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Executive Board of Directors

The CANE/AIIE 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, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Officer, and a Provincial/Territorial Representative from each participating province/territory.


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

About the CNHE Board of Directors Board Minutes Bylaws Constitution Jessica MadridBackground: Jessica (Jessiquita) is of mixed Peruvian and Eastern European decent and resides with her spouse and young son on the beautiful archipelago of Haida Gwaii (unceded Haida territory) off the West Coast of BC.

Education: Jessica earned her BScN (2003) and her MSc Community Health (2014) from the University of Northern British Columbia. The focus of her graduate research was the link between environmental activism and health promotion.

Career: Jessica has worked in a variety of areas of nursing practice from public/community health to emergency room nursing. Given her passion for the environment and nursing practice, she has also been a guest lecturer on the subject of environmental health since 2004. Wherever she works, she strives to promote ecological awareness and approaches to care.

Interests:Jessica's 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.

Recognition: Jessica's 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.


Jacqueline Avanthay Strus, RN, BScN, MSN, IBCLC

Background Jacqueline Avanthay Strus, RN, B. Sc. N., MSN, IBCLC Jacqueline grew up in rural Manitoba and now lives with her family in Winnipeg, MB.

Education: Jacqueline graduated from the College universitaire de St-Bonifacce with a diploma in nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and has a Masters of Nursing (2019).

Career: Jacqueline has worked in a variety of experiences in both acute and community settings. She has worked in acute medicine, surgery, pediatrics, primary health care, maternal child as well as public health in both rural and urban settings. She is currently working as professor at the Universite de St-Boniface.

Interests: Jacqueline has been passionate about social justice and health equity since she began her nursing career working with marginalized populations. Working in both rural and urban settings, it was staggering how the social and geopolitical locations can contribute to health inequities. One of her passions is focusing on the ecological determinants of health, since a difference can be made in environmental health inequities.


Jennifer L. Morin RN MN, CAE

Background Jennifer Morin Jennifer 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.

Education: Jennifer has a Certificate in Adult Education and completed her Masters in Nursing at the University of Manitoba with a thesis that examines “Nurse Educators Perceptions of Ecoliteracy in Undergraduate Nursing Programs”.

Career: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. Jennifer is a member of the curriculum committee and enjoys looking for new and creative ways to incorporate environmental health concepts into undergraduate nursing education.

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.

Treasurer, Webmaster

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

June Kaminski Background: June lives in Vancouver, BC with her family. 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 was also the CANE President from 2015 - 2017.

Education: June 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 has served as nursing faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1989, and is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the hybrid BSN-Advanced Entry Program. She is also a Research Coordinator for Arthritis Research Canada, working on two projects related to First Nations people living with arthritis. As well she is a principal investigator of a research study that looks at Nutrigenomics and Virtual Environments in Emerging Adults.

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.June 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, and the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics and President-Elect and Treasurer for the Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society International. June has also served as the webmaster and designer of the CANE website since 2010. June offers resources and courses in Nursing informatics from her site, Nursing Informatics Learning Center

Recognition: In 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.


Raluca Radu, RN, MSN(c)

Raluca Radu Background: Raluca was born in Romania and feels ever grateful to her parents for bringing her to Canada in 2002 and starting life over in hopes of a better future. She is thankful to live and work on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam Nation in Vancouver, BC.

Eduction: Raluca completed her BScN in December 2013 and is in the midst of completing her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Under the direct supervision of Drs. Maura MacPhee and Sally Thorne, Raluca is focusing her studies on integrating Climate Change topics into Nursing Education with hopes of influencing nurses beyond the classroom setting.

Career: Raluca has worked as an acute care nurse in surgical, medical, ambulatory, rural, and emergency areas in both public and private settings. She also enjoyed being in an educator role teaching LPN and BScN students within theory, laboratory, and clinical practice-based environments. More recently, Raluca acquired a special taste for nursing research and is currently involved with several projects that address Bullying in Nursing Educational settings.

