Victoria is a proud Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, QC and is currently studying at the University of Ottawa. She has previously graduated from Algonquin College in Env. Sciences and Pre-Health Sciences, former uOttawa Gee-Gee varsity athlete, a fiancé to Derek, and a mother to Beau and Charlotte (furry dogter). She strives for social and political inclusion for Indigenous peoples, and hopes to continue onto her Masters in Indigenous Governance after nursing. She is currently working closely with the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as the North American Secretary with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus. Victoria has put her sweat and tears into CNSA for the last 3-4 years, and is ecstatic and humbled to be your 2019-2020 President. She is ready for what this year has to offer our nursing students and is looking forward to breaking the boundaries, as always.
Claire is proud to be a registered nurse. For more than 40 years, she has had the opportunity to promote the health of individuals, families and communities and to make a difference in their lives. She believes all nurses are leaders. It is through their collective voice and action that we support the sustainability of the health system and create communities where people have an opportunity to be healthy.
She has had the opportunity to work at a local, regional, provincial and national level. Currently, as the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, their focus is on knowledge translation. Using collaborative methods, they get evidence about how to address the structural and social determinants of health and advance health equity in the hands of decision and policy makers. This is a critical area where nurses can and do play an important leadership role.
Claire believes that professional associations at local, provincial/territorial and national levels provide a valuable opportunity for nurses to advance nursing and the health of people living in Canada. Nurses involvement in nursing specialty groups, provincial/territorial nursing associations and the Canadian Nurses Association provides significant leadership opportunity and contributes to the voice of nurses being heard.