At CCNM, one thing is for certain – we can always rely on our students and graduates to get involved, both at the school and in the community. Moving the profession forward requires a group effort because it includes many different, but equally important facets. From school events organized by the student body to graduates working in provincial and state regulations, we’re committed to advancing naturopathic medicine at home and beyond.

NDs and careers in public policy

The most recent issue of our alumni magazine, Mind|Body|Spirit, focused on a number of CCNM graduates who are moving the profession forward. All across North America, NDs are using their skills and expertise both at the grassroots stage and with the highest levels of government to ensure the profession’s voice is heard. Read about:

  • Class of 2003 graduate Daphne Jurgens who worked on the federal government’s Cannabis Act in Canada;
  • Nicole Redvers, ND who has worked tirelessly to pass legislation in the Northwest Territories that will change the way NDs practice there;
  • Iva Lloyd ND, who’s ensuring that naturopathic medicine has a global voice through her work with the World Naturopathic Federation.

Mental Health Week

CCNM hosted daily events to mark Mental Health Week (February 4-8) in an effort to get staff and students thinking about how we can boost mental health in positive, beneficial ways. We started with an information session, presented by our chief naturopathic medical officer, Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND, who spoke about the mental health focus at our teaching clinic.

On Tuesday, we held a panel discussion with NDs who focus on mental health in clinical practice. The student-run Botanical Medicine Club led us through a make-your-own-tincture workshop on Wednesday. We practiced our downward dogs during a yoga and reiki class on Thursday, and concluded the week by learning about the benefits of gardening for our mental health.

Mental Health Week was an initiative of Thrive, a program run by the college to demystify mental health, encourage community building, and facilitate opportunities for students to support their own overall health and wellness.

NMSA representation from CCNM

In November, CCNM third-year student Valerie Gettings was selected to be president-elect for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), an organization which advocates for naturopathic medical students by providing support, tools, and the necessary expertise and connections to help them become successful NDs. Congratulations, Valerie!

Since I have been passionate about the importance of naturopathic students having a voice in their profession since day one of school at CCNM, I am so glad I get to be in this role in order to help students have a seat at the table.

Valerie A. Gettings, CNHP

NMSA president-elect, 3rd year naturopathic medical student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

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