CANN Executive

Jodi Dusik-Sharpe

Jodi Dusik-Sharpe, Vice President/Secretary

I am thrilled to be the CANN Vice President. Thank you for the opportunity to represent Neuroscience Nurses across Canada!
I have been a member of CANN for just shy of 30 years and without a doubt, my affiliation with CANN has enriched both my nursing career and my personal life. The friendships I have made along the way are treasured and I look forward to reuniting with my Canadian colleagues each year at the AGM and Scientific Sessions.
I LOVE NEURO NURSING!!!!!!!! The patients, the families, the multi-disciplinary team, like minded colleagues with a passion for challenging nursing care enriched in patient advocacy, research, benchmark standards of practice and compassion…..What a privilege it has been to spend my career in this field.
I spent the first 25 years of my nursing career in inpatient and outpatient Neurosurgery centers in Winnipeg. Being part of the CNA Neuroscience Nursing Certification exam committee in recent years was a professional highlight and serving both the Provincial and National BOD’s of CANN has been a constant in my career for which I am grateful for. Having a passion for injury prevention after witnessing the devastating impact of brain and spinal cord injuries on patients, families and the community as a whole, I was fortunate to be part of the Think First Foundation of Canada for 15 years to spread the injury prevention message and partner with injury survivors who shared their story of life after injury. The past 5 years have been in a variety of roles within Home Care, Neuro Rehabilitation and Palliative Care. No matter where my career takes me, I find (or perhaps seek out….) neuro patients and their families.
I look forward to the next 3 years on the CANN Executive and thank the current Executive for welcoming me to the role. CANN members from coast to coast have so much to be proud of. Thank you for all you do.

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Jill Kamensek

Jill Kamensek, President

I’ve been a neuroscience RN since 1987 when I graduated from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing and began employment on the 20 bed neurology unit at VGH.  I’ve performed several clinical roles throughout the years, and since 2003 have been a patient care coordinator for the 70 bed neuroscience unit. I can’t imagine going any farther from the staff, patients and families.  The challenges and uncertainty in neuro maintain my interest, and the knowledge that this population requires competent, sensitive, specialized care, encourages me to lead the dedicated staff with enthusiasm.

I’ve been an active member of CANN since 1988, attending many conferences, presenting at several, and fulfilling various positions on the board of directors.  I have been active at the provincial level since I joined as well, sitting on the executive in every position over the years. I’ve maintained my certification in neuroscience since 1996.

I feel certain that CANN is a contributing factor to my longevity in this area.  The ability to meet like-minded individuals annually at the conferences never fails to recharge my battery.  I’m always proud to be associated with this group of learned, ambitious, driven, and FUN individuals.

 

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Suzanne Basiuk

Suzanne Basiuk, Past President

Suzanne Basiuk has been a neuroscience nurse since 1988 when she graduated from the University of Manitoba and began working in the spinal cord injury unit at Health Sciences Centre.  After moving to Calgary in 1989 she has worked in neuro units at the Bow Valley Centre and Foothills hospital then took on the role of headache clinic nurse in 1996. 

 

Suzanne worked as the clinical coordinator for the headache program first at Foothills Hospital then at the Chronic Pain centre until 2004.  In 2009 she completed her master’s nursing course at U of C and her thesis titled “Self-efficacy for Headache Management”.  Her current role is Care Manager at the Calgary Pain Program and she has been an active member of CANN since 1996.

 

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Mark Bonin

Mark Bonin, Treasurer

Mark has been a member of CANN since 2001.
In 2005, Mark became the Nova Scotia Councillor.
In 2008, he stepped into the role of Treasurer and is now in his second term. Prior to entering the Nursing Profession in 1989, Mark graduated from St.F.X.U. with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
In his time away from CANN, Mark works in Halifax as a Critical Care Organ Donation Coordinator. His “neuro” roots go back to 1997, when he started his critical care career in the Med/Surg/Neuro ICU.

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