Meet the Candidates
Mona O’Shea – Union President Candidate
Mona is honoured to accept the nomination and seek re-election as your president. She has been honoured to serve as PEINU president since 2010. During the past eight years, Mona has strived to be a strong, credible, positive voice for unionized registered nurses and nurse practitioners and this continues to be a priority for Mona. She believes in the values of solidarity within the union movement and within the profession.
Mona continues to have a deep, passionate understanding of the circumstances and concerns of Island nurses. Mona believes that by continuing to develop and strengthen the voices of nurses at all levels of the health care continuum during discussions and decision making, together we can ensure that our health care system is sustainable and effective for Islanders.
Mona values the relationships she has built with many front line nurses. She is very proud to represent the membership and will continue to seek every opportunity to highlight the valuable, integral role nurses play in the health care in this province.
Mona is a proud registered nurse and she remains motivated and optimistic that together we can advance our goals of improving the workplace for registered nurses and nurse practitioners, allowing them to deliver safe quality care.
I humbly ask for your support.
Provincial Offices Held;
PEINU provincial president (2010- current)
PEINU provincial secretary/treasurer, Board of Directors (2000-2008)
Negotiating team since 2008
Chair of Negotiations team since 2011
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Constitution and Resolution Committee
Member, Education Fund Committee
Member, Public Relations Committee
Member, Employee Assistance Program
Member, PEI Health Coalition
Member, Provincial Nursing Retention and Recruitment Committee
Member, National Executive Board (CFNU) since 2010
Member, International Solidarity Committee since 2012
Member, PEI Federation of Labour – 2018.
Local Offices Held;
Professional practice committee, QEH
Employed with Health PEI since 1983
Staff nurse – ICU/CCU, critical care float, casual supervisor, Home care and Home Care Liaison Coordinator
Employed with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (casual) 2000-2009
Labor School – courses taken; negotiations, media training, communications, labor relations, legal realities, nursing and technology, mental health and addictions, to name a few.
CFNU Biennium- attended several since the 2000 year.
International Council of Nurses- (3) presented concurrent sessions and presented a presentation on PEI Employer’s Model of Care implementation.
Barbara Brookins – Union President Candidate
Barbara started her nursing career in 1990 graduating from the AJ MacMaster School of Nursing in Moncton, NB. After more than twenty-five years as an RN, she decided to further her education by obtaining her Bachelors of Nursing Degree from Memorial University, NL in 2016. Currently, she is working at the Prince County Hospital in the Emergency Dept. She feels that being at the front line has allowed her to receive current feedback on how workload issues are affecting RNs/NPs.
Barbara is no stranger to the nurses union. She has been actively involved for greater than twenty-five years and held the positions of Prince County Hospital Local President and your PEINU Provincial President. She has a strong understanding of union operations, labour relations, and contract interpretation.
She has attended numerous union labour schools, both regionally and nationally. These educational opportunities have continued to expand her knowledge base in areas such as negotiations/ arbitration/ conciliation; conflict resolution; communication; public relations; risk management; time management; generational diversity; workload; work-life balance; accreditation; legal issues in nursing; healthcare systems; and social diversity. Along with her dedication to learning/ education, she feels more prepared to represent the PEINU members, as they face the many challenges within the evolving scope of practice of the RNs, BNs and NPs in today’s health system.
Barbara has participated on the following PEINU committees throughout her years of union activism: Finance, Negotiations, Constitution and Resolutions, Public Relations, Education Fund, PEI Health Coalition, Communications, Public Sector Group Insurance, Civil Services Superannuation Pension, Employee Assistance Program Advisory, Provincial Recruitment and Retention, Professional Practice, and the Critical Care Emergency Nursing Program. With this past experience, Barbara knows it will not take her long to become up to date on the recent activities of these committees, and she looks forward to collaborating with all committee members. Barbara acknowledges the hard work of all committee members, as she is aware of the valuable knowledge, expertise, and voice of the membership they bring to each and every committee.
With an extensive history as a Registered Nurse, and as a union member/ leader, Barbara understands the numerous roles and responsibilities expected of the Provincial President. She continues to act as a resource for members and the employer in the interpretation of contract language. She still sits on numerous provincial committees and continues to promote changes that impact the workloads of RNs/NPs. She has been a member of the Negotiations Committee for four separate contracts and is aware of the background behind many of the benefits in our Collective Agreement. With contract negotiations scheduled this fall, Barbara is confident that she will be able to collaborate with the entire negotiation team, to present your concerns to the government.
Since the union will be transitioning already with a new Executive Director, some members may be concerned with the additional change in the union leadership. The primary role of the President is to be the official spokesperson of the union. Together, with Barbara’s past experience as your provincial President (2007-2010), and the support of the Board of Directors, she feels confident that she has the leadership and communication skills required, to ensure a smooth transition, while ensuring the membership’s needs are met.
If elected as your President, Barbara promises to use the following guiding principles and values while President:
- To operate under the direction of your experienced Board of Directors (consisting of eight elected Local Presidents and three elected Executive members);
- To encourage and seek membership input (recognizing generational/ geographical/ worksite/ work unit differences and needs);
- To always put the provincial membership needs first;
- To promote transparency in union activities, and budgetary matters and;
- To represent you, the membership, with integrity and professionalism.
Thank you for considering my nomination to become the PEINU President. This is your Union, and you have the power to impact change. Ask questions, and make an informed vote!