Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence

UNA local 115 would like to celebrate those who made a difference at Foothills Medical Center (past and present) as CARNA #celebrates 100 years of nursing in #Alberta with Centennial Awards. Some of the winners of these awards are described below (source directly from: http://carna100.ca/100-nurses/). 



Lori Forand started her career as an acute care bedside and charge nurse on the oncology and bone morrow and blood cell transplant program at Foothills Medical Centre. She then became a sessional instructor for many years, mentoring student nurses through Mount Royal College.  Teaching inspired her to pursue her masters in communication studies, focusing on clinical informatics. After obtaining her masters, she worked to address the information needs of health-care professionals through the use of information and communication technologies.  As area manager within integrated home care, she led the program’s transformation of the care delivery model.


Diane Colley-Urquhart is recognized as a dynamic community leader serving as Calgary Police Commissioner and a member of Calgary City Council. Diane is an innovative strategist who continually seeks new ways to enhance the effectiveness of her public service and volunteer roles. She currently sits on over 15 boards, commissions and committees and volunteers tirelessly within her community. A registered nurse for over 45 years, Diane has held senior management and teaching positions in intensive trauma and cardiac care with Foothills Medical Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Beverly Care Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Kids Help Phone to name a few. Diane has worked at the Chronic Pain Centre for the past 12 years.


MacNeil Cornez is always looking for ways to better his practice and the health-care system as a whole. He was president of the Student Nurses Society at Mount Royal University where he played an active role in setting up volunteer opportunities and social events for nursing students. He has held various positions at Foothills Medical Centre, including unit clerk, registered nurse and charge nurse. MacNeil was chairperson of the unit’s council, responsible for growing leadership and empowering employees. He is now a site manager, where he is responsible for coordinating day-to-day patient flow throughout the hospital and acts as a resource to charge nurses. He is also currently working towards his masters in health policy.


Jennifer Evangelista works as the clinical nurse educator at the Foothills Medical Centre emergency department in Calgary. Jennifer believes in supporting all staff and developed a written and verbal plan of action for guidance and support to RNs for return to work after a disciplinary issue. She developed and now teaches the trauma orientation and participates as a facilitator in critical incident stress management events. She also co-teaches orientation for new RNs, PCAS and unit clerks, organizes the education days for all staff and organizes the street drug workshops attended by over 200 staff members.


Dory Grad

Dory Glaser-Watson is a true leader in the nursing community and eagerly steps forward to represent the interests of registered nurses. She has held many significant positions including CARNA provincial councillor, president of PANAsac (PeriAnesthesisa Nursing Southern Alberta Chapter), NAPANC (National Association of PeriAnesthesia) board director and chairperson of clinical nurse educator meetings. Dory is a role model for excellence in practice and a mentor to students and educators. She is future-oriented and aware of future trends and impacts on health care. She has created many timely education resources which she readily shares with colleagues to ensure safe and consistent practice. (Read more about Dory here).


Barbara Hosang-Grant is dedicated to ensuring her colleagues have access to the tools and knowledge essential for high-quality patient care. She advocates for an open, supportive learning environment and acts as a resource for nurses by providing educational opportunities, feedback and guidance. Barbara has encouraged further education organizing study groups with guest lecturers for critical-care registered nurses at the Foothills Medical Centre preparing for the CNA certification exams. Barbara also brings her skills and experience to the table at initiative meetings where she advocates for registered nurses to strengthen their clinical knowledge, and work to their full scope of practice.



Janice Rae is passionate about issues about pain management. She initiated the acute pain service in Calgary at Rockyview General Hospital in 1998 and continues to be heavily involved in the planning and expansion of the service, which now serves all four adult hospitals in Calgary. Janice is a content expert and has presented on a variety of pain topics across Canada at a multitude of conferences. She is a resource and mentor to her colleagues and spreads the word about pain management by organizing local conferences for health-care providers. She also teaches workshops for in-services to hospital staff and nursing students on topics including pain assessment, pharmacology, and modes of analgesic delivery. (Read more about Janice here and here).


Arudselvi Sinnadurai’s experience in cardiovascular intensive care and passion for improving patient care was essential in developing a ventricular assist device (VAD) program for Alberta Health Services – Edmonton Zone. She led a team in developing relevant education platforms, policies and procedures and overall operations. Arudselvi has been consulted for the development of VAD programs at the Foothills Medical Centre and the B.C Children’s Hospital. She also identified the need for, and worked to develop, a structured extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy program to support patients receiving this therapy and practitioners providing it. The VAD and ECMO programs have given many registered nurses the opportunity to improve their practice through specialized training


Virginia Vandall-Walker spent her early career working in remote fly-in communities in northern Canada. She demonstrated excellence in responsive, innovative nursing care by establishing satellite locations for those who had difficulty traveling to the nursing station. She even obtained her private pilot’s license to make sure she could reach her patients. For the last 20 years, Virginia has been teaching with Athabasca University. She not only initiated the first rural licensed practical nurse program in the north, but also developed the first proposal for nurse practitioners to be educated at the graduate level. Virginia also spent time in critical care, researching the different facets of the lack of family-centred care in ICU. Her publications continue to be used at the Foothills ICU to orient new faculty.


Daphne Wallace is a leader and role model for her colleagues. She helped develop the United Nurses of Alberta’s Respect Policy document when she sat as a committee member. She is also a member of the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. Daphne is an expert in neuroscience nursing and willingly shares her knowledge. She welcomes new nurses into the profession with enthusiasm, warmth and a sincerity that makes all excited to belong to this great profession. When a procedure was being performed, Daphne would gather up staff and take the opportunity to teach them why it was being done and the expected outcome.


Frankie Wong developed the bladder algorithm which has become the gold standard in nursing and has been used in many hospitals in Canada and the United States. He has also developed orientation manuals for the department of neurosciences at Foothills Medical Centre and published the book Basic Neuroscience Nursing, which has become a tremendous resource for nursing staff. Frankie has received numerous requests from universities and hospitals from around the country for guidance and lectures on lumbar drains, burr hole procedures and the arterial blood gas interpretation method that he developed. In addition to being a part-time teacher at Mount Royal University and Bow Valley College, Frankie participates in the development of content for nursing programs, education tools for nurses, and research projects. (Read more about Frankie here).


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