St. John’s, NL – Today marks the start of the 27th Biennial Convention for the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU).
This two-day virtual event will allow the union and its members to discuss important issues and conduct business. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the career of RNU President Debbie Forward. After 40 years as a registered nurse and 38 years of union involvement, RNU Forward will retire on December 31.
“Debbie has led RNU for over 24 years. Her tremendous leadership, passion, and strategic thinking has taken our organization to new heights,” says Yvette Coffey, incoming RNU President and current vice president. “She’s been a fierce negotiator and a trusted leader. Her energetic advocacy has made a difference for her members and patients alike. Our union will be forever grateful to Debbie.”
The convention will kick-off with opening remarks from the Minister of Health and Community Services John Haggie. Immediately following, President Debbie Forward will give her final formal address.
“This is a very bittersweet time for me as I prepare for retirement,” says Forward. “There have been many high points, a few low points – and many achievements for RNU and our members along the way. I am proud of the impact RNU has had on nursing and health care. It’s truly been an honour and privilege to represent registered nurse and nurse practitioners. I will always stand in RNU’s corner.”
A virtual retirement gala will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live: Facebook.com/RNUNL.
“We look forward to celebrating Debbie and all of her tremendous achievements as a strong and passionate leader for our union. She’s made significant gains for RNU members, helped strengthen our health care system, and made RNU a force to be reckoned with.” says John Vivian, Executive Director of RNU. “I’ve worked alongside of Debbie for the past 24 years and wish her the best in her retirement.”