Homayra Ahmed is a resilient, strong-willed self-motivated BScN nursing student in her final year at McMaster University. She is the founder and president of McMaster Hope for Hearts, inspired by her personal struggle with dextrocardia, a rare congenital heart disease. She is also the level four representative for the McMaster Nursing Student Society.

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Ashley Ahuja is currently enrolled in the Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (Adult) program at the University of Toronto, while also working towards a Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care across the Life Course. She currently works as a critical care nurse and is passionate about nursing leadership. Ashley’s long-term goal is to improve the Canadian health care system for older adults.


Abdolreza Akbarian is an RPN pursuing a BScN degree at Ryerson University. With work experience in acute care, and having achieved an ICU placement in the final semester of the BScN program, Abdolreza aspires to move into critical care nursing as he begins his Registered Nurse career. 

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As a Western University student in the Compressed Time Frame BScN program, Salam Al Sadi hopes to work in the acute care field. She is highly interested in Clinical Neurological Sciences nursing and hopes to further her education to contribute to nursing research.


Bahar Ashtarieh is completing her fourth year of the BScN program at Ontario Tech University.  Her goal is to work with persons living with diabetes to help them improve their health, well-being and quality of life.  Her lived experience of having type one diabetes for 20 years has allowed her to build meaningful and unique connections with the community. 

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Nadia Berruti is a Conestoga College RPN student finishing her 2nd year. After 18 years as a Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant, Nadia became a PSW. Following 5 years in private homecare, she received her Enhanced PSW Certificate in Palliative Care. She has volunteered as a Strong Start support at her children’s school, was part of a community reach food program to assist those marginalized/homeless, and has volunteered with seniors who were living alone as a care partner.

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An RN for 5 years, Emma Bingham currently works in neuro-critical care while also completing a Master of Clinical Nursing with a Specialization in Bioethics. Emma hopes to attain an Advanced Practice Nursing role where she can employ her passions for the neurosciences, patient engagement, and practical ethics.

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Tristen J. Brown is a fourth year nursing student at Ryerson University, and is consolidating in the ICU. He is employed at Ryerson as a Research Assistant, and at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Clinical Extern. Tristen is passionate about research. He is currently researching the effectiveness of community health workers filling gaps of service in Canada’s primary health care system. 


Chantal Campbell is a second year MN student in the Health Systems Leadership and Administration stream at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Currently employed as an Oncology RN at The Hospital for Sick Children, Chantal has a passion for pediatric palliative care and for supporting novice nurses. During her graduate studies, Chantal’s keen interest in research led her to take on a research assistantship.

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As a Perinatal Consultant with the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program, Christina Cantin contributes to the promotion of optimum perinatal care by sharing her skills and knowledge with perinatal colleagues at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. Focusing on perinatal mental health and substance use as the direction of her doctoral studies at Queen’s University, Ms. Cantin will partner with various health care organizations to promote evidence-based practices.

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Katie Chapman is a Registered Maternal, Child, and Pediatric Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant working at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She is also a student in 2nd year of the Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Toronto, in the Pediatrics Stream. Katie is passionate about maternal, child and infant health and advocates for holistic, family-centered care that is compassionate, caring, and evidence-based.

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Angila Christian practiced as a Registered Nurse in India before migrating to Canada and is currently pursuing her BScN at York University.  After volunteering at the Breast Assessment Clinic Program in Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Angila pursued her nursing career by graduating from Centennial College’s PN program. Angila is currently providing quality nursing care to medically complex patients as an RPN at HHS. Her passion for assisting the elderly population led to her current RN studies.

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Rebeccah Churchill is currently completing the Post Diploma nursing program at Ryerson University.  Rebeccah has a desire to help others and a love for the elderly population.She also has an interest in public health and improving health outcomes for all.

  Victoria Dobrowolski

Victoria Dobrowolski is a student at the University of Windsor in the BScN program. In each course of her program, she aspires to academic excellence to ensure that she is confident her practice and able to provide safe and competent care to patients. Victoria is currently involved in the University of Windsor’s Nursing Society, and Publicity and Recruitment Committee.

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Gernique Donji Assatagou is a second-year BScN student at Queen’s University.  She previously obtained a BSc degree at Carleton University where she volunteered and served as a Vice-President for the Cameroonian Student Association.  Gernique later obtained a Pharmacy Technician Diploma and worked as a Pharmacy assistant for 2 years.

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Valentina Donison

Valentina Donison is a first-year PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her doctoral research area is in geriatric oncology, where she will look at the role of older adult caregivers with cancer. Valentina is committed to lifelong learning, and has a strong passion for nursing education.

