St. John’s, NL – Debbie Forward has been acclaimed as president of the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNU) and will serve a ninth consecutive term effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020.

Forward is a long-time nursing advocate at the provincial and national level.  She has been a registered nurse for 37 years and is currently serving her twenty-first consecutive year in the role of RNU President.

“I’m honoured registered nurses continue to support me as leader of RNU,” said Forward. “I’m ready and eager to meet the challenges that lie ahead, including securing a fair and respectful collective agreement for our members. As always, I remain committed to being a voice for registered nurses and an advocate for quality health care for our patients.”

The positions of vice-president and secretary-treasurer of the RNU Board of Directors have also been acclaimed. Yvette Coffey, RN, St. John’s, was elected to her second term as vice-president. Tony Moores, RN, St. John’s, will begin his first term as secretary-treasurer.

“Advocating for safer registered nurse staffing will remain a huge focus for our board and branch volunteers over the next three years,” said Forward. “When there are safe RN staffing levels and healthy work environments, patient outcomes improve and the cost to deliver health care decreases. It’s in everyone’s best interest that RN staffing practices are improved.”

In addition to the president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer, 11 regional representatives sit on the board. The regional representatives elected and acclaimed are as follows:

Region 1 – Ashley Jones, RN

Region 2 – Gina Elliot, RN

Region 3 – Mike Fagan, RN

Region 4 – Christa Philpott, RN

Region 5 – Brenda Dicks, RN

Region 6 – Deneka Pottle, RN

Region 7 – Mark Aylward, RN

Region 8 – Niki Parsons, RN

Region 9 – Rosalie Gillis, RN; Miranda O’Driscoll, RN; and Kimberly Parsons, RN

The Registered Nurses’ Union represents more than 5,700 registered nurses working in acute care, long-term care, community, education and research.



For More Information Contact:
Karyn Whelan
RNU Communications Specialist
T: 709-753-9961, C: 709-691-0889