Ontario Representative

Hilda Swirsky

Hilda Swirsky


Hilda was born in Krakow, Poland to Holocaust survivors who came to Canada. She has, for most of her life lived, worked, prayed and volunteered on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Sendat people. Toronto is still home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. Soon after her arrival to Toronto, her dad planted a tree in their front yard. That tree is now bigger than the house.


Hilda received her Diploma of Nursing from York Regional School of Nursing, and always enthralled with learning her BScN from Ryerson Polytechnic University and her Master of Education from the University of Toronto.


She has spent most of her career caring for the high-risk obstetrical population. She has also taught Family Health at George Brown College when she increased her awareness of the environmental impact of Family Health. As a CNA voting delegate, she experienced Canada’s vastness, beauty, and diversity. Passionate, persuasive, resilient and persistent about the environmental and social determinants of health and the role of politics to achieve goals; she participated in RNAO’s Candidate Training Program in 2007 and then pursued getting into public office. She has also been voted into the position of Region 6 (Toronto West) Representative on RNAO’s Board of Directors. With a pioneer spirit, Hilda was not only a founding member of Sinai Green, the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment, the Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group and Beth Emeth’s Greening Committee but also an involved executive member of each group. She also helped found RNAO’s International Nurses Interest Group.


– Air Quality serving as an Ontario Trainer for the Air Quality Health Index for the College of Family Physicians of Canada,

– Social justice and equity and thus plans numerous collaborative webinars and conferences including a conference with the Canadian Association of Indigenous Nurses and Men in Nursing,

– Spirituality and our environment organizing numerous webinars and programs connecting faith teachings and traditions with beneficial environmental actions.

– Advocates for positive responses to addressing domestic violence by increasing awareness through education and supportive actions.

– Champions emergency preparedness for everyone, increasing knowledge through education and collaborative partnerships.