One of the perks of being president of the Connecticut Nurses’ Association (CNA) is having input as to who gets the annual President’s Award. For Dr. Terry Quell, assistant dean of the School of Nursing and CNA president, her choice was longtime School of Nursing Advisory Board member Robin Kanarek, who was also actively involved with the Connecticut Nurses’ Foundation (CNF).
The President’s Award honors an individual in recognition of achievements of significance to the profession or special service on behalf of CNA. “Robin was a dynamo in terms of her help with our Foundation,” says Dr. Quell. “She shared her invaluable expertise, negotiated resources, made connections within the local communities, and really helped raise our visibility in this area of the state.”
Kanarek, a registered nurse since 1979, has experience in acute care, rehabilitation, insurance review, and diabetes education. She has served on the Board of the Stamford Hospital Foundation since 2000 and on the board of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Foundation in Greenwich, is a member of the School of Nursing advisory board at Fairfield University, and is president of the Kanarek Family Foundation in Greenwich, Conn. She is also the author of an article on palliative care published in the American Journal of Nursing in 2010.
“The 2011 President’s Award recognizes Robin for her service to the Connecticut Nurses’ Association as a member of the Connecticut Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees,” Dr. Quell noted in her speech. “A relative newcomer to this board, she has made a significant contribution to nursing in Connecticut by offering her support, expertise and dedication to the board, and has been instrumental in the fundraising efforts. Her service to the association, and commitment to working for the goals of CNF has been outstanding.”
“Most recently,” she added, “Robin worked diligently to secure resources for the “Good Looks, Good Health” full day event for young girls held at Fairfield University’s Quick Center, which helped bring some statewide recognition to CNA in lower Fairfield County.”
“It is a privilege and an honor to receive the CNA’s Nursing Leadership Award for 2011,” said Kanarek. “I have been a member of CNA since receiving my BSN from Fairfield University.” In 2009, she received a note from Linda Angotto, president of the CNF, encouraging her to apply for a position of board member. “Since being accepted onto the foundation board, I have met other members and we have worked on several educational programs together; they are incredible to work with and are an inspiration to me personally,” she said.
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