North Island College
My name is Courtney Blake (she/her) and I identify as a fat, queer, cis woman who lives on the unceded and traditional territory of the K'omoks first nation. I am extremely passionate about social justice and will happily talk your ear off about its role in nursing. When I graduate, I plan on becoming a public health nurse. In addition to CNSA and my schooling, I am a co-creator of a non-profit organization called Queersource, which is a resource center that aims to support 2SLGBTQ+ individuals of all ages in small communities.
Vancouver Island University
Hello! Bonjour! My name is Emma and I am proud to be a fourth-year nursing student learning on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, as well as the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Vancouver Island University. My preferred pronouns are she/her and I am a passionate advocate for individuals with diversabilities. I have learned that there is a massive disconnect in our current nursing curriculum concerning the education of diverse populations - there is an emphasis on what people CANNOT do rather than what they CAN do. Now, I feel privileged to be in the role of Vice President, to be able to pursue my passion for advocating towards inclusivity within nursing curricula.
Director of Communications
University of Ottawa
Hello/Bonjour! My name is Jessica Wingfield (she/her) and I am in my 4th year of nursing at the University of Ottawa. I currently reside on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation. This is my 3rd year being involved with CNSA, first as AD then as the 2019 Ontario Regional Conference Director, and now as DOC. I am passionate about mental health and self-care, and alongside CNSA I also helped start a club at my university this year called Beating Burnout, which is dedicated to helping nursing students take care of their mental health and wellness. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, doing sudokus, and reading (and spending way too much time at bookstores!). I hope to become an ER or a travel nurse once I graduate! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just need to talk!
Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy
University of Regina
My name is Cole Woytiuk; I am a third-year Indigenous nursing student enrolled in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program. I am a Saulteaux and Nakoda individual from White Bear First Nation on Treaty 2 and 4 territories, and I went into healthcare to find a voice and help bridge gaps in Indigenous health. Growing up between my reserve and urban home, I have always noticed the unjust differences in the level of health of individuals and inequitable access to needed health services. It is my hope to be part of the movement for change and to help facilitate reconciliation during my professional career in healthcare.
As the Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy, it is in my interest to ensure that an Indigenous voice and perspective is always present in all CNSA activities. Furthermore, I hope to maintain current and establish new partnerships with Indigenous partners and committees at the national and international levels; thus, ensuring that all students are informed of innovations within the healthcare field related to Indigenous health. It is imperative that I state I do not know everything that it means to be Indigenous because each individual has their own culture, language, and history. Yet, I am here to listen, learn, and serve to any extent that I can as Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy. - Miigwetch, Kinanâskomitin, Thank you, Merci.
Governance Chair + Past President
My name is Victoria and I use the pronouns she/her, I am a proud Anishinaabekwe from Kitigan Zibi and Long Point First Nations. Currently, I am the coordinator at the University of Ottawa’s Indigenous Resource Centre, a part-time student, a Canadian Nurses Association director, and the CNSA past-president. My advocacy passions include Indigenous health, community health, and retention of Indigenous students.
Director of Membership Development
Thompson Rivers University
Weyt-k, my name is Jessica Guthier (she/her), and I am a first-generation German immigrant who lives on the traditional and unceded Secwépemc'ulucw (territory of the Secwépemc people). I grew up in Germany for the beginning of my life, then moved to Winnipeg, and am now living in Kamloops. Since my first year in the BScN program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), I have had the privilege of working with the CNSA; I began as an AD and Treasurer, served in 2019-2020 as the CPHCC, and now have the pleasure of serving as the 2020-2021 DMD. I am passionate about CPH and global health, social justice, intersectional feminism, and environmentalism. Outside of nursing, I love sports, music, being outdoors, art, and games.
Director of Language Advocacy
Born in northern Ontario, I'm currently attending a french nursing program at Laurentian University in Sudbury. I was raised in my métis culture, and although we had to move for education and work, we have brought and shared aspects of our home life wherever we go. I'm a big fan of the "home can be wherever you are '' philosophy, and it's for this reason that I am learning a third language; Cree. I am very passionate about the community and supporting every member of our environment across the land. In my free time, I paint small to large scale pieces, make tik-toks, and engage in various intramural sports.
