I have many years experience as a community health researcher/ clinician, educator and consultant. After completing studies on the community based care of children with diabetes for a doctoral thesis in England; my involvement in diabetes continued at Ottawa public health through involvement in health promotion and chronic disease prevention for individuals and communities. I have been a member of DNIG since its inception and a member of the executive for several years, including past chair. A current interest is in the promotion of diabetes nursing as a profession.
Role of the Membership and Education Officer
- Maintain an up-to-date list of the DNIG membership
- Lead DNIG recruitment and retention initiatives: ( ‘welcome’ package for new members; displays of DNIG brochures at conferences)
- Inform members of educational opportunities, including the DNIG bursaries
- Provide leadership for educational initiatives: e.g. provincial diabetes nursing conference / educational sessions across the province, every 2 to 3 years
- Advocate for diabetes certification and education
- Address membership and education issues arising in DNIG