Interests: Various activities culminated her passion for Climate Change, such as attending CASN's National Forum on Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases in Ottawa. Her interests grew even further when she was introduced to Planetary Health through participating at the BC Coalition Institute in Victoria and where she became a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. Raluca is also a member of the Nursing Now BC Steering Committee and is excited to contribute to organizing activities that lead up to the Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020). Throughout her MSN program, Raluca has held several roles with the UBC Graduate Students in Nursing Association such as Events Director and President, where she was actively involved to ensure student experiences were enriched and their voices represented on multiple platforms.

Raluca is excited to complete her MSN and looks forward to pursuing work in local and global health policy contexts, advocating for nurses' presence at all policymaking tables. She strongly believes that Sustainability needs to be adopted at all levels of nursing practice, such that we can ensure the safeguarding of our only Mother Earth. In her spare time Raluca is an avid traveler, loves being outdoors with her partner and dog, and tries to rekindle her passion for music and dance whenever time permits.

Recognition: Raluca is fortunate to have received several bursaries and awards that supported her graduate studies. She is humbled to have been inducted as a Sigma nurse to honour her leadership, volunteerism, and academic performance while pursuing her graduate studies. Raluca is equally proud of the work she has led in consultation with the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC on developing the position statement titled Engaging BC Nurses on Climate Change Issues. She is also fortunate to have led a Nursing Rounds session on Planetary Health at UBC.

Twitter handle (@_Raluca_R)

Communications Officer


BC Representative

Helen Boyd RN, BScN, MA Counselling

Helen Boyd Background: Helen hails from Quebec and was raised in a bilingual home by her French-Canadian mother and Irish father. In addition, she has lived in Alberta, the Yukon Territory, Switzerland and New Zealand. She now lives on the unceded Territories of the K'omox First Nations on Vancouver Island with her husband, daughter and son.

Education: Helen graduated with a Diploma of Nursing from Shawinigan College in Quebec. She completed her BScN at the University of British Columbia and holds a Masters Degree in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington.

Career: Helen's career spanned from bedside nursing in EENT surgery in Alberta to Abdominal and Thoracic surgery in Switzerland, Critical Care in Vancouver, Emergency room nursing in the Yukon Territory and Open-Heart surgery in New Zealand. Her enthusiasm for the novel opportunities offered by this profession has never wavered. Subsequently, seven years were spent as a Faculty member at the UBC School of Nursing where her desire to mentor nursing students grew. She eventually returned to her initial nursing interest as a Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor in both the public system and as a private practitioner.

Firmly dedicated to social justice, Helen spent a decade as a community nurse advocating for the rights of individuals who are homeless. In 2009, she founded and successfully launched the Care-A-Van, an innovative nurse-led mobile healthcare clinic delivering services directly to the streets to our homeless population. This initiative continues to grow its services to this day.

In 2018, identifying another gap in the community, Helen chose to start the Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment. This group began with spearheading requests for municipal bylaws to ban single-use plastics. Thereafter, the group organized in partnership with other environmental groups, the first Move2 Electric event to encourage the electrification of transportation and to reduce GHG emissions. In the role as nursing advocates, representation at the Regional District Airshed Roundtable serves to brainstorm ways to decrease polluting PM2.5 particles in the air which are due mainly in this area of Vancouver Island to wood smoke and open burning. Most recently, in conjunction with nursing students at North Island College, introductory classes to Project Drawdown were offered via Zoom webinar encouraging community members to look at implementing concrete solutions to tackle climate change.

Interests: Helen thrives in the outdoors and is an avid hiker. It is her travel to South-East Asia, Africa, Central and South America that has strengthened her resolve to address social inequities. She is passionately committed to conserving and enriching our natural environment for generations to come. She sees herself as a novice when it comes to learning about the richness of Indigenous culture and explores ways to implement true reconciliation. In addition, she works closely with community advocates to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at a local level.

Recognition: In 2012, the College of Registered Nurses of BC bestowed on Helen the Award of Advocacy. She is also the recipient of the 2013 BC Community Achievement Award for her humanitarian work. She was named Citizen of the Century in 2015 by the City of Courtenay.

Volunteering: In her free time, Helen enjoys volunteering with groups that concentrate on environmental river and forest restoration projects as well as food gleaning programs.

