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Executive Board of Directors

The CNHE/IISE Executive Board is comprised of several dedicated, informed leaders from across Canada who are enthusiastic and knowledgable about environmental health, and how it impacts on nursing, the health care system, and the health and well-being of every Canadian.

The Board consists of the Executive Committee, composed of the President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, and a Provincial/Territorial Representative from each participating province/territory.


Jennifer L. Morin RN MN, CAE

About the CNHE Board of Directors Board Minutes Bylaws Constitution Background Jennifer Morin Jennifer is currently living in Norway House, Manitoba north of Lake Winnipeg, on the bank of the eastern channel of Nelson River. Jennifer Otto graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Prior to working in academia Jennifer worked as a general duty RN on an Internal medicine/Oncology ward. It was during this time leadership and team building skills flourished and Jennifer developed a zest for education, not only for herself but for others as well. This is when her passion for Environmental health as it relates to human health began to flourish.

Employment:Jennifer sought employment at Red River College in September of 2009 and has since held various roles. She has worked as a clinical instructor, took on the role of a lab instructor for health assessment, which eventually led to the position as co course leader for health assessment 1. Jennifer was responsible for developing the Interprofessional Practice course which is a seminar style course and currently teaches online and blended delivery courses. Jennifer has been a member of the curriculum committee for three years and enjoys looking for new and creative ways to incorporate environmental health concepts into undergraduate nursing education.

Education: Jennifer has a Certificate in Adult Education and is currently completing a Masters in Nursing at the University of Manitoba with a thesis that examines Nurse Educators Perceptions of Ecoliteracy in Undergraduate Nursing Programs.

Scholarship: Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Accelerating Primary Health Care Conference (2009) - Represented the CNA and the recent developments in the area of environmental health via poster presentation. Responsibilities included; discussing how and why nurses should get involved in environmental health as well as making nurses aware of the tools and the resources available through the CNA website.

Canadian Water Resources Association Conference (2015): Improving Interprofessional Practice to Increase ecoliteracy Amongst Health Care Providers

Red River College: Research & Innovation Day (2016): Resolving Team Disputes: Application of the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics; Hazel Landagan, Jennifer Otto, Patricia Gregory

The Ethics of Covering up for a Colleague: A Case Study; Angelica Calvadores, Jennifer Otto, Patricia Gregory

Western Northern Region Schools of Nursing (2016): Nurse Educators Perceptions of Ecoliteracy in Undergraduate Nursing Programs Nursing

Awards: University of Manitoba Graduate Students Association - Part Time Award Recipient; Presented for significant achievements in scholarship and community involvement.

Volunteerism: Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Canada (2010 - 2015) Big Sister/Big Ambassador

Handemonium (2012) - Volunteer Coordinator


Jessica (Jessiquita) Madrid, RN, BScN, MSc Community Health

Jessica MadridAbout: Jessica (Jessiquita) resides with her family and a small intentional community on a rural homestead in the central interior of beautiful British Columbia. She has a longstanding passion for nature, simple living, and ecological stewardship. When she is not nestled on the farm or working in a small primary care centre, she strives to stay technologically connected to the global village.

Professional: Jessica earned her BScN (2003) and her MSc Community Health (2014) from the University of Northern British Columbia. She has worked in a variety of areas of nursing practice from public/community health to emergency room nursing. Wherever she works, she strives to promote ecological awareness and approaches to care. The focus of her graduate research was the link between environmental activism and health promotion.

Honours: Her story of ecological stewardship was featured in the Luminary Project, a web-based community highlighting stories of nurses' activities to improve human health by improving the health of the natural environment. Jessica’s graduate research was also funded through a generous scholarship from the Canadian Nurses Foundation and her research was featured at the Ecohealth 2014 conference in Montreal, Quebec.

Volunteerism and Activism:Jessica has a strong and diverse record of volunteerism and activism at the local to global level. She is involved in several endeavours related to health and the environment, such as local food security projects, social justice groups, and environmental alliances. She first became involved with the CNA Task Force on Environmental Health in 2007 and is pleased to be returning to the CNHE membership, with the honour of serving on its Executive.

Past President, Treasurer, Webmaster

June Kaminski, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)

June Kaminski Background: June lives in Vancouver, BC with her family (six grown children) and cats. She received her BSN and MSN in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She is currently completing her PhD in the Faculty of Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies with a focus on e-learning, and nursing informatics in education.

