Photo Credit: Lenore Radom BCHNS

BCHNS member gets article posted on Bates Center Blog

BCHNC Member is published

BCHNS member, Lydia Wytenbroek wrote an article in Honor of Nurses Week- “The Stethoscope: A Tool of Nurses’ Trade since the 1930’s” that got published today May 12th, as a lead article on the Blog “Echoes & Evidence” at The Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Click on link to view this article & others… Congratulations Lydia!

March 19, 2016 Glennis Zilm presents at Surrey Museum

Dressed in a heritage nursing uniform and armed with artifacts and photographs, Glennis Zilm transports you back to pioneer Surrey, when health care was not what it is today.

photo credit: Glennis Zilm
photo credit: Glennis Zilm

Surrey Museum, Cloverdale (on Highway 10), Saturday, March 19  2:00pm-3:00pm

By donation

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The home pages are, –  one should be able to bring up a map.  There is lots of free parking, which one accesses from the back of the building on 56A Avenue.

Birthday Wishes

Margaret Mainwaring recently celebrated her 105th birthday on February 5, 2016.

Kathy Murphy taking greetings from BCHNS & VGH Photo Credit: Kathy Murphy BCHNS member
Kathy Murphy taking greetings from BCHNS & VGH Photo Credit: Kathy Murphy BCHNS member

Margaret is a 1933 graduate from VGH School of Nursing and served in WWII. She received the Queen’s Silver Medal at Government House in 2012. Attending her birthday celebrations were representatives from the BCHNS, the military, and the VGH School of Nursing alumnae.

To read more on Margaret go to BC History of Nursing Society newsletters under Resources and Newsletters, The Summer 2011, volume 22| issue 2,  for a lovely account of her career & a photo.

Military Nursing Sister Dies

Harriet ‘Hallie’ Jennie Todd Sloan, C.M., C.D., B.N., Lt Col (Retired),passed away peacefully at home in Ontario on January 21 2016, her 99th birthday.

Photo Credit: From Google images
Photo Credit: From Google images

Born in Winnipeg, she grew up in Saskatoon and graduated in 1939 from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing. She enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and served overseas in France during World War II in the 8th Canadian General Hospital.

After D-Day, she participated in the liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands, and chose to remain in the Army to serve during peacetime. She rose to the rank of Matron-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces Medical Services. After retiring from the military, she began a second career with the Canadian Nurses Foundation.

Hallie was a tireless volunteer supporting veteran’s health care and the Nursing Sister’s Association of Canada. She was privileged to participate in several pilgrimages commemorating WWII Campaigns in Asia and Europe. In 2004, she was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of her outstanding leadership for 50 years and advancing military nursing and patient care. She was also a Dame of the Order of St. John and last year as a D-Day veteran received the Legion of Honour.

Hallie remained close to her BC ties and was a long-time member of the BC History of Nursing Society and kept in touch with several of our members.

For further information about the memorial service and donations go to

BCHNS represented at BC Historical Federation conference

The Society was represented at the annual general meeting and conference of the BC Historical Federation in Quesnel near the end of May.

Photo Credit: Glennis Zilm
Photo Credit: Glennis Zilm

The photo shows BCHNS representative Nan Martin standing by 1860s Cornish Waterwheel for gold panning on Williams Creek in a picture taken during the field trip to historic Barkerville.

Glennis Zilm also represented the BCHNS

Thank you!