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2019 Community Award Recipient: Jacqueline Chen


JCAN 2019 Community Award Presentation at the 5th Annual Brunch & Silent Auction

Jacqueline Chen, JCAN’s Board Secretary was the recipient of the JCAN 2019 Community Award for her outstanding career in the nursing profession as well as her contribution to the community.

Jacqueline Chen is a Clinical Leader Manager for the St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team. Jacqueline joined the FHT in 2012. In this role, she is accountable for the general operation of 3 family medicine clinics, which includes oversight of over 90 interdisciplinary staff and leadership of specialized FHT programs: HIV, diabetes, physiotherapy, and chiropody. Prior to joining the FHT, Jacqueline served 12 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Diabetes Comprehensive Care Program, St. Michael’s.  There she was responsible for clinical, operational and program development.  Prior to this role, she worked as a generalist nurse on an internal medicine unit for 5 years which summarizes her 24 years of service to St. Michael’s Hospital.

Jacqueline received her bachelor of science in nursing from Ryerson University, her master of science in nursing from Athabasca University. She is cross-appointed with the University Of Toronto Faculty of Nursing and holds the “Certified Health Executive” designation with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In addition, she possesses advance training in leadership, change management and quality improvement methodologies.

Her nursing career has been dedicated to creating high quality, reliable systems of care using quality improvement and health equity approaches.

JCAN Donates a Vital Signs Monitor and an Infusion Pump to St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in Jamaica

In February 2019, The Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses with the help of The People Bridge Charitable Foundation donated a Vital Signs Monitor and an Infusion Pump to St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in Jamaica. JCAN hopes that the donation of these two equipment, which is in keeping with our values to “Give Back, Give Health” will assist in enabling the staff of St. Ann’s Bay Hospital to continue to provide quality health care to the community of St. Ann’s Bay and its environs.

JCAN and TAIBU Community Health Centre Receives $75,000.00 to Implement a Program for Older Adults with Dementia

The Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses and TAIBU Community Health Centre are pleased to announce that they received a one-year $75,000 Seed grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) this summer to develop and implement a culturally appropriate adult day program for those with dementia. Click here to read the full press release.

Click here to read the Scarborough Mirror’s feature on the Day Program.

JCAN Keynote Speakers Featured in Share News

Anthony Morgan and Shirley Davis delivered the keynote address at JCAN’s 3rd Annual Charity Gala in 2017 speaking about “The Journey to Justice for Black Nurses in Canada.” The inspiring and heartfelt address left attendees re-energized to assume their role in delivering health-care that reflects the multicultural mosaic of Canada. To read the full article, visit Share News.

JCAN Donates Cardiac Monitor to May Pen Hospital in Jamaica

JCAN’s founding board members came together with a mutual passion to improve healthcare in communities in Jamaica and Canada. They formed a not-for-profit charitable organization to promote this mission. One of the association’s underlying values is to Give Health through charitable donations to communities in need. JCAN recognized the incredible work of the staff at May Pen hospital to provide high quality care to your patients, but also recognized the challenges they face when units are under resourced. To alleviate some of these challenges, this year JCAN donated a cardiac monitor. The cardiac monitor can meet most clinical requirements in cardiovascular and gas monitoring and even has optimized functions for cardiac, hypertensive and neonatal patients.

Our association hopes it is put to good use and supports the efforts of the staff at May Pen Hospital to provide the best care to their patients.