Career: June began her nursing career in orthopedic surgery, then moved into postpartum maternal-child practice. She began delving into the world of nursing informatics as a bedside nurse, when given the opportunity to learn how to train other nurses to use the GRASP hospital system back in the 1980s. She continued to evolve her informatics knowledge and skills and has developed expertise in nursing informatics planning and education. June has served as nursing faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1989, and is currently Program and Curriculum Coordinator of their new hybrid BSN-Post Baccalaureate Program. She is also the Leader, Education Programs for Pain BC and Curriculum & Web Coordinator of RedHawk Survival Training Institute.

Interests: June has Indigenous maternal blood ties to the Ketegaunseebee Anishnabai, Garden River First Nation, Northern Ontario. She was raised in a rural village and taught from a young age to respect and work in synergy with the Earth. She actively encourages nurses to become ecologically literate and proactive through her websites, EcoNurse and Nurse Activism. She is also very dedicated to supporting Self Governance in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis health and education and supports this through various sites, including First Nations Pedagogy, First Nations Healing and First Nations Pedagogy Online.

Volunteer Work: June was the Director of Communication for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association from 2003 to 2012, and served as President in 2008 and 2009. She is Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, Editor in Chief for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, She was Past President and Director for the Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society International until 2016. June has also served as the webmaster and designer of the CHNE website since 2010. June offers resources and courses in Nursing informatics from her site, Nursing Informatics Learning Center and website design services through Hygeia Designs

Recognition: In November 2012, June was honored to receive the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway's inaugural Nursing Faculty E-Health Award 2012 in Ottawa Canada. This award competition was aimed at supporting nursing school faculty who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health in nursing education. This award is a component of Canada Health Infoway Clinicians-in-Training Initiative, aimed at improving the preparedness of graduates to work in a technology-enabled environment.

In June 2016, June was the 2016 Winner of the KPU Distinguished Teaching Award from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Outstanding teaching is a core element of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and accordingly, the University recognizes and celebrates outstanding examples of teaching. The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Award for Distinguished Teaching is intended to recognize remarkable teaching as demonstrated by activities such as the development of new courses and curricula, contributions to the scholarship of teaching, development of effective teaching methods, enrichment of the learning environment at Kwantlen, and contributions that improve the teaching of colleagues.

Secretary, BC Representative

Marilyne Tovar, RN, BScN, BSc

Marilyne TovarNursing Background: Freshly graduated from her BScN at McGill University in 2013, Marilyne has worked only in acute care settings. Originally from Quebec, she came to Northern Haida Gwaii in July 2014, as rural nursing is her main professional interest.

Activism: Marilyne has been involved in autonomous community action groups over the years in Quebec, mostly concerning environmental and social justice. Pipelines, the protection of boreal forests, and fostering healthy grassroots environmental networking and democratic life are the themes she has been most invested in.

Now in Northwest BC, she is looking forward to her new involvement with the CNHE and connecting with local environmental groups on Haida Gwaii.

Interests: Deep ecology/deep green has always been at the core of her interests, as much in regards to the philosophy as to the lived experience. A first degree in environmental science helped to expand Marilyne's understanding of our world's environmental struggles/history. This fuels her aspiration to create more just and ecological societies.

Social justice and non-violent communication also much resonate with her and she believes these are essential for transformative change.

Communications Officer

Sandra Alguire RN MN

Sandra AlguireBackground: Sandy has worked most of her career as a critical care nurse. She has always had an interest in the care of families and this interest lead her to pursue graduate education and complete her thesis titled Nurses' attitudes about the importance of families in nursing care: a survey of Canadian critical care nurses working in adult ICUs. During her graduate education, she completed a certificate in higher education teaching and learning and developed an interest in nursing education. She began working at Red River College in 2014 and is currently Course Leader of Family Nursing in the BN program at RRC. Sandy has also been course leader in Pharmacology and Diagnostics 2, an instructor in Health Assessment 2, Communications 1, Senior Practicum, and Techniques lab. She is currently working with students training to compete in the International Nursing Skills Competition in Shanghai, China. Sandy also Chairs the Historical Development of Nursing Committee and is a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Sandy and her family have always had an interest in environmental issues and their link to human health, and the impact human consumption and waste has on our climate. Her passion for the health of her family has led her to focus on environmental health issues and exploring how nurses can be involved.

Career: Sandy has worked in the Medical ICU at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB, as a research assistant and clinical education facilitator at University of MB (U of M), and clinical settings as ER and Cancer Care MB..

Education: Sandy graduated from the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing with a Diploma in Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing Degrees, U of M. She has a certificate in Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nursing, and a Certification in Higher Education Teaching (CHET) from the U of M.

