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The 2024 June Awrey Lecture

The York University School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health will present the 2024 June Awrey Lecture Intention to Lead: Local to Global Influence and Impact on June 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please register on Zoom webinar

Established in 2018, the June Awrey Lecture aspires to engage students, faculty, academic and practice partners, alumni and others in ground-breaking ideas that will stimulate excellence in practice, policy, leadership, education and research.

This year, the June Awrey Lecture powered by RBC OnCampus, will focus on nursing as a global profession without borders. Delivering this year’s lecture is Michelle Acorn, a York University alumnus and the current CEO of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario.

Michelle Acorn

Acorn has over 35 years of nursing, health systems and leadership expertise. She transitioned to her Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO) CEO role in January. She previously was the inaugural chief nurse with the International Council of Nurses, a former provincial chief nursing officer in Ontario, and has served as a NPAO president.

Acorn was inducted as an inaugural fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN), fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), fellow of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (FFNMRCSI, Ad Eundem) and fellow of the Queens Institute in the United Kingdom. She has received prestigious recognitions, including receiving the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada Award of Excellence and being a Premier’s Award nominee for Outstanding Scholars and Leaders.

Acorn upholds all the NP advanced practice role domains. She is diploma to postdoctoral educationally prepared as a doctor of nurse practitioner/nursing practice, dually registered as both a primary health care and adult nurse practitioner, and a certified global nurse consultant. Her diverse clinical expertise includes practising in the emergency, as a hospitalist, innovating GAIN (Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Networks) and pioneering the most responsible provider (MRP) impacts of a NP-led model of inpatient hospital care, as well as NP primary care models in corrections. Acorn continues to practise in the community, enhancing access to care for health equity-seeking populations. Finally, she is a recognized as a credible clinician, thought leader, mentor, teacher and scholar locally to globally.


Jun 17 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Faculty of Health
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