Jayden is a fourth-year student in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Saskatoon, SK. She is extremely honoured to be representing CNSA this year as President. From her first year in nursing school, Jayden has been passionate about both CNSA and human rights. Jayden became involved with CNSA by attending her first conference in Comox, BC. From there, she went on to become the Associate Delegate for her chapter while sitting on the Diversity Committee and Community and Public Health Committee, with the following year allowing her the opportunity to be the Diversity Committee Chair. Jayden thoroughly enjoyed her time on the board and all of the experiences associated with it, and her passion for nursing leadership led her to become the President. Jayden’s core value is to ensure the rights and dignity of all humans are upheld in every action she takes. She firmly believes in strengths-based practice in all areas and is so eager to see what the association accomplishes this year. In her spare time, Jayden enjoys spending time with loved ones (including her geriatric husky), exploring, practicing yoga, and learning new kinesthetic skills.
SCBScN Saskatoon Campus, 4th year
Western Regional School of Nursing, 3rd year
I have been involved in CNSA since my first year of nursing when I served as AD during the 2015 National Conference. Since becoming involved I have helped plan and coordinate CNSA events within my school such as NNSW events. This year I hope to further increase communication between schools across Canada to share their ideas and to bring their concerns to the rest of the board as well as to stakeholders to ensure that our voices are heard. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey.
Director of Communications
SCBScN- Saskatoon Campus, 3rd year
This is Leanna's first year on the Board of Directors. She started as AD in her second year after attending both regional and national conferences in her first year, and then was elected to DoC after her second regional and national conferences. She is very excited to add her voice to a fantastic group of nursing student leaders! This year she is looking forward to connecting with stakeholders, connecting nursing students with important resources and information, and enjoying new experiences! She is passionate about rural health and French education. In her spare time Leanna enjoys reading and a good cup of coffee!
MacEwan University alumnus
Caitlin is ecstatic to be past president and join the leadership journey of a new amazing president. She started as associate delegate for her school, education and research committee chair, then president, and it has been the most rewarding experience of her life. She is hoping to eventually move into clinical research or become a unit educator.
National Conference Committee Chair
University of Calgary, 3rd year
Wesley is excited to help plan and host next year's National Conference in January 2019, hosted by the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing. Serving as vice-president in his school's student council, he was inspired by his colleagues and friends to get involved in activities within the faculty, and now to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. During his spare time, Wesley likes to stay active and loves playing volleyball!
Director of Membership Development
Vancouver Island University, 2nd year
Jessica got involved with CNSA during her first year and had such a great experience helping plan National Conference 2018, she decided to run for a board position. Her passion lies in student leadership; advocacy for underrepresented and marginalized populations, mental health and community health This year she looks forward to supporting our students and increasing student involvement with CNSA!
Director of Bilingualism and Translation
Dalhousie University, final year
Ashley is entering her final year of Advanced Standing Nursing at Dalhousie. She holds a DEC in Medical Laboratory Technology from Dawson College and worked a few years in the Quebec health care system before moving to Ontario and afterwards, Nova Scotia for military purposes. After attending the Nanaimo National conference, Ashley was determined to join the Board of Directors as Director of Bilingualism and Translation to help promote her native tongue and engage the French community to actively participate in CNSA activities. She is looking forward to reaching out and connecting nursing students across the country on a variety of projects in their language of choice. Other than French, Ashley is passionate about advocating equity amongst students and taking colossal amounts of pictures of her children and her valley bulldog.
Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy
University of Ottawa, 4th year
This is Victoria's 2nd year on the CNSA Board of Directors as the Director of Indigenous Health, and currently a Director with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association. She is an Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, currently in her 4th year of nursing, a former varsity athlete for uOttawa women's soccer team, and a soon-to-be mom. Her efforts will include First Nations Children's Health, creating partnerships with Indigenous associations across Canada, and supporting our Indigenous students in their nursing programs.
