Our Board of Directors comprises the Provincial President, First Vice-President and five Regional Vice-Presidents. ONA’s Chief Executive Officer serves as the Board Secretary.

Each Vice-President oversees one region which is geographically broken down by provincial districts. As an ONA member, you elect your Board of Directors, President and First Vice-President.

Region 1 Districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Temiskaming, Nipissing, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Regional Municipality of Sudbury.
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.
Region 3 Regional Municipality of Durham, Municipalities of York, Peel, and Toronto.
Region 4 Counties of Simcoe, Brant, Wellington, Dufferin, Haldimand, Norfolk, Regional Municipalities of Waterloo, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara, District Municipality of Muskoka and District of Parry Sound.
Region 5 Counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Kent and Essex.

Vicki McKenna, RN

President
Portfolio: Communications and Government Relations/Student Liaison

Email: vickim@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-8833

Vicki McKenna, RN, is serving her first term as the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Provincial President. Previously, she served six terms as First Vice-President on the ONA’s Board of Directors.

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 65,000 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 has worked as an RN in the day surgery unit of London Health Sciences Centre, working with both adult and pediatric patients and their families.

Cathryn Hoy, RN

First Vice-President
Portfolio: Political Action / Professional Issues

Email: choy@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7755

Cathryn Hoy, RN, is serving her first term as First Vice-President. Previously, she held the position of Region 2 Vice-President on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors.

An RN at Kingston General Hospital for more than 15 years, Hoy has extensive experience working in many units including neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, women’s health, emergency, surgery and several others.

Hoy was an ONA Local Coordinator for six years and has gained valuable leadership experience in this and other ONA roles. She is the Chair of the Hospital Central Negotiating Team and has been a member of several local and provincial committees including Labour-Management, negotiations, return-to-work, pay equity and professional practice.

Pam Mancuso, RN

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

Email: pmancuso@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7703

Pam Mancuso, RN, is currently serving her third term as Vice-President, Region 1, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Mancuso represents thousands of registered nurses and health professionals working in the northern region of Ontario, including the Districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Temiskaming, Nipissing, Cochrane, Manitoulin, and Regional Municipality of Sudbury.

An RN for more than 30 years, Mancuso has worked in a variety of roles in health care including as a front-line RN, clinical instructor and 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 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.

Bernadette (Bernie) Robinson, RN

BernadetteRobinson-8693_144x150Vice-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: Education

Email: bernier@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7756

Bernadette (Bernie) Robinson, RN, is serving her first term as Region 2 Vice-President on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Robinson represents thousands of RNs and health professionals working in eastern Ontario.

An RN at St. Francis Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years, Robinson has extensive experience working full-time and part-time in all facets of this small, busy rural hospital setting, including emergency and acute care, complex continuing care, dialysis, telemedicine and LHIN nursing clinic. Robinson also worked part-time concurrently as a community visiting nurse for several years. She has the background to appreciate many of our members’ situations.

An active member of ONA since 1987, Robinson has been a strong advocate for her members. She has been a long-serving ONA Local Coordinator and Secretary/Treasurer and has held most ONA Bargaining Unit positions during this time. Provincially, she was member of the 2016 Hospital Central Negotiating Team, Complaints panel, Elections panel and 2013-14 Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) design team.

Robinson holds the education portfolio. In this capacity, she promotes and supports education initiatives for ONA members.

Andy Summers, RN

AndySummers-1883_144x150Vice-President, Region 3 (Regional Municipality of Durham, Municipalities of York, Peel and Toronto)
Portfolio: Labour Relations

Email: asummers@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7754

Andy Summers, RN, has been the Vice-President, Region 3, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors since 2004.

In this capacity, Summers represents thousands of RNs and 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 labour relations portfolio.

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.

Laurie Brown, RN

Vice-President, Region 4 (Counties of Simcoe, Brant, Wellington, Dufferin, Haldimand, Norfolk, Regional Municipalities of Waterloo, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara, District Municipality of Muskoka and District of Parry Sound)
Portfolio: Occupational Health and Safety

Email: laurieb@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7753

Laurie Brown, RN, is serving her second term as Vice-President, Region 4, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Brown represents thousands of registered nurses and health professionals working in south-central Ontario.

A long-time ONA supporter and activist, Brown has extensive experience advocating on behalf of members at Hamilton Health Sciences. Brown has held many progressive positions including Unit Representative, Local 70 Secretary, Certified Health and Safety Representative including Co-chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, Return-to-work Advocate and, most recently, as Site Vice-President for the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

Brown’s strong activist background enables her to advocate on behalf of members to support RNs and allied health professionals, to campaign for safer working conditions, and to promote an environment that supports members professionally so that members can provide quality care to patients, residents and clients.

Karen Bertrand, RN

Vice-President, Region 5 (Counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Kent and Essex)
Portfolio: Local Finance

Email: karenber@ona.org
Provincial Office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or 416-964-1979 ext.7702

Karen Bertrand, RN, is currently serving her sixth term as Vice-President, Region 5, on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Bertrand represents thousands of RNs and health professionals working in the southwestern region of Ontario.

A graduate of St. Clair College in Windsor, Bertrand has worked as an RN since 1975 and 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.

Since 2015 she has carried the provincial portfolio of Local Finance. In that capacity she assists Locals across the province in budget and policy development.

Bev Mathers, RN

Chief Executive Officer

Beverly Mathers was appointed permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) in June of 2019. Previously, Bev served as Interim CEO/Chief Administrative Officer.

An RN for more than 35 years, Mathers has held several progressively senior roles within ONA including Labour Relations Officer, Manager and Senior Director, Labour Relations.

Prior to joining ONA on staff, she held several ONA Executive Member positions at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre including Unit Rep, Site Rep, Grievance Chair and Bargaining Unit President.

A seasoned leader in bargaining and negotiations, Mathers has been a vital part of many of ONA’s central negotiating and local negotiating teams.