June 6 – 9, 2019, Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland B.C.
Glennis Zilm and Nan Martin were delighted to represent our Society at yet another very successful BC Historical Federation conference in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. The meetings took place in the historic Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. Many activities and events included fascinating local and historical information from passionate keynote speakers, field trips, and as always, an elegant BC Book Prize Gala. An Ideas Fair was added this year – see attached photos of the BCHNS half table display. Look for a detailed report in our summer newsletter.
Joanne Whitelaw, daughter of the late June Newton, sent us an e-mail telling us that her mother’s friend and fellow nursing sister Maxine Bredt, had recently received a Quilt of Valor. Maxine, a graduate of the Royal Jubilee Hospital served with her classmate June at hospitals in Italy and England during World War II.
The mission of the Quilt of Valour Society is “to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. We give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our past and present Canadian Forces members.” To learn more about the Society visit https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/about-qovc.html
Maxine was thrilled and honored to receive a quilt. Joanne plans to visit her mother’s friend later in the month and will share more pictures with us.
The BC History of Nursing Society is the recipient of the 2017 Best Website award.
Each year, the BCHF offers a certificate and cash prize of $250 for the best website on a topic of British Columbia history. The award honours individual or group volunteer efforts in website writing and presentation.
The BC History of Nursing Society’s website, www.bcnursinghistory.ca, honours and respects the history of nursing in British Columbia and beyond. The judges found the website to be informative and complete with blog, links to resources and photographs. The website was accessible on devices and modern in design, working to present nursing history in an interesting and engaging way. Anita Petersen and Lenore Radom were instrumental in realizing the project.
The prize was awarded on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the book awards gala event in Nakusp as part of the BCHF annual conference. Lenore and Anita were unable to attend the awards evening, and will be presented with the award at a later date.
The Best Website Award recognizes individual or group volunteer efforts in website writing and presentation on a topic pertaining to British Columbia’s history. The Best Website Award is kindly endowed by Ken Mattison.
The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) encourages interest in the history of British Columbia through research, presentation, and support in its role as an umbrella organization for provincial historical societies. Established in 1922, the Federation currently provides a collective voice for over 100 member societies and 24,000 individuals in the provincial not-for-profit historical sector.
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.
Ethel Johns, first Director of the UBC School of Nursing, has been honored by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Parks Canada, as a “Person of National Historic Significance”. Johns is one of a very few nurses that have been so honoured.
A special display in the Foyer of the Woodward Medical Library at the University of BC features the collection of Ethel Johns’ Medals. Johns, who was the first director of the UBC School of Nursing, gave her medals and awards to the Library late in her life.
They include a King Edward Silver Jubilee Medal and a Mary Agnes Snively Medal (the latter from the Canadian Nurses Association).
Ethel Johns has been honored by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Parks Canada, as a “Person of National Historic Significance” and the displays were set up because a plaque recognizing this honor is to be presented by the Canadian government to UBC this fall. The bronze plaque will be mounted in the patient park near the Koerner Acute Care Hospital Pavilion, which now houses the UBC School of Nursing.
Christina Bates, curator emeritus in history at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has written a new book,A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform.
This first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.
Watch for a review of book in a future BCHNS Newsletter!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Archivist, Francis Mansbridge, who will commence work the last week of June.
Francis has an impressive work experience. He received a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa and taught English for many years at the college level. After studying in the Archival programme at UBC, he was appointed archivist for North Vancouver from 1994-2006. He now does contract work and has written three books: Vancouver Then and Now, Hollyburn: The Mountain and the City, and Launching History based on the history of the Burrard Dry Dock. It won the BC Lieutenant-Governor’s award for history in 2002. His newest book about the history of West Vancouver will be launched on Sept.15.