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ARNBC Welcomes New Executive Director
ARNBC is pleased to welcome Joy Peacock, registered nurse, as the new Executive Director of the Association, effective August 5, 2014.  Joy comes to us from the Yukon, where she has held the position of Executive Director of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA) for the past two years.  Her experience in the Yukon, where the YRNA is both regulatory college and professional association, will serve her well in British Columbia, as she brings a wealth of nursing experience in governance, advocacy, management and relationship-building to British Columbia. To read more about Joy, please see today's news release

As the Association enters this new era under Joy's guidance, we would like to thank Heather Mass, Nora Whyte and Heather MacKay for their work in this role supporting the building of a strong, solid foundation for the Association over the past four years. 

Your Votes Shaping the Future of ARNBC
Our thanks to all those who ran for positions on the ARNBC Board of Directors. As a result of a record number of votes, for 2014/15 ARNBC welcomes a number of new faces to our existing Board (click here to read more about these committed nurses): 

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Zak Matieschyn, President Elect
  • Marcia Carr, Director at Large
  • Linda Axen, Northern Regional Director
  • Wendy Bowles, Fraser Valley Regional Director
  • Melissa Nuttall, Vancouver Island Regional Director
  • Tanya Sanders, Interior Regional Director

Continuing on for another year are:

  • Julie Fraser, President
  • Pam Burton, Director at Large
  • Tania Dick, Director at Large
  • Paddy Rodney, Director at Large
  • Maylene Fong, Vancouver Coastal Regional Director

AGM and Forum a Resounding Success
The ARNBC AGM was held on June 5, 2014 at the UBC Centre for Brain Health. The event was an opportunity for nurses in person and virtually to learn about the development and impact of their professional association. This year the AGM included a Forum entitled "Leadership in Nursing: Facilitating Change".  We were thrilled to have four exceptional nurse leaders share their perspective on leadership with our onsite and online audiences – Alexandra Martin, a student leader from North Island College; Stan Marchuk, President of the BC Nurse Practitioner Association; Lynn Stevenson, Associate Deputy Minister of Health; and Barb Mildon, President of the Canadian Nurses Association (now Past-President). Each of the four speakers stimulated discussion and questions on the key policy and advocacy issues for nursing and healthcare.     

We thank all participants who responded to our survey regarding the AGM and we look forward to incorporating your suggestions and ideas in future years AGMs and forums.

Association Achievements
On June 10, ARNBC reached a significant milestone in the evolution of the Association with the signing of a fee collection agreement between ARNBC and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. This was a critical foundational step to promote the successful transition of many services from the college to the association. For more information on this important achievement, please visit www.CRNBC-ARNBC-Joint-Statement-06-10-2014.pdf

Also in June, our "Proud to Be…" campaign wrapped up. The campaign provided an opportunity for nurses to share their thoughts on why they are proud to be a registered nurse or nurse practitioner in any medium they chose (i.e., video, drawing, poem, short story, etc.). The quality of campaign submissions demonstrated the pride that nurses have for their profession. We look forward to launching similar contests in the future as a strategy to foster recognition within the profession and with the public. In the end, Jennifer Gibson was the first place entry, submitting a beautiful and touching video.

At the AGM, we launched our new branding and logo which continued to resonate with nurses across BC. If you're interested in reading about how our logo came to be, view our logo story.

The ARNBC blog continues to be an important space where nurses can have virtual dialogue about relevant policy and advocacy issues for nursing and health care. We encourage you to visit our blog at to view recent blog submissions from Pam Burton - Advocacy and Unity in Action, Joanne Ricci - Pine for PINE!!!, Julie Fraser - Legacy of National Nursing Leadership Continues at the Canadian Nurses Association AGM, and Suki Grewal – Advocacy is the Core of Nursing.  If there is a nursing topic you are particularly passionate about and if you are interested in guest authoring a blogpost, please don't hesitate to contact for more information.

Our ARNBC Network Leads program continues to grow. If you are not already, consider becoming a Network Lead. These nurses are ARNBC champions where they practice and provide ARNBC with feedback on initiatives and issues. Visit our Network Leads page for more information.

For further detail on the partnerships and achievements this year you can review the ARNBC 2014 Annual Report including the President's Letter to BC nurses at www.ARNBC-2014-Annual-Report.pdf.

CNA AGM and Biennial Convention
In mid-June, nurses from across Canada came together in Winnipeg for the CNA AGM. ARNBC was represented by 14 delegates from across the province, all of whom participated in the discussion and helped to lead the voting processes throughout the day. Another highlight was the number of B.C. nurses who were involved in writing and submitting resolutions. Aboriginal Health emerged as one of key issues facing nurses across Canada. This commitment to Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Nurses aligns with one of ARNBC's key policy areas. ARNBC is committed to working together to move forward on these important issues.

At the AGM, Karima Velji began her new role as President of the Canadian Nurses Association.  We look forward to working with her and new President Elect Barbara Shellian in the months and years ahead and we are confident that CNA's strong nursing leadership at the national and international levels will continue under their guidance.  Many thanks to outgoing President Barb Mildon for her nursing leadership and mentorship and support of ARNBC.

The Convention provided an exceptional opportunity for B.C. registered nurses and nurse practitioners to interact with nurses from across Canada.  Our staff and directors used our display booth as a place where RNs and NPs across the country could connect with ARNBC, ask questions about our journey to become an Association, and learn about some of the services and programs we offer RNs and NPs. 

We were particularly pleased to spend time with nurses from the Manitoba RN Network, and to share our successes and challenges from the last few years, as they move through a very similar journey as we have faced in establishing a thriving Association. We wish them all the best in their development activities and look forward to collaborating long into the future.

For more information on the CNA AGM and Biennial Convention from an ARNBC perspective, and to read the list of delegates, please see Julie Fraser's blogpost Legacy of National Nursing Leadership Continues at the Canadian Nurses Association AGM.

To watch the webcasts of the AGM, read the reports and resolutions or learn more about the new President Elect, please visit CNA's Annual Meeting 2014 page.

Thank you for your ongoing support in the development of the ARNBC. We remain committed to providing updates as we move into our next phase of growth and achievements.