COHNA-ACIIST Bursary Award

The COHNA-ACIIST Bursary Award provides financial assistance to members to advance or enhance their knowledge of occupational health nursing.

Decisions regarding the funds to be made available for the award will be discussed annually when setting the budget. A minimum of $500 annually will be allocated for this budget item.  At the Boards’ discretion, additional funds or no funds may be allocated in order to ensure the ongoing fiscal viability of the association.

Criteria for Applying

Each nominee must:

  • Be a member of COHNA-ACIIST.
  • Be currently employed as an occupational health nurse.
  • Hold a current RN practice permit in good standing from the applicable provincial College/Association.
  • Consent to release name(s) and photograph(s) for communication purposes to the membership and posting to the COHNA-ACIIST website.

Award Conditions: 

  • Bursary Award criteria will be used to assess each application for relevance and suitability. The decision of the Board is final.
  • Completed applications will be received by the COHNA-ACIIST Administrator by October 15.
  • Consideration will be given to Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate programs related to occupational health nursing, safety, or wellness/health promotion and application for the CNA Certification process for COHN(C). Continuing education or research-based study in these areas will also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who are pursuing Canadian educational opportunities in occupational health nursing, safety, and wellness/health promotion.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have been actively involved with their provincial/territorial occupational health nursing association or COHNA-ACIIST.
  • Applicants must provide proof of successful completion of an education course attended in the last 18 months, receipt of payment for a continuing education opportunity or satisfactory evidence of participation in a research project.


Bursary Application Form

Bursary Award Guidelines

2023 Bursary Award Recipient

COHNA-ACIIST is pleased to announce that Melissa Meunier is our 2023 Bursary Award recipient. Melissa is currently employed at Imperial Oil Cold Lake and Normal Wells. In this role, she manages the onsite clinics, coordinates RTW and disability management, implements health promotion activities, and performs various medicals including pre-placement, health surveillance medicals, and international travel medicals. We are pleased to acknowledge MIP as a corporate CNA sponsor, providing professional development sponsorship of the cost associated with writing or renewing CNA certification for 2023.

Congratulations Melissa from the COHNA-ACIIST Board of Directors!




2021 Bursary Award Recipient

Bursary Award Winner - SerenaCOHNA-ACIIST is pleased to announce that Serena Charbachi is our 2021 Bursary Award recipient. Serena works as the Occupational Health Nurse with RCMP in New Brunswick. COHNA-ACIIST is committed to supporting member’s continuing education to enhance personal & professional growth and expand the collective knowledge base we have as a vibrant and essential occupational health and safety profession.

Congratulations Serena from the COHNA-ACIIST Board of Directors!