Practical Nursing Committee Chair
Vancouver Island University
Michaila was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is entering her second year of the practical nursing program at Vancouver Island University. She became involved with the CNSA filling the associate delegate position reserved for PN students for VIU. She then attended the National Conference in Nanaimo where she enjoyed the like-minded student nurse community. In the summer of 2018 she attended the Board of Directors meeting where an ad-hoc position to represent PN students was created and filled by Michaila. She became the first PN student on the BoD. She hopes to have a career in women's and sexual health and to move on to become a Registered Nurse in the future.
Indigenous Health Advocacy Ally (co-chair)
Conestoga College, final year
Chloe's involvement with the Canadian Nursing Students' Association began in 2017 when she was elected as the official delegate for Conestoga College and then as the Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee Ally on the board of directors. She believes that an ally can do good advocacy work without trying to represent the Indigenous voice and recognizes that there are many non-Indigenous nursing students across Canada who genuinely want to learn more about Indigenous health and various First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultures but do not know where to start. Completing a remote nursing placement in Nunavut has inspired Chloe to address the health inequities that are a reality for our rural and remote Indigenous communities. She stands by her belief that nurses can seek to correct some of these inequities at the point of care. Chloe is thankful for the Indigenous nursing students and professionals who have inspired her to continue her advocacy work. Drinking espresso, spending time in nature and watching her Toronto Maple Leafs win are amongst her favourite things.
Latitia P. George
Atlantic Regional Director
Dalhousie University- Halifax, final year
Latitia is in her final year of nursing at Dalhousie University. Prior to nursing, she did a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Dalhousie. She has been involved with CNSA since September 2015. Her passion for nursing and CNSA was ignited when she attended her first Regional Conference in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 2015. She has held the position as Official Delegate for her school for the past two years and is ecstatic to now be the Atlantic Regional Director for the 2018/19 year! She is enthusiastic about being actively involved with students, organizations and CNSA stakeholders. She wants the small but mighty Atlantic Region voices to be heard and wants to build even stronger relationships between the students and their Atlantic organizations. Being a Regional Director is an honour, and Latitia hopes to represent her region well!
Quebec Regional Director
Anisha is in her final year of the Bachelors of Nursing Integrated program at McGill University. She loves travelling abroad and volunteering where help is needed. She has worked as an RN across Canada from Quebec to Campbellton, NB- specializing in Emergency medicine for two years. Before CNSA, she was an active council member of McGill University’s Nursing Undergraduate Society as the social representative. Seeking to tackle a new leadership role, Anisha decided to start a new journey with CNSA for the upcoming 2018-2019 year! She is excited to represent Quebec and hopes to facilitate change and new ideas. Most importantly, she looks forward to encouraging inclusivity and diversity by promoting Quebec’s culture and language across Canada. Anisha loves sports, has danced her entire life, and loves discovering new food and cultures!
Ontario Regional Director
University of Toronto, RN
Daniela just finished her final year of the nursing program at the University of Toronto. Prior to nursing she studied Life Sciences at McMaster University and enjoys getting to apply many of the concepts learned to her nursing education. Given how short a two-year program can be, she was looking to get herself involved in a leadership opportunity right from first year and she could not be happier she picked CNSA. Daniela joined CNSA as an Associate delegate in her first year and then took on the role of Official Delegate this past year. CNSA has given her the opportunity to experience Regional and National student conferences, create new friendships and meet nursing students from across Canada which ultimately inspired her to want to continue to be involved and is now very excited to take on the role of Ontario Regional Director. Fun facts: she is a twin, she enjoys playing sports such as hockey and basketball, and she likes to bake in her free time.
Prairie Regional Director
University of Saskatchewan- Regina Campus, final year
Tristan was introduced to the CNSA during his second year at the Regional Conference in Edmonton and became the University of Saskatchewan - Regina chapter official delegate the following year. He is excited to be going into his final year of nursing and to be a voice for the prairies on the BOD. He hopes to expand the voice of all nursing students in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His strength is in connecting people and hopes to use this ability to bring schools together in the region.
Western Regional Director
Lethbridge College & University of Lethbridge, 3rd year
Adam is in third year at the University of Lethbridge. Adam was previously in Engineering at the University of Alberta, however, transferred to nursing in search of a more fulfilling career. Adam joined CNSA as an Official Delegate, initially curious as to what CNSA did; after attending the 2017 western regional conference, he was fully committed to the motives advocated for by CNSA. Adam looks forward to being the Western Regional Director and working with all people involved in CNSA.
