COHNA-ACIIST Award of Excellence

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.


Award of Excellence Guidelines

Award of Excellence Nomination Form

National Award of Excellence 2019 Winner –
Cathy Dormody

Left to Right: Carmen Skelton (President), Cathy Dormody (Award of Excellence) and Anne Masters-Boyne (Secretary/Treasurer)

COHNA-ACIIST is pleased to announce that Cathy Dormody from Newfoundland-Labrador is the 2019 COHNA-ACIIST Award of Excellence recipient. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Memorial University as well as diplomas/certifications in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Disability Management, Occupational Health Nursing (CNA) and Health and Safety Consultant Certification (CSSE). She currently works with NL Power where she develops and delivers numerous Corporate Occupational Health Programs and Services.

Cathy has been on the COHNA-ACIIST Board since 2013 demonstrating exceptional national leadership as Vice-President, President, and current Past-President. She is very active with the Association of Occupational Health Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador serving as Secretary and President. She has planned and coordinated provincial and national OHN Conferences and is also the CSSE Vice-Chair (Avalon Chapter).

Cathy is a true visionary and took over the President role at a time when COHNA-ACIIST was struggling with our identity, mandate, and future. She breathed new life into our association through her no nonsense, thoughtful, diplomatic, and always humorous approach. She was a key person in the coordination of the first National Forum on Occupational Health Nursing in Canada in 2017 which lead to the development of our 5-year strategic plan. During her tenure, we have launched our new website in 2017, updated many policies, forged stronger relations with the CNA, participated in the OHN Indicator Survey, updated the COHNA-ACIIST Information Booklet and been represented at National Committees and Working Groups

Cathy is passionate about having Occupational Health Nursing represented and having a voice in the field of OH&S provincially and nationally. On behalf of the COHNA-ACIIST Board of Directors we wish to congratulate Cathy on this incredible achievement.

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!