In our many years as the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC, everything that we are is because of outstanding support. This support takes on many faces – the dedication of our volunteer boards under exceptional leadership, our donors (each and every one, no matter the size of the contribution), those who are responsible for establishing one of our nursing student bursaries, often in memory of a loved one, staff members and finally but not least, our bursary applicants/winners.
As November 11 approaches and we honor those who have and continue to defend Canada, with their commitment but often with their lives. So at this time we would like to not only thank them but to recognize the vital role nursing has had in all their lives during armed conflict and afterwards…..so many stories of bravery and dedication. One such story is that of Ruth Echo McIlrath. Her memory is honored in a bursary set up by her niece Fern Irwin and will be awarded in 2018. Read about Ruth’s story on our news feed. Thank you veterans…we will not forget!
Here are some of the comments we have received from guests who attended our 1st Annual Nurses Appreciation Brunch.
Our 1st Annual Nurses Appreciation Brunch was a huge success. Held at the lovely Van Dusen Gardens on Sunday, May 7th, we recognized the contributions of families with a history of inter generational nursing and featured special guests – from our own board, Heather Mass who celebrates an amazing 4 generations of nursing in her family, and Kate Shields, a 2016 Bursary winner who is just beginning her nursing career ‘journey’. We also proudly honored nurses – past, present and future, who were in attendance.
We are so proud and pleased to announce our newest bursary: The Ruth Echo (Littlejohn) Mcllrath Bursary. This bursary has been set up through the generous legacy gift through the estate of her niece, Fern Irwin.
Salamata attends UNBC and was a 2016 bursary recipient and forwarded this lovely letter of appreciation.
An event that has forever changed my family and significantly influenced who I am today is one of my sister’s battle for life. This terrible ordeal has created how I envision myself caring for patients and their families in the future as I graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and become a Registered Nurse.
“I strongly feel nurses play a large role in making the world a better place. The nurse-patient relationship is such a powerful connection. We are often the one with the patient 24/7 seeing them at their worst and working with them to achieve their best. We empower, encourage and support patients through some of the toughest times of their lives”.
After graduating in nursing in 2007, April Bakonyi worked for four years in Toronto on a medical-surgical floor. In looking to fulfil more of a leadership role April decided to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner.
I am writing to thank you for your generous RNABC Nursing Education Bursary. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your bursary. When I learnt of this bursary through my school, BCIT, I knew that this was something I should apply to.