour accroître l’activité physique au Canada, la Politique canadienne du sport, et Sur la voie du bien-être – Cadre stratégique pour les loisirs au Canada 2015, entre autres, tout en intégrant de nouvelles approches politiques. Le cadre sera achevé et soumis pour approbation aux ministres SAPL fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux en juillet 2017.
Les gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux ont demandé au Conference Board du Canada de les aider à mobiliser, durant la phase d’élaboration du cadre, les Canadiens et les intervenants clés en matière de santé, d’activité physique et de sédentarité, de sport et de loisirs, ainsi que d’autres disciplines et secteurs concernés. Ce processus de consultation contribuera à définir l’orientation, les objectifs, les priorités et la portée du cadre ainsi qu’à établir un plan de mesure et d’évaluation du rendement.
La première étape de ce processus de consultation : un questionnaire à remplir par le grand public, tous les ordres de gouvernement et tous les secteurs sociaux concernés liées à l'activité physique.
Vous êtes invités à compléter le sondage en ligne d’ici le 11 novembre 2016 et l’envoyer à d’autres personnes qui aimeraient se faire entendre à l’occasion du processus de consultation.

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