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New Courses Offered by CoursePark

 

CoursePark has expanded their catalog of nursing courses to 181. There has been no change in pricing. 

Free – New CARE Centre members
$30 –
Existing CARE Centre members
$35 –
Non-members.

 

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IEN Connector Winter 2016 Edition

Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards 2016

CARE Centre had the pleasure of being hosted by two different employers for the 2016 IEN of the Year Awards to celebrate our very deserving RN and RPN winners.

Dr. Vanessa Burkoski – Chief Nursing Executive at Humber River Hospital, Kareen Tacderas, RN, Barb Collins - President & CEO Humber River Hospital

Dr. Vanessa Burkoski – Chief Nursing Executive HRH, Kareen Tacderas, RN, Barb Collins – President & CEO HRH

On November 18th Kareen Tacderas’ colleagues filled the Humber River Hospital (HRH) auditorium for her presentation ceremony. Kareen is an ICU RN at HRH and a summa cum laude graduate (and valedictorian) of the York University BScN program. HRH President and CEO Barb Collins and Chief Nursing Executive Dr. Vanessa Burkoski spoke at the event, along with CARE Centre board member and chair of the Joan Lesmond Awards selection committee Ella Ferris and Executive Director Sue VanDeVelde-Coke. The event concluded by sharing some refreshments with Kareen’s on-duty colleagues on the ICU unit.

 
 
 

Samantha Thomson Brown, Client Service Supervisor - Clinical Nursing with Viral Pandya, RPN.

Samantha Thomson Brown, Client Service Supervisor – Clinical Nursing with Viral Pandya, RPN.

On November 22nd a reception was held at ParaMed, employer of our RPN IEN of the Year, Viral Pandya.  ParaMed is Ontario’s largest private sector provider of home health care with 22 offices across the province and a 40-year record of serving clients in the community. Pictured with Viral is his nominator, Samantha Thomson Brown, Client Service Supervisor – Clinical Nursing. Along with his ParaMed office colleagues, many CARE Centre member IENs attended Viral’s presentation, some of whom are serving as fellow ParaMed community nurses. The event was made even more special with Viral’s family members and friends present as guests, along with all of his community care team.

 


Board of Directors Drafts New Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019

PASS client Precious Obah, PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel and Hamilton Case Manager Lourdes Vicente.

On December 19th, CARE Centre’s Board of Directors drafted a Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 that will strengthen the organization’s position as a national and international leader in the education and integration of internationally educated nurses. The plan’s renewed vision, mission and values, and re-focused strategic priorities and objectives, will enhance CARE Centre’s role and reputation as an exemplary provider of customized services to IENs through its case management model. “We are confident that as we move forward together, CARE Centre will continue to provide the unique suite of services and dedication to our clients that has made the organization so outstanding in the bridge training sector,’ said Saleem Hall, Board Chair. “We will continue to keep CARE Centre member IENs, operational partners and stakeholders updated as we enter into our new programing year for 2017-2018.” Also coming in early 2017, CARE Centre’s Pre-Arrival Supports and Services program (PASS) will be featured on OMNI TV’s New Canadians show.


Brampton Members Learn Dementia Care

Karen Phair with CARE Centre Brampton Member IENs.

Case Manager Natolina Marius-Springer and Karen Phair with CARE Centre Brampton Member IENs.

CARE Centre’s Brampton office recently delivered a workshop on Dementia and Alzhiemer’s presented by Karen Phair, Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Peel. Phair explained various kinds of dementias including the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and shared communication strategies for caregivers, using her own experience as a front-line community worker in day programs for dementia sufferers. Member IENs felt much better prepared for interactions with patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


CARE Centre Staff Updates

Dr. Ruth Lee, Ruth Wojtiuk, RN, Professional Practice Lead and Dr. Sue VanDeVelde-Coke, Executive Director

 

It is with greatest thanks and best wishes that CARE Centre announces Ruth Wojtiuk’s retirement in early 2017. As an RN Ruth has had a distinguished career in community nursing, management, teaching, and policy and program development. Along with her many years at CARE Centre as a case manager and more recently Professional Practice Lead, Ruth has been a sessional instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Nursing and currently teaches at George Brown College.

Also leaving CARE Centre at the end of January 2017, Executive Director Sue VanDeVelde-Coke will be taking a new position as President and CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services. CARE Centre is grateful for Sue’s stewardship through recent organizational change and transition, and the staff and board wish her all the best in her new role.