Alberta Representative

Maya Reshef Kalogirou, RN, PhD

Background: Maya was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for seven years and has a clinical background as an emergency room nurse. She is currently working as a nursing academic, and her program of research relates to nurses, climate change, and health.

Education: Maya graduated from MacEwan University in 2012 with a BScN. In 2015 she initiated her graduate studies at the University of Alberta. Starting in the Masters in Nursing program, Maya quickly bypassed and started her doctoral studies in 2016. In 2020, Maya successfully defended her doctoral thesis and is now pursuing a career as a full-time academic.

Career: Since becoming a Registered Nurse, Maya has worked exclusively in the emergency room. Maya is passionate about this area of practice as it offers an engaging level of complexity as well as a break-neck pace. Now that she has completed her doctorate, Maya is pursuing a post-doctoral position in the area of climate change and health.

Interests: While her clinical background is in acute care, her current interests are related to environmental health. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between the nursing profession and climate change, as well as examining and developing the role of nurses in relation to climate action.

Saskatchewan Representative

Wanda Martin, RN MN PhD

Wanda Martin

Wanda is an RN with a PhD in Nursing. She is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her research focus is in reducing local and global health inequities, particularly involving community food security, climate adaptation, and quality housing.

Wanda moved to Saskatoon in 2014 from British Columbia after completing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Victoria with a focus on food security and food safety as core public health programs. She is originally from New Brunswick.

Manitoba Representative

Marilyne Tovar, RN, BScN, BSc

Marilyne TovarBackground: I identify as settler, white-presenting, biracial, able-bodied, cishet, woman, of Quebecoise and Peruvian mestizo ancestry, with significant SES privilege given my education and profession. I have recently moved to the lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Metis and Oji-Cree Nations and am currently learning about their story and looking into what is my right action here to support and uphold their sovereignty.

Education: 2013 BScN grad from McGill University, with a 2019 UNBC Rural Nursing Certificate, and a previous BSc Agr. Env. Science (environmetrics).

Career: After a first year in the ED of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts (Quebec), I have been working in a rural setting in Northern Haida Gwaii for the last 6 years, and recently switched to Labour and Delivery at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre Women's Hospital.

Interests: I have been driven by the aspiration for more just and ecological societies for much of my life. This has led me to be involved in environmental, social justice and indigenous sovereignty groups through the years. I am currently leading the intersectional &Truth and Reconciliation Ad-Hoc Committee at CANE. Being outdoors, participating in community life, nurturing kinships, as well as cultural and self-work, are also foundational to my well-being. I love and am much inspired by author and anti-racism educator Layla Saad's question: "What does it mean to be a good ancestor?"

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.

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.

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."

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.

Quebec Representative

Fiona Hanley, RN, BA, BScN, MSc

Fiona HanleyBackground: 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.

Northwest Territories Representative

Julia Janicki, RN BSN BFA

Julia Janicki

Background: After graduating from nursing school I moved up to Hay River, NWT where I currently work as a public health nurse. The transition to long, dark winters and the lack of big-city conveniences has been a big learning experience for me. I absolutely love public health nursing in a small town as you get to be involved in every aspect of public health, from well-baby care to travel clinics to leading workshops in schools.

Career and Education: My path has not been a straightforward one. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2011, originally planning to become a teacher. After taking a few years off school I decided to pursue a career in environmental science instead. After taking a stab at an environmental science degree, I changed paths yet again and completed my nursing degree from the University of Calgary. Currently I am working on completing a Certificate in Environmental Conservation from the University of Guelph and plan to complete graduate studies in environmental health.

Interests: I have always been passionate about environmental issues, particularly how they relate to the health of society and our ecosystems. I strongly believe that the health of humans is inextricably linked to the health of the planet, and true upstream health prevention means working to solve environmental problems first.

Volunteerism: I am currently helping to spearhead a project that is just getting under way, which aims to add more trees to the downtown Hay River area. Our committee hopes to make the town a greener place, while emphasising the importance of green space for human health and wellbeing. As well, I volunteer as a firefighter and emergency medical responder and host monthly paint nights at the local library.