CHNC2020 Postponement Notice
Dear CHNC Members,
Published on Friday, 13 March, 2020
As leaders in community, home health and public health, the Board of Directors of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) has held an emergency meeting and made the difficult decision to postpone our CHNC2020 annual conference, originally scheduled for May 25-27, 2020. The conference will be postponed and will be held at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC at a later date in 2020 (more details to come). We will provide an update with the new conference dates as soon as they are confirmed.
(If you were scheduled to present at CHNC2020, your presentation will be automatically rescheduled and you will receive notice of your new presentation time.)
We have made this decision factoring in the on-going uncertainty around COVID-19 and its potential impacts on the health and safety of the participants, exhibitors, speakers, and the local host community. We also considered that many of the participants and speakers (community health nurses) will need to be working on (or redeployed to) containment and contract tracing during the global outbreak in their multiple roles in their communities and regions in Canada and may have difficulty scheduling travel to a conference in May.
In making our decision, we drew upon the guidance on mass gatherings provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada . Amongst other important considerations, the guidance document asked us to consider, "Are persons attending the event members of critical infrastructure roles, such as healthcare workers?” Furthermore, the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia has recently called for large gatherings to be cancelled for the time being. Accordingly, CHNC has undertaken a risk assessment, and for the following reasons made the difficult decision to postpone our conference:
- attendees are healthcare workers with critical infrastructure roles in the COVID-19 response
- conference activities and overnight accommodation could contribute to virus spread during this period
- these times of great uncertainty could be a deterrent to travel and travel authorizations for our delegates
- mass gatherings have been discouraged in British Columbia
We understand some may have already made airline bookings to attend the conference. Air Canada and Westjet are offering some limited opportunities to change flights. If you have trip cancellation insurance, it may cover you in the event of a business meeting postponement; if you did not purchase trip cancellation insurance, we would encourage you to check with your credit card company as you may have coverage through them, depending on the card.
We are most grateful for your understanding, and please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns.
Cheryl Cusack, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors,
Community Health Nurses of Canada
1. Government of Canada. Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak. 2020-03-07 [cited 2020 March 9, 2020]; Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/
Call for Nominations for Awards for 2020 is Open
Published on Saturday, 22 February, 2020
Do you know a nurse who deserves to be recognized? Nominations are open for CHNC awards; deadline for submission is March 16, 2020.
To access the criteria and details about the nomination process please log-in to the CHNC website and go to Awards.
Award of Merit
Each year, the Community Health Nurses of Canada offers an Award of Merit to one outstanding nurse for their exemplary, visionary contribution to community health nursing. To be eligible for this award, the community health nurse must be nominated by a current CHNC member. The nomination must have a minimum of one supporter.
Honorary Lifetime Award
Honorary lifetime membership will be awarded to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of Community Health Nursing and Community Health Nurses of Canada.
Barbara Mildon Certification Bursary
The purpose of the $500.00 bursary is to provide encouragement and support to an individual(s) pursuing certification and to offset the cost of the initial certification examination. Applicants must have been a member of CHNC for one year prior to application.
Call for Resolutions: CHNC Annual General Meeting 2020
Published on Tuesday, 18 February, 2020
The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 25, 2020 in conjunction with National Community Health Nursing Conference in Richmond, BC (registration opens soon!)
The Annual General Meeting agenda and further details will be posted shortly.
Call for Resolutions
Please submit any resolutions on or before March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Time to the Governance Standing Committee at email@example.com. For Resolution Guidelines click here.
Call for Nominations: CHNC Board of Directors
Published on Friday, 24 January, 2020
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 National Community Health Nurses of Canada Conference, May 25-27, 2020, in Richmond, BC.
- President Elect (4 year term through President Elect-President-Past President)
Provincial and Territorial Representatives
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nunavut; and
Call for Abstracts: Community Health Nursing Now: Deadline extended!
Published on Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Call for Abstracts: Community Health Nursing Now! National Community Health Nursing Conference
Published on Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Community Health Nursing Certification: July 2019 Updates
Published on Friday, 12 July, 2019
Revised Standards of Practice Available
Published on Thursday, 9 May, 2019
Annual General Meeting 2019 Materials Available
Published on Monday, 6 May, 2019
LGBTQ2 Health Study
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is currently undertaking a study on LGBTQ2 Health in Canada.
Published on Tuesday, 9 April, 2019
CHNC has submitted a brief to the Committee with four recommendations. To find out more and to access the brief, visit the CHNC Position Papers tab.