To date, RNFBC Board members and “friends” of the Foundation have successfully built a $5 Million endowment fund. The interest earned from the 39 named bursaries that make up the investment portfolio allows the Foundation to offer cash bursaries each year to help support BC’s Registered Nurses in their nursing education.
Established as a charitable organization by the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia in 1979 and now the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC, the RNFBC mandate is to support all Registered Nurses of BC pursuing basic and advanced education. We do so by raising funds to allow the distribution of bursaries to qualified students. We are committed to the advancement of nursing practice and nursing education and strive to assist as many RNs and RN students as possible each year in their educational pursuits.
We support both entry-level (undergrad) education and advanced degrees such as Masters and PhD level programs focused on preparing practicing nurses for advanced roles like nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists; educators; and researchers.
There are 17 Nursing Programs in BC and all have wait lists. Unfortunately, their ability to increase enrollment is compromised by under-funding and a growing shortage of nurse educators. We sincerely hope that our work in small part is helping to alleviate that shortage.
Our Board & Team
Over the past 40 years, the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC has come to rely on the passion and expertise of our board and staff. This year is no exception! Although from different backgrounds within the nursing community, whether working at present or retired, the common thread our volunteer board members have is their dedication to all the Foundation can offer the Registered Nurses of BC in their pursuit of educational nursing excellence.
Fiona Karmali, President
Employment: Executive Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Informatics and Policy Office, Provincial Health Services Authority
Heather Mass, Past President
Employment: Retired, TOB Consultants with Sharon Toohey, former RNFBC President
Former Life: Chief of Nursing, BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Ginger Brown, Chair, Bursary Committee
Former Life: Manager, Home Health Program, South Community Health Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health
Barb Lawrie, Chair, Audit & Finance Committee
Former Life: Vice President, Professional Practice & Chief Clinical Information Officer, VCH
Kelvin Britten, Board Member
Employment: Regional Professional Practice Leader, Interior Health
Diane Clements, Board Member
Former Life: Canadian Nurses Association, Director, Practice & Policy
Judy Huska, Board Member
Employment: Retired but actively involved in the community including Board Chair for the Centre for Collaboration, Innovation and Motivation.
Former Life: Executive Director Quality Improvement Action Team at Impact BC
Elsie Tan, Board Member
Employment: Professor of Teaching, UBC Nursing Faculty
Brittany Watson, Board Member
Employment: Director, Profession Practice – Nursing (Acute), PHSA