What is The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute

Our Mission:

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute creates on-line communities of learning for registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals to acquire specialized knowledge, skills and judgment in wound, ostomy and continence to promote quality patient outcomes.

Our Vision:

State of the art on-line education program driving a passion

for excellence in wound, ostomy and continence care.

Our Values:

Student Passion and Success

  • Supported by an expert academic faculty
  • Flexible, innovative approach to learning
  • Identify potential for growth in wound, ostomy and continence care


  • On-line education with IT support
  • Available 24/7 – self determined hours of study
  • Bilingual
  • International opportunity


  • Program development to meet evolving needs of learning community
  • Responsive to market needs
  • Academic excellence in wound, ostomy and continence
  • Best practice in the delivery of on-line education

Continuous Quality Improvement & Outcomes Management

  • Solicit feedback and respond to the following areas:
  • Educational courses
  • Content
  • Delivery
  • Preceptorship/Mentorship
  • Operational efficiencies

Collaborative Partnerships

  • The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute seeks active collaboration and formal partnerships with Universities and Colleges, Government, Professional associations and related organizations/agencies and other disciplines to promote knowledge exchange.

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Our Team:

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair

Kim LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Kimberly LeBlanc is an Advanced Practice and Certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence working with KDS Professional Consulting. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing from Queens University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and a visiting lecturer at the McGill University School of Nursing and University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

Kimberly is the president of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and a board member of the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapists. She is an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Kimberly has lectured nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and is considered an expert on wounds in the aging population. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. Kimberly’s current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly.

In 2016 Kimberly was a World Union of Wound Healing Societies Educational Award of Excellence finalist and was awarded the Registered Nurses of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic), and the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education.

Kimberly Leblanc

IT Support

Linda Forster

With 10 years of experience in eLearning Linda Forster supports all the WOC-EP students in using the online technology. Currently working in ELearning for the Ontario Provincial Police, Linda’s goal for students in all Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute programs and courses is to enable them to learn in a comfortable and supported online environment.

Linda Forster

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne Sarda

With 30 years experience running a bilingual medical transcription business from her home, in Ottawa, Sue provides exceptional administrative support to the students and faculty of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Educational Programs.

Suzanne Sarda

Academic Advisors:

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program &
Skin Health Courses

Nicole Denis, BScN, MScN, NSWOC

Prepared with a Master’s of Nursing, Nicole has retired from acute care nursing in Ottawa as a Clinical Specialist in Enterostomal Therapy. She was the first Director of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC-EP and has been involved in the online program supporting students since 2007. Nicole is currently the Academic Advisor for Professional Practice in the WOC-EP French language program and the Preceptor Coordinator for both the French and English language WOC-EP programs.

Nicole Denis
Toba Miller, RN, MScN, MHA, NSWOC

With over twenty years of experience in nursing clinical practice, administration, education and research and prepared with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Health Administration, Toba has practiced as an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse for over 5 years. She currently works as an Advanced Practice Nurse providing consultation services for rehabilitation patients in Ottawa. Toba helped to develop the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC-EP Professional Practice course and currently supports students as they complete this course.

Toba Miller
Nancy Parslow, MClSc Wound Healing, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Currently Nancy practices as a CNS in Enterostomal Therapy and Wound care at the University Health Network in Toronto. Nancy completed her Master’s of Clinical Science in Wound Healing in 2010. Areas of practice cross the continuum of care including community, long term care and acute care settings. Nancy has been involved in several RNAO BPG panels, CAWC Best Practice Recommendations, and has contributed to peer reviewed journals and texts. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned over the years with upcoming Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence in the WOC-EP Wound module.

Nancy Parslow
Mélanie Fauteux, RN, BScN, NSWOC

Certified nurse since 1996, Melanie worked on various geriatric, surgery, emergency and intensive care units before specializing in complex wounds and enterostomal therapy. She obtained her Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification in 2010 and has been working for the CISSSS Chaudiere-Appalaches at “la Clinique de Plaies Complexes” since 2008. She joined the NSWOCC team in 2015 as an Academic Counselor for the wound care portion of the French course offered by the Academy. She can now share her knowledge and passion for wound care with her students.

Elle est infirmière depuis 1996 et a travaillé en soins longues durées, en chirurgie, à l’urgence et aux soins intensifs avant de s’intéresser plus particulièrement aux soins de plaies et de stomies. Elle a terminé sa formation de stomothérapeute avec le CAET en 2010. Elle travaille depuis 2008 à la clinique de plaies complexes du CISSSS Chaudière-Appalaches. Depuis 2015 elle est conseillère académique pour le volet soins de plaies du cours en français offert par l’Académie du CAET et peut donc partager avec les étudiantes son savoir, son expérience et surtout sa passion pour les soins de plaies.

