Monday, May 27, 2024


By Ryanne McIsaac

College of the North Atlantic’s core values reflect five main principles – Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Transparency and Respect.                 

Mary Fearon is new to CNA, and she is energized to ensure these core values are upheld and the college culture embraces their intent.

Fearon is CNA’s Respectful Workplace Co-ordinator – a brand-new position that is based out of Topsail Road campus in St. John’s, and carries with it a provincial mandate.

“I am excited to be in this role and look forward to meeting the staff at the college as I start to rollout the training across the province,” she said, explaining that her role will include developing and delivering respectful workplace training to all staff.

Another key role Fearon will play is supporting management and staff to develop and maintain a respectful work environment.

“I can assist with conflict coaching and mediation, educate individuals and teams on effective ways to manage workplace stress and explore different ways to communicate,” she said.

In fact, she is available to them for a myriad of workplace situations.

“I guess the thing I want people to know about my job is that there is no work issue too big or too small to come to me about; if I can’t sort it out, I will find someone who can.”

Originally from St. Johns, Fearon has a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She says she is currently working on training that will be released over the next year.

“I am looking forward to learning about all the different things folks do at the college and hearing their stories of what works and does not work on the different teams,” she said. “I take every opportunity to engage in training and have a particular interest in neuroplasticity and resilience.”

In her free time, she says enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and quilting.

She is anxious to know that employees think about their work environment. If you have questions, please reach out to her:, or call: 709-738-8805.

If you are new to CNA, we would like to feature you in an employee profile so others throughout the college can get to know you, email Ryanne at



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Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne is Editor of CNA Currents. Born and raised in Stephenville, NL, Ryanne moved back to Newfoundland after spending 16 years in Calgary, Alberta. Ryanne has a Journalism Diploma from College of the North Atlantic and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cape Breton University. She worked for many years as a reporter and freelance writer. She is happy to be back in her hometown and working for CNA.


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