Gemeroy (nee McCauley), Helen May (1912-1997)

See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8

gemeroyHelen Gemeroy was a leader in developing and expanding the specialty of psychiatric nursing for registered nurses in Canada.  After six years of teaching she took general and psychiatric nursing at Ponoka, Alberta.  She went on to further education at the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital, McGill University and Sir George Williams, with a Masters’ of Arts from Columbia.

After administrative positions at institutions including the Allen Memorial Institute in Montreal and the Provincial Hospital in Dartmouth, she joined the nursing faculty at McGill in 1954.  She moved to Vancouver in 1968 to become Assistant Director of the UBC Health Sciences Center Hospital, where she worked to provide exemplary psychiatric care in an academic environment supportive of the educational needs of students.   She received World Health Organization Fellowship Awards in 1966, and completed two WHO consultation contracts in 1967-1968.  She was promoted to a professorship at UBC in June 1976.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Additional notes on Helen Gemeroy.
  2. Helen Gemeroy, The Canadian Nurse, February 1975, p. 36.
  3. Material in support of Gemeroy’s nomination to the RNABC Memorial Book
  4. Photograph
  5. UBC Curriculum Vitae, with six letters supporting Gemeroy’s appointment as Associate Professor and tenure.