Meet the Board
Dzifa Dordunoo, PhD RN
Dzifa Dordunoo (she/her) is native of Dzodze, Ghana, and is an esteemed educator, researcher and leader with nearly two decades of experience. As one of the co-founders of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in BC, Dr. Dordunoo was asked to be our president because of her vision, passion and extensive knowledge (both academic & lived) on contemporary nursing concerns.
She is a practitioner with over 19 years of varied clinical practice experience working in general medicine and coronary care units as well as outpatient clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She continues to expand her clinical nursing knowledge as she completes her nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate.
With extensive experience working on investigator initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials at the Johns Hopkins University, her current program of research leverages dissemination and implementation science to address factors that influence quality of care and patient outcomes. Dr. Dordunoo has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team.
As an assistant professor, she teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
She holds a bachelor's degree (with distinction) from University of Victoria, a Master's degree from Duke University with post-master's certificates in clinical research management and teaching. She completed her doctoral education at the University of Maryland Baltimore with a focus on heart failure.
Kyra Philbert, RN
Kyra Philbert (she/her) is a queer biracial (Black/White) ciswoman settler living on unceded Coast Salish territories, specially those of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations. She is a registered nurse with clinical experience in emergencies rooms of various sizes and home health. Currently she is in the classroom at UBC, completing both a Masters of Science in Nursing and a second undergraduate degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She plans on getting a PhD with interests in concepts of (outdoor) recreation, health and Blackness in settler Canada.
She is a current board member of ZeeZee Theatre (2021), a local theatre company devoted to telling diverse stories and one of the co-founders of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in BC.
Natania Abebe, RN
Natania Abebe (she/her) is graduate student at the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a double master's degree in nursing and public health. As a registered nurse, Natania's background is in mental health and public health. Natania's interests include gender equality, immigrant mental health, anti-racist health care approaches and media and health. She is one of the co-founders of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in BC
In her spare time, Natania makes films that discuss health issues. For example, her short film, Just a Nurse premiered at Lucasfilm Studios in 2018.
Twitter : @Natania_Abebe.
Adigo Angela Achoba-Omajali, MN RN BScN
Angela (she/her) hails from the Ibaji tribe in Kogi state of central Nigeria, this situates Angela as a Black, Nigerian-Canadian Nurse living and practicing in British Columbia. Angela earned both her BScN and MN degrees from the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC where she lives with her husband and two children.
Angela has been working as a Registered Nurse for about 10 years in Mental Health and Substance Use as part of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team with Interior Health Authority. She is currently in a temporary seconded position as Steward-at-Large with the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU). Additionally, Angela is one of the co-founders of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in BC
Angela’s interest areas include addressing Anti-Black racism and Indigenous-specific racism in the healthcare system.
When she is not engaging in nursing at the clinical or academia level, Angela likes to travel, network, play tennis and spend time with her family.
Ismalia De Sousa, MSc RN
Ismalia De Sousa (she/her) is a Doctoral Student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, and a Research Assistant at the Vancouver Stroke Program at Vancouver General Hospital/University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research will be exploring lived experiences of young women, LGBTQIA+ and visible minorities with a stroke to demonstrate inequities and provide recommendations for healthcare systems. She also has an interest in amplifying the voices and increasing the visibility and representation of a Black, Indigenous and other people of colour within the nursing workforce to reflect the individuals and communities nurses care for and ensure that multi-layered decision-making in health, academia, research, and policy-making is person-centred.
Ismalia earned her Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) in Nursing from Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (Portugal) and holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Neuroscience Care from King’s College London (United Kingdom). She worked as a Registered Nurse and later as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke in the Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (London, UK) for 10 years, collaborating also with not-for-profit stroke organizations. She was a committee member of the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Forum (2015 – 2019), represented stroke nursing in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party and served as co-chair of the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group (2018 – 2019). Ismalia is a board member of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (United Kingdom) and led the development of the first UK Career Framework for stroke nurses, a project funded by the Royal College of Nursing. She is also a board member of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC and one of the co-founders of the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in BC