Ontario

Associations & Funding Resources

REGULATORY BODIES:
College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)www.cno.org
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)rnao.ca
Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)www.rpnao.org
Nurses Entrepreneurial Foot Care Association (NEFCA)www.nefca.ca
Independent Business Group (IB SIG)ibsig.ca
Independent Practice Nurses Interest Group (IPNIG)www.ipnig.ca
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontariowww.rnfoo.org
Michelle De Grandmont, RPN & Brette Cain
Michelle De Grandmont, RPN & Brette CainOntario Advisors
Michelle De Grandmont is a former graduate of Foot Canada Training’s Foot Care Nurse course. She is currently a Clinical Educator for Canada Training’s Curriculum for clinical courses and advanced skills workshops.

Michelle previously developed the innovative and highly successful advanced diabetic foot care program at Algonquin College and was the instructor for this program up until 2018.

She is a bilingual registered advanced diabetic Foot Care Nurse with over 15 years of experience in the health care sector, specializing in gerontology, acute care medicine, diabetes and holistic healing modalities.

Her company, Soft Soles, provides foot care nursing services in the Ottawa area and supports the employment, mentorship, and training of nurses. She is a frequent best practice speaker. Michelle is a committed member of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses and is currently one of the Ontario Advisors. She has also worked on both the Competencies Document Published in 2017 as well as the Education standards which is a continued project.

Arlene VanDoorn, RN
Arlene VanDoorn, RNOntario Advisors
Arlene VanDoorn is a registered nurse and proud owner of Arlene’s Healthy Heels & More Inc since 2008. What began as a casual job, progressed into full time bricks and mortar passion for foot care.

With 36 years of acute care level one hospital experience including, gerentology, med /surgery /ortho, emergency and outpatient department at Windsor Regional ( Ouellette campus), Arlene has also worked casual in the County Jail from 2001-2003.

In 2010, Arlene worked as a foot nurse for Sandwich West Community Health which included: foot screening, foot care and extensive health teaching while stationed at numerous endocrine offices.

She is founder and creator of Windsor’s Annual Foot Conference since 2014.
Since 2018, Arlene has been part of a working group for LHIN regarding bridging the gap between wound and foot care nurses. The group was instrumental in creating best practice guidelines for family health care teams and foot care facilities.

Her education includes:
– Basic and Advanced Foot care certificate from St. Clair College (2003)
– Level 1-4 NASP ( North American School of Podology)
– Foot Educator certificate in 2008 from Foot Care Kingston ( presently known as Foot Canada Training)
– She teaches quarterly using the Foot Canada Training program and has had several successful students graduate.
– November 2019 became facilitator for “Diabetes Healthy Feet Program” through Windsor, Essex Community Health Care.
– Member of RNAO and interest groups which include, Independant practice and wound group

Arlene’s vision is to have all foot nurses across Canada use Best Practice Guidelines. She hopes foot nurses continue to grow as a cohesive team. She also believes that when you are truly passionate about your job it never feels like work.

Brette Cain, RPN
Brette Cain, RPNOntario Advisors
Brette started her career as a Personal Support Worker in 2013. After starting to work at the Atikokan General Hospital, she enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program and obtained her nursing license in 2015. She continues to work at the hospital as an RPN on the Acute Care Unit and Extended Care Unit. In 2016, she received her Certificate of Completion for the Foot Care Nurse Program. Due to an aging population and from working closely with older adults with a wide variety of health conditions, she saw the importance and need for proper foot care.

I envision that foot care will become a gold standard of care in Canada, that services will be accessible and affordable by all who need it, and all people will be provided with optimal quality care.