Wyness, Margaret Anne (1942- )

Wyness, Margaret Anne (1942- )

  • See Oral History Files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
  • See School of Nursing Fonds 31

Anne Wyness received her BSN (Honors) from UBC in 1965 and her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Washington in 1972.  She taught at the Atkinson School of Nursing at Toronto Western Hospital, the University of Toronto, and from 1973 at UBC’s School of Nursing.  She states that “Teaching in clinical settings is of particular interest to me and I teach effectively in acute medical and surgical settings as well as in classroom settings”.

Her professional contributions include extensive publications and numerous presentations.  She chaired the first Patient Education Committee at VGH, which provided a basis for the ongoing development of patient education initiatives at the hospital.  She participated in the development of the first neuroscience certification examination of the Canadian Nurses’ Association, and the evaluation of the outcomes of the first nursing elective in HIV/AIDS care in Canada.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. UBC Curriculum Vitae
  2. Transcript of interview by Ethel Warbinek, July 13, 1993.
  3. Summary of candidate criteria for Anne Wyness for Award of Excellence in Nursing Education

Wynne, (nee Donald) Elizabeth Jean (1934-

Wynne, (nee Donald) Elizabeth Jean (1934-

  • See Oral History files Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8, AU0H35

Betty graduated from VGH  in 1956 and with a BSN from UBC in 1957.  From 1978 to 1981, she took her Master’s of Science in Health Services Planning.  She worked mostly as a Public Health Nurse for the City of Vancouver and the Simon Fraser Health Unit, which gave her great career satisfaction.  Professional and community involvement included 25 years on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board where she chaired and participated in numerous committees.  She states that this broadened her appreciation of health care delivery beyond the community level.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile
  2. Amazing Alumni Stories, UBC School of Nursing
  3. .  “Top Nurse Wanted to Be a Stenographer”.  Article on Wynne as BC’s top nursing graduate of 1956.
  4. Cover page and abstract for Wynne’s thesis, “Evaluation of Scoliosis Screening at Simon Fraser Health District” 1981).
  5. “Scoliosis: To Screen or Not to Screen”, Canadian Journal of Public Health 75 (July/August 1984), 277-180.
  6. Graduation photograph

Zerr (nee Rankin), Sheila (1936-

Zerr (nee Rankin), Sheila (1936-

  • See Memorial Nursing Portrait Collection, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 7, File 2
  • See Pages of History, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2
  • See Oral History Files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8

Sheila’s many achievements have been recognized in awards including a medal commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.  She also received an Award of Distinction in 1999 from RNABC for her outstanding contribution to nursing in Canada.

She graduated from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing and continued her studies with a BSc in Public Health Nursing in 1967 and a MEd in Psychopedagogy in 1971 from the University of Ottawa. Sheila worked as a staff nurse at a number of hospitals in Vancouver, Fredericton and Ottawa as well as for the VON before teaching at the Ottawa General Hospital. From 1971-1985, she was an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa before moving to BC, where she became a visiting assistant professor the University of Victoria. Since 1995, Sheila has been an adjunct professor, UBC School of Nursing.

Her community and professional involvements include chairing the Planning Committee for the International History of Nursing Conference in 1997, and Committee Chairperson for the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing, Learned Societies Conference, in 1989.  She has been active as a consultant in the production of films and books.  Her own writing includes co-authoring Pharmacology and the Nursing Process and a chapter in Fundamentals of Nursing.

Sheila is a founding member of the BCHoN Society, was instrumental in initiating the oral history project and has raised over $15,000 for HoN Scholarships by handcrafting a collection of miniature historical nursing figures.  She is an honorary life member. Sheila has remained involved with the RJH School of Nursing Alumnae and ensured Begbie Hall, at RJH, was selected as a residence worthy of designation of National Historic significance.

Sheila has been an active member of her community, serving on various committees to improve health care.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile
  2. Signed biographical release form
  3. Transcript of interview, October 27, 2001.
  4. Material related to Zerr’s receiving the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award January 29, 2003.
  5. Hadley, Terry, “Changes Through Time”, South Delta Leader, May 9, 2003.
  6. Certificate for “Lighting the Lamp Campaign”, 2000
  7. Nomination for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, June15, 2012.
  8. Presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Sheila Zerr – 2015.
  9. Two photographs

Zilm, Glennis (1935-

Zilm, Glennis (1935-

  • See Glennis Zilm Fonds 29
  • See Pages of History, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2

Glennis grew up in New Westminster, BC and graduated from Vancouver General Hospital in 1957 and with a BSN from UBC School of Nursing in 1958.  She received a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in 1969 and a Master’s of Arts in Communications from Simon Fraser University in 1981.

Glennis’s diverse working life has included nursing at Maple Ridge Hospital; New South Wales, Australia; and instructing at the Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster.  She was an Assistant Editor for The Canadian Nurse from 1963 to 1969, and an editor/reporter for the Canadian Press from 1969-1972.  She states that she found the most interesting aspects of her career the combination of nursing and journalism for The Canadian Nurse and the Canadian Press, and later as a freelancer in medical journalism.

From 1973 she has been a freelance writer, editor and writing consultant, working mainly with individuals and organizations in health care areas.  A special area of interest is history of nursing and health care.  She has a long list of publications and other professional credentials, including editing eight volumes of proceedings published by various health care associations or universities. One worth mentioning is Legacy: the History of Nursing Education at the University of British Columbia 1919-1994.  As a writing consultant she has been a resource person for many workshops and a guest speaker at public lectures and meetings.

Glennis presents numerous classes and public speeches on the history of nursing usually attired in a historical nursing costume.

Awards include UBC Nursing Division Award of Distinction 2000, the John B. Neilson Spaulding Award in 2004 for her long-standing contribution to the history of health care in Canada, The UBC Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Kwantlen University College in 2006 and in 2016, the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal. She is a founding and  Honorary Life Member, BCHoN Society

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile
  2. Signed Biographical Release form.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Glennis Zilm and Ethel Warbinek, “Profile of a Leader: Scharley Phoebe (Wright) Brown”, CJNL 12 (3), Sept./Oct. 1999, pp. 24-26
  5. Information on Presentations at Conferences
  6. Letter to Chris Hives re Margaret Street’s papers, October 12, 2004.
  7. “Salute to Glenis Zilm”
  8. Note to Sheila Zerr, October 31, 2005.
  9. Information on Zerr’s receipt of John B. Neilson/Spaulding Award
  10. Two graduation photographs
  11.  Two Photographs:  Presentation of Community Partnerships Award, May 7, 2015