Diversity Committee Chair
University of British Columbia, final year
Amanda is a queer cis-woman who is passionate about diversity promotion and social justice. She has worked in the Downtown Eastside for the past three years, during the height of the opioid epidemic, and cares about promoting equal access to health care and providing care ethically for marginalized populations. In 2016-2017, Amanda sat on a Board of Directors as Event Planning, Social Media, and Marketing Coordinator for a local queer sports league, and is excited to bring this experience to a national level to promote inclusion into the field of nursing.
Research and Education Committee Chair
Dalhousie University- Halifax, new grad
Erin just finished her final year of nursing at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She has been involved with CNSA since beginning nursing school, and held the position of Associate Delegate for the past year. Erin chose to pursue this profession after completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours and Co-operative Education from Acadia University, as nursing combines her interest in science and drive to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Her main goals for the 2018/19 year are to inspire nursing students to become more involved in research projects that they are passionate about, advocate for change in nursing curriculum, and provide continued support to students. Erin is honoured to be collaborating with nursing students from across Canada to promote innovation in research and education!
Global Health Committee Chair
Thompson Rivers University, 3rd year
Emma is a second year nursing student in the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program at Thompson Rivers University. Emma has been an active member of her school's CNSA since year one and has served as the Associate Delegate/ Treasurer and the Official Delegate before being elected for this position at the most recent National Conference. Her passion for global health started when she was involved with the Interact Rotary Club in high school and has continued since then. With involvement in Canada World Youth programs and Global Health Initiatives at TRU, that passion has only grown. Emma is excited to work with the committee on a wide variety of projects, as well as with different organizations to help increase global health knowledge across Canada. If you are interested in joining the committee or have any questions, feel free to email her at the email provided above!
Community and Public Health Committee Chair
University of Lethbridge, 4th year
This is Allison’s first year with the Board of Directors. She attended her first CNSA conference in Vancouver in 2017 and fell in love. She is in her third year at the University of Lethbridge. Her passion for community and public health started in her first year when she started researching harm reduction and it has continued to grow. She is a strong advocate for mental health and hopes to continue raising awareness surrounding these topics this year. She is very excited to be one of the voices representing thousands of nursing students across Canada! She is honoured to work with such an amazing team and is excited to get to know students at the national level.
Terrace Desnomie, RN, BSN
Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA)
Terrace is a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation who works as an RN case manager. He is passionate about addressing health inequities and health disparities in Indigenous health, advocates for cultural safe practice, encouraging Indigenous youth to enter the healthcare profession, and mentorship of Indigenous nurses upon entering the profession. Terrace was drawn into the nursing profession after having the opportunity to work on the settlement of Indian Residential School claims. “I recognized the inter-generational impact IRS’ had on my own family and their health needs and wanted to find a path to help improve health outcomes for Indigenous people.” Terrace has served as a board member for both the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and brings a mix of administrative experience from the public and private sectors.
Kristine is a project manager with an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and a Master’s from Queen’s University. Though her studies were in political science and global development, she has always been interested in health systems and policy and is excited to be supporting nursing education in her career. In addition to serving as CNSA’s administrative officer, she is the Manager of Special Projects for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, and is currently leading projects on digital health and climate-driven infectious disease.
Langara College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2015, Algonquin College - Interactive Media Design 2018-2020
Tonie completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at Langara College, Vancouver, BC in 2015. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at The Ottawa Hospital In-Psychiatric Unit and Sandy Hill Community Center's Supervised Injection Site. Tonie has worked with CNSA for two years as the Informatics Committee Officer and Director of Communications and CFNU while completing her nursing undergrad from 2013-2015. After working for two years, Tonie moved to Ottawa to initially pursue her Masters in Nursing at U of Ottawa but has switched to a full-time Interactive Media Design program at Algonquin College to further pursue her passion in digital media and communication. She is also assisting the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) with their social media and web platform.