Congratulations to the recipient of the 2019 GNABC Education Award - Mariko Sakamoto

Mariko Sakamoto has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, practicing in the field of community health and older adult care in the Vancouver area. She is also a PhD candidate at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, where she is involved in research examining the care experiences of older adults living with dementia who have been designated Alternate Level of Care (ALC). ALC patients, particularly those living with dementia, are not often involved in research and their care experiences have not been brought to the fore. Mariko's research will bring much needed attention to these individuals' hospital experiences, and will better inform the nursing care that is provided for them.

Congratulations Mariko - we look forward to hearing more about your valuable research!

President’s Message

Lilian MacTaggart - President

April 2019


Our 2019 GNABC Conference with the theme “Innovation and Change in the Care of the Older Adult” in Coquitlam April 4 – 6, 2019 was very well received.  Some of the comments received were “the conference was inspiring, fabulous, fantastic, and we learned lots….”  Such positive comments can inspire our work towards the 2020 GNABC Conference in Vancouver. 

This year’s conference presented what are some of the most interesting initiatives in the care of older adults.    We had a variety of initiatives such as dementia care, palliative approach in long term care, and using technology to assist and improve care in the older adult population, especially those with dementia. The conference was attended by nurses from different regions of BC such as the Okanagan area, Port Alberni, Central/North Vancouver Island, Victoria, Fraser Valley, Surrey, Tricities, New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver-Richmond.

I would like to recognize and acknowledge the tremendous work of our Simon Fraser Conference Planning Committee (Traci Skaalrud, Tess Batoon, Debbie Coulombe) co-chaired by Marie Blair and myself.  None of these events could have happened without their hard work.  Also I would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their generosity, for their exhibits, and for their door prizes. The sponsors’ tables were well visited by the attendees to show their support of our sponsors.   Also a big thank you to our speakers!

Three new executive positions were filled at the AGM on April 5, 2019.   Dr. Lillian Hung was elected president-elect,   Jenifer Tabamo as the Education Coordinator, and Traci Skaalrud as Secretary. Marliss Magas will continue as provincial treasurer until such time as she is able to recruit and recommend someone to take on the treasurer’s position.  Welcome Lillian, Jen and Traci.

 I would like to thank the outgoing executive members Joyce Taekema (secretary), Marie Blair (president-elect), Bonnie Tateham (Education Coordinator) and Nelly Vanderby (Membership Coordinator) for their support and dedicated service for GNABC.

Please refer to my Annual Report 2018 – 2019 (below) in regards to our activities and my plans for this year.

Lilian “Li” MacTaggart,  RN, BScN, MHSA, CHE, GNC (C)

President, GNABC 2018 - 2020

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Please consider joining the Executive of the GNABC – Position of Treasurer is up for election. Please contact Catrin Brodie, GNABC Past - President if you would like to put your name forward at the GNABC 2019 Provincial Conference and AGM, April 4-6, 2019.

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