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NSWOCC Board & Core Programs

To contact anyone in the NSWOCC Leadership, please email and we will get you in touch with the appropriate representative.

NSWOCC Executive

  • President: Nevart Hotakorzian
  • President-Elect: Marcia Leard
  • Past President: Dr. Christine Murphy
  • Treasurer: Anne-Marie Blais
  • Secretary: Jillian Brooke
  • Chief Executive Officer: Catherine Harley

NSWOCC Regional Directors

 Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada is a national organization which is set up in five regions to strengthen communication. Each Region is led by a Regional Director which is an elected Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (Member of NSWOCC) and there are two regional meetings held per year which all NSWOCC members can attend. The NSWOCC Regional Directors are NSWOCC Board Members and they report to the NSWOCC Executive Board. The Regional breakdown and Regional Directors are as follows:

  • British Columbia/Yukon: Misty Stephens
  • Prairies/Northwest Territories: Jodi Quinlan
  • Ontario: Stephanie Furtado
  • Quebec: Valerie Chaplain
  • Atlantic: Tracy Fournier

Please contact the Regional Director responsible for the province that you reside in if you would like to get involved with the NSWOCC.


Core Programs

  • National Conference Planning Committee: Mary Hill
  • Community Engagement: NSWOCC Board of Directors
  • Professional Development: Debra Johnston
  • Research and Practice: Dr. Kevin Woo and Nancy Parslow
  • SWAN Community of Practice: Britney Butt
  • French Community of Practice:  Valérie Chaplain
  • Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health: Bev Smith
  • Publications: Lina Martins

Community Engagement

Leader: NSWOCC Board of Directors

The candidate will provide the necessary resources, supporting documentation and strategies to respond to internal and external influences that impact the association. This may require advocating for NSWOCC related issues at a local, regional and national level. Please contact the NSWOCC Board of Directors with any ideas that you may have in the promotion of Public Relations for our members.

Professional Development 

Core Program Leader: Debra Johnston, MN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC

Debra will lead this Core Program developing professional growth opportunities to facilitate the provision, maintenance and recording of knowledge, and clinical skills related to the scope of NSWOC professional practice. There will be opportunities for NSWOCC members to get involved in this Core Program by contacting Debra about future opportunities.

Research and Practice:

Co-Chairs: Dr. Kevin Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA, WOCC(C) and Nancy Parslow, MClSc(WH), RN, WOCC(C)


Overseen by Catherine Harley (Chief Executive Officer) and Troy Curtis (Membership and Communications Manager)

Catherine and Troy will be implementing and developing unique strategies to market the NSWOC in the Canadian healthcare system including through the Power of 3 Marketing Campaign. This team will be promoting the Marketing Package and finding innovative ways of getting it out to policy makers. Healthcare costs are sky-rocketing so it is essential we highlight the cost outcomes study showing the cost effectiveness of an NSWOC. If you have an interest in marketing please contact Cathy Harley.

Additional Leadership

  • Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute Chair: Kim LeBlanc, PhD, MN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC
  • NSWOC Advance Managing Editor: Deborah McNamara
  • JWOCN Canadian Feature Editor: Lina Martins, MScN, BScN, RN, WOCC(C)
  • Bylaws Chair: Vivian Wass, BScN, RN, NSWOC
  • Nominating Committee Chair: OPEN

To contact anyone in the NSWOCC Leadership, please email and we will get you in touch with the appropriate representative.