Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics


This article was written on 20 Dec 2011, and is filled under Volume 6 2011, Volume 6 No 4.

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In the News Column

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This new column called “In the News” has been initated to keep you up to date with events, news, and notable initiatives related to Nursing Informatics. In this issue, we offer an overview of our recent Fall CNIA Annual General Meeting.

If you have a newsworthy item that you would like to see included in this column, please contact us!

CNIA Annual General Meeting

The CNIA Annual General Meeting was held on November 24, 2011 onsite in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Nursing Informatics Conference and via teleconference and web conference remote access from 15:00 to 16:00 Eastern Standard Time.

The meeting was chaired by our outgoing President, Eithne Reichert and our incoming President, Margaret Kennedy. Eight Executive Board members attended, including

  • Mary Eileen MacPhail, Director of Membership Services
  • Robin Carriere, Treasurer
  • June Kaminski, Past President and Director of Communications
  • Cheryl Stephens Lee, Director of Education
  • Nancy McCara, Nova Scotia Jurisdictional Representative
  • Francois Regis Frechette, Quebec Jurisdictional Representative
  • Tracy Shaben, Alberta Jurisdictional Representative
  • Della Stumborg, Saskatchewan Jurisdictional Representative

Several CNIA members were also in attendance, both onsite and remotely.

Key actions that have been addressed since the last AGM in Fall 2010 included:

  • Membership goal: to increase membership by 50% was reached by 2011 – all are encouraged to renew their membership for 2012. Membership fees are due January 1st.
  • The CNIA website has been upgraded to enhance accessibility and interactivity, for instance the new Open Forum in addition to the existing Members Only forums in the secure Member’s Community space.
  • The CNIA is dedicated to supporting working Taskforces and Groups to work on various informatics related projects and initiatives such as the CASN Taskforce, The Nursing Reference Group, Peer to Peer Groups, and so on,

Board Elections

  • Patricia Rothney nominated for President Elect
  • Tracy Shaben nominated for Treasurer
  • Leanne Currie nominated for BC Jurisidictional Representative
  • New President of New Brunswick NI Group will likely become new Jurisdictional Representative

A call for further nominations from the floor was sought – none came forward.

  • Mary Eileen MacPhail wishes to step down the Director of Membership Services position but agreed to remain in it until a successor comes forward.
  • June Kaminski agreed to continue in the Director of Communication position.

Vacancies included:

a, Director of Membership Services

b. Jurisdictional Representatives for Alberta, New Brunswick, Yukon, Nunavut

NOTE from Editor in Chief: (Alberta and New Brunswick have been filled now, and Mary Eileen has agreed to remain in the Membership position until 2013)

Margaret thanked Eithne for her dedication and hard work as President for the past two years, especially for her operationalizing and networking skills, for boosting membership, developing the strategic plan, and supporting forward momentum for CNIA.




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