Born and raised in Windsor and a Registered Nurse for 30 years, Barbara has worked as the Human Rights and Equity Representative for the Ontario Nurses Association and was instrumental in getting a diversity committee in her work place.
She is also a Board Member of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, a community-driven non-profit organization that preserves and shares the stories of African-Canadians.
As the Vice President, Clinical Care & Recovery and Chief Nurse Executive at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Dionne plays an integral part in helping the organization achieve its goals towards integrated and equitable care and supports for people with mental illness. She leads the program that supports those with the most complex illnesses and is dedicated to improving access to excellent patient-centered care so that people may live their best lives. Dionne has held many leadership roles in her 35 years of clinical experience, including: Clinical Director, Medicine Program at Southlake Regional Hospital, Director of Home and Community Care Planning and Strategy at the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Clinical Director Complex Continuing Care, Saint Vincent Hospital; Bruyere Continuing Care and Clinical Manager, Mental Health and Addictions at Humber River Hospital. Dionne brings high energy, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude to all that she does.
We were excited to welcome Natashia on June 16th to speak with the Spring Cohort!
Natashia graduated from Humber College with a Diploma in Nursing in 1997. She then completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Ryerson University (1999), followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto (2003). Her graduate studies at the UofT focused on women’s health with a minor in access, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Natashia’s nursing career began as a Registered Nurse in 1997; her practice has encompassed acute care and community nursing in the areas of Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Maternity, Mental Health, and Public Health Nursing. Natashia has worked with non-profits including Community Care Access Centres, Peel Children’s Aid and TAIBU CHC. She has dedicated her career as a Registered Nurse to advocating for marginalized communities, social justice and equity, as well as working with at-risk families and youth initiatives across the GTA.At Centennial College, Natashia has served as the Acting Chair for Nursing since August 2018; however, she has been with Centennial College as a full-time Professor of Nursing since 2008. From 2014 to 2017, Natashia served as Program Coordinator (Bridging to University Nursing Program), and then Acting Chair for Health and Wellness Programs from 2017 to 2018. Natashia has taught at academic institutions including Centennial, Ryerson University, York University, and George Brown College. She is passionate about life-long learning, demonstrating this through the continuous pursuit of additional nursing-related certifications as well as research in the areas of internationally educated nurses and health equity.
Dr. Muray is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, School of Nursing. Her doctoral research focused on official language minority communities in Ontario, examining the experiences of Francophone patients and their nursing care providers. Her research interests include the health needs of linguistic and visible minorities, and inequities in health care. She is also interested in health administration research, acute and critical care nursing.
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