Sharon Hollett


Term: 2021-2023

[+]Sharon has been a perioperative nurse for twenty years.  Starting in the main operating room at the Saint John Regional Hospital, she eventually migrated to the cardiac OR where she finally found her niche.  Ten years later, Sharon began work as a perioperative nurse educator for the three smaller hospitals within the Saint John zone.  This morphed into a manager position in the OR at Saint Joseph’s Hospital for three years.  Although Sharon enjoyed her time at Saint Joseph’s, she really missed her work directly in the operating room with critically ill patients.  So, she returned to the cardiac OR.  Sharon was introduced to NBORN by a close colleague, and has had an interest in NBORN and ORNAC ever since.  Certified in perioperative nursing in 2003, Sharon continues to enjoy her work. View Bio




President Elect/Treasurer

Tanya Vandale


Term: 2021-2023

[+]Tanya graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia with a BScN in Nursing in 1999. Tanya's career has included travel nursing in the US before taking the Perioperative Nursing course in 2005. She has since been employed in the Adult surgery OR at the IWK Health Centre as an OR nurse. She has also held the position of Clinical educator for OR/PACU since 2011. Tanya served as the ORNANS secretary from 2015-2019 and represented Nova Scotia as the ORNAC Director until 2021.

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Jennifer Hurley-Sutton


Term: 2021-2023

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Past President

Cathleen Ferguson


Term: 2021-2023

 Cathleen is the former Manager of Perioperative Services, St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonsih, Nova Scotia where she has worked for over twenty years.Cathleen works now as an RNFA. Cathleen has been an ORNAC Standards committee member from 2011-2015. She was elected to the role of ORNAC President Elect in 2013 and served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee from 2014 to 2015. Cathleen just completed her second term as President of ORNAC.


Executive Director (Acting)

Chris Downey 



Chris Downey has been a member of ORNAC since 1990, alumnus of the University of Ottawa, (BScN- Magna Cum Laude), Queen’s University, Kingston (MSc-Nursing ) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (RNFA). Chris has been CPN(C) credentialed since 1998. Chris has been both a member and co-chair of the ORNAC Standards Committee ,  Research Pillar Chair and Pillar Chair of Research and Professional Practice reporting to the ORNAC Board of Directors. Chris is a Past President of ORNAO, ORNAC Board member (ORNAO President Elect 2003-2005, ORNAO President 2005-2007, and Chair of the Registered Nurse First Assistant Network of Canada (RNFANC) 2009-2011). Chris was a member of the ORNAC Standards Committee during each of these periods of service. Chris has practiced as a general duty Perioperative Nurse, Clinical Educator and a Nurse Manager. Chris has implemented two computer applications within the Perioperative setting (ORSOS and PICIS) and has always had a passion for computers.

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