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Nelly Dumchin is a first-year PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and a Nurse Practitioner in the neuropsychiatry clinic and geriatric psychiatry consultation-liaison service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Nelly’s research interests include neuroscience and geriatric oncology nursing.

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Keri Durocher is a first-year PhD in Nursing student at Western University. She has a strong passion for nursing education and research; her research interests include women’s health and improving mental health support and access for children and youth. Through her doctoral work, she is aiming to enhance breastfeeding support for women and their families within the postpartum period.

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Dylan Ferguson is a fourth-year BScN student at York University completing his final consolidation placement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, ON. He is a distinguished volunteer who has spent years supporting underprivileged youth and families through his work with The Guesthouse Emergency Shelter, Tim Hortons Foundation Camps, and CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre.

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Renee Gagnon

Renée Gagnon is a second year student in Nipissing University’s accelerated Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP).  Her nursing journey is rooted in her passion for Women's health and the opportunities she has had guiding others to reach their own health goals. After obtaining a Kinesiology degree from the University of Toronto, she had a strong desire to work with individuals, inspiring them to achieve optimal health and wellness.

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Nathan Guamapac

Nathanial Gumapac is a third year BNSc student at Queen’s University.  He is passionate about mental health and advocates for all students in his program as President of the Nursing Science Society.  He has helped advance students’ university experiences by advocating for their mental health through workshops, counselling and nursing research. 

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Jacqueline Harris is an MScN student at York University with a passion for mental health and addictions and for people who are homeless. Jacqueline currently works in a leadership position at the South West Local Health Integration Network. She started her nursing career over 27 years ago and has experience in acute care (emergency department), public health, primary care and now home and community care. In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys reading, gardening and volunteering in her community.

Yue He

Yue He holds a BSc in Biotechnology and an MSc in Applied Science. She also has 2 years of experience in mental health research.  An RPN working in dialysis, psychiatry and public health, Yue expects to complete  her RPN to BScN bridging program this summer.

Lindsey Holmstrom

Lindsey Holmstrom is a first-year student in the BScN program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  In 2001, she acquired certification through DOULA International to work as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Since then she has assisted more than 100 birthing mothers in their transition to parenthood.  Lindsey is passionate about helping women solve problems and navigate change.

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Hilary Hwu

Hilary Hwu is concluding her fourth year of her BScN degree at Ryerson University. After completing a BA in Psychology at McGill University, she chose to pursue nursing to marry her passions for health sciences and compassionate care. After completing a three-month research trip studying humanization of childbirth in Brazil, she sought out a consolidation placement in the NICU to pursue her interest in maternal-infant nursing.

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Dhruvika Joshi

Dhruvika Joshi is a fourth-year student at Trent University in the BScN program. She holds a BSc from McMaster University. In her future Nursing practice, Dhruvika hopes to combine her passion for both the arts and sciences to support the well-being of patients at any stage in their lives. Through her clinical placements she has gained a particular interest in women’s health. 

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Rahim Kanji

Rahim Kanji is a 3rd year nursing student at Ryerson University. Having previously worked in healthcare, he realized that he wanted to be in a research driven field with a patient-centred approach, which led him to nursing. He is currently a research assistant for a study examining how cultural factors shape protective behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jennifer Kelsall

Jennifer Kelsall is a second-year student in the accelerated BScN Scholar Practitioner Program at Nipissing University in Toronto, Ontario. During her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, Jennifer began to uncover her passion for nursing. Upon graduation, she would like to hone her clinical skills in the acute care setting, before furthering her education at the graduate level.

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Julia Kim is a first-year student in the Executive Master of Health Informatics program at the University of Toronto.  Having completed her BNSc at Queen’s University in 2015, Julia now works as a Nurse Educator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is interested in using health information technology and research to advance the quality of mental health systems and outcomes.

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Sharmila Koirala

Sharmila Koirala is an RPN at Sunnybrook Hospital's Veterans and Palliative Care Center and a student in the BScN program at York University.  Working in palliative care and with the elderly, she strives to be a leading voice in the field to make a difference to end-of-life nursing care using evidence-based practices. Sharmila strongly believes in equitable healthcare and is deeply passionate about delivering care in underserved settings.

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Julia Kruizinga is a first year Master of Nursing Thesis-Based student studying at McMaster University. She works as a hospice and palliative care nurse and her clinical work and passion for research drove her to pursue graduate studies. She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Kaasalainen in a research program which aims to integrate a palliative approach into long-term care homes and improve quality of life for those with life-limiting illnesses.

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Bianca Kurucz

Bianka Kurucz is in her final year of the second-entry BScN program at University of Toronto. She has previously volunteered with pediatric patients, palliative patients and homeless youth.  She currently works as a Clinical Extern in a maternal child setting and as a PSW assisting clients in the community.

