Linda Haslam-Stroud RN
Ontario Nurses' Association

Linda Haslam-Stroud, a long-time nursing leader, political activist and nursing advocate, is currently serving her eleventh year as President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), which is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

Haslam-Stroud has been active in ONA since 1980, having served as President and Local 75 Coordinator for much of that time. She has decades of experience as a leader in provincial bargaining, strategic planning and government liaison. She is a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Board and is currently an executive member with the National Executive Board of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). She is also an honorary member of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA). Linda has extensive experience working with policy-makers and senior decision-makers in Ontario and across Canada.

As ONA President, Haslam-Stroud’s priorities are to improve the quality of working life for nurses, ensuring that work environments are healthy and safe, and to negotiate collective agreements in all sectors that reflect the value of services that ONA members provide to the health care system. She has considerable experience liaising with municipal, provincial and federal governments, and is also a respected presenter on health care policy and nursing issues provincially, nationally and internationally. Since graduating from Mohawk College in 1977, Haslam-Stroud has been a renal transplant nurse at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.

Haslam-Stroud has been actively involved with her hospital and community. She served on the fiscal advisory committee and the strategic planning and marketing committees of St. Joseph’s Healthcare. As President of Grand River Gymmies, she was also instrumental in building a new gymnastic facility, which provides programming for more than 1,100 youth. Haslam-Stroud has served as team manager and “chef de mission” of the Gymnastics Ontario national trampoline and tumbling team for many years.