No Imagining too Radical, No Action too Disruptive




anti-racism, nursing, resistance


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Author Biographies

Blythe Bell, University of Victoria

Blythe Bell, BN, RN (she/her) is PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, in Leadership Studies. She is a nurse, an educator, and a white settler on Coast Salish lands whose research is focused on applications of, and resistances to, anti-racism in Canadian nursing education. Blythe is an occasional sessional instructor at the University of Victoria school of nursing. Her clinical practice has centered on childbearing women and the perinatal period, and she is currently involved in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Victoria.

Cheryl Van Daalen-Smith, York University

Dr. van Daalen-Smith is a long-time critical public health nurse and nurse educator. She enjoys cross-appointments at York University to the School of Nursing, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, the Children, Childhood and Youth Program and the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies where she served as Director for three years. A ten year dream, Witness was envisioned and founded by Cheryl in her desire to give back to Canadian nursing in (what she hopes) is a meaningful and sustained way. Her research centers around the experiences of psychiatrized persons, the impact of electroshock, women's mental health, children's rights in heatlh care settings and (of late) the mental health impact of "service dogs", whereby the rights of the animal companion is rendered both visible and equitable. 


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How to Cite

Bell, B., & Van Daalen-Smith, C. (2021). No Imagining too Radical, No Action too Disruptive. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 3(1), 1–3.