John      immigrated   to   Canada   from   England   where   he   had   qualified as   a   SRN   and   RMN   and   began   working   at   the   Selkirk   Mental Health Centre‚Äôs School of Psychiatric Nursing in 1957. In   1958   he   moved   to   Winnipeg   to   work   as   a   nursing   Instructor (Mental Health) at the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing. In   1962   John   moved   to   Saskatoon   to   study   for   his   Diploma   in Nurse   Teaching   and   in   1963   returned   to   the   School   of   Psychiatric Nursing   at   Selkirk.   He   taught   anatomy   and   physiology   to   the   first year   students   in   1963   as   well   as   psychiatric   nursing   and   was   the appointed    Instructor    in    psychiatric    nursing    for    general    nursing students    affiliated    to    the    Centre    from    the    St    Boniface    Hospital School of Nursing. John    was    very    active    in    the    formation    of    the    former    Registered    Psychiatric    Nurses Association   of   Manitoba,   now   the   College   of   Registered   Psychiatric   Nurses   Manitoba,   and served as the second President of the Association from 1966 to 1971. He   also   served   as   the   Chair   of   the   Psychiatric   Nursing   Education   Committee   of   Canada and   in   1981   John   was   awarded   a   lifetime   membership   to   the   Registered   Psychiatric   Nurses Association   of   Manitoba.   Not   only   was   John   the   founding   board   member   of   Tudor   House Personal   Care   Home   on   which   he   stamped   his   philosophy   for   personal   care   he   also   served from   1989   to   1991   as   a   member   of   the   Board   of   Trustees   for   the   Selkirk   and   District General   Hospital.   John   died   in   September   2005   and   much   of   his   nursing   legacy   still   exists. Psychiatric    nursing    today    is    enriched    by    his    perspicacity    and    tenacity    for    raising    the professional status and independence of psychiatric nursing education.
John Martyniw, RN, RPN
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