About GNAO

GNAO provides members with local, provincial and national opportunities for dialogue and networking amongst nurses who care for older people across all healthcare sectors.  Through 11 active chapters across the province of Ontario, GNAO offers evidence-informed education, leadership in political advocacy and professional practice development.  GNAO membership benefits include: reduced registration fees for GNAO conference and chapter events; continuing education financial support; and continuing learning hours for renewing your GNC(C). Included is automatic membership in the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA), allowing access to online learning opportunities; scholarship/research grants; and a free subscription to Perspectives, the online peer-reviewed CGNA journal.  It is the purpose of this web site to further inform and communicate with members and the public on issues pertaining to the health and well-being of older persons and to educate on best practices.

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The mission of GNAO is to make a positive difference in the lives of older people and the nurses who care for them.


All older people in the province of Ontario are cared for by nurses whose practice is evidence-informed, relationship-centred and meets the current Canadian Gerontological Nursing Competencies and Standards of Practice.

Association Goals:

  1. To promote quality nursing care for older adults
  2. To enhance professional growth through education
  3. To support research related to gerontological nursing
  4. To advocate for comprehensive and accessible services for older adults
Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario

Standards of Practice:

CGNA Gerontological Nursing Competencies and Standards of Practice 2010

Want to Join?

The Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario (GNAO) welcomes all classes of RNs, RPNs, retired nurses, student nurses, as well as allied health care workers (both professional and non-regulated). The membership year is November 1st to October 31st.

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Board of Directors – 2017

Julie Rubel- President Email

Therese Lim- President Elect Email                         

Carol Miller-
Past President  Email

Gwen Harris- Treasurer Email

Karen Bakker-Stephens- Membership Co-Chair Email

Kristine Newman- Membership Co-Chair Email

Katherine Gilbert – Professional Advocacy Director Email

Annie Lam – Communications Director Email

Patricia Julian- Student/New Graduate Liaison Co-Representative Email

Amanda Coutch- Student/New Graduate Liaison Co-Representative Email

Vacant Position- President, Bluewater Chapter

Charlotte Bumstead- Past President, Bluewater Chapter Email

Melanie Kelly- Co-President, Central East Chapter Email

Kimberly Ritchie- Co-President, Central East Chapter Email

Karen Bakker-Stephens- President, Greater Hamilton Area Chapter Email

Denise Owsianicki- Acting President, South East Chapter Email

Darlene Hakker- President, Lambton Chapter Email

Vacant President, London and Area Chapter

Amanda Dodge- President Elect, London and Area Chapter  Email

Michele Bliss- President, Niagara Chapter Email

Jacquelyn Macknight President, North East Chapter Email

Catherine Schoales- President, North West Chapter Email

Linda Haley- President, Greater Ottawa Area Chapter Email

Leila Carnegie- President, Greater Toronto Area Chapter Email