The Board of Directors is taking this opportunity to acknowledge and sincerely thank you – our – donors for your very generous donations. Your gifts enabled the Foundation to provide 212 bursaries to nursing students across BC.
I am honored to be serving as your new President. The Foundation benefited me early in my career, and I am privileged to be working with the Board of Directors and operations team, helping to guide its future.
The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has continued to be challenging. Among the gloom, however, a highlight has been the critical role nurses continue to play in all areas of the health care system.
The RNFBC Board expressed appreciation to Elsie Tan who is stepping down from the board. Elsie has has been a Board member for the last 2 years. Her connections with the nursing education community provided the Board with a vital link. Elsie has also served on the Bursary committee, bringing her considerable expertise to the team.
After an extensive review of our internal processes, costs and a comparison to other similar Foundations across the country, the RNFBC Board of Directors has agreed that engaging a management company to administer operations offers the best way forward.
by loving friends and family of Mary Bellis
Margaret Mary Bellis’s love of children is rumoured to have begun as the second child of six. Mary’s genuineness, curiosity, friendliness, compassion and loyalty to her family, friends and colleagues are legendary and reminiscent of the attributes of one who was raised in a large family.
What a year this has been for all of us! As with almost all non-profit societies it has certainly been challenging for us to carry out our mandate this past year. That said, we are proud to report that we still managed to provide 182 bursaries to BC’s nurses to assist with their basic and advanced education in 2020. We have also been exploring some new opportunities for RNFBC going forward and are excited to share them with all of our members, donors, and friends.
The Registered Nurses Foundation of BC pays special tribute to Helen Louise Shore and is grateful for the support we have received in honour of her memory.
Helen made many meaningful connections and contributions during her distinguished life in nursing. She worked in Community Health Nursing and then dedicated her career to Nursing Education.
Helen L. Shore also completed a book at age 95 entitled “Shore to Shore: A record of the Shore family of Sheffield, England, to London, Ontario” describing some of her family stories dating back to the 15th Century – including one very famous family member, Florence Nightingale.
Helen earned many honours for her numerous contributions and achievements. She was also an active community volunteer supporting nursing and community service organizations. Helen touched many nurses and countless others through her lifetime. She is missed by many who share deep admiration for Helen’s contributions.
Early in her career, Lorelei was on the board of directors for the Registered Nurses Association of BC representing Vancouver Metropolitan District. Moreover, here in 2020, we welcome her back to RNFBC (formerly RNABC) as the newest member of our board team!
Lorelei is a lifelong learner and often embeds in a course of something as she works:
- Graduated from Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing.
- Baccalaureate and Masters in Nursing from the University of Victoria.
- Holds a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and a Prosci Change Management Certificate.
Her contributions to the nursing committee both in staff positions and as a volunteer are impressive:
- Currently, Lorelei works for Interior Health Authority (IHA), as a Practice Lead for the Mental Health & Substance Use Network following her role as a Practice Lead for Access & Efficiency with IHA.
- She sits on the IHA Nursing Scope of Practice Council and Clinical Records Standardization Committee.
- She has previously worked in Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Children’s’ & Women’s (C&W) Health Centres as a point of care nurse, nurse clinician and nurse educator. She later moved into professional practice as the Professional Practice Lead for Nursing and Lead for the office of Policy for C&W.