The School of Nursing Centenary Medal of Distinction has been created to mark the celebration of the school's 100th anniversary. The medal served to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the School of Nursing or to the profession of nursing, and/or who have made long standing/significant contributions to advance the school's vision, mission and mandate. Any alumni, past/present faculty, staff, donors, and practice partners were eligible for nomination. Decisions were made by the Director of the School of Nursing. This year's medals were presented at the Nursing Gala on May 2, 2019.
UBC School of Nursing Centenary Gala
CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: Established in 1919, UBC’s School of Nursing marked its 100th anniversary with a massive party at the Hotel Vancouver. As the first to offer a university degree in nursing in the whole of the Commonwealth, the school has been hosting special events, lectures, and reunions.
Celebrations recently culminated with the school’s Nursing 100 Gala staged at the historic hotel where the first UBC degrees were conferred.
Led by School of Nursing director Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, more than 425 guests — alumni and friends, faculty, emeriti, staff and students — made the scene including UBC president Santa Ono, and Faculty of Applied Science Dean Dr. James Olson. Minister of Advanced Education Melanie Marks and even Queen Elizabeth II sent greetings to the royal luau.
In recognition, the school presented one hundred individuals with Centenary Medals of Distinction. Nursing leaders were cited for their achievements and contributions transforming the health of all in health research, health advocacy and health education.
Among the esteemed group of Centenary medallists: Tarnia Taverner, for her leadership and innovative research in pain management; Kelli Stadjuhar, for her leading role in palliative care nursing, Helen Shore, descendant of Florence Nightingale, for her advocacy in public health nursing; Alison Phinney, for her research with people living with dementia; Stephanie Ngo, for her international leadership working with the World Health Organization and Lily Lee for her philanthropic efforts to health-related causes.
“Every single recipient has brought high honour to the School of Nursing and to the faculty as a whole,” said Ono. “Their contributions and solutions to the grand challenges of our era play a critical role in our health care, global health and in making UBC and Applied Science a world leading institution.”
HEAD NURSE: Health care leader Dianne Doyle, past president and CEO of Providece Health Care received the Medal of Distinction from School of Nursing director Dr. Elizabeth Saewycfor her 42 years of service to the profession. Photo: Fred Lee
Care B.C. executive director Inge Shamborski congratulated Helen Shore, a descendant of Florence Nightingale, on her citation for her advocacy in public health nursing. Photo: Fred Lee
UBC president Santa Ono thanked UBC nursing grad Lily Lee for her long career of health-related philanthropy. Photo: Fred Lee
Third year UBC nursing student Haddon Rabb kibitzed with Faculty of Applied Science Dean Dr James Olson. Photo: Fred Lee
Nursing students Samuel Harris and Megan Crofts flanked Medal of Distinction recipient Colleen Stainton. Photo: Fred Lee