Administered through the Vancouver Foundation, RNFBC been chosen as the beneficiary starting 2020. Born in Scotland in 1915 and passed away in 2014, Mrs. Publicover valued her extensive circle of family and friends. Although not a nurse herself, she also had an immense respect for the nursing community and the costs associated with nursing education. She was a strong supporter of many worthy organizations in her community such as St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Art Gallery and especially the YWCA and RNFBC is so pleased to be included in that list. Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation for continuing their support of nursing education in BC.
Bang those pots in appreciation of our amazing health care and essential service workers!
The Vancouver West Enders community group is inviting the entire city to join them from their balconies and windows to show their gratitude for the healthcare workers on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, as well as all the essential workers who are putting themselves at risk so Vancouverites can have access to food, transportation and other vital services.
So, honk your horn, bang a pot, sing a song, applaud or yell tonight and every night at 7 p.m. to show you care. It’s an easy gesture and, since most people are all home self-isolating or in quarantine, it doesn’t take a lot of effort and the kids will love it.
Make sure to spread the word to friends and family and make some noise at 7 p.m.
Share photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers.
Original article credit: vancourier.com
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.
Come and join us at
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC
40th Annual General Meeting
September 24, 2019
5 pm – 7 pm
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.
A huge thank you to our stalwart team of board members fundraising for RNFBC at the 2019 Scotiabank Charity Walk/Run. This stellar advance team will help RNFBC expand its presence at next year’s event. Contact us to get involved in the fun at the next walk/run. More information to follow.
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.
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.