Message from the President
Sept. 20, 2020
My first 100 days as PNANC President was full of SPARK
Your PNA Northern California leadership team has shown tremendous strength and resilience in the past 100 days of my Presidency. I couldn't have survived the past 100 days without them.
PNANC was created to help Filipino Nurses and that is as true today as it was 59 years ago. Our colleagues in the frontline need us more than ever so we, as PNANC officers are standing firm and will continue to honor our commitment to one another. This pandemic has affected us all, but we are all here to support each other.
I could not have asked for a better team of engaged leaders dedicating their weekend to make sure that every PNANC committees has meaningful, comprehensive, timely and realistic action plans during our 2-day strategic planning on August 29 and August 30.
Our Bylaws committee led by President Elect Igor Mocorro and Board Member Fe De Jesus are working on several changes to make sure we embrace inclusivity as we continue to promote the professional and leadership development of Filipino Nurses. Board Member Dr. Katherine Yago leads both Scholarship and Research committees. An updated scholarship application and budget was approved. Our Finance committee led by Marife Sevilla has successfully audited and balanced our financial records while the membership committee led by Igor Mocorro will intensify efforts towards membership engagement and retention in the coming months. Our Education Committee led by Elisa Ramirez and Adviser Pete Calixto worked hard in putting together an amazing educational program titled Adding Spark to the 2020 Year of the Nurse "Celebration of Heroism, Resilience and Healing". They have successfully secured a powerhouse line up of speakers and we are all looking forward to our first virtual Fall Conference on October 29.
Our Socio Cultural Committee Chair/Adviser Alicia Fortaleza and Covid Task Force Committee headed by Tess Estrin and Cherina Tinio spent countless hours finding ways to raise funds for projects like Face Shields donations, Rosary Donations, Care Packages for Front Line Nurses, Support Group, Daily Rosary and Grocery deliveries for Filipino Seniors/Veterans and Pasko ng mga Bayani. Many of the PNANC officers have personally donated several items for the Western Region Virtual Silent Auction to raise funds for the 2020 community outreach projects mentioned above. Our Covid task force has contacted our members personally by phone to see how they are coping and see how we can best support them during this pandemic. Advisers Araceli Antonio and Roger Bueno led our daily rosary since March and facilitated 5 weekly peer to peer support group.
All the hard work, time and effort put in by these PNANC leaders is truly admirable and the very essence of SPARK (Stories of People, Achievements, Resilience and Kindness). Some of us are working full time, busy taking care of patients while keeping ourselves and Families safe and healthy and then spend countless hours volunteering for PNANC. Our other officers who are retired nurses also have many competing priorities in life and continue to volunteer many hours to make sure PNANC's plans and goals are achieved. PNANC is all about doing what we can, with what we have, whenever and wherever we can. My first 100 days as President was made possible by all of them as well as by our members who continue to support PNANC.
Thank You & Mabuhay,
Emily Danuco, RN, BSN
PNANC President 2020-2022