To date, RNFBC Board members and “friends” of the Foundation have successfully built a $5 Million endowment fund. The interest from the 39 named bursaries that make up the endowment allows the Foundation to offer cash bursaries each year to help support BC nurses in their nursing education.
Established as a charitable organization by the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (now the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia) in 1979, the RNFBC mandate is to support BC nurses 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.
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 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 and Acting Chair, Audit & Finance Committee
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, Board Member
Employment: Vice President, Professional Practice & Chief Clinical Information Officer, VCH
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
Johanne Fort, Board Member
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
Kelvin Britten, Board Member
Employment: Regional Professional Practice Leader, Interior Health
Elsie Tan, Board Member
Employment: Professor, UBC Nursing Faculty
Brittany Watson, Board Member
Employment: Director, Profession Practice – Nursing (Acute), PHSA