Introducing 2021 RNFBC Board

Following the Annual General Meeting yesterday, the following are the 2021 RNFBC board members:

Diane Clements: (President)
Diane is a RN (non-practicing) with an extensive career in clinical practice, education, administration, and government, including serving as the Director: Practice and Policy with CNA. She lives on Vancouver Island and is connected to a wide network of nurses across BC and Canada. After being appointed to the RNFBC Board in 2020 she assumed the position of VP and has been tirelessly involved in the transition committee thought this year. Her work has been essential to this process. She is standing now to become an elected Director.

Heather Mass: (Past President)
Heather is an RN (Non-practicing) and has been on the Board for RNFBC for 8 years, during which she has served as President twice: first in 2016 and again (as interim) in 2020. Prior to retiring from practice she held a variety of senior positions in nursing and health care administration, including as the Chief Nursing Officer for BC’s Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, and the Provincial Health Services Authority. She also has extensive experience as a consultant and in managing innovative projects. After retiring she established a Consulting Company with three colleagues and was engaged in many reviews and projects across BC and other provinces.

Pat Semeniuk: (Secretary)
Pat is an RN (non-practicing) and an Independent Health Care Consultant. She has wide experience in all levels and fields of practice, including senior administration, leadership and education. Before her retirement she was the executive Director of Clinical, Education and Management Development at Vancouver Costal Health. She is also very connected to a wide network of nurses and leaders. As a member of RNFBC Pat was first involved as a member of the Bursary Committee, then as an appointment Director to fill a vacancy on the Board. She too has been very involved on the Transition Committee and her skills and experience were pivotal in process of transition. Pat is standing now to become an elected Director.

Barb Lawrie: (Treasurer, Chair Audit & Finance Committee)
Barb Lawrie is an experienced and dedicated nursing leader, currently retired and was most recently employed as the Vice President, Professional Practice and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health.  Throughout her career she has been a future-focused, passionate, results driven leader who excels in navigating complex working environments and effectively and collaboratively engaging with stakeholders to achieve organizational outcomes, as evidenced by her current involvement in promoting and advancing the Strategic Vision of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

Debbie Blaney:
Debbie is an experienced HR practitioner who has worked most recently as Executive Director, Talent Acquisition/Total Compensation with Vancouver Coastal Health. Her extensive experience in creating services and programs for organizations by providing strong leadership and connections, collaborating with others and using system/process/procedures innovation and transformation will bring a new and innovative perspective to the Board. She also a visionary and trusted advisor, seasoned communicator, strategic thinker with great connector/collaborator skills, all of which will be most useful as the Directors consider how RNFBC can and should evolve to continue to provide excellent services and outcomes.

Kelvin Britten:
Kelvin Britten is an accomplished nurse leader, educator, and clinician.  He is retired but was most recently employed as the Regional Professional Practice Leader in the Professional Practice Office for Interior Health.  This role included being the Regional Consultant for scope of practice optimization across all sectors and services within Interior Health and as the Regional Consultant for Chair Nursing Scope of Practice Council Interior Health.  He is also the current Co-Chair Health Professions Act Regional Leads (Nursing) Committee.

Anne Cameron:
Anne’s former nursing career and subsequent legal experience in the defense of personal injury, insurance and malpractice claims (including on behalf of hospitals, nurses and midwives) has given her the ability to communicate well and work effectively with many health profession disciplines and the general public. Her understanding of health issues and interpersonal skills has been a valuable resource within the firm when challenging medico-legal cases arise. Anne worked at Harper Grey Easton in Vancouver, for 6 years as a nurse/legal assistant then from 1993 to 1998 as a practicing lawyer before moving back to Victoria her hometown. Anne has been an executive member and Chair of the Vancouver Island Civil Litigation Subsection and an executive member of the Medical-Legal Society of BC. She served as a reviewer/member of the University of Victoria Human Research Ethics Board from 2009 to 2012 and has recently become a member of the RNFBC.

Lorelei Gibson:
Lorelei is a practicing RN with significant background in many areas of practice and leadership, particularly in the field of mental health and substance use. She is currently the Practice Leader: Mental Health and Substance Use Network with Interior Health.  She is also actively involved in other Boards, including with CNA. Her interest, skills and links to a large network of practice, educational communities and organizations will be of great help to RNFBC going forward as well. Lorelei is standing now to become an elected Director.

Katie McLellan:
Katie has both an RN from Thompson River University (2011) and an MN from UBC – Okanagan (2018). She also holds a Perinatal Care (Rural Nursing Certificate) from UNBC 2012. She is currently employed as a Registered Nurse, Infection Control Practitioner – Infection Prevention and Control at Ponderosa Lodge, Kamloops, BC. Her role is to support Infection Control practices in Long Term Care and designated rural acute sites and conduct surveillance in collaboration with the Communicable Disease Unit and Occupational Health regarding outbreak management and communicable disease reporting. Prior to this she has worked in a variety of positions focused on long term care, home health and community health. She has been and continues to be involved in several leadership initiatives and programs, including a Nursing Scope of Practice Council deliberating on issues regarding the optimization of nursing scope of practice. With this background Katie will bring a much needed perspective from young nurses and those working in the community and geriatric care – as well as her ideas and leadership skills – to the Board.

Elsie Tan:
Elsie graduated from BCIT, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia. She has a Pediatric nursing background and has held a variety of teaching and leadership positions with her primary contributions to the University of British Columbia – Vancouver School of Nursing. She believes in mindful engagement in learning and teaching, and that we co-create environments we share. Elsie was a recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Education Award, College of Registered Nurses of BC. She appreciates RNFBC vision and mission being a recipient of awards and bursaries during her student days and she is looking forward to contributing to the Foundation as a Board Member.

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Heartfelt Gratitude From Our President

Fiona Karmali


I would like to take a moment to share a short message of gratitude to all nurses during these stressful times. Situations like this underline the incredible work you do every day.

You ARE true heroes in our communities. You are making what could be people’s worst days better with your care, leadership, and dedication to helping others. Thank you!

You inspire us in your care of our loved ones and our neighbours. Thank you!

From the bottom of our hearts and the top of our minds, thank you on behalf of the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve with regular and recommended infection prevention methods.

Please access trusted Covid19 information like the ones listed below.


Stay safe and stay strong as we all get through this together.

Sincerest thanks,

on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

Bursary applications: https://rnfbc.ca/bursaries/

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Bang Those Pots!

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

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RNFBC at the 2019 Scotiabank Charity Walk/Run

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.

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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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What Our Guests Have Said About Our 1st Annual Nurses Appreciation Brunch

Here are some of the comments we have received from guests who attended our 1st Annual Nurses Appreciation Brunch.

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The 1st Annual RNFBC Nurses Appreciation Brunch

Our 1st Annual Nurses Appreciation Brunch was a huge success.  Held at the lovely Van Dusen Gardens on Sunday, May 7th, we recognized the contributions of families with a history of inter generational nursing and featured special guests – from our own board, Heather Mass who celebrates an amazing 4 generations of nursing in her family, and Kate Shields, a 2016 Bursary winner who is just beginning her nursing career ‘journey’.  We also proudly honored nurses – past, present and future, who were in attendance.

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