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Lest We Forget….

As November 11th fast approaches, it is the time to reflect on all the selfless contributions that our troops and medical corps made to ensure that we could all enjoy the life we share in 2019.  One of those people was respected nurse, Ruth Echo (Littlejohn) Mcllrath Bursary.  RNFBC is so proud to be able to carry on her legacy through the Ruth Echo (Littlejohn) McIllrath Bursary that has been set up through the generous legacy gift through the estate of her niece, Fern Irwin who held her aunt in the highest esteem.

Born on June 2, 1913 in Arcola, Saskatchewan, Ruth came to Vancouver and worked at Vancouver General Hospital until 1942. She then joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps to serve overseas in World War II and was recruited to the hospital ship, Lady Nelson, Canada’s first hospital ship, where she – along with 14 nursing sisters cared for up to 500 sick and wounded patients on trips from battle zones back to England or Canada. The Lady Nelson was torpedoed by a U- Boat while in dock in Italy and she climbed back on board their devastated ship to care for casualties, mostly with extreme burns. She then spent the rest of her life caring for and working on behalf of Canada’s veterans.

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40th RNFBC Annual General Meeting

Come and join us at

Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

40th Annual General Meeting

September 24, 2019

5 pm – 7 pm

Light Refreshments

RNFBC’s new office space

506 – 595 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

(corner of Howe & Dunsmuir – excellent public transportation and numerous parking lots nearby)

Please save the date!  While all are invited to attend, it is our valued members who will there with voting capacity.  Thank you to our newest members and to old friends who have renewed your membership for 2019. 

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Our First Scotiabank Walk/Run Charity Challenge 5K

Come and join RNFBC board members and friends at this fun event. We know that nursing care and leadership touches all our family, friends, and neighbours throughout our lives.  Add your support for registered nursing education and excellence as a participant and/or donor.

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Providing sustenance in a war zone

by Alida Fernhout, RN MPH

As a Registered Nurse, my work has taken me from Africa and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to my current home in the Northwest Territories. But while the work has been worthwhile and rewarding, I’ve sometimes wondered whether I was really making a difference.

My experience a few years ago in South Sudan showed me the answer is a definite yes, although the impact of my contribution can often be of the intangible sort.

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39th RNFBC Annual General Meeting

Please mark your calendar for 39th RNFBC Annual General Meeting

September 25, 2018

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Followed by light refreshments

RNFBC’s offices

100 – 1450 Creekside Drive, Vancouver

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We have a new bursary in our portfolio!

Registered Nurses who are currently enrolled in a program of graduate studies leading to a Master’s or Doctoral program with an emphasis on Nursing and Health Care Leadership/Administration will surely be pleased to know that, due to the generosity of family and friends, an in memory bursary, The Patricia Wadsworth Graduate Bursary in Nursing and Health Care Leadership/Administration is now available in 2018.   We lost Pat in 2017 and it was a great loss to BC’s nursing community and The Wadsworth Family are so pleased to have her memory live on through this bursary.  They would like to extend their thanks to all those who have supported its establishment.

To those 2018 applicants who have already sent in their application and would be eligible for consideration for this bursary, rest assured we will update your application.

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2nd ANNUAL NURSES APPRECIATION BRUNCH

Mark your calendar for May 27, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the beautiful Van Dusen Botanical Gardens!

Come celebrate with us our nurses past, present and future and our special focus on the accomplishments of the nursing educators in our lives and BC’s schools of nursing.

Tickets are only $35 and you will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by renowned caterers, Culinary Capers, wonderful speakers and when the festivities are over, we want you to feel the sun on your face as you have a complimentary tour of the stunning gardens.

Tickets can be brought through Eventbrite thru this link: buy tickets here, or if you prefer, through our offices…simply contact Jennifer Davis at administrator@rnfbc.ca.

Hope to see you all there!

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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.

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