Many thanks to BCHNS member Brenda Flynn who alerted us to this interesting article from the May 9, Merritt Herald, Merritt nurses on the front line of Spanish Flu. Cameron Bridge, Manager of the Nicola Valley Museum & Archives, tells of the impact of the flu in the community with a focus on the many nurses who gave care to those stricken by the disease. To read the full article click here.

In April the Florence Nightingale Museum decided to spotlight a personal object actually belonging to Miss Nightingale. This personalized ivory carriage pass is located within the museum and was a gift to Florence Nightingale from Queen Victoria in the 19th century. To read more click here.


Kathleen Louisa Lee, a registered nurse, dedicated nearly four decades of her life to the residents of North Vancouver. Born and raised in Langley, she received her education at Toronto Western Hospital, graduating around 1920. Her journey of service began at the first North Vancouver General Hospital, where she cared for patients. Later, she continued her impactful work at both locations of the NVGH.

Kathleen’s unwavering commitment to the public led to her promotion as the head matron at the second hospital, a position she held from 1934 to 1960. In this role, she skillfully directed all nurses within the hospital, ensuring the well-being of patients and overseeing their care. She died in 1973 and is buried in the family plot in Murrayville cemetery in Langley BC.

Sources: Museum of North Vancouver (MONVA)

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