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OISE alumna receives Canada’s highest nursing honour

June 10, 2010

Posted by Eileen Thomas


Gail Donner (PhD, 1986) accepted Canadian nursing’s highest honour, the Jeanne Mance Award, for outstanding contributions to the practice of nursing in Canada from the Canadian Nurses Association at its convention and annual meeting in Halifax on June 8.

On the presentation of the award, Association President Kaaren Neufeld remarked “Gail Donner is the true embodiment of what makes a great nursing leader. Recognized nationally and internationally for her academic excellence and inspiring guidance, Gail is articulate, engaged and influential – and her leadership has had a marked positive impact on health-care delivery systems in Ontario and across Canada.”

Donner, a Professor Emeritus who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, as well as an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University, graduated from OISE with a PhD in Adult Education in 1986. She has held numerous leadership positions, at the University of Toronto as Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and in government and community organizations. She committed her time and energy generously to the OISE Advisory Committee, serving as Vice-Chair to help strengthen OISE and define its future directions.

The Jeanne Mance Award is the highest recognition of nursing achievement that the Canadian Nurses Association offers. Named for Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse to practice in North America and founder of the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal in 1644, the award has been presented at the Canadian Nurses Association’s biennial convention since 1971.