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Nomina Pervaiz Lakhani

Nomina Lakhani is a first year BScN, Spec. Hons. Nursing Student (IEN) at York University. She aims to become a Cardiovascular Nurse. She has worked both in acute medicine and the community care setting for many years. During her nursing career, she has developed a strong interest and deep passion for focusing on safe and effective patient-centered care.

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Lin Li

Lin Li is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. She also works as an RN at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Her experiences working with children and youth with medical complexity have led her to pursue research aimed at improving health and quality of life for these children, youth, and their families.

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Lisa Libia

Lisa Libia is a fourth-year nursing student at York University. She previously obtained her practical nursing diploma at Seneca College, and has contributed her nursing knowledge and skills by working in long-term care and retirement home settings as an RPN. She chose to continue her nursing journey and pursue a role as an RN to widen her scope of practice and broaden her opportunities in the healthcare field.

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Asmaa Mabrouk

Asmaa Mabrouk is a 4th year BScN student with a passion for trauma-informed care. Asmaa has been actively involved in the University of Ottawa nursing community through her work as a voting member of the Undergraduate Nursing Student Association, as an Official Delegate for the Canadian Nursing Students Association, and as Regional Conference director of the Ontario 2019 CNSA conference. Asmaa has experience working with survivors of human trafficking at an Ottawa-based NP-led clinic and has presented on the topic in multiple national nursing conferences.

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Sarah Mangaru

Sarah Wazifa Mangaru is a first-year nursing student in Ryerson University’s collaborative BScN program. With a passion for helping others and a fascination with health sciences, Sarah is a committed individual to the nursing profession. Her interest sparked the contributions she has  made in her community at Providence Healthcare and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.

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Deanna Mc

Deanna McAleer is currently in her  second year of the Accelerated Standing Track BNS program at Queen’s University. She previously completed her first degree at the University of Waterloo; a BSc with a minor in biology, psychology and chemistry.  She has always had a passion for caring for the geriatric population, connecting best with elderly clients in any position she has held.

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Danielle McDonald

Danielle McDonald is a mature student at 39 years old and has been successful with balancing the role of a student and sole support parent to 3 children.  Danielle has experiences in trauma, child care and Indigenous culture.  Danielle has an aptitude for client-centred care and remaining current in social issues affecting people in her community.  She is inquisitive, smart, kind and self-aware.

Leah Mills

Leah Mills is a first-year student in the Compressed Time Frame BScN program at the University of Western Ontario. While completing her BSc in Medical Science at Brock University she discovered her passion for Public Health. Since completing her Master of Public Health, Leah has provided assistance and advocacy to individuals with acquired brain injury through a support services role. She has also been actively involved with projects focussed on improving dementia care within long-term care.

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Hailey Minisinikas

Hailey Mintsinikas grew up in a small town called Uxbridge, Ontario.  Since early childhood, she expressed her passion to become a nurse. Hailey studied to become a practical nurse at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough and now worsk as an RPN at Ross Memorial Hospital.  She has decided to further her education and is currently in first year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing compressed program, at Trent University. 

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Jack Moher

Jack is a nursing student in the final year of the Accelerated Standing Track BScN program at Queen’s University. He previously completed an Honours BHSc at the University of Ottawa, where he learned the importance of critical thinking and effective decision making. Jack is involved in the Queen’s community through peer mentorship and his participation on the Indigenous Health Education Working Group.]

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Lauren Oreskovich

Lauren is a fourth year BScN student at McMaster University. Throughout her undergrad, Lauren has held various leadership roles in the community. These have included working as a nursing peer tutor, advocating for nursing students on advisory committees, and being an executive member of a club that focuses on graduate nursing roles. Lauren is passionate about critical care and health promotion, and is planning to work in the ICU as a RN after she graduates. Long term, Lauren is interested in becoming a primary care nurse practitioner, and eventually teaching nursing sciences as a university faculty member.

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Sheridan Parker

Sheridan Parker is a second-entry nursing student at York University and a graduate of the University of Ottawa. Sheridan's professional background is in health policy, funding, and innovation. Sheridan is a writer and advocate for mental health, addiction, and homelessness, and intends to merge her clinical work with research to inform policy issues affecting her community’s most vulnerable people.

Joshua Persaud

Joshua Persaud is a forensic mental health care nurse.  He is currently in his final year of the post-diploma nursing program at Ryerson University.  Joshua is a strong advocate for mental health.  His goals are to help abolish stigma through education and raising awareness of mental health disorders, as well as to advance mental health nursing practices.


Priya Prabhakar earned a BSc. in Physiology and Sociology from McGill University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Her work experience has been primarily clinical and research focused, with a particular attention to the intersections of race, poverty, colonization and forced displacement and their consequences on health.

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Aric Rankin

Aric Rankin is a settler Canadian and ally to Indigenous communities who lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosauonee peoples. Aric is a McMaster University doctoral student and also a Nurse Practitioner working at De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Center. Aric has worked with First Nation communities in urban and isolated fly-in settings and has volunteered with other communities around the world.

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Kirthiga Ravindran

Kirthiga Ravindran is a current second year Master of Science in Nursing student at McMaster University. She is currently working on her thesis which focuses on second-generation Tamil youth and their experiences accessing community mental health services in the Greater Toronto Area.  Her research aims to tackle the barrier of racial health equity in research and promote more equitable and inclusive healthcare practices.

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Andrea Robinson

Andrea is a BScN student at the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Dalhousie University and worked as a mental health and addictions social worker. Andrea does not shy away from the messy parts of life – she sees care work as political and is committed to a life of learning with humility and curiosity. She strives to practice from a  harm reduction, anti-poverty, anti-racist, decolonial framework.

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Amy Campbell

Amy Rowe (she/her) is a fourth-year nursing student at Queen’s University. She facilitates medical American Sign Language (ASL) workshops alongside Wissam Constantin, an ASL instructor. Together, they have provided medical ASL workshops to 24 nursing schools in eight provinces across Canada.  Amy is also an Awards Committee member on the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA). Amy plans on working as a Pediatric RN after graduation.

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Kariz Sisson

Kariz Sisson is a Registered Practical Nurse graduating from McMaster University’s RPN to BScN program.  Kariz is dedicated to the nursing profession and strives to provide a patient-centred, holistic approach to care. Kariz has a passion for advocacy and continuing education. She aspires to pursue a career in nursing leadership where she can expand her scope of influence and have a positive impact on policies that improve the quality and accessibility of care.

Lucksika Sivakumar

Lucksika Sivakumar is in her first year of a Master of Nursing in Leadership in Health Care Policy and Education at Ryerson University. Lucksika currently works at the needle exchange program at Toronto Public Health and at the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Care Centre at Scarborough Health Network. She is passionate about health care access and equity for underserved and marginalized populations, particularly within areas of harm reduction and violence against women.


Kuhashini Sivanesarajah is currently working as an RPN in an acute care setting while pursuing her BScN degree from Ontario Tech University. She is committed to lifelong learning where she can specialize her nursing skills and establish autonomous practice in the future

Maria Smoczyk

Maria Smoczyk is presently in the Post-Diploma BScN program at Ryerson University and is concurrently working part time as a RPN.  Through experiences working in geriatric care, she wishes to specialize in geriatic nursing.  In addition, after writing a research study during a recent virtual international clinical placement, she wishes to explore research and integrate a past career in graphic design with nursing informatics.

Katelyn Sushko

Katelyn Sushko completed her BScN at McMaster University in 2016 and has since worked as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Katelyn is a PhD student at McMaster University. Her research focuses on exploring technology solutions to improve diabetes self-management among women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy. 

Kamika Sylvester

Kamika Sylvester received her BSc in Life Sciences from  McMaster University and is now in her final year of the accelerated BScN program at Nipissing University.  Her decision to pursue a career in nursing largely came from her experiences as a patient, healthcare administrative professional and volunteer work  in community settings serving marginalized populations.

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Justine Ting

Justine Ting, RN, is an MScN student at Western University with a research focus on nursing leadership. She graduated from the BScN program at McMaster University in 2015 and has since worked in geriatric and acute medicine, as well as palliative care. She is currently completing her thesis entitled “New Graduate Nurses’ Experiences of Engaging in a Leadership Role in Hospital Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sabina Staempfli Valsela

Sabina is a first year PhD student at the University of British Columbia and a practicing emergency nurse whose overarching goal in research is to improve the quality of patient care by addressing needs relating to the health and well-being of the nursing workforce.

Caroline Variath

Caroline Variath is a third-year PhD candidate, collaborative in nursing and bioethics, at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She has worked clinically in acute and critical care settings for over 15 years. The challenges she encountered in her practice to provide a peaceful death, especially to those with loss of decision-making capacity, made her passionate about improving end-of-life care. Her PhD thesis focuses on experiences with the loss of capacity to consent and access to medical assistance in dying in Canada.

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Lisette Verzijlenberg

Lisette Verzijlenberg is a second-year BScN student at Georgian College. Through her experiences gained from previous degrees in Biomedical Biology (BSc) and Molecular and Cellular Biology (MSc), she realized her love of front-line patient care and returned to school to pursue a Nursing degree. She is passionate about trauma and emergency care, the advancement of evidence-based practices, and hopes to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner.

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