Join us this September for our next event featuring wonderful presentations on topics of interest to our members and guests.


  • Date: September 16, 2018
  • Time: 2pm - 4pm
  • Cost: $30 / person
  • Place: Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver
  • RSVP : by SEPT 7, 2018

Join us to hear from these 3 inspiring authors and speakers

Carol Harrison:

BCHNS member &a retired community health nurse & teacher in the collaborative nursing program at UNBC & Northwest community college in Terrace, BC.

"Miller Bay Indian Hospital: Life and Work in a TB Sanatorium", examines the history of one of the 22 or more such hospitals across Canada in the mid-twentieth century.  This hospital, built near Prince Rupert for a different purpose by the RCAF during WW II, treated patients from across northern BC.  It is hard to find a First Nations person in this area whose life has not been touched in some way by Miller Bay--and yet it has been all but forgotten by most of the non-indigenous population. Stories of the patients, nurses, doctors and other staff members are presented in the book, in a way, hoped will stimulate more discussion and sharing of stories, and contribute in its small way to reconciliation.

Sonya Grypma:

BCHNS member & Dean and professor of nursing at Trinity western university, and president -elect of the Canadian Association for schools of nursing (CASN).

“China Interrupted: Japanese internment and the reshaping of a Canadian missionary community.” story of 6 China-born Canadian missionary kids who became nurses in Toronto and returned to China during wartime. Three evacuated and three were interned with their young families under the Japanese in China for 4 years. This is a story just coming to light in China, and of increasing interest to nurses there and in Canada.

Lisa Anne Smith:

Vancouver writer specializing in books about local history through publisher Ronsdale Press.

She is a docent with the Museum of Vancouver’s education department and a member of Native Daughters of BC Post #1, owner/operators of Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest building (circa 1865). Emily Patterson, The Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse. Born in Maine, USA, in 1836, Emily travelled west with her husband and children circa 1860 and lived in several remote areas before eventually settling in Moodyville, now North Vancouver, in 1874.  Although not formally trained, she took it upon herself to provide medical treatment to her family and community out of sheer necessity.  She became so adept at her skills that she was thought of as a nurse and was widely respected among Indigenous and pioneer residents up and down Burrard Inlet.  

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