About Us

It all started when…

Jessie Young graduated from the Toronto General Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1937 and obtained a diploma in Hospital Administration and Teaching from the University of Toronto in 1940. Although she spent most of her career at the Toronto General, she also worked in England as an R.C.A.F. matron for 2 years, taught a nursing assistant course for several years and spent 5 years in San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the San Francisco State College in 1954 before returning to the Toronto General where she stayed for the rest of her career, working as supervisor of the neurosurgery unit and in staff development.

Jessie Young Founder of CANN

Jessie Young Founder of CANN


Board of Directors


President: Maxime Boutin- Caron

Vice President / Secretary: Aline Bourgoin

Past President: Jodi Dusik- Sharpe

Treasurer: Mark Bonin and Suzanne Basiuk


Provincial Councilors

Alberta North: Errol Isaac

Alberta South: Andrea Cole- Haskayne

British Columbia: Trudy Robertson (Interim)

Manitoba: Jennifer Schneider

New Brunswick/PEI: Katie Washburn

Newfoundland: Linda Mercer

Nova Scotia: Joan Pacione

Ontario Central: Charmaine Arulvarathan and Grissel Crasto

Ontario East: Aline Bourgoin Brammiya Sivakumar/Dawn Bien Aime (pending)

Ontario West: Lynda Ryall-Henke

Quebec: Maria Damian and Gabriel Domocos

Saskachewan: Jodi Johnson

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Past Presidents

Landmark Dates

Committees and Portfolios

Legislation and Bylaws: Jodi Dusik- Sharpe

Membership: Janet White

Professional Practice and Research: Sue Kadyschuk

Executive Corporate Funding and Sponsorship: Noorin Darvesh

Editor CJNN: Corbin Lippert and Shauna Brady

Communications and Marketing: Christianne Krassman

Archivist: Betty Ross

WFNN Rep: Sue Kadyschuk

Program Chair 2019: Maxime Boutin-Caron

Scientific Chair 2019: Line Beaudet

Program Liaison: Joan Pacione and Wendy Cormier

Scientific Liaison: Emily Hart

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Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses/

Association canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en neurosciences

PO Box #47143 Creekside

Calgary, AB Canada T3P 0A0