Our Board of Directors comprises the Provincial President, First Vice-President and five Regional Vice-Presidents. ONA’s CEO/CAO 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.

Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN

lhaslamstroud_thPresident
Portfolio: Communications and Government Relations/Student Liaison

E-mail: lindahs@ona.org
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 seventh consecutive term as President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), which is the union representing 64,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 16,000 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.

Vicki McKenna, RN

vickimckennaFirst Vice-President
Portfolio: Political Action & Professional Issues

Email: vickim@ona.org
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 2314

Vicki McKenna is serving her sixth 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 62,000 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 practises as a registered nurse in the day surgery unit of London Health Sciences Centre, working with both adult and pediatric patients and their families.

Pam Mancuso, RN

pammancusoVice-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
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7710

Pam Mancuso, RN, is currently serving her second 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.

cathrynhoyrnCathryn Hoy, RN

Portfolio: Education

Email: choy@ona.org
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll free) ext. 7755

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: Education

Cathryn Hoy, RN, is serving her first term as Region 2 Vice-President on the Ontario Nurses’ Association’s Board of Directors.

In this capacity, Hoy 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.

A Registered Nurse 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 has been an ONA Local Coordinator for six years and has gained valuable leadership experience in this and other ONA roles. She was the Chair of the Hospital Central Negotiating Team in 2015-16 and has been a member of several local and provincial committees including Labour-Management, negotiations, return-to-work, pay equity and professional practice.

Hoy is the Board member who holds the education portfolio. In this capacity, Hoy promotes and supports education initiatives for ONA members.

Andy Summers, RN

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

Email: asummers@ona.org
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 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

lauriebrown_rn_onaregion4vpVice-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
Toronto office, 1-800-387-5580 (toll-free) or (416) 964-1979. ext. 7753

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

In this capacity, Laurie represents thousands of registered nurses and allied health professionals working in south-central Ontario, including in the regions of Simcoe, Dufferin, Wellington, Waterloo, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Brant, the District Municipality of Muskoka, District of Parry Sound, Haldimand-Norfolk and Niagara.

A long-time ONA supporter and activist, Laurie has extensive experience advocating on behalf of members at Hamilton Health Sciences. Laurie 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.

Laurie’s strong activist background will enable her to advocate on behalf of members to prevent the erosion of 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

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

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

Karen Bertrand, RN, is currently serving her fourth 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.

Marie Kelly

marie_kellyChief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer

Marie Kelly was appointed ONA’s Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer in June 2015.

Previously, Marie had served as Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer since September 2014. Marie had joined ONA in April 2013 as Director, Labour Relations – Contract Administration. This followed more than two decades serving members of the United Steelworkers Union, and a two-year term as an elected Officer of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Fresh out of law school, Marie chose to work within a union rather than for a law firm. She began her career as an articling student, and in 1991 joined the union’s legal department as in-house counsel. After a decade in that role, she became the first woman in that union to be promoted to Assistant Director, a high ranking leadership position.

Over her career in the labour movement, Marie achieved significant advances in litigation, organizing, education and strategies to lobby government. She also led major contract negotiations, and fought both in the bankruptcy courts and outside of them to protect pensioners and their pension plans.

Marie has spent her life on the front lines fighting for positive societal changes for working people, their families and the communities in which we all live.