Victoria Marchand
University of Ottawa

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.

Latitia P. George
Vice President
Dalhousie University, Final Year
Latitia is in her final year of nursing at Dalhousie University and graduates in October 2019. 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 held the position as Official Delegate for her school for two years before being elected as the Atlantic Regional Director for the 2018/19 year! She is ecstatic to be elected as the Vice-President of CNSA in which she had to defer her graduation to be eligible. This shows how passionate she is about CNSA! She is enthusiastic about being actively involved with students, organizations and CNSA stakeholders. Being the Vice-President is an honour, and Latitia hopes to make the members proud by representing them well!
Joseph Shaw
Director of Communications
Dalhousie University
Joe is ecstatic to be joining CNSA as our Director of Communications. This is Joe's first year on the Board and is jumping in with both feet!  He's currently in his final year at Dalhousie University in the Advanced Standing Nursing Program. He has a strong background in International Business which he studied at the Nova Scotia Community College and Memorial University. He has been battling severe Crohn's disease since 2000 and after multiple surgeries received an ileostomy several years ago. This fueled Joe to join the nursing force and help give back to others who are also going through this life altering surgery. He splits his volunteer time with the Ostomy Halifax Society and currently serve as nationally certified patient visitor as well as past Recording Secretary on the Executive Council. He attended the CNSA regional conference in St. John’s this past fall and was extremely impressed with how passionate and professional the Board of Directors was. Getting to rub shoulders with some of the members and guest speakers sparked a fire under him to give back further to the nursing world. When Joe isn't in school you can find him on the golf course, hockey rink and cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ohentiio':à Lahache-Deering
Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy
SLC- Cornwall Campus
Originally from Kahnawake Qc, Ohentiioa is a proud Mohawk currently living in Akwesasne Ontario and attending Laurentian University/St Lawrence College collaborative program for her nursing degree. She is a proud mother of four beautiful children. She is also a Registered Practical Nurse. She began her CNSA journey as an Associate Delegate for her chapter school and is honoured to be your DIHA for this year. She is passionate about social justice, Indigenous health and wellness, equality, advocacy, and self-determination.
Jessica Sadlemyer
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!
Émilie Bortolussi-Courval
Director of Bilingualism and Translation
McGill University
Émilie hails from McGill University and has extensive translation experience for various medical enterprises. She is in her second year of the BSc Nursing program at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing and is already embedded in the extracurricular university life with her work with her Nursing Undergraduate Society as the BScN Class of 2021 Representative. She recently finished a project for Neuropresse, an online mental health and neuroscience newsletter, in collaboration with Harvard University. She has contributed articles to the Huffington Post, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf’s student-run newspaper Le Graffiti, her alma mater, and The Mighty. Émilie has been a chronic migraineur for three years which has encouraged her to found and direct Migraine Québec’s official Instagram account as well as a physiotherapy clinic’s social media accounts. She also enjoys her community work with Héma-Québec, the provincial blood agency. She is also a Junior Research Assistant at the McGill University Health Centre in the Nursing department. When she isn’t studying or volunteering, you can find her rock climbing, out for a jog, watching The Office, or reading novels from prominent Québec authors. She is interested in pursuing her doctoral studies in Experimental Medicine after her undergraduate degree.
Mark Nowlan
Director of Bilingualism and Translation
l'Université de Moncton
Mark is a fourth-year nursing student at Université de Moncton. He is a proud Acadian Canadian bilingual from New-Brunswick who has been involved and active with the CNSA for three years. He has represented his colleagues as an official delegate for two years. This year Mark will be co-director of the Atlantic/Quebec Regional Conference as well as Bilingualism and Translation Director. This position is dear to him as he has been involved and advocating with the NCLEX-RN language inequality since his first year with his school and is dedicated to the cause. He has always been advocating for language rights. Besides nursing, Mark is either kayaking, snowshoeing or as a history buff, he is reading on a historical event from long ago.
