News Release

May 12, 2016


Health Care Foundation and Eastern Health Celebrate National Nursing Week

St. John’s, NL: The Health Care Foundation and Eastern Health joined together this week to celebrate National Nursing Week (May 9 to 15). To celebrate, the Health Care Foundation held the Seventh Annual Nursing Dinner and Gala Awards Ceremony last night for nursing staff of Eastern Health. 

“National Nursing Week provides us with an additional opportunity to celebrate our nurses who provide compassionate and quality health care in our province every day,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation. “The Health Care Foundation is pleased to celebrate excellence in nursing and support our health care professionals by investing in their education and skills so they are fully equipped to provide the best care possible to all of our loved ones.”   

During the evening, nurses were recognized for their practice excellence and contributions that benefit various areas in health care and leadership, including patients, clients and residents, their colleagues and Eastern Health as a whole. For a complete list of award recipients, please see the below backgrounder.  

“Nurses are, in so many ways, the face of health care for the people of this province, comprising 45 per cent of our workforce, with the majority of nursing conducted 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Katherine Chubbs, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Eastern Health. “They exemplify Eastern Health’s values of excellence, fairness, respect, integrity and connectedness, and their work every day helps us to achieve our vision of Healthy People. Healthy Communities.” 

The Nursing Education and Research Council’s 10th Annual Nurses Research Symposium will also be held today as part of the National Nursing Week celebrations. This event provides nurses with an opportunity to learn about innovation in their field and will also features a keynote speaker, Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Professor with the Faculty of Law and School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. The topic for the keynote address is Celebrity Culture Vs. Our Health: A Fight We Must Win!

The key note speaker for the research symposium is proudly supported through the Health Care Foundation by TD Bank Group, who is committed to supporting excellence in nursing education.

For more information about the Health Care Foundation or how it supports frontline employees at Eastern Health, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

About Eastern Health

Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 700 medical staff, and is supported by more than 1,500 volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Serving a population of over 307,000, Eastern Health operates seven acute care facilities, six community health centres, 12 long-term care facilities and community-based offices in 30 communities. Its geographic boundaries extend from St. John’s west to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906


Media contact:
Tracey Boland
Media Relations Manager
Eastern Health
T: (709) 777-1412 



Award Recipients of the 2016 Nursing Awards Ceremony

Beginning Practitioner of the Year

Meghan Hynes, Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Department, Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s

Nursing Practice of the Year
  • Perry Barnes, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Blue Crest Nursing Home, Grand Bank
  • Jennifer Barrett, RN, 6 East, General/Thoracic Surgery, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, St. John’s
  • Joy Loveys, RN, Public Health, Harbour Grace
  • Kathy Anne Butt, RN, Clinical Consultant with Palliative Care, Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, St. John’s
  • Meiko Walsh, RN, 5 East, Vascular Surgery, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, St. John’s
  • Peggy Fry, Regional Clinical Information Consultant for Nursing-CRMS, Home and Community Care

Advanced Nursing Practice of the Year

Susan Snelgrove, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department, Carbonear General Hospital

Nurse Preceptor of the Year

Lisa Emberley, RN, Dialysis Unit, Health Sciences Centre

Nurse Educator of the Year                                          

Valery Goulding, RN, Long-Term Care, St. John’s

Nursing Manager of the Year

Lynette McCarthy-Woodrow, Perioperative, Health Sciences Centre

Nursing Leadership of the Year

Natalie Morgan, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Public Health, Rural Avalon