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.

Too often we don’t say thank you to those in our lives who have made us what we are today.  But on October 19, 2017 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver we made a sincere effort to do just that. Despite the dismal Vancouver weather, the board and staff welcomed 56 of our ‘friends’ to spend an evening of celebration and appreciation. Guests enjoyed a magnificent view from the 35th floor as they grazed on all the delicious culinary offerings before the festivities began.  John Greenway gave a brilliant Taiko drum welcome before our President, Fiona Karmali introduced our guest speaker and past board member, David Byres, Chief Nurse Executive, BC Ministry of Health who gave a thought provoking synopsis of the future of nursing in BC. In keeping with our In Tribute program, the entertainment reached a new level with Bill Pentazis’ energetic George Michael impersonation. We sincerely hope that each one of our supporters left the evening with a sense of camaraderie for all that RNBC encompasses and how their contributions impact us and that they will proudly display their certificates of appreciation. This will be an annual event and moving forward, annual donors of $300 per year, will receive a complimentary ticket to this event. We would love to see you there!

Here are just a few photos of the festivities but for the full gallery, please go to Carson Au’s link below.


Our first President, Don Ransom and our present President, Fiona Karmali


Howard Searle, Lifetime Patron enjoying some of the delicious fare


Elsie Tan, UBC Nursing Faculty and Sherry Hamilton, Chief Nursing Officer, PHSA


(Back) Tilly Bara, Mary Raikes-Tindle (VGH SON Alumnae Bursary) and Sue Forshaw (Front) Kathy Murphy (Gordon Murphy Bursary) and Bob Wadsworth


Linda von Tettenborn (RNFBC Audit & Finance) and Tilly Bara, past Board President


Mary Flaherty and Anne Earthy, past Board Members


Sharon Toohey, Past President and her guest, Rejeanne enjoying the festivities


John Greenway gives an awesome Taiko drum welcome for our guests


Fiona introduces guest speaker, David Byres


David giving a most interesting talk on the future of nursing in BC


Diane Clements (Royal Jubilee SON Alumnae Bursary) and Cynthia Johansen (CEO, CRNBC)


Ginger Brown, RNFBC Bursary Chair


Suzanne Campbell, UBC Nursing Faculty, Elizabeth Saewyc, Director, UBC School of Nursing and Elsie Tan, UBC Nursing Faculty


Sally Thorne, UBC Nursing Faculty and past RNFBC Board Member


Bill’s impressive tribute to George Michael


BC Occupational Health Nurses Bursary 2016 Winner , Myrla Amper and her guest, Cherry


Sylvia J. Holmes Bursary 2016 Winner, Eva Perjes


RNABC Nursing Education Bursary 2016 Winner, Josie Robertson and her fiancé, Jessie


Group Shot


Cheryl Isaak, BCIT Nursing Faculty


Best Buds…Shannon Griffin and Heather Straight, the newest member of RNFBC Board


Thank you David and Fiona!