Stephens, Gloria

Stephens (nee Webb), Gloria Louise

  • See Oral History Files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8, AUOH38
  • See Pages of History, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2

Gloria Webb was born in Halifax where she graduated from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953.  She worked mainly as an OR nurse, serving as President of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada, and speaking at many provincial, national and international conferences.  In 1988 she received the first Isobel Adams award for excellence in perioperative nursing.  She also received the RNABC award for excellence in nursing practice.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Articles by Stephens
    1. “Walking the Tightrope as an OR Nurse”, September 1992.
    2. “The Struggle of Nursing and Nursing Education as a Profession”, November 1982.
    3. “Meeting Needs of Canadian Surgical Patients”, Today’s OR Nurse, April 1988, pp. 10-18.
    4. “Challenge of Pain Management of the Perioperative Nurse”, 1989
  4. Historical nursing articles. – 2003-2008.
  5. “My Career”, 1945.
  6. Curriculum Gloria developed for the Post Operative Nurses Course at St. Paul’s Hospital, the first in Canada to be granted university credits.
  7. History of St. Paul’s Operating Room Post Basic Program by Gloria Stephens, 2012, updated 2015.
  8. St. Paul’s Hospital operating room 6-month basic course.
  9. Correspondence with Glennis Zilm
  10. Two photographs
  11. Newspaper photograph of BCORNG subcommittee.

Strand, Elsie (1931-2009)

Strand (nee Olsen), Elsie (1931-2009)

Elsie graduated from Ontario’s McKellar School of Nursing in 1952, where she became an instructor from 1952 to 1955.  She later taught in the LPN program at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, and then worked for the Cowichan District Hospital in different capacities.  She has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, which she appreciates for keeping her updated with nursing practice and healthcare administration.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profiles and release form
  2. Obituary

Street, Margaret Mary (1907-1993)

Street, Margaret Mary (1907-1993)

  • See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
  • See Memorial Nursing Portrait collection, Fonds 18, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 7
  • See Margaret Street Fonds in the UBC Archives.

Born in Toronto, Margaret Street grew up in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1928.  After four years’ teaching, she became a nurse, holding various senior administrative positions across Canada.  In 1961 she graduated from the Master’s in Nursing Administration program at Boston University.

From 1961 until her retirement in 1972 she taught in the UBC School of Nursing where she became friends with Ethel Johns, the first director of the UBC nursing program.  This encouraged her to write her biography of Ethel Johns, Watch-fires on the Mountains:  The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns, (1973), which received the Walter Stewart Baird Medal for the year’s best historical book on health sciences.  Her awards have also included the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Order of Canada in 1982.  Margaret was an honorary life member of the BC History of Nursing Society.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Curriculum Vitae—UBC.
  2. Nomination to the CNA Memorial Book.
  3. Articles by Margaret Street
    1. “The Orientation of Nurses.” The Canadian Nurse, (1947) 43 (7), 533-536.
    2. “The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns”: A Biography Project.  Proceedings of the Colloquium on Nursing Research, March 28-30, 1973, Ottawa, CNA.
    3. “Canadian Nursing in Perspective: Past, Present and Future.”  Keynote address.  Fiftieth anniversary of the University of Alberta Hospital and The University of Alberta School of Nursing, November 15, 1974.
    4. “Staffing Problems in Nursing Service”, The Canadian Nurse, February 1965, 61 (2), 91-93.
    5. “A Biographical Program of the Nursing Program at Mount Royal College, Calgary”, April 10, 1985.
  1. Proposal for Johns’ biography
  2. Notes for book
  3. Wallace, Pat, “Love’s Labor Wins.” Rev. of The Life and Writings of Ethel JohnsThe Province, February 13, 1974.
  4. “Biography of a Trail Blazer”, Rev. of The Life and Writings of Ethel JohnsRNABC News 6 (2), 10.
  5. “Margaret Street Authors Biography of Ethel Johns”, RNABC News, October/November 1972, pp. 11-12.
  6. Excerpt from Ethel Johns’ book
  7. Notes on Ethel Johns’ book
  8. The M.A.R.N. Makes a New Appointment.” The Canadian Nurse (1943), 39 (9), 594.
  9. M.M Street, “Professors Emeriti Division, UBC Alumni Association: Oral history project”.
  10. Material prepared by Margaret M. Street for interview, September 30, 1987.
  11. Street, M.M. [Notes] (preparation for interview by Ann Carroll), October 25, 1990.
  12. Ann Carroll’s questionnaire, with responses.
  13. Letter to M. Street from Walter Gage, President of UBC, January 21, 1974.
  14. “Endnotes”, The Canadian Nurse, September 1982, p. 62.
  15. Mackie, E.J. “Gertrude M. Hall and Margaret M. Street.  Biographical Information”, June 1984.
  16. “Miss Margaret Street”. In Desjardins, E., Flanagan, E. and Giroux, S.  “Heritage: History of the Nursing Profession in Quebec from the Augustinians and Jeanne Mance to Medicare”, Adaptation from French by H. Shaw. Montreal, ANPQ (1971), 175.
  17. “Names and Faces”, The Canadian Nurse (September 1976), p. 14.
  18. Fax to C. Petty from G. Zilm, January 26, 1994.
  19. Correspondence, 1987-1995.
  20. “In Memoriam”, UBC Alumni Chronicle, Spring 1994, p. 28.
  21. Ethel Warbinek, “In Memoriam”, UBC Alumni Association: School of Nursing Division Newsletter, March 1994, p. 4.
  22. In Memoriam, 1907-1993.
  23. Bateson, Helen, [Memorial program and biographical information].
  24. “Margaret M. Street: In Memoriam”, AARN (1994), 50 (1), 31.
  25. Obituaries
  26. Eight photographs
  27. Material regarding nomination for University of Alberta doctorate. – 1993
  28. Biography and CV
  29. Biographical information with photocopied photograph.
  30. Funeral program

Surina, Sister Leanne Marie (1937-2002)

Surina, Sister Leanne Marie / Surina, Sister Virginia (1937-2002)

Virginia Surina left her hometown of Kaslo, BC in 1956 to attend St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Vancouver.  She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Saint Ann in Victoria in 1959, earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Seattle in 1962.  She subsequently worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria, and as Director of Nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital in Smithers, BC.

She was Director of Nursing at Mount St. Francis (Geriatric) Hospital in Nelson from 1969 to 1984, where she was in charge of staff hiring and scheduling.  After a sabbatical year studying in Ottawa, she returned to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Victoria where she was Chief of Pastoral Care from 1989 to 1999.  Many remember her numerous kind deeds and helpful counseling.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical sketch
  2. Nomination to RNABC Memorial book, with CV, photographs, and other materials supporting her nomination.

Swail, Anna (1905-

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

Anna received her RN from Winnipeg General Hospital and commenced courses for her BSN, although her husband’s death in 1952 ended her studies. She worked at Winnipeg General from 1928 to 1938 and served in the Canadian Army from 1939 to 1946 where she achieved the rank of Major. She later worked as a field nurse for the Indian Health Services, regarding these years as the best in her career. She retired as Regional Nursing Supervisor in 1966.

Contents of Biographical File

1. Biographical Information Profile
2. Biographical notes from The Military Nurses of Canada, pp. 161-162.