CARE Centre welcomes Dr. Ruth Lee as Interim Executive Director. Dr. Lee is Associate Clinical Professor of the Graduate Faculty at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and Affiliated Member, Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. She recently served as Chief of Nursing Practice, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). Her previous work leading the Hamilton Health Sciences IEN Integration Project makes her a great fit for our organization. We are also pleased to announce that Board Member Ella Ferris will be acting as Board Policy Liaison with Ruth as she transitions into her new role.


Thank You for Your Donations!

Rupali Krishna, 2015 RN Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year.

Rupali Krishna, 2015 RN Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year.

CARE Centre’s Giving Tuesday campaign to raise funds for our lending library of essential nursing textbooks received great support from members and stakeholders. Thanks to everyone who donated and for those who are still looking for a way to give back during the holiday season and receive 2016 charitable donation tax receipts, CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (#84420 5948 RR0001.) Please consider helping IENs achieve their dream of registering to practice in Ontario. Over 3,500 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since 2001.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards

 

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses Announces Winners of the 2016 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards

For Immediate Release
Toronto, October 24, 2016

The CARE Centre Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award is presented every November to two outstanding internationally educated nurses, one RPN and one RN. The award is named to honour the late Dr. Joan Lesmond, a champion of diverse and inclusive nursing, and an early advisor to CARE Centre. This year the award will be presented to Viral Pandya, an RPN from India, and Kareen Tacderas, an RN from the Philippines. Pandya works as a community nurse for ParaMed (a division of Extendicare). Tacderas is an ICU nurse at Humber River Hospital.

Viral Pandya, RPN, winner of the 2016 RPN IEN of the Year Award

Viral Pandya, RPN, winner of the 2016 RPN IEN of the Year Award

“Deciding to hire Viral two years ago was probably my best staffing decision,” said Samantha Thomson-Brown, RN, Nursing Supervisor at ParaMed (a division of Extendicare). “At the time it was a bit of a risk since it can be a hard transition for new staff that have no community nursing experience. We were in need of a strong nurse with a broad skill base who would be able to get up and running quickly. Viral has lived up to the need and is now one of our best nurses!”

Kareen Tacderas, RN, winner of the 2016 RN IEN of the Year Award

Kareen Tacderas, RN, winner of the 2016 RN IEN of the Year Award

”In her role as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Kareen has delivered exceptional patient care and continues to exceed our expectations,” said Barbara E. Collins, President & CEO of Humber River Hospital. “Her ability to embody HRH’s values of Compassion, Professionalism and Respect in providing care for critically ill patients and families and towards her colleagues makes her a worthy recipient of this distinguished award.”

”In the six years since we started the awards, the selection committee is continuously impressed by the caliber of the nominees and their determination to return to the nursing profession in Ontario,” said Ella Ferris, CARE Centre board member and Chair of the Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards selection committee. “The IENs’ employer support letters and grateful comments from patients and families reveal how valued they are in the workplace. Viral and Kareen are fitting representatives of the challenges IENs face in gaining registration before moving on to a rewarding career. They’re always grateful that CARE Centre is there to help.”

“Just like every other IEN who came to Canada, I started from humble beginnings and was very willing to take on odd jobs just to get my career up and running,” said Tacderas. “I knew the road to registration is fraught with hardship and challenges, so I made sure to utilize every support and lifeline that I had. I tirelessly juggled school and two RPN jobs. In the fall of 2015 I graduated with my BScN from York University Summa cum Laude and as Valedictorian. The journey to becoming an RN has been long and bitter-sweet, but I am extremely thankful to all the people, institutions, and experiences that have shaped me to be the person that I am today.”

“I believe that I belong to this field because ever since I was a child I always wanted to be a positive influence in people’s lives,” said Pandya. “The words I use, my actions and my attitude can help another human being to heal. Personally, having the opportunity to impact someone else is very powerful. Nursing is one of the few careers that not only helps others but also helps you. The work is tough but this is the path that I chose and I am proud of it. I am extremely thankful to CARE Center for helping me throughout my journey to become part of healthcare in Canada. I want to refer all IENs to CARE Centre!”

The awards will be presented at a later date in November in Toronto. Media are invited to attend. Over 3,500 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides IENs with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s health care system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit www.care4nurses.org.

