Helen Boyd, RN

Helen is a Registered Nurse and hails from Quebec. She has worked in Alberta, the Yukon Territory, Switzerland and New Zealand as a Critical Care and the Emergency Room nurse. She was a Clinical Assistant at the UBC School of Nursing for seven years. As a clinician in the field of Mental Health and Addictions, she has the opportunity to speak to the Eco-anxiety caused by our changing climate. She is the BC Representative for the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) and embraces this opportunity to work in partnership with fellow healthcare providers of CAPE to improve our Planetary Health.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington.

Firmly dedicated to social justice, she spent a decade as a community nurse advocating for the rights of individuals who are homeless. In 2009, she founded the Care-A-Van, an innovative nurse-led mobile healthcare clinic delivering services directly to the streets to our homeless population. She recognizes how these individuals are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

In 2018, she founded the Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment. Some initiatives spearheaded by this group include increasing awareness about the health impacts of air pollution particulates PM2.5 caused by wood smoke, taking action by facilitating events that encourage the electrification of transportation, advocating for bans on single-use plastics, and operationalizing Project Drawdown solutions locally.

She is passionately committed to conserving and enriching our natural environment for generations to come. She acknowledges the richness of Indigenous culture and explores ways to implement true reconciliation. Helen works closely with community advocates to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) regionally.

In 2012, the College of Registered Nurses of BC recognized her efforts with the Award of Advocacy.  She is also the recipient of the 2013 British Columbia Community Achievement Award.

In her free time, Helen enjoys volunteering with environmental groups that concentrate on river and forest restoration projects as well as food gleaning programs. She now lives on the unceded Territories of the K’omox First Nations on Vancouver Island with her husband, daughter and son.

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