Meet the Board

Catholic Nurses Canada, Board, Helen McGee

Helen McGee, RN, MN, CPMHNC, President 

Helen joined friends to launch NACN-Canada in 2018 because of her moral distress about the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision. She worked for more than 40 years with young people and families affected by schizophrenia, and now consults as an Advanced Practice Nurse on a part-time basis to community mental health teams in Ontario. She was certified through the St. Paul VI Institute to teach fertility appreciation and made many presentations on this topic to couples preparing for marriage. She has had a longstanding interest in promoting respect for life and freedom of conscience.  

Catholic Nurses Canada, Board, Fr. Anish K. Anthony

Fr. Anish K. Antony, C.F.I.C., Chaplain

Fr. Anish is a member of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception. He is currently the Associate Pastor at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Scarborough ON. He was appointed as chaplain to NACN-Canada by Cardinal Thomas Collins in the fall of 2022. 

Catholic Nurses Canada, Board, Freida Chavez

Freida Chavez, RN, MHSc, DNP, FAAN, Past President

Freida is the Founding President of NACN-Canada. Through her Global Health work, she became aware of the International Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants – (CICIAMS) as one of the few associations that hold an official consultancy status with the United Nations. Through this and the inspiration of colleagues from NACN-USA to integrate Catholic faith and health care, she worked with the Founding Executive Team (Helen and Jody) in forming NACN Canada that launched in June 2018 and affiliated with CICIAMS.

Catholic Nurses Canada NACN, Board, Louela Rankin

Louela Rankin, President-Elect

Louela Rankin has been a nurse since 1986 and has worked in multiple roles in the health care system. She is a devout Catholic and lives her faith from the perspectives of evangelization and contemplation. She joined the National Association of Catholic Nurses in 2019. 

Catholic Nurses Canada NACN, Board, Elizabeth Tanguay

Elizabeth Tanguay, RN, BScN, Corresponding Secretary

Elizabeth has been practising as a labour and delivery nurse since 2013 in Ottawa. She is an accredited Billings Ovulation Method™ teacher, working in partnership with local doctors to help treat reproductive health conditions. She got involved in NACN-Canada in 2019 because she recognized the importance of fellowship and solidarity with fellow nurses, especially on the front lines to defend human life at all stages, advocating for patients, and conscience rights of health professionals. She is bilingual (French and English), and is looking forward to welcoming more francophone nurses to NACN-Canada.

Catholic Nurses Canada NACN, Board, Emilia Gilmour

Emilia Gilmour, RN, BN (retired), Treasurer

Emilia joined NACN-C in 2019, integrating her faith and her career in nursing, certified in Parish Nursing, after 25 years of a diverse career in community health. Emilia initiated a pilot project in Parish Nursing at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Parish, inner-city Toronto with the support of St. Elizabeth Health Care. Her advocacy for better home care meant increasing the opportunities at the Parish community level for a social-health ministry model of responding to those who were suffering because of loneliness, hopelessness, and the impact of government cutbacks in social and health supports. Emilia was commissioned as the first Parish Nurse in the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1997 by Bishop de Angelis and Fr. Tom Rosica at the Chapel of the Newman Centre.  Emilia ran a unique model of a nursing clinic at the Scarborough Retirement Centre in partnership with St. Boniface Parish.  

Today Emilia remains active as an independent community volunteer, promoting improved palliative care for the dying in the home. She acts as a mentor, a Healthcare Consultant, advocate for vulnerable persons, a facilitator for persons who request her volunteer services during life’s difficult transitions in old age and terminal illness. She has recently joined Society of Sharing as a volunteer and is a Director on a Charitable Foundation board.