Norma Nicholson: Biography
A published author, public speaker, educator, advocate for youth and adult mental health, Ms. Nicholson is a retired 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 serving a second term as the Vice Chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board. She is also a member of two community advisory boards: Free For All Foundation and Peel Region Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
Her first 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.
After 45 years as a Registered Nurse in Ontario, Ms. Nicholson published her second book “Walking Miles in Sensible Shoes: A nurse looks back at her vocation”. She shared the joys and challenges of being a nurse and the positive impact on individuals’ lives.
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, colleges 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.
“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.”
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care”
Norma Nicholson BA MA, Educator