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Announcing new Core Program Leaders

On behalf of the NSWOCC Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce two new Core Program Leaders!

Membership Core Program Leader

Shelly Barnes, RN, BN, NSWOC, WOCC (C)

Shelly is currently working as a Clinical Practice Educator in Long Term Care for Island Health in Victoria, BC. Shelly also supports her NSWOC colleagues in the Virtual Visit program on Vancouver Island, providing Long Term Care facilities equitable access to NSWOC care. Knowledge of adult education principles, and ability to adapt to various levels of education and learning styles has been an important aspect of this role.


She has been a nurse for many years and has worked on a variety of medical-surgical acute care units, as well as community health/ambulatory clinics and residential care. These experiences have helped her develop respect for a collaborative approach to safe, patient-centred care.


A proud member of NSWOCC, Shelly recently participated in the NSWOCC Canadian Urinary Diversions Position Statement Project and recently joined the NSWOCC Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute as an Academic Advisor for the SWAN program.


Shelly is interested in membership experience and benefits and joined the inaugural NSWOCC Membership Core Program committee where she has now been appointed the Membership Core Program Leader.


Shelly brings experience from being involved in other not for profit groups where she was a local volunteer with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Film Festival, and as Board member with the Early Music Society of the Islands.


We are glad to have Shelly as a new Core Program Leader and welcome her to this role.

SWAN Community of Practice Leader

Sharon Hunter, RPN, IIWCC, SWAN

Sharon is a Registered Practical Nurse from Bath, Ontario, who has extensive experience in community care and who currently holds the position of Operations Manager with Bayshore Homecare Solutions.


In addition to becoming a RPN, Sharon has completed the Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN) Program through the NSWOCC Wound Ostomy Continence Institute, and the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course – University of Toronto and holds an Advanced Foot Care Certificate.


She is a current Member of WeRPN and a WeRPN Region 5 Board Member. Sharon has a demonstrated interest in leadership as evidenced by completing a Canadian College of Health Leaders - Leadership certificate, the Pallium Canada - Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative care (LEAP) Certificate, and the RNAO Leadership Certificate. She was involved on the task force who developed Quality Statements related to pressure injury, diabetic foot and lower leg ulcers with expert panel facilitated by Health Quality Ontario.


We welcome Sharon in her new role and wish her every success.

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