CNA’s members will elect a new president-elect at the annual meeting of members in June 2020.
The election is one of the most important responsibilities of membership. The chosen candidate will serve as president-elect (2020-2022) before becoming president (2022-2024). The president represents Canadian nurses by being an official CNA spokesperson, making the position an important leadership role.
Delegates attending CNA’s meeting of members in Ottawa on June 22, which is being held in conjunction with the biennial convention (June 23-24), will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for president-elect. Their statements of philosophy appear below (sorted alphabetically by last name).
Sylvain Brousseau, RN, PhD
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The 21st century nursing profession is facing numerous challenges — such as nursing shortages, the increasing number of seniors, a chronically ill population as well as the emerging opioid crisis. All of these challenges are inflating Canadian health-care expenses. In being able to adapt to rapidly changing health-care demands, Canadian nurses, as a sociopolitical force, possess the leadership to contribute actively in solving these actual and future challenges. In addition, nurses are professional influencers, capable of and responsible for resolving these coming challenges. We are a united nursing national voice and have a leading role in formulating Canadian-wide health-care policies.
I am confident that my governance experience within nursing boards in Québec (13 years), CNA (2 years) and now the University of Québec’s Governors (3 years), strengthen my skills in making complex decisions about local, provincial and national nursing issues. I’m confident that I have the political leadership experience and competencies — in addition to passion, vision and commitment — to become the next CNA President-elect. I am eager to pursue the strategic positioning of CNA in relation to health on national and international levels and with a focus on the needs of Indigenous Peoples.
Cynthia Bryanton, RN, BScN
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
I believe leadership is a privilege that comes with responsibilities to inspire, motivate and collaborate with others and that this perspective will help me attain the vision and goals of CNA. Leadership drives change. It is the foundation to guide and support decisions made with confidence, credibility, trustworthiness and determination. Leadership involves honesty, a positive, passionate, caring attitude and commitment to self and others. It involves effective transparent communication, courage, accountability and advocacy. Nursing leadership transforms core values, ethics and evidence-based standards of care into the daily practice of nursing care.
Leadership is vital for the success of nursing as a trusted profession and, in turn, improves the well-being and outcomes for those within our care. As nurses our leadership skills are unique, based on our competencies, knowledge, lived experiences and lifelong learning. We touch the lives of so many people over time in many different practice settings, leaving our imprint on the hearts of many. As nurses we are role models and change agents; we inspire hope for the future. I believe that CNA is both a solid foundation and a shining star that inspires leadership and nursing excellence. It would be my privilege and an honour to serve with CNA.