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Chapter Information

Central / North Vancouver Island

Chapter  President: Joyce Taekema 

Our next GNABC Chapter meeting will be held on Monday, June 17 (5-7 pm) in the basement classroom @ Eden Gardens.

We will feature a presentation by Laura Braun, RN, BScN, GNC(C), CAPP, CRT, entitled, “Developing a Growth Mindset – Key for Resilience.” (Flyer attached below for posting.)

Laura will be building upon the resilience session she did at our January session and speak to the growth mindset, which is key for resilience. She’ll talk about strategies for shifting from a Fixed/Judger Mindset to a  Growth/Learner Mindset.  This skill is especially helpful in our working environments when navigating through team dynamics and in our personal lives when trying to embrace compassion and curiosity.

 Presenter Bio:

Laura has been in the nursing profession for over 26 years.  She started off her career as a Licenced Practical Nurse working in a small rural hospital in Southern Manitoba.  Her desire to broaden her horizons saw her finishing her diploma RN and later Baccalaureate of Nursing from the University of Victoria.  Laura considers herself extremely fortunate to have a career that offers her a number of exciting opportunities. 

She worked in the Community as well as Acute Care.  She later became an educator and Clinical Coordinator on Floor One at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).  She’s taught in the RCA and LPN programs in both private and public colleges and has been a nursing consultant for Northern Health Authority where she held a number of manager/site administrator positions.  Laura was also the Director of Care for a large senior’s community in Parksville before working with a National Specialty Pharmacy.

Her latest endeavor; Elev8 Healthcare, provides clinical and leadership support to organizations looking to maximize their healthcare outcomes.

In the past year, Laura has been further certified in Applied Positive Psychology and is now a Certified Resilience Trainer.  Laura is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive through ‘tough times’ using the science of positive psychology.

Additional Information:

Entrance/exit to Eden Gardens requires a code - Please contact Joyce Taekema to obtain.

Take elevator at end of hall past reception to access basement classroom. Turn right after leaving elevator and classroom is on the left.

Food will be provided for this meeting.

RSVP to Joyce Taekema if planning to attend.

Drop in fee for non-members: $10.

Looking forward to “being with you”!

Kind regards,

Joyce Taekema, on behalf of the Central/North Vancouver Island Chapter GNABC

A reminder that it’s membership renewal time. (Membership with GNABC provides an automatic conjoint membership with CGNA.). Online renewal is easy to do at the link below. Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser when renewing - Microsoft Explorer or Edge do not work.

Feel free to contact me at any time regarding thoughts/suggestions/questions you may have regarding our chapter/association. Your input is valued. Together we can do more! 😊


Joyce Taekema on behalf of the Central/North Vancouver Island Chapter GNABC.

Central Okanagan

Chapter President: Lia Sambrielaz

Chapter Meeting and Education Session – Monday, June 17, 2019

Time: 1630-1800

Topic: Strategies to Improve Nurses’ Transition from Bedside to Nursing Leadership Roles.

Presenter: Ashley DaCosta

Location: Cottonwoods Care Centre, Lobby meeting room, 2255 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC

Future Meeting Dates: September 16, November 18, 2019

Chapter Executive:

  • Past President: Cathy Farrow

  • President-elect: Susan Arnott

  • Secretary: Yvonne Sattler

  • Education: Wendy Remesz

  • Membership: Nelly Vanderby

  • Treasurer: Michelle Earl

Fraser Valley - Important Chapter Meeting!

Chapter President: To be elected at this meeting

Meeting date: June 21, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Location: CareLife Fleetwood, 8265 159th Street Surrey, BC Note corrected address!

Lilian "Li" MacTaggart, GNABC president, will be hosting this meeting for the Fraser Valley Chapter. Li would like to invite you to please actively participate and take on positions in your Chapter executive in order to keep the Fraser Valley GNABC chapter active.

  • Session will start at 5 PM for a ‘Meet and Greet’ with a light snack provided, followed by an

  • Educational Presentation: Understanding Neurocognitive Disorders (from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM) presented by Dr. Farhan Haque, MRCPsych (UK), FRCP (C), Consulting Psychiatrist with Fraser Health Authority

  • Chapter meeting (chaired by Li): at 6:30 PM to form a new Chapter Executive

    • President (vacant; one potential candidate)

    • President – elect (vacant)

    • Secretary (vacant)

    • Treasurer/Membership (Karen has agreed to continue serving as treasurer – to be elected)

    • Education Coordinators (Hersy and Brenda - to be elected)


Chapter President: Tanya Beatty 

Lanette Nordick – Secretary

Martha Filek and Ann Stoughton – Education Chairs

Simon Fraser


Meeting date:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Meeting time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Meeting topic: Congestive Heart Failure, Presented by: Danielle Chatterton, RN, MSN, CNS   

Meeting location: New Vista Care Centre, Fireside Room, Main Lobby - 7550 Rosewood Street, Burnaby, BC.


Memberships available at the door $65.00/yr or Drop-in education session just $10.00

GNABC Membership renewal is March 2019

We look forward to having you join us. Remember, Nursing Colleagues, your GNABC Chapter is only as strong as the support it receives from member attendance, interactive learning and networking exchanges. We hope you will come and bring along a nursing friend and/or colleague to our upcoming meeting.

Chapter Executive:

  • Traci Skaalrud: President

  • Deborah Coulombe: Past -President

  • Flordeliza “Jackie” Godia: President-Elect

  • Onisia Recchia: Secretary

  • Maria Theresa “Tess” Batoon: Treasurer/Membership

  • Vacant: Education

  • Marie Blair: Member-at-Large/Registration

Prince George


Meetings are held every second month from September to June on the 4th Wednesday. Meetings are usually dinner meetings at 5:30 PM, held at a local restaurant. 


Chapter President: Lillian Hung 

Hello GNABC members and friends,

I invite you to join our monthly meeting/education:

CNA Specialty Certification for RNs and LPNs

Presented by: Jenifer Tabamo, RN, MSN, CMSN(C), GNC(C),

 Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medicine Program

Date: February 13, 2019 Time: 4-5 pm

Where: T14 Multipurpose Room, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)

***NOTE: Teleconference is available – Please contact Lillian Hung for details.



Lillian Hung RN PhD GNC(c)
Chapter President

**Our meeting venue will be alternated between Richmond and Vancouver due to merging of the two chapters. Location of each meeting will be announced at this website and our meeting poster.**

GNABC’s Vancouver Chapter merged with the Richmond Chapter in February 2016.  The decision to merge was finalized at our GNABC Board teleconference meeting on Dec. 7th, 2015.  The name of the merged chapter is “Richmond/Vancouver Chapter.”  The decision was made in collaboration with your Richmond Chapter President, Felicia Wong, and was supported by the GNABC Provincial Board.  There is no action that you need to take as Richmond Chapter members.

Victoria - Exciting Update

Chapter President: Bonnie Tateham

Secretary: Megan

Treasurer: Cherie Curry.

Upcoming meetings:  Stay tuned!


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