Sonia Acorn, In Memoriam

15 Jun 2020

Sonia Acorn - A Timeline of Career

April 3, 1939    Born Sonia Griffin, Webster's Corner, PEI

1957   Graduated St. Joseph's Convent and Notre Dame Academy, Charlottetown

1960   Nursing Diploma, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston | Nursing in New York City

1964   Bachelor of Nursing, McGill University | Road trip with a classmate, Boston to San Francisco | Nursing

1966   Nursing Instructor, Hillsborough Hospital, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

          Director of Nursing, Hillsborough Hospital

          Director, Staff Development and Training, PEI Civil Service Commission

1972   MSc (Nursing) Boston University | President of the Association of Nurses for PEI | Board Member of Canadian Nurses Association

1982   Instructor, University of Alberta, Edmonton

1987   PhD (Nursing) University of Utah

1989   Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC

1994   Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC

1999   Professor, School of Nursing, UBC

2000   Interim Director, School of Nursing, UBC

2005   Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, UBC

June 14, 2020  Died, Vancouver, BC

Sonia Acorn served as an acting director at the school for a year. Her research included the impact of chronic conditions on individuals and families, specifically the impact of brain injuries on families, as well as health systems research. She also developed with colleagues the country's first education and support manual for family caregivers of head injury survivors. "We have the technology to keep people alive, but where is the support for quality of life in the long-term" Sonia Acorn asked, in a Ubyssey article from 1992. At the time of her death, Sonia Acorn was an active professor emerita, a fixture at annual events, and a staunch supporter of the school. She will be missed.

Centenary Medal

Obituary - The Guardian