Williamson, Eva Moody “Billie” (1917-2018)
- See Oral History files in Fonds 18, series 3, subseries 8
- See Pages of History, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2
Eva “Billie” Williamson valued education as a lifelong pursuit. She graduated from VGH in 1940, receiving the Alison Cumming medal in medical nursing. She followed this with a Certificate in Public Health Nursing in1942 and a BASc(N) in 1947 from UBC. Further education included a Master’s in Arts from Columbia University Teachers’ College in 1951 and a Master’s in Public Health Administration from UCLA (Berkeley).
She has held several positions as a Staff Nurse, Supervisor, and Associate Director/ Director of Public Health with the Vancouver Health Department. This was followed by a rewarding time teaching Public Health Nursing for WHO in Sri Lanka from 1954 to 1956. In her work she emphasized “health promotion through education and preventative measures to effect ‘high-level wellness’ in the people and communities served”. On the City of Vancouver’s 100th birthday in 1986 she was honored with a Distinguished Pioneer award from the city. Billie wrote a book about her experiences titled Billie girl: a story of life in progress, published in 2007.
Contents of Biographical File
- Biographical Information Profile and signed release form.
- Biography from “1940’s Amazing Alumni Stories” on Internet
- “Pages of History” biographical information
- Letter to Kristine Griffiths from Glennis Zilm, October 29, 2001.
- Three photographs, 1984 and 1990 (2)