 

For more information please contact:

Tina Novotny, BA, BJ, MA
Communications Specialist
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
620 Wilson Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Z3
416-226-2800 ext. 240
tnovotny@care4nurses.org

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IEN Connector Summer Edition

New Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese
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New Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese

CARE Centre for IENs has a new minister at the helm of our funder, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Hon. Laura Albanese was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as the MPP for York South-Weston. She was re-elected in 2011 and 2014 and has extensive experience in several ministries as a Parliamentary Assistant. Prior to entering politics Ms. Albanese was a producer/broadcaster with OMNI TV. Ms. Albanese was born in Italy and moved to Canada in 1981. CARE Centre is grateful for the letter of congratulations she sent to be read on the occasion of CARE Centre’s 15th Anniversary and 2016 Graduation.

 
15th Anniversary and 2016 Graduation a Happy Occasion

Searle Schonewille, Director, Policy Development and Government Relations, RPNAO; Daniel Lau, Director of Membership and Services, RNAO; Member IEN and Valedictorian Derrick Ntungwe; CARE Centre Executive Director Sue VanDeVelde-Coke; Daniela Beckford, Project Manager, Hamilton Health Sciences; Ella Ferris, CARE Centre Board Member and Guest Speaker; Ruth Lee, McMaster University, Faculty of Health Science

On June 27th CARE Centre board members gathered for the Annual General Meeting, followed by a celebration at the Daniel’s Spectrum for CARE Centre’s 15th anniversary and the graduation of our most recent cohort of IEN clients. Derrick Ntungwe shared a moving speech about his journey to registration as valedictorian, and five past Joan Lesmond IENs of the Year attended to offer further inspiration. CARE Centre friends, staff and supporters enjoyed an evening of reminiscence while IEN grads shared their time in the spotlight with family guests. A total of 109 IENs passed their exams in the last fiscal year 2015-2016; many were registered as RPNs and/or RNs and hired in various nursing sectors.

Best Wishes to Board Member Ella Ferris on her Retirement from St. Michael’s Hospital

Ella Ferris and CARE Centre Professional Practice Lead Ruth Wojtiuk

Board Member and Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards Committee Chair Ella Ferris will continue her governance work with CARE Centre but is retiring from her role at St. Michael’s Hospital as Executive Vice-President of Programs and Chief Executive, Nursing and Health Disciplines Executive. As guest speaker at the anniversary event, Ella shared her story of deciding to be a nurse as a child, and achieving her goal over a 43-year career at St. Mike’s. Ella did her nurse education at the prominent Toronto hospital, worked as a front-line RN, became a clinical nurse manager, was promoted to Director of the Heart and Vascular Program, became an Assistant Professor of Nursing at University of Toronto and eventually rose to St, Mike’s top executive ranks. CARE Centre is thankful for Ella’s continued involvement on the board and wishes her all the best on her retirement.

CARE Centre Membership Criteria Change Approved by MCI
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Visit www.care4nurses.org or click on cover visual to view our 2015-2016 annual report.

With the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s agreement, we have changed our admission criteria and are now accepting IENs as members upon the completion of their National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) application. Since the start of the new fiscal year on April 1st we have welcomed 103 new CARE Centre members. All CARE Centre’s open files have recently been reviewed. Since 2001, over 3,500 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre. We now have 1100 active clients divided among all the case managers. A new case manager service delivery model is being developed and implemented.

 
PASS Clients Arriving in Canada and Joining CARE Centre
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Two newly arrived PASS clients! Welcome to Canada! Unnati Christian and Ronald Thakor

Now in its fifth month of operation, Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) has had 72 clients enroll in the program. Of those, 28 IENs have arrived in Ontario; many have joined or intend to join CARE Centre to continue with case management support on their journey to registration. PASS clients participate from home countries all over the world including India, the Philippines, Nigeria, China, Greece, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, Syria and Thailand. In another exciting development, expert nurses from the Canadian Nurses Association (senior in their careers or retired) have signed up to mentor arriving PASS clients in provinces across the country, providing a further welcome and on-going support as IENs establish their careers in Canada.

Member IEN Ivory Quimba Recognized by Bayshore Home Health
Ivy Quimba Bayshore Nurse of the Year winner

CARE Member IEN Ivory Evariz Quimba and Bayshore Staff

Member IEN Ivory Evariz Quimba was recognized as Nurse of the Year by Bayshore Home Health at their Mississauga Private Branch. Bayshore is one of Canada’s largest providers of home and community health care, now in its 50th year of service.  Ivory was honoured on May 9th at her workplace at the start of National Nursing Week 2016. Ivory came to Canada from the Philippines in 2009 and was registered as an RPN in 2011. Her case manager Norma Tomlin said, “I am truly happy for her and proud to see a CARE Centre member come out on top!” Congratulations on your nursing career success, Ivory, from all of us at CARE Centre.

