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President’s Report October, 2018

Dear members,

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer.

We had our first provincial teleconference on September 10, 2018.  I would like to welcome new Chapter presidents and executives for accepting their new positions. Our new Chapter presidents are Joyce Taekema (Central / North Vancouver Island), Lia Sambrielaz (Central Okanagan), Tanya Beatty (Kamloops), and Traci Skaalrud (Simon Fraser). Our new executive members are Marie Blair (president-elect), Cathy Farrow (Media Chair), and Bonnie Tateham (Education Chair). I also would like to thank the returning Executive members and Chapter presidents: Marliss Magas (provincial treasurer), Joyce Taekema (provincial secretary), Nelly Vanderby (membership), Liz Mooring (Chapter president Prince George), Lillian Hung (Chapter president Vancouver-Richmond), Catrin Brodie, who became past provincial president in April 2018, and Liz Ilczaszyn, our business registrar.

 The following is a summary of our memberships, my goals, and provincial activities:


Our membership has decreased by approximately 28% in a period of five years.  I am not certain whether this change should be partly attributed to nurses retiring, or most RNs being replaced by LPNs in long term care facilities (LTC).  While LTC facilities have staffed mostly LPNs, there are less than 6 % LPNS in our provincial membership. 

 We have added a third online option for membership registration.  You can access the membership registration form through our website (click on membership tab).

Our registrar, at our teleconference on September 10, 2018, reported that we have 182 members, of which 177 are full and 5 are associates.  This is an increase of 29% from last year’s membership of 141.


1.        Restore / rejuvenate our provincial membership

2.       Provide opportunities to educate, and improve / increase members’ skills and knowledge in order to assist   with responsible practice, and thus provide care that

meets professional standards of practice and our residents’ / patients’ needs.

3.        Participate actively with the CNA / CGNA project working groups to collaboratively share knowledge and skills.

4.       Come together as a provincial association to  personally participate in the annual education conference and general meeting.


  1. Developed a membership campaign poster for distribution to long term care facilities by the Chapter presidents or their designates.  This poster invites nurses’ and particularly LPNs to join GNABC.

  2. Cathy Farrow (our new Media Chair) and I held a teleconference with Heidi Holmes (CGNA Communications) in June 2018 to discuss social media.  Cathy and I then worked together in writing a Social Media and Communication policy - draft distributed at the GNABC Executive teleconference on 10/09/2018.  This policy describes responsibilities and expectations for GNABC members using social media.   The purpose of this policy is to offer guidance on how GNABC members can communicate in a professional manner that upholds the reputation of GNABC.  We are also hoping that we can increase our membership through the use of social media.

  3. In April submitted to CGNA president info on dementia care BC initiatives received from L. Hung and L. Borza. 

    • Submitted names of those who have expressed interest in participating in working groups.

    • Supported endorsement of Traci Skaalrud to participate in the development of  the LPN Certification Exam  with CNA / CGNA working group.

  4. I participated at the CGNA teleconference as a board of director on September 12, 2018.  After this teleconference, I submitted Dr. Lillian Hung’s name as one of the representatives to work with Mollie Cole (CGNA President) and Lori Schindel-Martin (CGNA President- elect) on reviewing the competencies for the entry to practice exam, last reviewed in 2010 by CNA.

  5. Marie Blair, president-elect of GNABC, is co-chair of the 2019 GNABC Education Conference and AGM and I are working on the logistics and plans for this conference.   Please visit our GNABC website homepage for more additional details.

 Lilian MacTaggart, RN, BScN, MHSA, CHE, GNC (C)

President Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia 2018 - 2020