CFPNA Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is made up of volunteer nurses elected by membership to serve a minimum of a two year term for the Association.
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CFPNA members are invited to contact any of the Executive Committee directly or use the general contact form found on the website.
Julia Lukewich, RN PhD (Newfoundland)
Julia Lukewich is currently an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Nursing at Memorial University (St. John’s, NL). She has worked in an emergency department and a community health center in Ontario. Julia received her PhD in Nursing at Queen's University (Kingston, ON). Her research is focused on the integration and optimization of the registered nursing role within primary healthcare settings. Julia recently led a national key stakeholder team in the development of core competencies for primary care/family practice nurses. She has been a member of the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association (CFPNA) since 2015.
My diverse career in nursing over the last 26 years has brought me from urban to rural practice, in acute to community care and most recently in teaching the next generation of nurses. As a culmination of my career roles, through my recent work in primary care on the BC Primary Health Care Research Advisory and through my Graduate studies, strengthening the role of the nurse in primary care has become my passion. Nurses in primary care will help to make the improvements needed to this important sector of our health care system! I am honoured and excited to be able to support this work at the national level.
Treena Klassen is the Executive Director of the Palliser Primary Care Network and has been with the Palliser PCN since its inception in 2006.
Treena has been a registered nurse for over 27 years. Treena’s clinical background crossed all boundaries in the field of mental health. Treena completed a certificate program through Mount Royal College in Advanced Studies in mental health and went on to create the first Mental Health Crisis Program in southern Alberta. Treena worked in addictions, acute psychiatry and children and family mental health. Interested in increasing her competence to work with individuals with personality disorders Treena obtained training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Treena completed a Master of Education degree through the University of Southern Queensland. Treena’s focus was on embedding adult learning principles in practice based training with a focus on dialogue. Treena is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Degree through the University of Liverpool and is interested in the enactment of non-positional nursing leadership.
Terri Shaul, RN (Alberta)
Terri Shaul is Manager, Clinical Innovation for the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network. Terri began working for the CRPCN as a chronic disease management RN 6 ½ years ago, and moved into management ~ 4 years ago. In her current role, she oversees delivery of the CRPCN clinical innovation strategy; leads medical home development & programs focused on health & disease promotion; and lead clinical staff working in a de-centralized model of care. Terri’s previous work experience includes 17 years working in rural Alberta facilities (emergency room, operating and recovery room, cancer care). Terri also spent 6 years working in industry as an occupational health and safety RN. Terri is proud to sit as co-chair of the Foothills Children’s Wellness Network, Youth Branch working committee; and is involved with Claresholm and Foothills Elder abuse response model coalitions.
Terri’s nursing roots run long and deep in rural Alberta, and mesh with her commitment to community, lifelong learning, and the RN profession.
Alison Page, RN, BN (Alberta)
Alison is a primary care nurse working with the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network. Alison is part of an integrated team supporting a very rural population with a large focus on First Nations and vulnerable populations. She is a member of the Wheatland Youth Network committee working to develop an integrated network for youth and young adults to access resources and supports in the community. Alison has 14 years of experience as a nurse in areas including rural and urban emergency medicine, clinical instructing, rural public health, and pediatrics.
Riley Siscoe, BN Student at the Centre for Nursing Studies, St. John's, NL
Ryley Siscoe is a third year Bachelor of Nursing Student from the Centre for Nursing Studies in Newfoundland and Labrador. I’ve lived in various parts of Canada and abroad while teaching English in South Korea. I have a Master of Arts in Political Science and am keenly interested in Healthcare policy, knowledge translation, and innovation, as well as understanding the barriers that marginalized groups face when attempting to access the Canadian healthcare system. I’m very excited about joining the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association (CFPNA). I’m hoping I will be able to bring some unique perspectives that will be of value to our members. I am also truly looking forward to engaging and learning from the dedicated professionals that make up the CFPNA.
Member at Large
Dr. Marie-Eve Poitras, RN PhD (Quebec)
Marie-Eve Poitras, RN PhD holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing sciences, a master and a doctoral degree in clinical sciences. She did her postdoctoral program in shared decision-making and knowledge translation in primary care. She is now Assistant Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Health Department). She was a primary care nurse and a research coordinnator during 8 years in a family medicine group in Province of Quebec. She is a directory board member of PBRN Reseau-1 Quebec. Dr. Poitras program’s research is interested in nursing practice, primary care health service organization, chronic disease, patient engagement in shared decision making and improvement of health professionals competencies in primary care context. Her expertise allowed her to be a new researcher with a high potential for research within the scientific community (h-index 10, CIHR and FRQ-S fellowship). Combined with her expertise as a primary care nurse, her research program establish strong partnerships with regional and provincial decision-makers, clinicians and canadian researchers to review and optimize primary care practices for patients and health professionals.
Website Manager (non-voting)
Michelle Allard RN BN (Manitoba)
Michelle Allard is one of the seven founding members of CFPNA. She developed the first CFPNA website in 2008 and continues her role on the executive committee as Website Manger. Past positions on the executive committee have included original Membership Chair, President Elect and President (2012-2014). She has 29+ years of nursing experience in the areas of acute care paediatric, rural public health, urban community health and within her position as an Academic Primary Care Nurse in an urban Family Medicine Residency Training Program, University of Manitoba.Michelle co-published a research paper on the Role of the RN in Family Medicine Training Programs and participated on the CFPC Patient Medical Home Steering Committee.
Regional Meeting Coordinator (non-voting)
Susan Adolph, RN (Nova Scotia)