September 16, 2018 successful Tea & Tales event

The Tea & Tales event Sunday September 16th, at Hycroft mansion, featuring 3 authors, was another successful event enjoyed by all 31 who attended.  Authors, Carol Harrison from Terrace, Sonya Grypma & Lisa Smith both from Lower Mainland gave very informative background of their well researched books. Guests were royally served a delicious “Afternoon Tea” by Sheridee Lee Catering & her team!

Members can look forward to a more detailed description & photos of the event in our next newsletter

CAHN/ACHN Annual Conference 2018

President Kathy Murphy sends this photo of the BC representatives at the CAHN/ACHN Conference held in Halifax from June 15-17, 2018. Gloria Stephens, formerly from BC, was Chair of the Hosting Committee.

“In the three days we heard 32 interesting research papers, viewed excellent displays, consumed delicious food, enjoyed some of the Halifax sights and were entertained by some wonderful Maritime musicians and dancers. The Hosting Committee were so gracious, and even the weather cooperated!”

Look for more details about the Conference in an upcoming BCHNS Newsletter.

Rare Books and Special Collections Tour

Here is a photo of BCHNS members that visited the Rare Books and Special Collections at the UBC Library, guided by Archivist Krisztina Laszio, on June 21, 2018. Nan Martin in the foreground is viewing some of the Florence Nightingale letters.
Many of the letters are addressed to Nightingale while others are sent from her or involve other correspondents discussing Nightingale. The letters date from 1877 to 1965. A substantial portion of the collection was purchased from a Bostonian antiquarian book dealer in 1966 and 1967 by the Woodward Library. Online access to these digitized letters can be found at https:///

Last Meeting at CRNBC…


Ethel Warbinek attends her last meeting of the lower mainland branch of the BCHNS on June 7, 2018. Ethel, shortly relocating to the Okanagan, plans to participate in our future meetings via skype from her new home in Penticton.
Ethel has been an extremely active member, having served the Society in countless ways for many, many years. Her presence will be greatly missed.
Best wishes to you Ethel!

BC History of Nursing Society wins Best Website Prize

May 28, 2018

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, 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.

BCHF Annual conference

Covered bridge over the River Kuskanax at Nakusp Hot Springs


BCHF Annual Conference, 

May 24 to May 26, 2018 – Nakusp, B.C.

 Nan Martin was delighted to represent our society at yet another very successful conference in beautiful Nakusp. Many activities and events included fascinating local and historical information from keynote speakers, bus tours, and a lovely BC Book Prize Gala. At the Gala, one of our Honorary members, Naomi Miller, received recognition for her outstanding work throughout the years with BCHF.

Parade of Past & Present nursing uniforms


On May 12, 2018  the Vancouver Island University hosted & co-sponsored the Fashion Show Parade of past and present nursing costumes and uniforms called  “Dressing Up History: nurses uniforms and professional identity”

The BCHNS received the invitation through long time member Sheila Zerr from  Cheryl Warsh, Professor of the Department of History at the VIU.  Sheila has created a collection of uniforms & costumes represented through the ages which she has used  to teach “history of nursing”.  The event was moderated by long time member Glennis Zilm.  Models were students & faculty of VIU and members of the BCHNS.

Photo Credits: Michelle Eng, Cheryl Entwistle,Kathy Murphy, Stephanie Buckingham, and Sue Forshaw.



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Ann Thomas Callahan’s Story

We think you will enjoy reading this touching and amazing story about one of Manitoba’s first indigenous nurses. Ann Thomas Callahan spent 14 years in residential schools and after pursuing more education, became one of the first First Nations nurses in Manitoba. The following article tells of her remarkable nursing career filled with challenges and personal rewards. In 2007 a building at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg was named in her honour.

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