In our trusted position within the healthcare profession and the public, the Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment (CVNHE) are actively engaging in our community. We seek to raise Awareness, implement Action and undertake Advocacy efforts on issues of sustainability that threaten the health and well-being of the citizens of the Comox Valley and our planet as a whole.

Despite our name, this organization is not limited to nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses. We wish to be inclusive and seek to work in conjunction with other existing local environmental groups that are equally concerned with the well-being of our planet. We believe that the synergy of these groups coming together for a common purpose is the catalyst required to bring much needed attention to our current environmental challenges.

We work according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which underscore the specific areas to be addressed to ensure the livability of our planet and its people. In particular, SDGs 11 to 15 speak to our ecological needs.

Helen Boyd is the Coordinator of the Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment. Following a decade of anti-poverty advocacy and founding of the Care-A-Van for our homeless population, her focus is now on the health of the people and the planet. She is a Registered Nurse and Mental Health Therapist who is passionately committed to raising awareness and enriching our natural environment for generations to come by taking action now.

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Helen Boyd




SDG Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
SDG Goal 13: Climate action
SDG Goal 14: Life below water
SDG Goal 15: Life on land

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Our natural and built environment constitutes an important Social Determinant of Health (SDoH) and has a profound impact on why some people are healthy and others are not. It is central to the task of the CVNHE to focus on preserving and restoring biodiversity and climate stability to ensure a healthy global ecosystem for all.



In our natural environment, areas of focus include levels of exposure and contaminants in our air, water, food and soil which can cause a variety of adverse health effects, including cancer, birth defects, respiratory illness and gastrointestinal ailments.


In our local built environment, factors related to housing, indoor air quality, and the design of communities and transportation systems significantly influence our physical and psychological well-being.

We respectfully acknowledge that we reside on the unceded territory and waters of the K'ómoks First Nation and are grateful to their ancestors who lived in the spirit of care for our planet for future generations.

We support anti-racism and decolonization efforts and strive to embody these principles in all that we do.

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