In Memory of
Karen Blythe Steward

  • Sponsored by: Karen Silverthorn, Bonnie Howard, Gayle Climpson-Kennedy,
  • Colleagues and lifelong friends
  • October 6, 1953 – September 12, 2014
  • University of Western (London) Ontario Nursing School – 1976

Over a 38 year nursing career, Karen touched the lives of countless patients, often at their most vulnerable time in their lives and did so with compassion, attention and presence. Her passion was towards quality of care. She spent over two decades of her career mentoring and supporting other nurses through her involvement with the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Prior to working as the Nursing Practice Advisor for the northwest (2005 – 2014), Karen was the elected member of the CRNBC Board for the Smithers/Hazelton area. Karen’s quiet, positive approach as a mentor and teacher helped shape the high quality care of nurses across her region.

Karen started her nursing career at Moose Factory General Hospital on James Bay, Ontario.  She then served her community as a Public Health Nurse from 1977- 1982 with the Waterloo Regional Health Unit in Kitchener, Ontario. Her attraction to the north lured Karen back to Hazelton, BC where she was employed as a Head Nurse. In 1994 she joined the team at Buckley Valley District Hospital, Smithers, BC where she spent 20 years working in a variety of nursing departments and chose the OR as the area she loved the most.

Smithers United Church enjoyed having Karen as a very active member. She served on the board for several years, led worship, served on various committees, preached occasionally and was on the pastoral care team. Karen loved to sing and was a member of a number of choirs.

Karen ADORED her Shelties. She passionately trained and entered in many dog shows resulting in many awards.

Karen was a dedicated and passionate nurse. We know that her determination and commitment in her career as well as her personal life has enriched the countless people that she touched. She will be forever remembered.

Karen Blythe Steward

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