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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
  • Treasurer: Erin Rajhathy
  • SecretaryTracy Fournier
  • 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
  • AtlanticKarla Lohnes

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

  • Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health: Bev Smith
  • Community Engagement: Erin Rajhathy
  • Professional Development: Debra Johnston
  • Research and Practice: Kevin Woo and Nancy Parslow
  • Paediatric Community of Practice: Stephanie Furtado
  • French Community of Practice: Valerie Chaplain
  • SWAN Community of Practice: Britney Butt
  • Publications:  Lina Martins
  • National Conference Planning Committee: Mary Hill
  • Membership: Open

Core Program Leaders

NSWOCC is pleased to announce the Core Program Leaders for the years 2021-2022. These programs have produced exemplary work from members of the NSWOCC. We are confident that these new Core Program Leaders will continue on this great work. Please welcome these new Core Program Leaders.

Get Involved!

If you’d like to get more information about a Core Program, or if you’d like to learn how to get involved, please email

Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health

Core Program Leader: Bev Smith, RN, BScN, NSWOC

This core program is focused on improving the lives of Indigenous people in the areas of wound, ostomy and continence care. This group looks at the accessibility to NSWOCs, SWANs and WOC supplies to ensure the best possible care.

Community Engagement:

Core Program Leader: Erin Rajhathy, RN, BSCN, MClSc-WH, WOCC(C)

This Core Program will continue to provide the necessary resources, supporting documentation and strategies to respond to internal and external influences that impact the association. This may require communicating solutions to address issues at a local, regional and national level. Please contact the Board with any ideas that you may have in the area public relations for our members.

Portfolios: Improving specialized care in wound, ostomy & continence

Professional Development:

Core Program Leader: Debra Johnson, RN, BScN, MN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

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 including “Best Practice Recommendations:”There will be opportunities for NSWOCC members to get involved in this Core Program by contacting Debra about future opportunities.

Portfolios: Ethics, Professional Growth, Certification, Mentorship/website, Position Papers, Best Practice Recommendations.

Research and Practice:

Core Program Leaders: Nancy Parslow, MClSc-WH, NSWOC,WOCC(C), Dr Kevin Woo, PhD RN NSWOC WOCC FAPWCA

This Core Program develops evidence based  Best Practice Recommendations, supports literature searches for all NSWOCC projects and identifies potential research projects for NSWOCC.

Portfolios: Research, Best Practice Recommendations

Paediatric Community of Practice

Core Program Leader: Stephanie Furtado, RN, BSCN, MClSc-WH, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

The Paediatric Community of Practice brings together an establishes a national network of NSWOCs and SWANS who are dedicated to advancing wound, ostomy and continence clinical practice in Canada.

SWAN Community of Practice

Core Program Leader: Britney Butt RN, BSCN, MClSc-WH, WOCC(C)

Britney and her team will be implementing and developing unique strategies to market the SWAN role as a critical  team members within the Canadian healthcare system. This core program is open to SWAN Graduates and RPN/LPN who have an interest in skin health.


Core Program Leader: Lina Martins, RN BScN, MN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

This Core program focuses on providing opportunities for publication in the JWOCN and the NSWOC Advance.

National Conference Planning

Core Program Leader: Mary Hill, RN BScN MN WOCC(C)

One of many objectives that will be highlighted at the conference is to showcase NSWOC’s as leaders in wound, ostomy and continence care. NSWOCC Conferences are an excellent place to network and meeting new colleagues. During the summer there were opportunities to submit oral abstract presentations.


Core Program Leader: OPEN: Please contact for more information.

The new Membership Core Program will bring together a group of NSWOCC Members to engage, discuss membership benefits and the member experience within the association and create a plan to drive positive change. 

Additional Leadership

NSWOC Advance Publisher : Deborah McNamara

Nominations: Laureen Sommerey

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