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Current Course Offerings at CARE Centre

CARE Centre has collaborated with expert nurses and learning specialists to develop signature programs designed to meet the particular needs of IENs seeking registration in Canada. While some are restricted to CARE Centre members, others are open to all interested candidates. Please see links below for details on current offerings and view the What We Do section of the website for more general information.

 

 

 

 

CELBAN Preparation Workshop

 

Competency Assessment Supplement (CAS) Workshop

 

*NEW* Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses

 

*NEW* RPN Exam Preparation & Review Course

 

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CARE Centre’s IEN Connector – Spring 2016

CARE Centre Executive Director Sue VanDeVelde-Coke

Sue VanDeVelde-Coke, RN, MA, MBA, PhD, has been meeting with organizations in the settlement and healthcare communities since becoming CARE Centre’s Executive Director at the beginning of the year. An established nursing leader, Sue has been renewing existing relationships with healthcare employers and nursing professional organizations and has been attending conferences related to immigration and internationally educated professionals’ integration to the Canadian workforce. She observed the delivery of the IENCAP OSCE at Touchstone Institute to gain deeper understanding of the process for CARE Centre’s RN candidates and is meeting with CARE Centre’s members and their case managers to explore how CARE Centre can improve and enhance services. “These first months in the job have been extremely interesting gaining more insight into the IEN journey to registration,” said VanDeVelde-Coke. “It’s wonderful to experience how our case managers are dedicated to helping IENs in Ontario relaunch their nursing careers.” Sue welcomes input via email at svandevelde@care4nurses.org, or as she likes to say, “The telephone still works!” 416-226-2800, ext. 226.

We Love It When Our Members Keep in Touch!

Hello! This is Kareen Tacderas. I am an IEN from the Philippines. Since I came to Canada in 2012, I have been a CARE Centre member. I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian of York University’s BScN for IENs Batch 2014-15. After graduation, I have been hired as a full-time ICU RN at Humber River Hospital – Wilson site. I would like to thank your organization (especially Lourdes Vicente who was once my case manager) for guiding IENs like me and helping me reach my dreams. If there’s anything I can do to give back to CARE, please do not hesitate to contact me. More power to CARE Centre! (Editor’s note: Member IENs, please let us know about your career updates. Email tnovotny@care4nurses.org with your nursing news!)

CARE Centre Celebrates 15 Years of Service in 2016

On May 29, 2001, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities formally announced the launch of CARE Centre for IENs. CARE Centre grew out of a committee of concerned individuals and organizations who received a grant from the Maytree Foundation to develop a proposal to create Ontario’s first government-funded bridge training program. The consortium included nursing associations, employers and settlement agencies, as well as an IEN champion at the College of Nurses of Ontario, Brenda Lewis. CARE Centre is now funded by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade through the Labour Market Integration Unit. Over 15 years CARE Centre expanded offices and services across Southern Ontario, assisting thousands of IENs on their journey to registration. Stay tuned for plans to celebrate CARE Centre’s members and the organization’s achievements later in 2016. (Photo above: Brenda Lewis with guests at the Hamilton office opening in 2005)

PASS Clients Well-Prepared When They Arrive in Canada

CARE Centre’s Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) program offers case management, webinars and online learning for IENs around the world as they progress through the Canadian immigration process. The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has made it possible for IENs to get well ahead of the registration process while still in their home countries. Many clients have been referred through the Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) and Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), two federal agencies that have joined under the name  Planning for Canada. “It’s really exciting to present live webinars and be connected to IENs in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Ireland and the Philippines, all at the same time,” said Case Manager and PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel. “I’ve already had a husband and wife pair of IENs land in Toronto since we started, and IENs tell me that PASS is helping them enormously.” Visit the website at www.pass4nurses.org for continued updates. (Photo: PASS Program Coordinator Meghan Wankel and Program Assistant Nicholas Ghadiri)

