Board of Directors (From East of West):
Megan Tardif-Woolgar, New Brunswick
Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia
Daniel Wiseman, Nova Scotia
Nancy Majoulian, Ontario
Lianna Vargas, Ontario
Bree Nabholz, Alberta
Kristy Garnet, Alberta
Katolen Yardley, British Columbia (President)
Lindsay Hounslow, British Columbia (Vice President)
Biographies (East to West):
Savayda was discovered by herbs twenty two years ago after stumbling upon a herb shop in a quaint courtyard in London, England. She was lured down the herbal path, and has been winding her way along ever since. Her journey took her to Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver where she completed the four year phytotherapy program from the School of Phytotherapy in England. She had the great fortune to work among several eminent herbalists at Gaia Garden Herbals for five years, where she received valuable exposure to the varied aspects of herbal medicine. She returned to her home in Nova Scotia in 2002, where she has since been a driving force in the growth of herbalism in the east. She has been in clinical practice for fifteen years and runs a clinic and dispensary in Halifax, where she also teaches workshops and several popular year-long herbal medicine courses for children and adults. She is a fertility awareness educator, cancer prevention strategist, and founding and current member of the CCHA and the Herbalist Association of NS. www.mayflowerherbs.ca
Daniel has been dedicated to the Herbal Path for almost 15 years. His Green journey started with Plant Teachers in his late teens that helped guide him to a more balanced, natural and holistic way of living. Since then he has fortified his knowledge through direct experience with nature, self study, travel and more recently formal training from the East West School of Planetary Herbology and with renowned alchemist and chemist Robert Bartlett of the Spagyricus Institute.
Formerly the owner/herbalist of Blue Apples Arts & Wellness Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Daniel now focuses on medicine making, farming, wild harvesting, teaching and private practice as an herbalist in rural Nova Scotia. His practice is eclectic and ever evolving drawing from the global systems of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine, Medical Astrology and Spagyria/Alchemy.
Daniel is a professional practitioner and board member of the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia, a board member of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, a member of the International Alchemy Guild, a member of the Inner Garden Alchemy Research Group and teaches herbal pharmacy/medicine making at the Bloom Institute of Herbal Studies.
Megan is a registered professional Medical Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC).
Megan started her green journey with a degree in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University in 2008. Although she is still very passionate about healing the planet, she feels that larger scale planetary healing cannot happen without individual changes in perception and well-being. Megan decided to pursue the healing arts in 2011, and completed the 2500 hour Phytotherapy Diploma program from Pacific Rim College in 2014.
Megan practices out of her clinic and dispensary in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she helps facilitate the connection between her patients and plant world to bring the body back into a state of balance. She loves consulting with and formulating medicine for her patients. She can often be found in her herb garden with her hands in the dirt- planting, harvesting, or medicine-making. Megan believes that the key to creating resilient communities lies within the nurturing of both individuals and the planet.
Megan has been active in celebrating ad promoting the profession of herbalism, and has been the president of the Herbalist Association of New Brunswick since January 2018. It is important for Megan to participate in the empowerment of both patients and the community, and she takes an active role in educating about herbal medicine so that individuals may foster their own healthy relationships with the plant kingdom. She teaches a variety of workshops and courses in herbal medicine to promote health sovereignty of individuals and the community.
Nancy Majoulian is a Clinical Herbalist and a Registered professional Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA). Nancy is a former aerospace executive turned holistic health advocate. Her journey started after a life changing ski accident in 2008 where she had 3 surgeries and was able to get back on her feet in 6 months, exceeding the surgeons recovery expectations.
Her own health journey inspired her to leave corporate aerospace after 15 years, and make a 360 in her career to help people get their health back. Therefore, she decided to complement her business degree with a Nutritionist and Clinical Herbalist degree, get trainings from Mental Health Canada First Aid and she is currently continuing her studies to get her Doctorate in Naturopathic Sciences because she believes health is our biggest asset.
