Copy of Newsletter Images Apr 22Many Thanks to all who attended the 2022 RNFOO Fund Raising Gala.

It was another successful evening and a great celebration feauturing Beverley Elliot who made a special song for nurses.  If you missed it, you can catch the recording.

Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting the gala.  Thank you to all the people and companies who donated items to the silent auction.  We exceeded our goal thanks to you and the bidders.

We didn't reach our goal for the Donor Challenge, but there is still time to donate.  Support nurses; rise to the challenge!

ConnectedCare logoWe are pleased to share the news that a case study of the 2020 NIA Award Winning "Connected Care On the Go" program has been published in the March 2022 issue of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

The article describes the careful evaluation of the program and the many and varied benefits it provided to caregivers of children with medical complexity:  "There has been overwhelmingly positive appraisal for Connected Care on the Go!  Aligned with the pressing need to continue with the ongoing efforts for capacity  building in pediatric home and community care and expanding demand for virtual care strategies, the service has been prioritized for sustained funding."

Subscribers to the Journal can click here to read the full article.

Your Storyline logoThe NIA award-winning proposal for the Your Storyline App noted that "As healthcare providers and advocates, we believe deeply in the growth potential and restorative power of storytelling, the centrality of story in relationships, and the ability of story to center patients as experts in their
health. Over the last decade, our team has used storytelling or narrative methods, including the use of digital storytelling methods in workshop settings, to better understand and honour complex health experiences and underrepresented perspectives

Chantal's own story was recently shared in the Canadian Nurse newsletter, eliciting comments from NIA leaders and supporters such as  "It is a great story", "She is a very special kind of nurse", "You can really see the person in (the story) too".

“I never had aspirations of being a filmmaker,” she says with a laugh. “I never wanted to be the next (Martin) Scorsese. It was really a means to do work that felt intellectually honest.”

Chantalle expressed that she is forever grateful for RNFOO's support of this innovation, which has opened so many wonderful and unexpected doors.

Click here to read the full article

On November 17, 2021, the Nurse Innovator Award Committee of the Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) held a Virtual Reception to announce the recipients of $95,000 distributed through the 2021 Nurse Innovator Awards and the Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award.  Funding for these awards has been raised to support nursing innovation and entrepreneurial projects.  Included in those funds is the new $25,000 Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award.

The event was hosted by broadcast journalist Mary Ito.  Mary was joined by the nurses leading the winning projects, and nurses who serve on the RNFOO Board.   Click on the image to watch the recording of the event.

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The current pandemic has clearly demonstrated to Ontarians the critical role that nurses fill.  In addition to providing quality care, nurses are often initiators and facilitators of change within the health care system.  While this has never been more evident than in the past several months, innovation and entrepreneurship are not new to nurses. 

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are alive and thriving in the Ontario nursing community."

The application deadline for 2021 has passed.  Winner will be announced at the NIA Reception November 17.  

An entrepreneur CCsurfsmis: “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” (Merriam-Webster)

The Connie Clerici Nurse Entrepreneur Award (CCNEA) was conceived and funded by Connie Clerici, Founder and Executive Chair of the Board of Closing the Gap, a home care agency in Ontario and a nurse entrepreneur herself.

This $25,000.00 award will be given to a nurse or nurses who is/are either:
• aspiring entrepreneurs who have applied for support to enable them to establish their business OR
• career entrepreneurs who need support to expand their products or services
in an existing business

Both categories of applicants must be nurses in a business that directly or indirectly delivers or improves health services and health care to Ontarians. Applications from groups will be accepted.

In addition to the financial award, the winner will be offered the opportunity to work with a nurse entrepreneur mentor.

Applicants for the CCNEA must be an RN, RPN, or NP currently registered in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and living or working in Ontario. Applicant(s) may be an aspiring or established entrepreneur(s) whose business is focused on providing or supporting quality health care to Ontarians. Applicant(s) cannot be an employee or consultant in a business managed or owned by others.

The Application Process

The application system opened on March 22nd and closed on May 29th, 2021.
Applicants will be notified about the next step over the next few weeks.



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