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Our Programs

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

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.

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.

Additional Leadership

NSWOC Advance Publisher : Deborah McNamara

Bylaws Chair: Vivian Wass, RN, BScN, NSWOC

Nominating Committee Chair: Laureen Sommerey, RN BScN MN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)