IENs Help Create New Horizons for Senior Immigrants

Kababayan Community Services, one of CARE Centre’s founding organizations, recently collaborated with CARE Centre member IENs to reach out to elder citizens to talk to them about their challenges living in Toronto as senior immigrants, and to ask what kind of programs and services would improve their lives. The resulting report is called Benefits and Challenges of Aging in Canada: A Sharing Discussion Between Seniors and Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs). One IEN summarized, “We are now more aware of their needs, emotions and feelings of being senior. Our challenge is how we can make a home for them away from their homes.” Another IEN stated, “The project has made me more sensitive about being able to validate seniors’ needs.  I found at that they were hopeful and motivated to talk about their conditions.” A video about the project that will be shared on CARE Centre’s YouTube channel is currently in production.  (Photo: The cross-cultural group of participating seniors and IENs)

Master’s Research on the IEN NCLEX Experience

CARE Centre has an on-going tradition of working with graduate nursing students and supporting their research into various fields and topics. Meet our latest academician. “Hello, my name is Monica Romanescu and I am an IEN with nursing experience in Romania and in Canada. My passions include supporting Internationally Educated Health Professionals in their transition to practice in Ontario.  As a graduate student at Ryerson University, I am doing my clinical placement with the CARE Centre. During my clinical project my main focus has been on resources used by IENs in preparation for their NCLEX-RN exam.”

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Canada-Bound Internationally Educated Nurses Receive a Special PASS from CARE Centre for IENs

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Canada-Bound Internationally Educated Nurses
Receive a Special PASS from CARE Centre for IENs

First Government-Funded Bridge Training Program in Ontario also
Celebrating Fifteen Years of Supporting IENs Back into Practice in 2016

For Immediate Release – Toronto, February 25, 2016

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has funded a new program at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to help immigrating nurses get a head start on the registration process through Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS). PASS serves IENs while still in their country of residence, provided they have proof of graduation from a nursing school and a letter of immigration confirmation from the Government of Canada. PASS services are designed to shorten the time that IENs spend from arrival in Canada to professional registration and employment.

“Along with individualized case management, PASS offers informational webinars and online learning.  Each client participates in group sessions as well as individual counselling tailored to their unique sets of circumstances,” said Meghan Wankel, PASS Program Coordinator. “IENs will become well-informed about nursing in all parts of Canada, as well as learn the differences between various regulatory bodies and the wide variety of educational and employment opportunities available.”

There is no cost to enroll in PASS, which will introduce IENs to the nursing environment in Canada, refer them directly to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) for initial application and provide links to the regulatory bodies in all provinces and territories. “In conducting research into settlement, educational, employment and professional development areas, I was really struck by how much information is available to IENs, and how much is essential for them to know,” said Mehrzad (Nicholas) Ghadiri, PASS Program Assistant. “PASS is an indispensable resource and tool for IENs coming to Canada, free of charge. The Ontario Government (along with the Government of Canada) has funded CARE Centre for fifteen years to help IENs in this province. Now the IRCC funding allows us to reach IENs in that important window before they come.”

PASS includes 100 hours of online programming that can be completed in different scenarios, depending upon the nurses’ date of arrival in Canada. PASS includes online courses providing nursing-specific language and communication training and webinars on employment-related topics, equipping IENs with knowledge and support for speedy and successful entry into the healthcare field. PASS also offers online sessions connecting national employers to IENs and a mentorship program linking IENs to nurses in destination provinces.

PASS commenced services to IENs early in 2016 through referrals by the Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) and Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), two federal agencies that have joined under the name of Planning for Canada. “It’s really exciting to present live webinars and be connected to IENs in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Ireland and the Philippines, all at the same time,” said Wankel. “I’ve already had a husband and wife pair of IENs land in Toronto since we started, and IENs have told me that PASS is helping them in many ways.” Visit the website at www.pass4nurses.org for continued updates.

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CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses has supported over 1,700 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in the province since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides IENs with one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s healthcare system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit www.care4nurses.org.

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For more information, please contact:

Tina Novotny, BA, BJ, MA
Communications Specialist
416-226-2800 ext. 240
tnovotny@care4nurses.org

Meghan Wankel, BA, MA
Program Coordinator, PASS
416-226-2800 ext. 234
mwankel@care4nurses.org

Mehrzad (Nicholas) Ghadiri
Program Assistant, PASS
416-226-2800 ext. 223
nghadiri@care4nurses.org

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CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
620 Wilson Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Z3
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Nursing Leader Susan VanDeVelde-Coke Joins CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses as Executive Director

 

 

 

 

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For Immediate Release
Toronto, January 19, 2016

The board of directors and staff of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) are pleased to announce that Susan VanDeVelde-Coke, RN, MA, MBA, PhD, has been appointed Executive Director of the organization. Dr. VanDeVelde-Coke is a registered nurse with advanced academic qualifications who has held several senior positions in a variety of nursing sectors. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and is on the board of directors of the Canadian Nurses Foundation.