Western Regional Director
Vancouver Island University
Hi, my name is Michael Woywitka, I use the pronouns he/him, and I am a fourth-generation settler living on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, the traditional territory of the Quw’utsun (Cowichan) Tribes. I am currently finishing my third year BSN at Vancouver Island University. After graduation, I plan on consolidating my skills on a med-surg unit before becoming a travel nurse. I am passionate about student advocacy and social justice. My interests outside of nursing school include sports and games (video and board). I am excited for my opportunity as the Western Regional Director of 2020-2021.
Prairie Regional Director
University College of the North - Thompson Campus
Hello/Bonjour! My name is Cassie Palidwor, I am your 2020/2021 Prairie Regional Director. I am currently in my fourth year of my Bachelor of Nursing Degree at University College of the North - Thompson Campus in Thompson, Manitoba and I identify as a lesbian female and use the pronouns she and her. I am a proud bird mom to a seven-month-old Caique Parrot and love everything to do with hockey (Go Jets Go!). I have been part of the CNSA for three years, acting as Associate Delegate, and am passionate about advocating for students. If I can help you out in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time!
Nadine Abd Elmalak
Ontario Regional Director
Hello everyone, my name is Nadine Abd Elmalak, my preferred pronouns are she/her and I reside on the traditional and unceded territory of the Anishinaabewaki, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee people. I am going into my fourth year at McMaster University and this will be my first time serving on the board of directors, but my third year being involved with CNSA. I am very passionate about advocating for nursing students and I am both thrilled and honored to fulfil the Ontario Regional Director role. My aim is to work alongside our professional partners and create changes so that students are better supported at their schools. Fun facts about me: I was born and raised in Dubai, making me a first-generation immigrant, I adore my dog (Bailey), Netflix and hanging out with friends and family!
Quebec Regional Director
Bonjour/Hello! My name’s Talar Kelendjian and my preferred pronouns are she/her. I am from the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk). I’m a 2nd year nursing student at McGill University and I also hold the title Class Representative 2020-2021 for my cohort in the Nursing Undergraduate Society. My interests in health care include Oncology, Palliative Care, and Global Health. In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, taking care of my plants, reading self-help books and getting coffee with friends. I am super excited to be serving as Quebec Regional Director and I hope to connect with as many of you as I can throughout my term!
Atlantic Regional Director
University of PEI
Hello! My name is Kayla Snow, and I am ecstatic to begin my new position as your Atlantic Regional Director. In the fall of 2020, I will be entering my third year of the BScN program at the University of Prince Edward Island. I joined CNSA as an associate delegate, and this was when my passion for the organization began to grow. I cannot wait to work alongside this year's board of directors to help inspire other nursing students by promoting an inclusive, positive and supportive environment. In my free time, I love being with my family and friends, camping, exploring new places and cuddling my puppy Bella!
Community and Public Health Committee Chair
University of Regina
Hello everyone! My name is Halsey Naismith and my pronouns are she/her. I am a settler on Treaty 4 territory, the traditional lands of nêhiyawak, Anihšin?p?k, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. I am so honoured to be the CPHC chair this year! I am a second-year nursing student enrolled in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program located in Regina, SK. I was given the opportunity to learn about the CNSA through my school’s nursing student society, where they spoke about conferences that hosted educational workshops and opportunities to connect and network. This led me to becoming my Chapter School’s CNSA Official Delegate, and I attended my very first CNSA conference in January 2020. I want to focus on advocating for equity within different groups by consulting and collaborating with my fellow BOD. I am a lover of sitcoms, travelling, experiencing cultural diversity, and spending time with my dog and family! I hope this year I can gain different perspectives while working with different communities, associations, and diverse groups to assist me in providing the best possible term I can.
Diversity Committee Chair
Hello/Bonjour! My name is Niall Smith, I use the pronouns he/him, and I am a settler on the traditional, unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Nova Scotia. I am so thrilled to be the Diversity Committee Chair for this upcoming year and cannot wait to see what we accomplish as a committee. I am entering my final year of nursing at Dalhousie University, and I started with CNSA this past year as an Official Delegate. This gave me the opportunity to attend the national conference where my interest was piqued for this position. I am also a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and I am here to support everyone in any way that I can. I am looking forward to working with the Board and Chapter Schools across Canada to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are being incorporated into all aspects of nursing as we are the future leaders of this profession. In my free time, I love hitting up local coffee shops and exploring the beautiful city of Halifax. If you have any questions or comments always feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research and Education Committee Chair
Hello, my name is Brittany and I will be entering my final year of the BScN McMaster Collaborative Program at Conestoga College in the fall of 2020. My passion for education and research stems from a previous Honors Degree in Health Studies, from the Department of Health, Aging, and Society at McMaster University in 2016, as well as from participation in various student advocacy roles. I strongly believe that students should be actively involved in their education, and further, have opportunities to engage in learning that extends beyond the classroom or clinical setting. Outside of my passion for nursing, I am an avid sports fan, and am planning my next travel adventure! I can’t wait to collaborate with nursing students from across Canada to enhance their academic experience as part of their journey to becoming a nurse!
Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee Chair
Ontario Tech University
Hello everyone, my name is Rachel Radyk, preferred pronouns are she/her and I reside on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishawbe and neutral peoples. I am currently in my fourth year at Ontario Tech for the RPN to BScN bridge program. I am a Registered Practical Nurse working in acute care, research and community settings. This is my first time being on the board of directors for the CNSA. I identify as indigenous with my background being part settler and part Anishinaabe. I am passionate about being a leader and think it is essential to have new generations of nursing students being active and advocating for indigenous health. When I am finished nursing school, I would like to be able to work within Indigenous communities delivering nursing care. I am very excited and honoured for the opportunity to be Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee Chair. During my spare time I enjoy travelling, hiking, reading manga, playing video games, listening to K-pop and hanging out with my dog (Mister).
Global Health Committee Chair
Hello everyone! My name is Melanie and I am a second-year nursing student from York University in Toronto, Ontario. I identify as a cis-female and my preferred pronouns are she/her. I am a settler on Treaty 13 territory of the Anishinabewki, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee peoples. In my first year, I served as an Associate Delegate and in the following year as the University’s Official Delegate. My previous work in international development and capacity building initiatives has solidified my passion for global health and the global community. I am beyond eager and inspired to serve as CNSA’s 2020-2021 Global Health Committee Chair. As a means to create strengthened international global health collaboration, I want to encourage meaningful relationships between Canadian nursing students and global partners.
Practical Nursing Committee Chair
Hello/Bonjour! My name is Miranda Miller, I use the pronouns She/Her and I am a settler on the traditional and unceded lands of Anishinabewaki, Attiwonderonk and Haudenosaunee. I attend Conestoga College and am completing my final year of the Registered Practical Nursing Program. This is my first year working with CNSA and I have been hooked since I found out about the organization. My passion for bridging the gap between RPN and RN is very strong. My dream is to work in Labour and Delivery as an RN. I look forward to engaging with all of you. Thank you/Merci.
National Conference Committee Chair
Hi all! My name is Jordyn, and I'm a third-year nursing student at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. I'm incredibly excited to be your new NCCC. My nursing interests include global health and critical care, but personally, I love sustainability and cheesecake! I've attended 5 conferences in my time as Associate Delegate and Official Delegate for my chapter school, and it's inspired me to help plan the next NC.
Rebecca John, RN
New Grad Committee Chair
Hey everyone, I’m Rebecca John. I was born in India, grew up in Thailand, and am now a settler on the Treaty Lands and Territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. I graduated from the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University and now serve as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids) and a researcher in critical care medicine. I have had the privilege of nursing internationally and, at home, I have advocated for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and people who experience homelessness. It is my strong belief that in order for new graduate nurses to succeed there need to be accessible services and supports in place and grads must feel comfortable seeking support and advocating for themselves. Outside of being a nurse, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, playing the piano, and breaking down barriers, as always. Please let me know how I can support you, we are in this together.
Indigenous Health Advocacy Ally
Safety and Wellness Committee Chair
University of the Fraser Valley
Hello, my name is Shelby Kennedy and I use she/her pronouns. I am a registered nurse and a recent grad from the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, British Columbia on the unceded and traditional territory of the Stó:lo Nation. I have been involved with CNSA from the beginning of my time in nursing school and helped UFV to become a chapter member. As well as being an official delegate, I was the Western Prairie Regional Conference Director in 2019. I am very excited to be chairing this brand new ad hoc committee on Safety and Wellness, as I know CNSA can do better for its members. I look forward to working with the CNSA Board for the 2020-2021 term to ensure a safe, inclusive, and healthy environment for all nursing students. Within nursing, I am passionate about community health and transgender healthcare, and outside of nursing I enjoy hiking and yoga and am a lifelong member of Girl Guides.
Dr. Cynthia Baker
Canadian Nurses Association