Dr. Sally Thorne, a professor in UBC School of Nursing, and associate dean of faculty affairs within the Faculty of Applied Science, has been appointed Member of the Order of Canada.
This honour recognizes Dr. Thorne’s extensive contributions to the practice and discipline of nursing as a researcher, academic and leader. It was announced by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada.
“Dr. Thorne is visionary in her efforts to further the contributions of nursing to the best possible care of Canadians,” said Dr. James Olson, Dean, UBC Faculty of Applied Science.
“She is an inspirational leader and generous mentor to many in the nursing profession and beyond, and her accomplishments in research, healthcare delivery, and leadership are exceptional, not only in Canada but also internationally. I know of no other Canadian more deserving of this honour.”
Dr. Thorne became a Member of the Order of Canada on June 30 — her last day of full service at UBC before retirement. She plans to continue her research, graduate supervision, and voluntary professional activities as a professor emeritus.
To read more about Dr. Thorne’s career click click here.
The Award of Recognition was established by the CAHN-ACHN Board of Directors in 2018 to recognize longstanding members for their sustained and meaningful contributions or their innovative role in furthering the goals and mandate of the organization. The Award of Recognition applies to a person who has been a long-standing member of the organization and is made on the recommendation of members of the CAHN/ACHM Board.
This year’s 2023 award winner is Dr. Geertje Boschma, Professor and Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs, Nursing, University of British Columbia. Dr. Boschma leads a research program on the history of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing in particular the history of community-based mental health service in western Canada during the latter half of the century. Continue reading
Hello everyone! I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you! I am a professor at the UBC-V School of Nursing and teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs. My research centers on the history of nursing and mental health care. I am faculty-co-lead of the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry in the School of Nursing, and a longstanding member of the BCHNS. I am excited to join the BCHNS board as its president, and to work with a great and committed group of people.
Vice President: Lenore Radom
Hello to all, I am pleased to join this new team of Directors for the BCHNS Board, who have willingly stepped forward to lead the group. I have been an active member, participating on several committees, mainly Chair of the BCHNS website. We look forward to your continued support.
Treasurer: Marg Gorrie
Hello, my name is Marg Gorrie, and I am pleased to join the BCHNS board in the role of Treasurer. My interest in nursing history is centered on psychiatric/mental health nursing and community nursing. Prior to retirement, I taught in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at BCIT.
Secretary: Michelle Danda
Hello there! I am a Registered Nurse (RN) experienced in professional practice, healthcare informatics, mental health, substance use, and harm reduction. I am also a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta. My research is on the history of Registered Practical Nurse education in BC.
The BC History of Nursing Society (BCHNS) held its Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2023. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of Honourary Membership to Kathy Murphy who has been our President for the past 14 years.
Kathy’s commitment to leadership in the BCHNS is commendable. Her dedicated efforts on behalf of the Society will continue to strengthen nursing history and honour its past. Congratulations, Kathy!
To read Kathy’s complete nomination, written by Lenore Radom BCHNS Vice President, on behalf of the Board and members, click here.
The February issue has several interesting articles and video presentations for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Supporter of BCHNS Lisa Anne Smith recently spoke to the Vancouver Historical Society about the historic Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest surviving building (c. 1868).
BCHNS member Anne Wyness is author of The Larder of the Wise, a book which tells the story of James Inglis Reid Ltd. a Vancouver business which operated from 1908 to 1986. Anne appears in conversation about the business in a video from the Museum of Vancouver.
CTV’s Mike McCardell has The Last Word on Amelia Douglas the Indigenous woman who was the wife of B.C.’s first governor, and how she changed history.
Congratulations to Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek who received the 2022Mary Adelaide Nutting Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing “for outstanding research and writing produced by an experienced scholar for Nursing (Inter)nationalism in Iran, 1916-1947”.
Mary Adelaide Nutting had a profound impact on American nursing. Born in Canada she was one of the key figures in modernizing the profession and her work is still influential in the field today. To read more about Mary Adelaide Nutting click here.
Dr. Sally Thorne recently received the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) Lifetime Achievement Award. The mission of the organization is to advance oncology nursing excellence through practice, education, research, and leadership. Dr. Thorne is “a most deserving recipient and someone who continues to influence and inspire nurses globally.”
Nina Rumen graduated from St Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1951. Her military career took her to Churchill, Manitoba (1952-54) when Canada’s north was opening. From there she went to Iserholn, Germany with the British Army of the Rhine, then to Lahr, Germany. She served with NATO from 1970-72. Nina also was loyal to her military nursing community, actively ensuring that military nursing, in BC and beyond, was honoured and preserved.
Nina always loved a challenge and would battle for what she believed was right, no matter what the odds. She was always the kind of nurse who was proud of her profession and who assisted the BCHNS to achieve its goals of which she was a founding member and now has Honourary Membership.
Nina now lives in a Care Facility and has just had her 94th Birthday. Due to Pandemic restrictions, it has been difficult to visit her, but BCHNS member, Sheila Oxholm has been sending cards & visiting with flowers when permitted and reading our BCHNS newsletters to her.
To read more about Nina look under Membership – Honourary MembershipNina Rumen
Thanks to BCHNS Honorary Member Glennis Zilm who sent in the following:
“BCHNS member Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, who joined the UBC Nursing faculty this past fall, has been awarded a Healthcare Project Grant of almost $10,000 by AMS Healthcare, formerly the Hannah Foundation. The funds will be used for a project on Imperial Pathways of Mobility: Doctoring Women and the American Surgical Enterprise in Iran 1888-1940. Lydia is working on a book based on her doctoral thesis, and on projects related to “whiteness in Canadian nursing,” nursing’s voice and social justice, and the history of perioperative nursing. Congratulations!”
CAHN-ACHN offers two major financial awards each year: the Margaret M. Allemang Scholarship for graduate students (Masters or PhD level) studying in the field of nursing history, and the Vera Roberts Endowment for historians of nursing (academic or independent) who are working on Canadian nursing history focused on regions north of the 60th parallel.
CAHN/ACHN – Margaret M. Allemang Scholarship (deadlineforapplying is March 15, 2020)
CAHN/ACHN -Vera Roberts’ Research Award (deadline for applying is March 31, 2020)