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Emerging Leader


The Emerging Leader Award honours a CAPWHN member who, despite having practiced nursing for a relatively short time, is recognized by their peers as exemplifying the highest standards of service to perinatal and women’s health nursing.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. The candidate is a registered nurse, licensed in Canada.
2. The candidate has been practicing nursing less than ten (10) years.
3. The candidate is currently practicing in women’s health, perinatal or neonatal nursing.
4. The candidate is a full nurse member (in good standing) of CAPWHN in the year of nomination.


Selection Criteria:

A nurse who demonstrates excellence in practice that goes beyond the usual employment requirements. The candidate demonstrates early in their career, a pattern of individual contributions to promote the health of women, newborns and/or families. The selected nurse must:

1. Demonstrate excellence in nursing practice that is reflective of evidence-informed and family-centered care standards.
2. Act as a role model for nursing (through preceptorship of new nursing graduates or employees; by participating in the development of projects or programs; through committee membership and active involvement in the work setting or at community, provincial or national levels, etc.).
3. Demonstrate an interest in promoting the health and well-being of women and/or newborns and families through nursing practice, community involvement, leadership, research and/or education of self, peers, or others.

Nomination Process:

1. The candidate must be nominated by a current CAPWHN member.
2. A letter of nomination must specifically address the Selection Criteria as they apply to the nominee.
3. The nomination letter must be accompanied with a current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee (if selected, the Rising Star recipient will be required to provide a photograph for publicity).


The nurse selected as the CAPWHN 2019 Emerging Leader Award recipient will:

1. Be acknowledged at the CAPWHN National Conference (November 8-10, 2019, Vancouver BC).
2. Receive a free 12 month CAPWHN membership.
3. Have a letter of recognition sent to their employer.
4. Receive formal recognition in the CAPWHN Newsletter.
5. Receive formal recognition on the CAPWHN website.



Please send nominations to:
Chair, Nominations Committee
email: admin@capwhn.ca
fax: 613-730-4314
or mail to CAPWHN, 2781 Lancaster Road, Suite 200, Ottawa ON K1B 1A7



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