This award is designed to honour and recognize active COHNA/ACIIST members who demonstrate extraordinary involvement and achievement in occupational health nursing at a local, provincial/territorial and/or national level.
The award recognizes a combination of:
- outstanding occupational health nursing endeavours in areas of practice, education, research and/or leadership in mentoring others.
- outstanding volunteer endeavours which reflect commitment and leadership within the occupational health community.
National Award of Excellence 2018 Winner – Juanita House
Juanita House is an Occupational Health Nurse Consultant superstar who founded Eisan Consulting in 2005 Juanita’s vision was to create a company that was devoted to assisting employers and employees in the prevention and management of occupational injury, illness & disability. Her mandate was to ensure Occupational Health Nurses were at the forefront of that service. Her career spans three decades including being an OHN educator and Subject Matter Expert for UNB COHN program, Disability Manager, Legal Nurse Consultant, and an investigator for the Alberta Government Protection for Persons in Care.. Juanita also sits on the Alberta Government’s Blood and Body Viral Infections (BBVI) expert panel adding an OHN voice to fitness to work when healthcare workers are diagnosed with BBVI and working as a team to ensure they have respectful outcomes to fitness to work. Juanita is a dedicated OHN who pursues this profession with autonomous passion and is privileged to be here with colleagues and peers!! She has received the Ruptash Mandryk AOHNA Nurse of the year award (2014), the AOHNA Chapter Award of Excellence (2018), was nominated for the Woman in Business Award (entrepreneur) 2017and Eisan Consulting has been nominated for the Canadian 2018 Business Award with the CV-Business magazine. Congratulations Juanita from COHNA-ACIIST and OHN’s across Canada!
National Award of Excellence 2017 Winner – Shannon Jacobi
Shannon has demonstrated strong leadership with the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association including the implementation of the 5-year strategic plan and nationally with her extraordinary involvement pioneering the development and implementation of the National OHN Indicator Survey which was a key document for the National Forum held in September 2017. In accepting this award, Shannon stated ‘if it were not for many of the early adopters of change across our membership, then the National Survey, National Forum and Social Media Campaign would be nothing more than concepts. Change is never easy but it is a necessary part of our survival and our evolution. Our specialty is so unique and so needed that it is worth the effort that comes from being passionate, committed and fighting for what we believe and at time what we intrinsically understand.” Shannon currently is serving a 3-year term by the Alberta Minister of Labour as an Appeals Commissioner for the Appeals Commission for the Alberta Workers’ Compensation. Congratulations Shannon from the COHNA-ACIIST Board and OHNs across Canada.