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Thanks4Giving!

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.

Too often we don’t say thank you to those in our lives who have made us what we are today.  But on October 19, 2017 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver we made a sincere effort to do just that. Despite the dismal Vancouver weather, the board and staff welcomed 56 of our ‘friends’ to spend an evening of celebration and appreciation. Guests enjoyed a magnificent view from the 35th floor as they grazed on all the delicious culinary offerings before the festivities began.  John Greenway gave a brilliant Taiko drum welcome before our President, Fiona Karmali introduced our guest speaker and past board member, David Byres, Chief Nurse Executive, BC Ministry of Health who gave a thought provoking synopsis of the future of nursing in BC. In keeping with our In Tribute program, the entertainment reached a new level with Bill Pentazis’ energetic George Michael impersonation. We sincerely hope that each one of our supporters left the evening with a sense of camaraderie for all that RNBC encompasses and how their contributions impact us and that they will proudly display their certificates of appreciation. This will be an annual event and moving forward, annual donors of $300 per year, will receive a complimentary ticket to this event. We would love to see you there!

Here are just a few photos of the festivities but for the full gallery, please go to Carson Au’s link below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_iVaMS1eK6SVnlxYjFXRHZkOWs

Our first President, Don Ransom and our present President, Fiona Karmali

 

Howard Searle, Lifetime Patron enjoying some of the delicious fare

 

Elsie Tan, UBC Nursing Faculty and Sherry Hamilton, Chief Nursing Officer, PHSA

 

(Back) Tilly Bara, Mary Raikes-Tindle (VGH SON Alumnae Bursary) and Sue Forshaw (Front) Kathy Murphy (Gordon Murphy Bursary) and Bob Wadsworth

 

Linda von Tettenborn (RNFBC Audit & Finance) and Tilly Bara, past Board President

 

Mary Flaherty and Anne Earthy, past Board Members

 

Sharon Toohey, Past President and her guest, Rejeanne enjoying the festivities

 

John Greenway gives an awesome Taiko drum welcome for our guests

 

Fiona introduces guest speaker, David Byres

 

David giving a most interesting talk on the future of nursing in BC

 

Diane Clements (Royal Jubilee SON Alumnae Bursary) and Cynthia Johansen (CEO, CRNBC)

 

Ginger Brown, RNFBC Bursary Chair

 

Suzanne Campbell, UBC Nursing Faculty, Elizabeth Saewyc, Director, UBC School of Nursing and Elsie Tan, UBC Nursing Faculty

 

Sally Thorne, UBC Nursing Faculty and past RNFBC Board Member

 

Bill’s impressive tribute to George Michael

 

BC Occupational Health Nurses Bursary 2016 Winner , Myrla Amper and her guest, Cherry

 

Sylvia J. Holmes Bursary 2016 Winner, Eva Perjes

 

RNABC Nursing Education Bursary 2016 Winner, Josie Robertson and her fiancé, Jessie

 

Group Shot

 

Cheryl Isaak, BCIT Nursing Faculty

 

Best Buds…Shannon Griffin and Heather Straight, the newest member of RNFBC Board

 

Thank you David and Fiona!