“It’s very exciting to be joining CARE Centre at the start of the organization’s 15th anniversary year, a great time to celebrate past successes and launch strategic new directions,” said Dr. VanDeVelde-Coke. “One of the major Canadian healthcare challenges is the recruitment and retention of all levels of healthcare workers, as well as managing the multicultural and multigenerational workforce. IENs and their domestically educated colleagues are the face of nursing in Ontario and throughout the country. CARE Centre has shown the way in maximizing their contributions.”

Dr. VanDeVelde-Coke’s experience spans executive positions in acute academic hospitals, a national community care organization, complex community and long-term care institutions in central and western Canada. She is a respected and collaborative leader in the nursing profession who has built and implemented inter-professional and academic models of care. She was most recently the Director of Health Policy Analysis & Knowledge Transfer at McMaster University’s Health & Social Services Utilization Research Unit, worked with a variety of healthcare organizations as a consultant, and served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Nurse/Health Professional Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. VanDeVelde-Coke also worked as Vice President Strategic Planning/Operations for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and held progressively senior positions with the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Washington, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from McMaster University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University.

Saleem Hall, Chair of CARE Centre’s Board of Directors said, “Susan comes to CARE Centre with a wide breadth of experience and expertise. She has demonstrated success in creating and implementing strategic plans and improving operational performance in prominent healthcare organizations. We look forward to continued collaborations with all our stakeholders and partners in supporting our shared clients and communities as we move into 2016 and beyond.”

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses has supported over 1,700 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in the province since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides IENs with one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s healthcare system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit www.care4nurses.org.

For more information please contact:

Tina Novotny, BA, BJ, MA
Communications Specialist
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
tnovotny@care4nurses.org

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CARE Centre is Here For Refugee Internationally Educated Nurses, their Families and Communities

CARE Centre joins all Ontarians in welcoming Syrian and other refugees to live and work in Canada free of fear and hardship, building new lives of promise and success. Those working to help settle individuals and families are asked to refer any internationally educated nurses to CARE Centre where we can assist them in the process of re-establishing their nursing careers. Many of CARE Centre’s staff, colleagues and member IENs are volunteering with groups like Lifeline Syria and others to assist in any way they can.

One well-known community organization, CultureLink, has set up a Donation Centre which is too full to accept any more clothing donations but desperately needs volunteers to sort clothing to deliver to newly arrived refugees.

Please think of contributing a shift or two through myvolunteerpage.com or sign up directly on their schedule:

 

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CARE Centre’s IEN Connector – Winter 2015/2016

Joan Lesmond IENs of the Year Celebrated

The 2015 Conference for IENs included a morning presentation of the Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards, this year presented to Alexis Lamsen, an RPN from the Philippines, and Rupali Krishna, an RN from India. Lamsen works at Shalom Village Long-Term Care Home in Hamilton, and Krishna works at Revera’s Dover Cliffs Long-Term Care Home in Port Dover. “As new landed immigrants my husband and I had to work in front of a hot furnace in a plastic factory; nobody cared about our education, knowledge and experience.

Rupali krishna ( left ) and Alexis Lamsen, winners of the 2015 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards

Now I feel those challenges helped us to get stronger every day,” says Krishna, who served as a nurse and midwife for 14 years as an Indian Army Lieutenant and is mother to two boys, 14 and 4-years-old. As a nurse in the Philippines Lamsen worked in the ER, OR and delivery rooms in a government hospital for a $50 monthly allowance. Today he is also an RPN at St. Joseph’s Health Care’s Mental Health and Addiction Center, and works as a research assistant at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. IENs of the Year indeed!

