2016 PCNIG Executive Team

Kim Rogers, RN, BA, CHPCN (C)

Immediate Past President:

Lesley Hirst, RGN (UK, RN, MN, MSc, OCN (R)

President Elect:


Policy & Political Officer:
Amy Archer RN

Communication Officer:

Michael Reid RN BSc MN-PHCNP Candidate

Membership Officer
Maria Rugg RN MN-FNP

Financial Officer:
Nisha Sutherland, RN, PhD

Student Representative:

Interested in joining the team?

To contact us, please e-mail pcnigexec@gmail.com

The Function of PCNIG Is to:

1. Raise awareness in Ontario that people living with a life threatening illness deserve excellent Palliative Care

2. Showcase and develop Palliative Care best practices

3. Advocate for education about palliative care at provincial, local and national levels

4. Bring nurses to RNAO, who could potentially become future committee and board members

5. Be a strong platform to voice political and policy issues related to Palliative Care

6. Provide, where possible, provincial and/or local activities and communication on a regular basis

7. Control and administer funds provided by the Association for PCNIG programs

8. Elect delegates to attend Annual General Meetings of the Association

Expectations of the PCNIG are to:

1. Actively represent RNAO on Palliative Care nursing matters

2. Serve members in Palliative Care nursing through regular events, programs information sharing and advocacy

3. Keep RNAO informed on Palliative Care issues that affect nursing and registered nurses

4. Communicate on a regular basis with members to provide and elicit information to/from them regarding Palliative Care issues

5. Spend member dues in a responsible manner and to provide annual financial reports locally and to RNAO Home Office

Executive Roles & Responsibilities


President Elect

Finance Officer

Communications Officer

Membership Officer

Policy/Political Action Officer

Student Representative​

1. Provides overall leadership of the affairs of the interest group

2. Act’s as chair to the teleconferences, 1 face to face annual meeting and other adhoc meetings.

3. Liaises with RNAO Board of Directors to inform and address issues events arising from the groups’ activities.

4. Lead’s the agenda for the annual face to face meeting

5. Lead’s the agenda for the quarterly teleconferences

6. Chairs the executive committee

a. Has the power to call ad-hoc meetings with 2 weeks’ notice

b. Responsible for outlining the vision and mission of the group in collaboration

with the executive committee.

c. The president can cast a deciding vote in circumstances when a tie has been


d. The president will prepare an annual report about the groups yearly activities to present at the annual meeting and to the RNAO

President Elect (Secretary)

1. In the absence of the president fullfills the president’s duties

2. The president through maintaining accurate documentation of the group’s activities

3. Assists the executive committee with the coordination of operational activities of the group

Finance Officer

1. Prepare annual budget for the group

2. Maintain accurate financial records of the groups’ fiscal activities

3. Makes recommendations to the executive committee on annual fees and financial operations

4. Holds access to the group’s financial assets

5. Liaises with RNAO for membership fee collection

6. Note all members of executive committee must sit on finance committee

7. Sends vouchers, bank books bookkeeping records to the provincial (RNAO) office for audit on instruction

Communications Officer

1. Prepare bi-annual newsletter with collaboration of the executive

2. Organize access to quarterly teleconferences and any other ad-hoc meetings

4. Makes recommendations to the executive committee on strategies to communicate with members

5. Monitors executive email account and distributes information to the executive

6. Maintains the group website and social media

7. Collects and decides what information is to be distributed to the group

Membership Officer

1. Liaises with treasurer for the collection of fees from members

2. Makes recommendations to the executive committee on strategies to increase membership and ensure quorum at meetings

3. Maintains accurate records of past and current members of the group

Policy/Political Action Officer:

1. Provide leadership for political action activities within the Interest Group

2. Together with Chair/President, provide leadership for the Speak Out Ontario campaign including the development of a local network of members to plan & implement strategies

3. Establish relationships with key political leaders in all parties & network with other stakeholders

4. Facilitate responses to action alerts

5. Utilize policy documents & position papers to support political action activities

6. Forward advice on emerging issues to the Health & Nursing Policy Department & provide input/feedback on policy issues as requested

7. Develop a political action plan in preparation for upcoming elections

8. Attends Assembly as required (usually x1 in January & Day at Queen’s Park)

9. Acts as a liaison with the RNAO Director of Policy, Practice and Research

10. Is involved with lobbying and advocacy activities that affect nursing education nationally, provincially and locally

11. Reports on activities at PCNIG executive meetings

12. May represent PCNIG at RNAO Policy and Practice Committees as required


Student Representative

1. Represents PCNIG to the Nursing Students of Ontario (NSO)

2. Brings forward educational issues from NSO to PCNIG

3. Acts as a link to distribute PCNIG information to student nurses

4. To collaborate with PCNIG Executive in bringing PCNIG initiatives to student nurses

5. Liaises with the student interest groups of RNAO

6. Reports on NSO activities at PCNIG executive meetings

7. Acts as a lia
ison between NSO and PCNIG​