Publish by CARNA
CARNA will nominate Teresita (Tessie) Olivia, Muriel Shewchuk and Margaret Ethier to be recognized in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Memorial Book. The Memorial Book honours deceased nursing leaders who have elevated the nursing profession and health care.Teresita Olivia was a respected leader who worked tirelessly to mobilize social support in the Filipino community and in the larger multicultural community in Alberta. She founded the Filipino Nurses Association of Alberta, which supported international educated nurses in gaining licensure in Alberta.
Muriel Shewchuk was a major force in moving operation nursing ahead as a specialty. She played a key role in developing national nursing standards, leading her own teams in becoming certified and forming the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada.
Margaret Ethier was a union activist and tireless advocate for nurses. As president of the United Nurses of Alberta, her strong leadership was instrumental during the tumultous, strike-filled years of the 1980s.