Portfolio: Communications and Government Relations/Student Liaison
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 2254
Linda Haslam-Stroud, a long-time nursing leader, political activist and nursing advocate, is currently serving her tenth year as President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), which is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
Haslam-Stroud has been active in ONA since 1980, having served as President and Local 75 Coordinator for much of that time. She has decades of experience as a leader in provincial bargaining, strategic planning and government liaison. She is a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Board and is currently an executive member with the National Executive Board of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). She is also an honorary member of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA). Linda has extensive experience working with policy-makers and senior decision-makers in Ontario and across Canada.
As ONA President, Haslam-Stroud’s priorities are to improve the quality of working life for nurses, ensuring that work environments are healthy and safe, and to negotiate collective agreements in all sectors that reflect the value of services that ONA members provide to the health care system. She has considerable experience liaising with municipal, provincial and federal governments, and is also a respected presenter on health care policy and nursing issues provincially, nationally and internationally. Since graduating from Mohawk College in 1977, Haslam-Stroud has been a renal transplant nurse at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.
Haslam-Stroud has been actively involved with her hospital and community. She served on the fiscal advisory committee and the strategic planning and marketing committees of St. Joseph’s Healthcare. As President of Grand River Gymmies, she was also instrumental in building a new gymnastic facility, which provides programming for more than 1,100 youth. Haslam-Stroud has served as team manager and “chef de mission” of the Gymnastics Ontario national trampoline and tumbling team for many years.
Portfolio: Political Action & Professional Issues
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 2314
Vicki McKenna is serving her fifth term as First Vice-President on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors. As such, she is responsible for the political action and professional issues portfolio.
McKenna has been an ONA member for more than 30 years, and an ONA activist for 20-plus years. A registered nurse since 1979, she has served on various positions on the Local 100 Executive Committee, and as Local Coordinator. She also has served on many ONA provincial committees and teams, including Hospital Central Negotiating Teams. As well, she participated on the Local 100 Independent Assessment Committee, addressing professional and workload concerns at London Health Sciences Centre.
McKenna believes ONA’s success at lobbying the government to improve conditions for nurses – and thus, quality patient care – lies in using our collective voice through meetings with MPPs and media relations. She feels strongly that ONA’s 60,000 members have power, and by working with our allied associations and unions, we can leverage that power. McKenna says nurses are on the front lines and are the experts on health care issues and delivery. As experts, who have the respect and confidence of the public, nurses should exercise that voice to advocate for patient care, their profession, and to maintain and improve our health care system.
She has the passion to fight to improve the social, economic and general welfare of registered and graduate nurses and allied health professionals, and to ensure that ONA members have employers that respect their staff and the work they do, and provide a workplace environment that allows members to practice as they were trained.
McKenna practices as a registered nurse in the day surgery unit of London Health Sciences Centre, working with both adult and pediatric patients and their families.
Vice-President, Region 1 (Districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Temiskaming, Nipissing, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Regional Municipality of Sudbury.)
Portfolio: Human Rights and Equity
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7710
Pam Mancuso, RN, is currently serving her first term as Vice-President, Region 1, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors.
In this capacity, Mancuso represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in the northern region of Ontario, including the Districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Temiskaming, Nipissing, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Regional Municipality of Sudbury.
A registered nurse for more than 27 years, Mancuso has worked in a variety of roles in health care including as a front-line registered nurse, as a clinical instructor and as a stroke coordinator at an acute-care hospital. Additionally, in 2011, she obtained certification for the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Program at Sault Area Hospital.
Having been an active ONA member since 1985, Mancuso has served on several ONA committees and teams. She was the Aboriginal member for the Human Rights and Equity Team from 2009 to 2011 and has also made important health and safety presentations throughout the province.
Mancuso is the Board member who holds the human rights and equity portfolio. In this capacity, she promotes and enhances human rights and equity issues among ONA members throughout the province.
Vice-President, Region 2 (Counties of Prescott, Russell, Glengarry, Renfrew, Lanark, Grenville, Leeds, Dundas, Stormont, Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox, Addington, Haliburton, Victoria, Peterborough, Northumberland, Regional Municipalities of Ottawa Carlton and Kingston.)
Portfolio: Labour Relations
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7758
Anne Clark, RN, has served as Vice-President, Region 2, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors since 2005.
In that capacity, Clark represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in eastern Ontario, in the areas of Prescott, Glengarry, Ottawa/Carleton, Renfrew, Lanark, Grenville, Leeds, Dundas, Stormont, Frontenac, Kingston, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, Haliburton, Victoria, Peterborough and Northumberland.
Since graduating from Algonquin College in 1980, Clark has worked full-time as an RN in the hospital sector. She has been an employee of the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa on a combined urology/orthopedics and general surgery unit for over three decades.