 

No Stopping 93-Year-Old IEN Lillie Johnson 

93 Year old IEN Lillie Johnson

One of the highlights of the 2nd annual Conference for IENs held in Toronto on November 20th was featured speaker Lillie Johnson, founder of the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario and an Order of Ontario recipient. Ms. Johnson was born in Jamaica and trained as a nurse in Scotland, achieving many “firsts” in her life, not the least of which was bearing the Pan America Games torch in Toronto this past June. Ms. Johnson spoke to conference attendees about her early nursing career, the importance of fathers in welcoming babies to the world, and her determination to see sickle cell disease be part of universal newborn screening in Ontario. She captivated the audience with tales from her decades-long experience, and regaled them with a closing chorus of “Anything you can do I can do better!” inviting the room to sing along. Ms. Johnson also signed copies of her memoir which is part of the Canada 150 publication series marking the country’s sesquicentennial in 2015. Ms. Johnson’s memoir My Dream is available for sale through the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario (www.sicklecellontario.ca), or through Amazon.com. All proceeds from the book will benefit the charity’s important work.

New PASS Program Welcomes IENs in Transit

Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) is a new CARE Centre initiative funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). PASS will help pre-arrival IENs in their countries of residence who are planning immigration to Canada. PASS offers supports and services to shorten the time that IENs spend from arrival in Canada to professional registration and employment. There is no cost to enroll in PASS but IENs must have proof of graduation from a nursing school and a letter of immigration confirmation from the Government of Canada. The program is based on the same case management model that is the foundation of CARE Centre’s services in Ontario. Clients will take part in six, eight or ten-week work plans. However, as a federally-funded program, PASS will provide information for IENs planning to settle in any of Canada’s provinces and territories. PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel says, “CARE Centre was Ontario’s first government-funded bridging program, and after 15 years of developing our best practices, it’s exciting to be sharing those internationally, and forming new partnerships across the country to help IENs join the workforce as soon as possible, no matter which part of Canada they choose to call home.”

CELBAN Preparation Foundation for Success

The Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN) is a language assessment that reflects nursing in real life. This occupation-specific language test assesses language and communication skills within the healthcare workplace. It evaluates proficiency in listening, writing, reading and speaking and is recognized by all Canadian nursing regulators. CARE Centre is pleased to now offer CELBAN Preparation support for nurses who need to fulfill College of Nurses of Ontario requirements. The Institutional CELBAN, or iCELBAN assessment allows participants to have a test-taking experience that closely mirrors the official CELBAN test. We are also pleased to offer an 8-week CELBAN Preparation and Orientation Course. iCELBAN testing will also be available to IEN clients enrolled in the PASS program. A CARE Centre member who took part in a pilot of the course said: “I realized I had a lot that still needed to be corrected in terms of my use of language,” while another noted, “The tips, material and English grammar were especially important and useful to me.” The CELBAN Preparation course is delivered over eight weeks in six-hour sessions including one pre-assessment session to determine eligibility. For more information contact CARE Centre at 416-226-2800, ext. 221.

Deloitte Shows the Meaning of Community

Deloitte’s Shelizé Hirji, Josephine Kwong and Steven Pedlow (missing: Beth Nuniam)

Some of the highest-regarded organizations in the world rely on Deloitte to provide a range of services to improve their performance. In Canada, Deloitte serves clients from 60 locations with over 5,600 professionals and specialists providing audit, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related consulting. Deloitte is committed to corporate social responsibility, diversity and community spirit, including their annual Impact Day which puts Deloitte personnel out into the community for a firm-wide day of volunteer service. CARE Centre was recently the recipient of Deloitte’s esteemed advice over several months of volunteer consultation from a team based in Toronto and other Canadian offices. As a registered charity and non-profit, CARE Centre is extremely grateful for the benefit of their pro bono work for us, and took a moment to say thanks in person to our Deloitte colleagues in Toronto. Pictured are Shelizé Hirji, Josephine Kwong and Steven Pedlow (with virtual gratitude to Beth Nuniam, now in Vancouver). We discovered Steven Pedlow is an IEN from Ireland, which allowed him to bring additional insight to Deloitte’s greatly valued counsel. Thanks everyone!

Giving Tuesday and Beyond- Support CARE Centre

CARE Centre is a member of CanadaHelps, a non-profit serving Canadian charities and donors. CanadaHelps is dedicated to increasing charitable giving across Canada by making it easier to donate and fundraise online. Because they are non-profit, transaction fees are a fraction of the for-profit alternatives, so your donation dollars go further when you give to CARE Centre online. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday; Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. This year it took place on December 2nd, but continues throughout the holiday season. CARE Centre’s theme this year is New Canadian Traditions, encouraging IENs and others to post, stream, tweet or otherwise share holiday activities they did back home and how they continue them in Canada. Every time you share you can honour your tradition with a donation to CARE Centre!

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