I joined the Naval Reserve in1970 during the October Crisis. I served with HMCS Malahat, HMCS York and HMCS Carleton. I retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 moving to the Supplementary Ready Reserve. My last position was Interim Commanding Officer HMCS Carleton in Ottawa, Ontario. We thank Stephanie for her past service in the military and also those who are serving our country today!
The purpose of this talk is to speculate, question, and provoke discussion about care work and nursing’s commitments at a time when big data and A.I. are rapidly escalating against the backdrop of a global pandemic, structural oppressions and a climate emergency. Drawing on principles of design justice, data feminism, community accountability and consentful tech, we critically examine how we arrived at this moment, then turn to imagine new and more liberatory futures for care – of each other, our communities, and our digital bodies.
BIO: Dr. Rae Walker (they/them) is an Associate Professor, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and the only nurse Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They direct the Nursing PhD Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-founded Health Tech for the People, a multidisciplinary research group focused on tech ethics and accountable design. Following service in the U.S. Peace Corps, they completed their nursing training, PhD, Certiﬁcates in Nursing Education and Health Inequities, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. They teach courses on data narratives, measurement, and power, and their scholarship focuses on community-directed health innovation and digital defense against technologies and data regimes that cause harm. In 2021 they were awarded UMass Amherst’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Their advocacy for nurse-led innovation, design justice and more inclusive invention ecosystems has been featured on podcasts, the TEDx stage, and in magazines such as Forbes, Scientific American, Science and on NPR.
In June 2023 Elaine A. Carty, MSN CNM was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In British Columbia Elaine is known as “the midwife of midwifery “. She helped to promote legalization and professional recognition of midwifery not only in this province but throughout Canada.
You are a history maker Elaine! We are all very proud of your accomplishments over the years and send our sincere congratulations to you from the BC History of Nursing Society!
To read more about Elaine’s Award and career 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.
Anita Peterson, our web site diva and graphic designer of the BC History of Nursing Society Newsletter, has worked behind the scenes for many years creating our attractive, readable newsletters and our award winning website.
She is now moving forward in her career and recently shared this with Lynne Esson the BCHNS Newsletter Chair: “It is with regret that I need to inform you that I can no longer work on the newsletters. My business has changed focus in the past few years and I am doing much more intense strategic development for my clients.
The level of work I have been doing does need to be taken over by a graphic designer and I have suggested that Cassidy Mantle, a designer I have worked with would easily be able to move forward with you. Cassidy is a young designer with the right experience and is easy to work with, kind, responsive and considerate.
I have loved working on the newsletters (46 in number!) and wish you the best in the future, I will, of course be on hand to help transition to Cassidy.”
Best Wishes Anita moving forward in your career, we ‘Thank you’ for sharing your creativity, talents and special ‘care’ for nurses over the years, knowing though, you are still there for our website!!
A very warm welcome to Cassidy producing Newsletters and assisting with Website!!