Smith (nee Anderson), Irene

Irene Anderson was recruited from her position with BC Mental Health Services in spring 1942 to operate a hospital at Hastings Park Internment Camp for Japanese residents.  Her duties included administering the hospital, supervising patient care, supervising staff, and training aides to supplement the professional nursing staff.  Male and female patients and young children, as well as those suffering from TB, were segregated.  Patients with more serious medical issues were transferred to VGH.  In September 1942 Irene resigned to enroll in the Teaching and Supervision diploma program at UBC School of Nursing.

Photograph shows Irene Anderson (centre) with nurses at the Hastings Park Hospital for the Japanese in 1942.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical information by Ethel Warbinek
  2. “Nikkei Memories” in The Bulletin Literary Supplement: A Journal for and About the Nikkei Community (April 1996)