Ashley Joyce
Atlantic Regional Director
Memorial University School of Nursing, 3rd year
Ashley is from Mount Pearl, NL. She is in her third year of Nursing at Memorial University School of Nursing. Besides her nursing degree she is also completing a BA with a major in French and a minor in Psychology. She got involved with CNSA during her 1st year at MUN and was Associate Delegate then Official Delegate before taking on the role as Atlantic Regional Director! She loved CNSA from the start and is so glad she got involved. She does research at the School of Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner in creating programs to identify people at high risk of Cardiovascular disease. When she is not at the Nursing School she loves to see the world and travel!
Alanna Bouffard
Quebec Regional Director
McGill University, 3rd year
Alanna is in her third year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at McGill University. Growing up in a rural community in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Alanna has developed a love for life on the water and all the outdoor activities that accompany it. With her work experience in rural Ontario as well as her nursing education in urban Montreal, Quebec, Alanna has established a great enthusiasm for community health and mental health sectors of nursing. Alanna has been significantly involved with McGill University’s Nursing Undergraduate Society as an executive council member with her role as CNSA’s Official Delegate for the 2018-2019 term. She plans on continuing her involvement with McGill’s Nursing Undergraduate Society in addition to tackling her new role on CNSA’s Board of Directors as the Quebec Regional Director. With her passion for French advocacy and Quebec culture, Alanna plans on working hard this term to expand on already formed linkages and create new ones with Quebecois nursing students with the goal of strengthening diversity and inclusivity within the Association.
Jaclyn Sicard
Ontario Regional Director
York University, Final Year
Jaclyn is in her final year of the 2nd-Entry BScN program at York University. Prior to nursing, she studied Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Jaclyn joined CNSA as an Associate Delegate in her first year and took on the role of Official Delegate this past year. She is very passionate about the CNSA organization and is honoured to fulfill the role of the Ontario Regional Director this year where she will give a voice to Ontario's nursing students on the Board of Directors. Jaclyn aims to inspire positive change within nursing curriculums through the promotion of positive and supportive environments. Her puppy, Taylor Swift, and travelling make her the happiest!
Tessera Ball
Prairie Regional Director
Red River College, 3rd year
This is Tessera's first year serving on the Board of Directors. She started advocating for nursing students at her school in her first year, serving two years as AD before being elected OD. She was thrilled to be elected as PRD at the 2019 National Conference in Calgary and to be advocating for nursing students in the wide open spaces she calls home. This year Tessera hopes to strengthen the Prairie Region by focusing on building strong links between CNSA chapters and actively recruiting LPN schools. When Tessera is not hard at work in nursing school she loves to travel and meet new people.  
Candace Cho
Western Regional Director
University of Calgary, 3rd year
Candace is a third year nursing student at the University of Calgary. This is her first year on the Board of Directors for the CNSA, as well as her first year being involved with CNSA as the Official Delegate for UCalgary this past academic year. Candace was also recently elected into her second term as the official Students' Union Faculty of Nursing Representative and is currently enjoying a clinical rotation at the Foothills Medical Center. Also the President of the University's Official Intercollegiate Debate Team, Candace enjoys travelling and competing at debate competitions in her free time, prioritizes advocacy and student leadership, and enjoys using debate and public speaking to further empower the students in her faculty. Candace looks forward to acting as the Western Regional Director and is very excited to further participate in CNSA.
Courtney Blake
Indigenous Health Advocacy Ally
North Island College, 2nd year
Courtney Blake is currently living on the unceded territory of the Komox First Nation. She is a fourth generation settler and uses she/her pronouns. Courtney has been involved with CNSA since she started nursing school, contributing to the Diversity committee, the Community and Public Health committee, and the Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee. She is passionate about issues of social justice, inequity, and is committed to pursuing reconciliation. Through her role as the Indigenous Ally, Courtney works closely with the Director of Indigenous Health and Advocacy to identify and clarify the role that non-indigenous people play in reconciliation. She also works to try and help other non-indigenous students understand how they can support their indigenous friends, peers, and neighbours without tokenizing or taking away indigenous peoples right to self-determination.
Courtney also represents British Columbian students as the Student Director on the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia board of directors. In her free time, Courtney enjoys playing various  video games on her PC, PS4 and Switch.
