Glennis Zilm says “good bye”

Glennis Zilm attends her last meeting of the Lower mainland Branch of the BCHNS at our June 22/17 meeting.

Glennis has been a very active member, a valuable historian to our Society and will be greatly missed, although she says she plans to attend the meetings via skype from her new home in Campbell River!!!
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Clothes Tell Stories

An ‘ethnic’ souvenir for a WWI Nurse has brought the Curator at the Museum of Greek Folk Art, Athens, Greece and the BCHNS together.  Curator Eleni Papathoma, M.A. contacted the BCHNS thru “contact us” on our website enquiring about a Nursing Sister Winifred Jessie Dowding, shown in the picture, and a souvenir she bought while serving in Greece during WWI.  Papathoma at the end of her article thanks Glennis Zilm and the BC History of Nursing Society for their “immediate and illuminating” response to her questions.

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UBC Hall Display: Ethel Johns being honoured

Ethel Johns, the first Nursing Director of the University of British Columbia School of Nursing will soon be honoured by the placement of a permanent plaque in a selected garden at UBC.

The new display in the UBC display case of the School of Nursing, prepared by Cheryl Entwistle, Chair of Displays, shows our appreciation and recognition of  Johns’ contributions and early work in establishing the Nursing Program.

Look for the date to be posted on the EVENTS PAGE of this website when we are made aware of this event.


A New Addition

The UBC School of Nursing Historical Collection Fond, 1921-2004 has been added to the website. There are some historical photos included and the complete fonds can be downloaded. To find the Collection go to Archives, archival fonds, and click on the UBC School of Nursing Historical Collection.

May 12, 2017 Florence Nightingale Tea

The PARC Retirement Living honoured all 33 of their Resident nurses ranging from the classes of 1938 to 1971. Our very own BCHNS member, Cheryl Entwistle, to the delight of the all, attended the “Nightingale Tea” in the 1905 RJH walking out costume. The message to these elderly nurses was a quote from Florence Nightingale “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…we must be learning all of our lives”  Continue reading

Happenings in History

Member Sonya Grypma has an article published in The Journal of Quality Advancement in Nursing Education (QANE). The article “Historically-Informed Nursing: The Untapped Potential of History in Nursing Education” can be downloaded here:

Julie Lapinsky, a BCHNS supporter, alerted us to an article about a new memorial for First World War nurses.  To read the article click here:

Be sure to visit the VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association’s web site. It has a new look!  Click here:

Military Nurse Maxine Bredt at Vimy Ridge

Maxine was a delegate last week that travelled to Vimy Ridge with other veterans sponsored by Veteran’s Affairs Canada. She did her nurses training at  Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and served in Italy & England in WWll

In this photo Maxine is at the tunnels with her daughter Christine on her left attended as her caregiver.

Maxine has been a lively member at RJH reunions & BCHNS luncheons attending with her nursing classmate, June Newton and they served together in the War.