Stories and Celebration: Nurses Passionate about Planetary Health – Recorded May 17

Stories and Celebration: Nurses Passionate about Planetary Health

17 May, 8:30 pm9:30 pm EDT

On the heels of nursing week, join the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, Peach Health Ontario and CASCADES for a celebration of nurses embedding planetary health into their practice.

On May 17, nurses from the Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group of RNAO and the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment came together and shared stories of their work and visions for a healthier tomorrow. We invited everyone interested in the environment and health to celebrate, listen and engage with these nurses’ unique stories. This webinar was recorded, and sent to all registrants and become available on the CCGHC YouTube Channel. (see above)


  • Highlight and celebrate the contributions of nurses supporting planetary health
  • Inform the audience of the diverse ways nurses embed this work into their practice and bring to life the work of CANE and ONEIG
  • Provide space to support a growing community of practice of nurses and other healthcare professionals invested in planetary health

Meet our presenters

Katie North

Katie North is a registered nurse based in Winnipeg Manitoba. She graduated from the RN program with Université Saint Boniface in 2011 and completed her bachelors of nursing in 2012 with U Ottawa. She worked for nearly a decade in a variety of clinical roles, including front line care and as a clinical resource nurse, in acute care head, neck, and abdominal surgery units.
In 2021 she returned to school and completed a masters of nursing with a focus in health care leadership with Athabasca University. Katie is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of nursing program with University of Saskatchewan and is completing an environmentally focused research project aimed at large scale healthcare system and cultural changes.
She currently works as a program team manager for St. Boniface Hospital (SBGH) in Winnipeg since 2022 and teaches courses for the BN program with Université de Saint Boniface (USB). She also serves on a number of environmentally focused committees including the Sustainability development committee for USB, Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment, Manitoba Nurses for Health and Environment Collective, as well as Association of Regulated Nurses of Mb Governance Committee and SBGH Ethics council.

Olivia Brundia

Olivia Brundia currently works as a temporary full-time contract in inpatient Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Her permanent position that she will be returning to at the end of this contract is Acute Inpatient Psychiatry & Withdrawal Management.  
Olivia also casually works with her local hospital’s Electroconvulsive Therapy Clinic, and with the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner team.
She previously worked as a clinical instructor for the local university’s BScN program.

Rob Samulack

Rob Samulack is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. Rob has worked as a COVID vaccine immunizer with Ottawa Public Health, as a medicine / surgery nurse at the Smiths Falls Hospital and as a summer camp nurse. 
As a nurse, Rob believes his calling is to care for people and to advocate for them. He tries to speak as often as he can about climate change and encourage others to as well.

Fiona Hanley

Fiona Hanley is a nurse educator for many years and has been an ardent advocate for nursing leadership in environmental and climate health. She was a member of the Canadian Nurses Association Environmental Reference Group, formed during the CNA centennial year in 2008, and a founding member of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE), part of the CNA nursing speciality group network where she is still engaged in multiple projects.
Fiona taught nursing for over 20 years at Dawson College and continues to teach at McGill University. Fiona has also been busy presenting at conferences and webinars both in Canada and abroad, and co-authored the 2019 OIIQ position paper on Climate, health and nursing practice.  In 2021 she was recognised for her efforts in the Canadian Academy of Nursing Fellowship Program.