Samantha Champagne
National Conference Committee Chair
McGill University, 4th year
This is Samantha’s first year as being part of CNSA. She is thrilled to be planning next year’s National Conference hosted at McGill University in January of 2020. Having done a previous bachelors degree in Anatomy and Cell biology, Nursing has allowed her to open up and challenge herself in ways she has never been before. Samantha loves spending time with her puppies, Wiggles and Cooper, travelling and discovering new cultures.  
Megan Simpson
Research and Education Committee Chair
Conestoga College Collaborative Program, 4th year
Megan is in her final year of the collaborative nursing program offered between McMaster University and Conestoga College. She has had a strong passion for research and education since completing her MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London in 2016. While this is her first year with the CNSA being involved with the Board of Directors, her passion for student advocacy extends back to when she was a health sciences student at Western University where she sat as the VP Academic for three years on the Health Studies Students' Association. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Megan was the Education Chair for her school, representing the student voice at the faculty level and planning educational events for students attending the BScN program at Conestoga College. Aside from student leadership, Megan loves travelling, running, reading non-fiction, and baking. Megan is excited to work with other passionate nursing students in helping to propel changes to the nursing curriculum, enhance the voices of nursing students, and promote innovative research and educational opportunities to students across Canada.
Meghan Leahy
Global Health Committee Chair
North Island College, 3rd year
Meghan is a third year nursing student at North Island College on beautiful Vancouver Island. Drawn to the collaborative nature of the CNSA, she has been an active member of her school’s chapter as Treasurer for the last two years. Her passion for global health was awakened when volunteering in Kenya prior to beginning the nursing program. She has since been back a second time and loves finding ways to engage in sustainable travel while learning and practicing nursing within a global context. Her passion for global health is very much oriented around environmental sustainability and stewardship. She is an advocate in her community for a ban against single-use plastics and would love to see more initiatives like this continue all over Canada and beyond. She looks forward to working collaboratively with students across Canada, taking action and bringing awareness to issues of global health and the environment. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Global Health Committee, please do not hesitate to contact Meghan at the email provided!
Jessica Guthier
Community and Public Health Committee Chair
Thompson Rivers University, 2nd year
Jessica is a second year, almost third year nursing student at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. During her first year she got involved in the CNSA because she  was interested in attending conferences, the theme of the first conference was bridging barriers between marginalized populations and healthcare. Ever since then she has been exploring the social and structural determinants of health with the hope of becoming involved in public health and/or policy creation and change. Outside of nursing, during her free time she does have is spent mainly exercising, writing, or Netflixing. She loves to hike, kick-box, jog, swim, etc. and is a personal fan of Netflix documentaries (especially surrounding Astronomy).
Claire Bekter, RN, MN, PhD, CCHN(C)
Stakeholder 2019-2020
Canadian Nurses Association

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.

Daniela Monachino, RN
Governance Chair
Daniela has been a dedicated CNSA member for years before she graduated from the University of Toronto. She currently works at the McMaster Children's Hospital in the NICU, and hoping to become more involved as her unit's union representative. Daniela was a hardworking delegate, then elected as the Ontario Regional Director for the 2018-2019 CNSA term. She served on the Governance Committee as well as the Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee, and committed herself to nursing excellence. She is excited and ready to be our governance committee chair as many changes are on their way.
Tonie Castro, BSN, RN
Technology Officer
Clinical Informatics Specialist - PHSA CST Project
Tonie is a Registered Nurse and currently practicing as a Clinical Informatics Specialist in Vancouver's Clinical & Systems Transformation Project ( She has over 3 years of direct patient care experience in Inpatient Psychiatry in Vancouver, Moncton, and Ottawa. Tonie returned to CNSA when the new Technology Role was created and opened to Registered Nurses and has previously served as the 2015-2016 Director of Communications - Executive Committee and 2014-2015 Informatics Committee Chair while completing her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Langara College in Vancouver. She has taken formal courses in web development/design, photography, videography, and graphic design that got he interested to take this role. In addition to her clinical, informatics, and technology interests, she likes to hike, travel,eating out.