Clark has also been actively involved in ONA at the Local level for more than 30 years, having held the offices of Local Coordinator, Bargaining Unit President, Grievance Officer and Treasurer for her Local. She was twice elected as the Region 2 representative on ONA’s Hospital Central Negotiating Team.
Clark is responsible for the labour relations portfolio. She strongly believes that in this time of stress to the health care system and its individual workers, it is critical that ONA continues to provide quality service that will uphold our collective agreements with the ultimate goal to improve our quality of work life. Furthermore, Ontario faces a challenge in recruiting and retaining nurses. One of the ways to meet that challenge is for our members to have the salary and working conditions that reflect our worth as the backbone of the health care system.
Clark is married and has two children and six grandchildren.
Vice-President, Region 3 (Regional Municipality of Durham, Municipalities of York, Peel, Halton and Toronto.)
Portfolio: Occupational Health and Safety
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7754
Andy Summers has been the Vice-President, Region 3, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors since 2004.
In that capacity, Summers represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in the City of Toronto and Greater Toronto Area.
As an ONA Board member, Summers is committed to improving the working conditions of the health care workers ONA represents, and believes that ONA has a role to play in improving the health care and living standards of all Canadians. He believes it is important to build bridges and coalitions with the Ontario public and the broader labour movement to achieve these goals.
Summers is also responsible for ONA’s health and safety portfolio, through which he hopes to create a safe work environment for ONA members, free from workplace injury and violence, where members feel respected, strong and committed in their day-to-day patient care.
Summers has been a health care worker since 1985, and for more than two decades has been working in the emergency department at a large hospital in downtown Toronto. He came to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1991 and has been an active ONA member since that time.
In his union capacity, Summers served as the Local 82 Coordinator and Bargaining Unit President at his facility, Chair of the Grievance Committee, a member of the Hospital Association Committee and a floor representative.
Vice-President, Region 4 (Counties of Simcoe, Brant, Wellington, Dufferin, Haldimand, Norfolk, Regional Municipalities of Waterloo, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara, District Municipality of Muskoka and District of Parry Sound.)
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7752
Dianne Leclair is currently serving her fourth term as Vice-President, Region 4, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors.
In that capacity, Leclair represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in south-central Ontario, including the regions of Simcoe, Dufferin, Wellington, Waterloo, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk and Niagara.
Leclair has been a registered nurse for 28 years – time almost evenly divided between Port Colborne Hospital and Niagara Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), where she currently is a CCAC case manager.
A long-time ONA activist, Leclair began participating in the Union as a Grievance Officer in 1989. From there she became a Bargaining Unit President and then Local Coordinator for the merged Local 9, a position she held for four years before being elected to the ONA Board of Directors. Leclair has served on ONA’s CCAC Central Negotiating Team and participated in numerous focus groups. Currently she sits on the CCAC Network and Home Provider Network, as well as other committees for ONA.
Leclair’s work experience, along with her exposure to long-term care and community issues, have given her a global perspective on health care in Ontario, as well as a keen sense of the pressure under which today’s nurses work.
Leclair’s career as a caregiver also spills over into her non-working life. Community work, the Run for Cancer, Relay for Life and Christmas Adopt-A-Family programs, two adult children and a passion for animals, including her cats and dog, scuba diving and camping, keep her busy.
Vice-President, Region 5 (Counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Kent and Essex.)
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7702
Karen Bertrand, RN, is currently serving her third term as Vice-President, Region 5, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors.
In that capacity, Bertrand represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in the southwestern region of Ontario, including the counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Kent and Essex.
A graduate of St. Clair College in Windsor, Bertrand has worked as a registered nurse in the long-term care sector for 38 years. She became an ONA member in 1988 and has been active in the union since 1989, serving as Treasurer, Bargaining Unit President and Local 8 Vice-Coordinator and Local Coordinator. She joined the ONA Board of Directors in January 2009.
During her tenure as an ONA Local executive member, Bertrand participated in a number of ONA workshops, and has been a member of many provincial teams and focus groups, including the Educational Focus Group, where leaders and staff revamped ONA’s education program by developing new workshops and delivery methods.
As the Board member holding the education portfolio, Bertrand believes that providing nurses with education opportunities will inspire future ONA leaders. She endeavours to keep members engaged by making education accessible to everyone.
Michael Balagus, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer
Michael Balagus is the Ontario Nurses' Association's Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (CEO/CAO). For the last nine years, Michael was the Chief of Staff to two Manitoba Premiers responsible for coordinating political staff and acting as senior political advisor to the Premier, Cabinet and Caucus. He is both an experienced manager and political strategist.
Previously, Michael worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the National Democratic Institute developing training, programming for youth and mentoring local staff about effective electoral processes. Prior to that, he was in communications for the Manitoba government. Michael has experience with and extensive knowledge of unions, the health care system and the labour relations climate.