She decided to join the CCHA board because Nancy believes Herbal medicine is sacred medicine. It needs to be protected and the public needs to be properly educated on it. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans were using medicinal plants during the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Nancy wants to also honour her great-great-great grandmother Cema who was a renowned mid-wife and a herbal medicine practitioner in the 19th century from the region of Cilicia, in the “village” of Alexandretta, previously known as” Little Alexandria”.
Since leaving the corporate world, Nancy has started her own practice using a holistic and complementary approach in helping her clients get their health back. She specializes in plant-based nutrition, digestive imbalances and optimal hormonal health for men and women. She also gives regular health and wellness workshops across North America within the private and public sectors and has been a guest speaker at the Thrive with Cancer Expo in Toronto, Berkeley University in California, University of Ottawa, Ryerson College, at the International Association of Airport Executives conference in Montreal and more. In 2017, Nancy had a 6 part plant-based television series in Toronto and has made several television appearances sharing her nutritional and herbal tips including on Breakfast Television on City TV which has over 1.7 million viewers.
Nancy’s motto is: “Health is your biggest asset. Invest in it and it will pay dividends.”
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Lianna is a Registered Herbalist who continually seeks to deepen her understanding through engagement with the natural world. Her focus has been on getting to know local plants, connecting with Nature, and getting back to the basics in hopes to help forge a more sustainable future. She is also an artist that has many interests and skills she has been developing alongside her training in herbal medicine such as wildlife tracking, organic gardening and traditional crafting. She received clinical training under Diane Kent’s Clinical Herbalism Program and studied in the field with with Michael Vertolli, learning to identify and harvest the local wild plants, connecting with them on a deep level.
Lianna is a professional and past Board member of the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA). She works with Living Earth School of Herbalism as the Student Liaison & Administration Coordinator. She offers a variety of workshops and currently has a private clinical practice in Etobicoke, ON.
Bree is a Registered Medical Herbalist in Edmonton, AB where she runs her herbal medicine practice and botanical dispensary. Her dispensary stocks over 100 herbs and she loves formulating individualized blends for her clients and other practitioners including naturopaths, chiropractors and midwives throughout Alberta. In 2007, she completed her Diploma of Holistic Health at Grant McEwan University, specializing in flower essences and herbology. Through Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies on Salt Spring Island, BC she completed the Intermediate Herbal Program where she learned medicine-making and wild-crafting skills. Bree then continued on to receive her clinical training from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, where she completed a 3 year Diploma of Phytotherapy. Coming back to her Albertan roots, Bree opened Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic and Dispensary in Edmonton, AB where she enjoys seeing clients to get to the heart of their health issues. Her locally-made “Wild Yarrow Herbals” product line includes herbal products designed for pregnancy, daily wellness and festival/summer fun. You can find her products at Earth’s General Store and Noorish, as well as online. She’s a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), as well as the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). She’s also honored to sit on the board of both the Alberta Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations where she actively works along her peers to create a strong presence of herbalism in Alberta and Canada in order to raise the public profile of Herbalism as a whole. Bree is passionate about women’s empowerment, women’s health and connecting the dots between mental and emotional patterns with physical symptoms in the body; she believes addressing all facets of a person is necessary to create true long-lasting healing.
Kristy is a Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) and Professional Biologist (P.Biol) in Alberta and British Columbia (R.P.Bio.). She completed her Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biology from George Mason University in Arlington, VA, USA in 2004 and began her professional career as an ecosystem biologist. After years as a field biologist in the corporate arena, Kristy reignited her interest in biology and herbal medicine and earned her Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) diploma from Wild Rose College in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is a member of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA) and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).
Kristy believes the only way to great health is with individual support that looks at the body from a holistic perspective. She works with clients to get to the root of their health and wellness issues using herbs and natural remedies. Kristy offers online support to clients throughout North America and in-person consultations in her office in Calgary, AB.
Katolen is member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. She specializes in women’s health issues, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. Katolen teaches herbal medicine classes at numerous local colleges and at conferences throughout North America, she has been interviewed on radio and published in numerous health journals. Since 1998 has appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public. Katolen is a director of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and is current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC).