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.
Click Here to review the job descriptions and duties of the Executive Committee.
CFPNA members are invited to contact any of the Executive Committee directly or use the general contact form found on the website.
Treena Klassen RN BN A.S.M.H, M.Ed (Alberta)
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’s previous work experience includes 8 years in mental health (community nursing, crisis intervention, and mental health outreach). Additionally Treena worked 8 years as a mental health educator working in all areas of acute and community care in areas ranging from program development and administration, classroom education, patient assessment and performance management and development. Treena has worked & volunteered across many sectors including police, emergency services, family violence and education.
Treena holds a Masters in Education from the University of Southern Queensland, a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Lethbridge and a certificate in Advanced Studies in Mental Health from Mount Royal College. Treena is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration through the University of Liverpool. Treena’s professional areas of interest include dialectics, lifelong learning, professional competencies and continuous improvement in primary care.
Julia Lukewich RN PhD (Newfoundland)
Julia Lukewich is an Assistant Professor within the School of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has worked in an emergency department and a community health center in Ontario. Julia received her PhD in Nursing at Queen's University. Her research focuses on optimizing nursing contributions to patient care within the primary care setting, specifically focusing on chronic disease management. She is the Principal Investigator of several funded projects, including a project focused on the development of core competencies for family practice nurses.
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.
Svetlana Dalla Lana, RN, BN (British Columbia)
Svetlana currently works as a Primary Care Nurse in beautiful rural Christina Lake, B.C., at a busy Family Practice teaching clinic. Her 15 years of nursing experience in ICU, ER, Community and Education has prepared her for an exciting opportunity in BC's new emerging speciality of Primary Care Nursing.
Wendy Kowaluk-Crozier RN BN (Manitoba)
Wendy Graduated from St. Boniface School of Nursing in 1992 in Winnipeg, went on to get her nursing degree from the University of Manitoba in 1999 and then received certification in Family Practice Nursing from George Brown College 2015 . Wendy's nursing career started in the hospital setting, working in an emergency department. She then transitioned to community in 2005, employed both provincially and federally. Wendy is currently employed with the federal government since 2009, in a clinical primary care nursing position.
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 also included Membership Chair, President Elect and President (2012-2014). She has 26+ years of nursing experience in the areas of acute care paediatric, rural public health, urban community health and her current position is 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. Her primary clinical interest is maternal/child care and she is a certified Triple P Parenting Consultant.
Regional Meeting Coordinator (non-voting)
Susan Adolph, RN (Nova Scotia)