medical professionals

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. It does 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 through the provision of bursaries for students enrolled in nursing from basic programs to graduate education programs.

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 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.

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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.

Bruce Bouchard

Fundraising & Donor Relations Manager

Jennifer Davis

Administration Officer

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

Employment: Retired
Former Life: Manager, Home Health Program, South Community Health Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health

Barb Lawrie, Chair, Audit & Finance Committee

Employment:  Retired
Former Life:  Vice President, Professional Practice & Chief Clinical Information Officer, VCH

Employment: Retired
Former Life: Has held a number of positions in healthcare settings in her nursing career including as consultant for the Ministries of Advanced Education and Health and interim CNO

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

Kelvin Britten, Board Member

Employment: Regional Professional Practice Leader, Interior Health

Elsie Tan, Board Member

Employment: Professor of Teaching, UBC Nursing Faculty

Brittany Watson, Board Member

Employment: Director, Profession Practice – Nursing (Acute), PHSA