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McKin Health Trailblazer Award.

McKin Health Trailblazer Award.

McKin Health proudly sponsors the McKin Health Trailblazer Award.

This Award was incepted in acknowledgement of the career contributions made by trailblazer Gail Hawke, who made a positive impact on NSWOC and the specialized care of wound, ostomy and continence patients.   


The recipient of this financial award is selected based upon specific criteria including being a recent graduate of the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy Continence Education Program (WOD-EP) and demonstrating leadership in the tri-specialty of wound ostomy and continence nursing.  It is administered by the NSWOCC in cooperation with an awards advisory committee. 


Our heartfelt congratulations go to Ashley Hogan, recipient of the 2024 McKin Health Trailblazer Award!  Thank you, Ashley, for your deep commitment, contributions and impact you have made in the lives of ostomy patients. 


As we applaud Ashley’s exceptional achievements, we also extend our heartfelt gratitude to all NSWOCs, whose commitment to excellence inspires us and drives positive change and innovation within Canadian healthcare.


arks a significant milestone in recognizing and honouring individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the field of wound, ostomy, and continence care. At the heart of this recognition lies the profound impact of trailblazers like Gail Hawke, whose dedication has shaped the landscape of specialized patient care within NSWOC.

The Trailblazer Award serves as a testament to the extraordinary career of Gail Hawke, whose unwavering commitment has left an indelible mark on both the NSWOC community and the patients they serve. Gail's legacy exemplifies the values of compassion, innovation, and excellence that define the essence of this esteemed profession.

In continuing this tradition of honouring excellence, we are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ashley Hogan, the recipient of the 2024 McKin Health Trailblazer Award. Ashley's journey as a dedicated NSWOC at the Saint John Regional Hospital speaks volumes about her passion for enhancing patient outcomes and advancing the standards of care.

With a career spanning 15 years as a Registered Nurse, Ashley brings a wealth of expertise and experience to her role. Her professional trajectory, marked by diverse experiences in specialized units such as burns/plastics, palliative care, and the skin/wound department, underscores her versatility and dedication to serving diverse patient populations.

Ashley's impact extends beyond the confines of her clinical practice, as she has emerged as a beacon of knowledge and support for clients with ostomies. Her role as an educator and advocate reflects a deep-seated commitment to empowering both patients and fellow healthcare professionals with the necessary tools and resources for optimal care delivery.

As we applaud Ashley's exceptional achievements, we also extend our gratitude to all NSWOC professionals whose unwavering dedication and tireless efforts contribute to the betterment of patient care. Your commitment to excellence serves as an inspiration to us all, driving positive change and innovation within the healthcare landscape.

We look forward to celebrating future trailblazers and fostering a community of innovation, compassion, and collaboration in the pursuit of optimal patient care. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Learn more about NSWOCC.