Young Nurses Take Action

Leadership   Mentorship   Global Citizenship

Jennifer Castro


Jennifer is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in the Province of Alberta. She graduated in 2005 from Grant MacEwan University. Being the mother of three beautiful children, she keeps herself busy!! But not busy enough to keep her from sitting as a Provincial Board Member of United Nurses of Alberta since 2011; as well as the Education Committee Chair of Local 301 University of Alberta Hospital. Jennifer is a co-founder of Young Nurses Take Action's original conception in 2011 and is currently President. She is a strong advocate for young Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses. Jennifer believes that every nurse, despite age or experience, can be a strong voice and leader within their own profession, communities, and society as a whole...they only need the opportunity!!

Melissa Alexander

Vice President

Melissa is a Registered Nurse in the province of Alberta.  She graduated from Grant McEwan University in 2004. She is a mom to a vivacious and very handsome little boy. When she’s not busy with her family, she keeps herself busy promoting nursing leadership. She co-founded Young Nurses Take Action in 2016 to encourage young nurses to become involved in  leadership abroad. She sits on her local UNA Executive Board as the Vice President, and as a Vice President for YNTA. Melissa encourages nurses to be active in their community, follow their dreams, and stand up for each other. 

Nicole Van Dijk


Nicole is a Registered Nurse in the province of Alberta. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of MacEwan in 2011. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of environments including at the bedside and within the community. Nicole is one of the original founding members of Young Nurses Take Action . As an Undergraduate Nursing Employee, she recognized the value that leadership, mentorship and opportunity in organizations like YNTA brings to fellow nurses. After her first experience in Uganda in 2012, she was asked to present her experience in Uganda to the MacEwan Nursing Honours Society to encourage other young nurses to take action locally and globally. Nicole held the position of Secretary for UNA Local 301 for two years before having her son. Nicole looks forward to pursuing the intrinsic and essential values of continuing to mentor young nurses.

Margaret Danko


Maggie is a Registered Nurse in Edmonton, practicing in intensive care. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) program, where she completed an undergraduate research thesis project focused on ethical complexities experienced by healthcare providers and the social determinants of health. She has always believed passionately in nursing leadership, particularly in young and new grad nurses. As a student, she served on the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA)’s board as the Western Regional Director, President, and Past President, as well as having sat as the Student Representative on the CNA Board of Directors for the 2012-13 term. She remains an active member of various working groups and committees within the nursing community. Maggie has always had a strong interest in global health, having volunteered internationally in India and Nepal as a student. After joining YNTA on the 2014 trip to Panama, Maggie co-lead the group on their 2016 mission to the Peruvian Amazon, and worked alongside the other founding members to establish the inaugural board of the Young Nurses Take Action Foundation.