Rare Books and Special Collections Tour

Here is a photo of BCHNS members that visited the Rare Books and Special Collections at the UBC Library, guided by Archivist Krisztina Laszio, on June 21, 2018. Nan Martin in the foreground is viewing some of the Florence Nightingale letters.
Many of the letters are addressed to Nightingale while others are sent from her or involve other correspondents discussing Nightingale. The letters date from 1877 to 1965. A substantial portion of the collection was purchased from a Bostonian antiquarian book dealer in 1966 and 1967 by the Woodward Library. Online access to these digitized letters can be found at https:///open.library.ubc.ca/collections/florence

Nina Rumen celebrates 90th Birthday

Nina Rumen celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday October 14, 2017.  Her actual birthday was October 12th. Her sisters Vera and Olga hosted the party at the South Granville Park Lodge, Nina’s current home. Family and friends gathered to celebrate Nina’s incredible life and career. Three members of the BCHNS attended, Don Ransom, Glennis Zilm and Sheila Zerr.  Many stories were shared and Nina enjoyed the fun, presents and reminders of times past. Purple is Nina’s favorite color. The birthday cupcakes, bearing purple icing, along with the buffet of delicious food were enjoyed by all. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Nina on behalf of the BCHNS.

Happenings in History

Member Sonya Grypma has an article published in The Journal of Quality Advancement in Nursing Education (QANE). The article “Historically-Informed Nursing: The Untapped Potential of History in Nursing Education” can be downloaded here: http://qane-afi.casn.ca/journal/vol3/iss1/2/

Julie Lapinsky, a BCHNS supporter, alerted us to an article about a new memorial for First World War nurses.  To read the article click here: https://legionmagazine.com/en/2016/03/new-memorial-honours-first-world-war-nurses/

Be sure to visit the VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association’s web site. It has a new look!  Click here: http://vghnursingschoolalumnae.com/

Military Nurse Maxine Bredt at Vimy Ridge

Maxine was a delegate last week that travelled to Vimy Ridge with other veterans sponsored by Veteran’s Affairs Canada. She did her nurses training at  Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and served in Italy & England in WWll

In this photo Maxine is at the tunnels with her daughter Christine on her left attended as her caregiver.

Maxine has been a lively member at RJH reunions & BCHNS luncheons attending with her nursing classmate, June Newton and they served together in the War.

Jessie Middleton 100th birthday

Jessie Middleton Celebrates her 100th Birthday

Nan Martin and Kathy Murphy were pleased to join with the family and friends of BCHNS member Jessie Middleton who celebrated her 100th birthday on November 12/2016.

Jessie arrived in her Royal Columbia cape and was delighted to see all who gathered to wish her well, including the Mayor of Abbotsford.

She received greetings from many elected and appointed leaders and was surrounded by beautiful displays of her past.