A published author, speaker, educator, youth and adult mental health expert, Ms. Nicholson is a Registered Nurse, with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, USA.
She has served as President of the Alzheimer Society of Peel, President of the Registered Nurses Association of Peel and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Board Member of Malton Neighbourhood Services.
Norma is presently the Vice Chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board and a member of the ON Association. She is also a member of two community advisory boards: Free For All Foundation and Peel Region Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
Her book “Young Lives on the Line: You can make a difference”, was borne out of her practice as a healthcare manager in the largest secure youth custody facility in Ontario and her community engagement with youth and families. Being an outstanding professional and ardent volunteer, Ms. Nicholson advances powerful community connections into opportunities to engage individuals.
Ms. Nicholson’s leadership and advocacy takes her into the community, where she is a public speaker at professional forums, facilitates outreach programs and workshops for youth and families, lectures in the universities and schools, delivers seminars and facilitates lunch and learn sessions for employees in a variety of work environments. A vibrant voice and catalyst for growth in her community, Norma volunteers at Our Place Peel homeless shelter in the Region of Peel.
Ms. Nicholson has been recognized on a number of occasions for her community engagements. Most recently with the following awards: Leading Women Building Community from the Ontario Legislature; Fabulous Woman Community Engagement, Mississauga Community; Life Time Achievement in Nursing, Region of Peel RNAO Chapter; Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Jamaica Canadian Association of Nurses and Rose Fortune, ON Black History Society.
Stay tuned for the publishing of her second book early February 2017: Walking Miles in Sensible Shoes: A Nurse Looks back at her Vocation.
“Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine the following: at-risk children and youth in our country are all able to access the required support they need to unlock their potential to be the best that they can! A perfect world you say, but this is possible when we develop coordinated and effective approaches to address the root causes of challenges and behaviour that they present.”
COMMUNITY EDUCATION DELIVERED IN 2016 WITH DYNAMIC RESULTS
No surprise to those who knows her, she lives with a mission to follow her true path and shares knowledge to build wisdom in others
- Our Place Peel: Developing a winning resume and preparing for an interview and other employability skills
- Reel Youth Mentor Program: Reaching your potential through mentorship
- Radio Program, Hart House, University of Toronto: Mental Illness
- Huron Heights Middle School: Being Black and Proud
- Pio Middle School: Striving in a Multi Cultural Society
- She has a “Voice Project Awareness” forum: Learning from the past, moving into the future
- Judith Nyman Secondary School: “Chat and Learn”
- Jamaica Canadian Association of Nurses: Opening Opportunities to Ignite your Purpose
- Malton Seventh Day Adventist Church: Understanding your teens
- Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church: Mental Illness focus on depression and suicide
- Hope Christian Banquet Centre: Safety for the Elderly
- Free For All Foundation Summer Camp: You have what it takes to reach your life goals
- Free For All Foundation: Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse
- Free For All Foundation Summer Camp: Building leadership skills
- Black Congress of Women of Canada, Mississauga Branch: Mental Illness
- Youth in Policing Students: You have a choice to make the best of opportunities
- Nursing students and new graduates: Access the job market successfully
- Studio 89: Youth Homelessness in Region of Peel
- York University: Child Welfare
- Region of Peel nursing students: Inspiring the next generation, creating change
- Black Women Bridging Borders: Mental Illness
- MicroSkills: Recognizing Violence against women and support systems
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care”
Norma Nicholson RN BA MA