Diana DICK

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Diana Dick, former Dean of Nursing at SIAST, passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 11 at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, after a life well-lived. She was 68. An impassioned and effective advocate of equity, justice, and excellence in education and health care, Diana graduated with her Registered Nurse Diploma in 1965 at Toronto General Hospital, with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Diploma in Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1971, and with a Master's in Education from Queen's University in 1983. After a stint as an emergency room nurse, Diana's first academic position was at Seneca College in Toronto, where she was Teaching Master from 1974-1983. She later became Co-ordinator for Professional Issues for the Registered Nurse's Association of Ontario. Seconded from that position to lead the Canada Health Act Project of the Canadian Nurse's Association in 1983-84, she helped develop key language in the Act recognizing all health care providers, not just physicians and dentists. Also at RNAO, Diana was instrumental in securing standing for the organization to represent nurses during the Royal Commission 'Grange Inquiry ' at the Hospital for Sick Children. From 1988 to 1993 she worked as Executive Officer for Education at the Ontario Pay Equity Commission, where she helped establish the Ontario Skills Training and Labour Adjustment Board. From 1993-1996 she served as Executive Director and CEO of the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, where she worked with the provincial government to establish the baccalaureate as entry to practice in Manitoba (and she later established the same standard in Saskatchewan while at SIAST). She retained counsel so that MARN could advocate for registered nurses during the Winnipeg Inquest into the Cardiac Pediatric Surgery Deaths, resulting in judicial recommendations to respect and value the knowledge of nurses in the health care system. As Dean of Nursing at SIAST from 1998 to 2005, she created a new nursing division provincial program at campuses in three Saskatchewan cities, established patient safety as a central aspect of nursing education., and promoted the advancement of First Nations and Aboriginal people in nursing education. A strong supporter of faculty research and scholarship, Diana established the first Scholar in Residence program in the college system in Canada. Among her many conference presentations, publications, and awards, Diana was recognized by the Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian Nurses' Association, the Canadian Nurses' Association Order of Merit, and the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association Millennium Award. Diana Dick was born in Picton, Ontario, on July 23, 1945, to James Archibald Dick, a farmer and Sarah Florence Dick, a nurse. She loved her birthplace, Prince Edward County and returned there often for vacations and family visits. An animal lover, she was the caring human companion of many Himalayan cats including Pete, Archie, Isadora, and Simon. She is predeceased by her parents and beloved sister, Sheila Knauf. Diana is survived by her sister Joyce (Don) Moore of Calgary, brother Dennis(Gail) Dick of Wellington, brother-in-law Eberhard Knauf of Wellington, nieces and nephews Lisa (Peter) Burke, Andrew (Samantha) Dick, Lisa (Madge Darlington) Moore, David (Colleen McCormack) Moore, Carolyn (Gordon Campbell) Moore, Tanya (Kelly) Attwells and Jonathan (Nicole) Knauf, as well as twelve beloved great-nieces and great- nephews to whom, as she liked to remind them, she was a "great Aunt." In addition to her family, she will be missed by a large circle of loving friends in Saskatoon and across Canada. The family wishes to thank the staff on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon for the excellent care Diana received as her life drew to a close. Thanks are due to all her friends for their support but especially to Candace Skrapek, and Glenda Huynink whose care for her continued until the end. A memorial service will be held in the Wellington Ontario United Church on September 8th, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers,contributions to the following causes dear to Diana's heart would be appreciated by the family: Canadian Nurses Foundation Sharon Nield Scholarship Fund, 50 The Driveway, Ottawa, Ont., K2P 1E2; The Salvation Army Saskatoon Community Centre/Hope Community Church, 339 Ave. C South, Saskatoon, Sask., S7M 1N5; Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust, Box 20042, Belleville, Ont., K8V 3W9.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on July 16, 2012
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