Executive Board Members

Current Board Members

Connie McDonald, RN CDE

Connie McDonald, RN


Registered Nurse since 1985 in Rural Hospitals. Presently working as Certified Diabetes Educator in Strathmore Alberta. I provide Integrative Chakra Therapy, Flower Readings and Mediumship as a private practice. I use Holistic Nursing Principles every day in my work. I advocate for nurses and clients as President of my Local Chapter of United Nurses of Alberta, and as a member of Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Responsibility Committees. I very recently accepted the role of Vice President of Canadian Holistic Nurses Association and look greatly forward to providing advocacy for Nurses providing Holistic Care and educating professionals and general public about the benefits of Healing Modalities available now and in Canada’s future.

Linda Muzio

Kate Shelest, RN BSN MAIH

Vice President

A practicing RN for over 30 years, Kate is also certified in Advanced Integrative Energy Healing™, and taught Biofield Science at Langara College in Vancouver.

Establishing Synapse Integral Health Inc. in 2015, Kate helps her clients tune into their energy, strengthen boundaries, and develop ways to ground, center, and align with their true Self. Her MA in Integral Health focused on integrating science and consciousness theory in context to self-care. This resulted in the creation of The Conscious Nurse Project, a mentored on-line workshop for nurses to learn to develop individualized holistic self-care plans for themselves.

Kate believes strongly in the role the CHNA plays in supporting holistic nursing practice in Canada.

Danielle Dawe, Registered Nurse

Danielle Dawe, BA, RN, BN


Danielle is a Registered Nurse in Newfoundland. In 2004, Danielle graduated from Dalhousie University with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. With a keen interest in Psychology, well-being and mental health, Danielle continued her studies and completed her honours in Psychology at Memorial University. While working on her Masters in Humanities, Danielle began to feel the need to travel and to broaden her horizons. She left her studies behind and spent a year teaching English in South Korea where she developed an interest in meditation, energy healing and chakras. Since returning to Canada, Danielle has completed the Bachelor of Nursing program from Memorial University and has obtained her certificate in Basic and Advanced Foot Care Management. Currently, Danielle works as an acute care nurse on a medicine and palliative ward. She has also opened her own independent practice in foot care as a mobile foot care nurse. As the owner of Dawe Holistic Foot Care, Danielle is specifically interested in providing an overall sense of wellness to her clients through such interventions as routine and advanced foot care, reflexology, chakra balancing, and tarot.

Danielle Dawe, Registered Nurse

Kim Derkach, RN, BScN

Education Officer

Kimberly Derkach, RN, BScN, earned her degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, where she is now a Nursing faculty member and Instructor. Kim’s nursing experience has been specialized in the areas of neuroscience, neurosurgery, education, special needs, pediatrics, caregiving, geriatrics, chronic care, and mental health and wellness. Through both personal health challenges and her nursing experience, Kim has developed a passion for holistic therapies as they have completely enhanced her life. She learned to heal her physical and mental health by balancing her work life, spending time in nature, nourishing her body and implementing daily breath, meditation, mindfulness, gratitude and faith based practices. Kim is also a mental health advocate with a focus on grief, loss, and chronic disease. She believes that in order for true healing to occur one must consider all levels of healing; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. At times when one aspect is out of balance all areas suffer. From this integrated approach, she assists those who are suffering develop compassion, build resiliency and embrace their story. As a Nurse Kim recognizes that every illness has a story, but that we also always have the opportunity to rewrite our story. Together we can support each other as we grow and heal. Community is powerful medicine.

CHNA - Sherry Hole RN, BN,

Sherry Hole RN, BN, MN

Standards Officer

Sherry Hole RN, BN, MN graduated in 1991 with a Diploma in Nursing. She later returned to UNB graduating with a Bachelor Degree and a Master of Nursing, specializing in nursing education and adult learning. Sherry also has a Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and a Diploma in University Teaching. She has over 30 years of nursing, teaching, and administrative experience with a keen interest in teaching and learning, mental health and wellness, and the nursing profession as a whole. To support her passion for health and wellness and the art of nurse coaching, Sherry studied holistic nursing and nurse coaching for several years before becoming a board-certified Holistic Nurse (HN-BC) and a Board-Certified Health & Wellness Nurse Coach (HWNC-BC) through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Her areas of expertise include administration, education, geriatrics, chronic care, psychiatry, and mental health and wellness.

Sherry gained an appreciation for the power of self-care when she was introduced to complementary and holistic approaches such as mindfulness, breathwork, yoga, and meditation to assist her in managing her own personal health challenges. Sherry believes in honoring each individual’s unique experience with illness and health and believes that everyone has the innate ability and inner wisdom to be ambassadors of their own health and healing. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue serving on the Executive Board of CHNA, which she has done in varying capacities since 2014.

Sherry is also the founder and president of The Canadian Institute of Integrative Nursing Development & Education Ltd. (TheCIINDE-pronounced The Kind). TheCIINDE offers continuing education and a supportive community for nurses (and, other healthcare professionals) interested in learning how they can incorporate a holistic mindset and approach into both their personal and professional lives.

In her spare time, Sherry enjoys being with family and friends, spending time in nature, and reading.

Meg Knapp


Linda Yetman

Board Member

Susan Hagar

Board Member

Kimberley LaForest

Board Member

Vivien McTavish

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