Deb­bie For­ward ac­claimed nurses’ union pres­i­dent for ninth term

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - OBITUARIES - telegram@thetele­

Deb­bie For­ward has been ac­claimed as pres­i­dent of the Reg­is­tered Nurses’ Union New­found­land and Labrador (RNU) and will serve a ninth con­sec­u­tive term ef­fec­tive Jan. 1,

2018 to Dec. 31,


For­ward has been a reg­is­tered nurse for

37 years and is cur­rently serv­ing her

21st con­sec­u­tive year as union pres­i­dent.

“I’m hon­oured reg­is­tered nurses con­tinue to sup­port me as leader of RNU,” For­ward said in a news re­lease. “I’m ready and ea­ger to meet the chal­lenges that lie ahead, in­clud­ing se­cur­ing a fair and re­spect­ful col­lec­tive agree­ment for our mem­bers.”

The po­si­tions of vice-pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary-trea­surer of the RNU board of di­rec­tors have also been ac­claimed. Yvette Cof­fey of St. John’s was elected to her sec­ond term as vice-pres­i­dent and Tony Moores of St. John’s will be­gin his first term as sec­re­tary-trea­surer. Both are also reg­is­tered nurses.

“Ad­vo­cat­ing for safer reg­is­tered nurse staffing will re­main a huge fo­cus for our board and branch vol­un­teers over the next three years,” For­ward said. “When there are safe RN staffing lev­els and healthy work en­vi­ron­ments, pa­tient out­comes im­prove and the cost to de­liver health care de­creases. It’s in ev­ery­one’s best in­ter­est that RN staffing prac­tices are im­proved.”

In ad­di­tion to the pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary­trea­surer, 11 re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tives sit on the board. The re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tives, all reg­is­tered nurses, who were elected and ac­claimed are: Re­gion 1 – Ash­ley Jones Re­gion 2 – Gina El­liot Re­gion 3 – Mike Fa­gan Re­gion 4 – Christa Philpott Re­gion 5 – Brenda Dicks Re­gion 6 – Deneka Pot­tle Re­gion 7 – Mark Ayl­ward Re­gion 8 – Niki Par­sons Re­gion 9 – Ros­alie Gil­lis, Mi­randa O’driscoll and Kim­berly Par­sons

The Reg­is­tered Nurses’ Union rep­re­sents more than 5,700 reg­is­tered nurses in the prov­ince.


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