Barb Mushayandebvu

President

Barbara Mushayandebvu
RN, CPN(C)

Term: 2017-2019

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After 14 years working at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, Barbara moved to Ottawa and is presently a staff nurse at the Queensway Carlton Hospital after a short tour at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital. She has Perioperative Nursing experience in all surgical specialties and has been Clinical Leader and Clinical Nurse Educator. She served as ORNAA president from 2010 – 2012, ORNAC journal editorial committee chair from 2009 – 2015, ORNAC board member representing Alberta from 2009 – 2012 and co-chair of the 2015 ORNAC national conference. She has worked in several OR environments in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the UK, bringing to the ORNAC Board a global perspective on Perioperative Nursing practice.


Linda Whyte

President Elect

Linda Whyte
RN, CPN(C)

Term: 2017-2019

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Linda is a past and current executive member of both the Operating Room Nurses Association of Ontario (ORNAO) and Operating Room Nurses Association of Greater Toronto (ORNGT) and long standing member of the ORNAO Provincial Conference Planning Committee. Linda has worked in nursing for 30 years, 20 of those years were spent in the operating room of a paediatric trauma/teaching hospital, as a staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse and informatics nurse. Linda spent 5 years working at a large regional health centre, MOHLTC and Cancer Care Ontario as a perioperative nurse consultant and clinical informatics nurse. Currently, Linda is employed as a clinical informatics nurse and project manager for Perioperative Services at a ST. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON. One of Linda’s many passions is medical/surgical mission work and she has participated in many missions both with No Boundaries (a team comprised primarily of the Hospital for Sick Children staff) and the International Children’s Awareness (ICA). Linda is the current president and a founding member of the Friends of African Nursing (Canada), a not for profit charity providing Perioperative Nursing education to nurses in Africa.


Cathleen Ferguson

Past President

Cathleen Ferguson
RN, BScN,RNFA,CPN(C) CNOR

Ex officio

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Cathleen is the Manager of Perioperative Services, St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonsih, Nova Scotia where she has worked for over twenty years.Cathleen has been an ORNAC Standards committee member from 2011-2015. She was elected to the role of ORNAC President Elect in 2013 and served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee from 2014 to 2015.


LizBeck

Treasurer

Elizabeth (Liz) Beck  
RN, CPN(C)

Term: 2016-2018

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Her nursing career started in 1978 on graduation from The General Hospital School of Nursing in St. John’s, NL. In 1979 she moved to Halifax and in 2000 to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where she currently resides. Her nursing experience is varied with about 18 years of both Emergency and Critical Care and from 1995, Peri-Operative. Elizabeth became involved with ORNANS in 1997 after completing the peri-operative post graduate distance program from the VG in Halifax serving a 2 terms on the board; one as secretary, the other as treasurer. Though retired from her full-time position at the Valley Regional Hospital, she remains on staff as casual and is experiencing some Canadian travel nursing.


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Secretary

Lucia Pfeuti
RN, BN, CPN(C)

Term: 2017-2019

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Coming Soon!


Heather Dow

Executive Director

Heather Dow

 

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I have extensive experience in the role as Executive Director and Conference Manager for several medical, educational and legal not-for-profit Associations nationally and internationally. I have been involved with Not-for-Profits and Charities for over 20 years with a large portion of that activity directed towards member recruitment and retention, by-laws and governance, policies and guidelines, advocacy, financial management and communication.

I am fluent in both English and French (born and raised in a French community in the Ottawa Valley and have worked in France as an interpreter) and I have functional Spanish language skills.

I am honoured and ready to serve as the next Executive Director of ORNAC and look forward to working with all of you as we take the Association to the next level. It is a privilege to be associated with an organization that, for over 30 years, has been the national voice for Perioperative Registered Nurses across Canada.

With an excellent Board of Directors that is firmly committed to ORNAC’s mission, a highly professional and dedicated staff, an array of outstanding organizations with whom we cooperate, and our affiliation with special interest groups, ORNAC is well-positioned to face the challenges that lie ahead.


 Sue Burns

Executive Assistant

Sue Burns
Membership, Social Media and Communication

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Sue Burns, BSc Physical Education (Honours), is the Executive Assistant of Membership, Social Media and Communication. She is bilingual and has many years’ experience in website design and maintenance, database development, membership services, and membership development. Sue was formerly the administrative director of Paddle Canada and currently holds volunteer positions as the Treasurer for the Kingston Volleyball Club and the Kingston District Volleyball Officials Association.


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