Scholarship: Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, Dynamics of Critical Care Conference 2014 in Quebec City, and Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research Poster Competition 2014, MN thesis findings were presented, Nurses' Attitudes Related to Families' Importance in Nursing Care. Presentation about Families in ICUs at the Canadian Doctoral Networking Conference 2015.

Professional Associations: Sandy is a current member of the International Family Nursing Association; the Canadian Critical Care Nurses Association and the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment. She has also been a member of the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau and a former Chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist's Interest Group of MB in 2014.

Awards: Scholarships include the Dorothy Saydack Memorial Scholarship, a Special Award for Academic Efforts and The Irene Nordwich Foundation.

Volunteering: Victory School 2006 (volunteer parent, led a reading group).

Quebec Representative

Fiona Hanley, RN, BA, BScN, MSc

Background: I live in Montreal with my husband, 3 teenagers and small dog. My initial nursing training was in the UK, and I then returned to Canada and completed my education at the U of Alberta and University of Montreal. We are lucky to live in a city that offers a good quality of life, with increasing numbers of bike paths, wonderful food markets, and a wide and varied spectrum of cultural events in French and English.

Career: I have worked in various places and types of nursing over the years, but I enjoyed community nursing the best. For the past 10 years I have been teaching at Dawson College in the nursing department. I continue to work to combine my interest in environmental health and teaching together to introduce students to the role of the nurse in environmental health.

Interests: My interest in Environmental health has come as a natural progression from a long time interest and involvement in social justice issues. I eventually realised that I could combine my professional life with my interest in environmental health and justice by integrating these concepts into my teaching as well as joining together with other nurses in Canada and the US to promote environmental health as a fundamental aspect of nursing practice.

Volunteer Work: I have volunteered with a number of different groups over the years. I joined the HCWH nurses working group in the US, and then joined the CNA environmental reference group at its inception in 2007. I then stayed on during the formation of the CNEHG and since then as the President on the Executive for 2009 and 2010. I also am a member of Quebec nurses for Ecoresponsibility, Breast Cancer Action Montreal and more recently of Synergie Sante Environnement.

Ontario Representative

Hilda Swirsky, RN, BScN, MEd

Hilda Swirsky Background: Hilda initially became interested in environmental health while creating the curriculum for Family Health and incorporating an environmental component. She then taught the course at George Brown College. Additionally, as she participated in shaping and strengthening policies and advocating politically while serving on the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, her knowledge and skills to champion the environmental determinants of health increased substantially.

Interests and Philosophy: Hilda passionately and enthusiastically defends social justice, health equity and the social and environmental determinants of health. Inspired by her granddaughter she believes: "We must all demonstrate our accountability and ownership for the health of our planet in order to leave a healthier world for our grandchildren and their children."

Education: Hilda received a diploma of nursing from York Regional School of Nursing, a BScN from Ryerson University and enthralled with a love of learning, a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Career: Multifaceted encompassing clinical practice, nursing leadership, education and extensive professional, community and political experiences. Currently Hilda works in High Risk Obstetrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and is an energetic founding member of Sinai Green, contributed to the successful planning of the hospital Earth Day activities and is currently on the subcommittee piloting the technology project that will enhance provincial communication between health care workers on green initiatives. She also influenced MSH to originally partner with Pollution Probe during Clean Air Commute 2009.

Volunteer Work: Presently Policy and Political Action Officer for the RNAO Nursing Research and Diabetes Nursing Interest Groups. Previously Hilda contributed to the evidence-based groundwork of engaged, founding members of the Canadian Nurses Association Environmental Health Reference Group as they developed environmental position statements, educational tools and resources which led to the creation of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment. She shares her vast knowledge with peers and the general public at home, in workplaces, in her community, politically and on the national and international scene and reinforces the powerful messages delivered by her provincial and national professional associations.

She presented her submission to the Toronto Board of Health to augment the evidence that Toronto should have a "Right to Know Bylaw" in which up to 7000 Toronto businesses would disclose 25 particular emissions from their worksites. The resulting outcome of all submissions was that this bylaw, the first in Canada, was passed and will take effect in 2011. It will provide more open communications and community outreach between businesses and the communities they are in. In her community, Hilda is not only a founding Green Committee member of her religious group but has been elected Co-Chair and will be their representative for an upcoming Interfaith Environmental Panel. Behind the scenes, she supported courageous key players as they battled and won a permanent moratorium on site #41 near Barrie preventing the transformation of their local pristine aquifer into a landfill.

Honours: Her story is on Nursing Luminary, an on-line forum promoting nurse environmental and illuminating expertise.