The joint conference of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, held during the Congress 2019 at UBC from June 1 – 3, was host to a special program celebrating the centenary of the UBC School of Nursing. In a pre-lunch seminar session Geertje Boschma (UBC) and Margaret Scaia (UVic) examined the start and beginning decades of the first nursing degree program in Canada at UBC. They highlighted the contextual influences of public health and higher education that shaped the course of the degree program, and explored its meaning for women who took the program in the 1950s and 1970s.Continue reading
June 6 – 9, 2019, Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland B.C.
Glennis Zilm and Nan Martin were delighted to represent our Society at yet another very successful BC Historical Federation conference in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. The meetings took place in the historic Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. Many activities and events included fascinating local and historical information from passionate keynote speakers, field trips, and as always, an elegant BC Book Prize Gala. An Ideas Fair was added this year – see attached photos of the BCHNS half table display. Look for a detailed report in our summer newsletter.
Joanne Whitelaw, daughter of the late June Newton, sent us an e-mail telling us that her mother’s friend and fellow nursing sister Maxine Bredt, had recently received a Quilt of Valor. Maxine, a graduate of the Royal Jubilee Hospital served with her classmate June at hospitals in Italy and England during World War II.
The mission of the Quilt of Valour Society is “to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. We give this support through the presentation of quilts to comfort our past and present Canadian Forces members.” To learn more about the Society visit https://www.quiltsofvalour.ca/about-qovc.html
Maxine was thrilled and honored to receive a quilt. Joanne plans to visit her mother’s friend later in the month and will share more pictures with us.
Jessie Middleton (nee Lee) passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 at the age of 102. The youngest of 12 children, she was born and raised on the family farm in Murrayville BC. She entered the nursing program at the Royal Columbian Hospital and graduated in September of 1939 just one day after Canada declared war on Germany. Eager to serve her country, Jessie joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1942 and nursed injured soldiers both in Canada and England. She considered this work as “the greatest privilege for me”.
A service in celebration and remembrance of Jessie’s life will be held at 2 pm on Friday June 7th at Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford.
To read Jessie’s full obituary and find out more about her remarkable life as a Canadian nursing sister, here are some links:
The UBC Centenary Gala, May 2 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was a smashing success!! In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the School of Nursing, 100 nurses were featured, who have over the years have made nursing proud. Dr Elizabeth Saewyc, Director of the School of Nursing gave the delightful award presentations and closing remarks. BCHNS members were well represented in this evening event and several received awards.
Presented by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences | UBC
Room: Various UBC Point Grey sites
Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 88th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.
The joint conference of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine will be part of the congress, from June 1st – 3rd.
A special program to commemorate 100 years of university nursing education in Canada and the UBC School of Nursing’s Centenary and is included on June 3.
For information on the joint CSHM – CAHN conference, visit the website of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing: https://cahn-achn.ca/
PUBLIC LECTURE: HEATHER HERITAGE PAVILION-Past, Present & Future
Sunday, April 7th 2019, Hycroft Manor, 1489 MacRae Avenue, Vancouver
Heather Heritage Society AGM: 2pm Refreshments and Public Lecture: 2:30
Come and hear about the history of Vancouver General Hospital’s “hidden gem”. Obscured by later additions, many have forgotten that the once magnificent Heather Pavilion is even there. Donald Luxton, Heritage Consultant, Historian and Author of Vancouver General Hospital, 100 Years of Care and Service will tell the story of one of Vancouver’s first major institutions and architectural landmarks.
Parking is available on McRae Avenue and The Crescent. Disabled parking is available on site