Mélanie Fauteux
Barbara Plumstead RN, BScN, WOCC(C)

A former graduate of the WOC-EP Barb is excited to support the development of future Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence as the Academic Advisor for the English language Ostomy Course. A diploma graduate in 1977 she completed her BScN in 1995 from the U of Victoria, the IIWCC from U of Toronto in 2003, the NSWOC program in 2006 and qualified as a WOCC(C) in 2010. She has a wealth of nursing experience from a variety of hospital and community settings and for the past 7 years has been working full time as an NSWOC in a community hospital in Kitchener, Ontario where she provides specialized care in wound and ostomy nursing.

Barbara Plumstead
Louise Samuel RN, BScN, NSWOC

Louise had been a nurse since 1997 and an NSWOC since 2007. She works full-time as an NSWOC at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital. She is the Academic Advisor for the Ostomy Management Course in the French language program.

Louise Samuel
Louise Turgeon BScN, NSWOC

Louise graduated from the University of Montreal in 1992 and from the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP in 2001. She has been an NSWOC and a nurse consultant for the quality of nursing procedures for différents Nursing Directions since 2001. She is the Academic Advisor for the francophone Continence Management Course

Louise Turgeon
Dorothy Phillips RN, BScN, MN, NSWOC

Dorothy has worked in the health care system in the acute care, continuing care, and home care sectors for 33+ years in a variety of positions.

Dorothy graduated from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC-EP in 2001 and worked as an NSWOC Consultant for Capital Health Home Care from 2000-2007. During this time, Dorothy participated in the development of a number of regional programs such as the Capital Health Regional Wound Care Guidelines, and the Capital Health Regional Continence Management Program.

Dorothy is currently working as an NSWOC in independent practice, and Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Home Care Program. In her independent practice she has contracts to provide services to the Worker’s Compensation board of Alberta. Dorothy is supporting students in the Continence Program.

Eleanore Howard RN, BEd BN MSN NSWOC WOCC(C)

From December of 1997 to November 2014 Eleanore Howard was the NSWOC for the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing specializing in nursing administration from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. She completed her NSWOC education through Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada and is a Canadian Nurses Association certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence. Prior to becoming a nurse, Eleanore worked as a high school teacher.

Eleanore established the first Tele-wound clinic in Canada in 1999. Her clinical interests include all patients with ostomies and in particular the elderly with an ostomy and teaching about wound care and the prevention of pressure ulcers.

In 2014 she was the recipient of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia award for Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice.

Through out her nursing career she has also worked in numerous settings as a staff nurse, a clinical instructor, an instructor at a school of nursing and as an administrator.

She is now semi-retired and lives in the beautiful Annapolis Valley NS.

Gail Creelman, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Gail Creelman graduated from Niagara College School of Nursing, St. Catharines, Ontario, and earned her Continuing Care Diploma from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. She completed the WOC-EP in 2003 and has spent the majority of her nursing career at the IWK in Halifax working in pediatrics, maternal and newborn health, women’s health and breast health. She took over the NSWOC role in 2001, practicing in wound, ostomy and continence which included coordinating a bowel management program and providing ambulatory burn care. Gail worked with other NSWOC’s across Canada to publish the magazine “Body Talk” and most recently the development of a Decision Aid for Intermittent Self-catheterization. She retired March 1, 2016. Gail supports students in the Continence Course.

Gail Creelman
Mary Engel, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)

Mary graduated from a diploma of nursing program in 1975, then a diploma of community mental health nursing in 1977. After 5 years of various positions in psychiatry, she moved into the community where she has worked as an outpost nurse, for VON, ETNOW and CarePartners and has a part time position in CMH. She is a graduate of the WOC-EP from 2000 and has kept her certification ongoing. She has been a preceptor for the wound and ostomy sections of the WOC-EP program for many years. Has been involved with NSWOCC as Ontario Regional director for 4 years and continues to be involved as academic advisor for the management of edema and the wound care course in the Skin Health program. She became invested in lymphedema and took the Basic and level 1 courses for MLD through the Vodder School. It is wonderful to see the interest in edema management grow with the advancement of the lymphedema framework. Wound care is continually advancing and knowledge of management is important to teach our patients self care.

Mary Engel
Jeannette Barsky, RN, MSc, GNC(C), NCA

Jeannette is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at the Seniors Health Specialty Team, Pelvic Health and Continence Program in Lethbridge, Alberta. She has a Master’s of Science Degree and is a graduate of the Nurse Continence Advisor (NCA) Distance Education Program at McMaster University. She offers 15 years experience as a NCA. Jeannette provides interactive educational presentations to healthcare providers and students on promoting continence and preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI). She also has been a Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute Preceptor for Continence for our WOC-EP students.

Jeannette Barsky