Our board is the college’s governing body. It receives its authority from the Health Professions Act. The board is an oversight body and ensures that the college has the resources, leadership and strategy to meet the duties and objects specified in the Act.
Maria Bishop RPN, BHSc, MEd, has worked as a registered psychiatric nurse in adolescent, geriatric, acute psychiatry, and community mental health since 1984. Her clinical expertise and practice is in emergency mental health. Maria is faculty and Program Coordinator in the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Program. Maria completed a Master of Education at SFU in adult education. Maria has sat on the CRPNBC Board of Directors and Inquiry Committee since 2015 and more recently has been a member of the One Nurse Regulator Transition Steering Committee in anticipation of the new BC College Nurse Professionals.
Calnan, RN, BScN, M.Ed , works as a Coordinator of Site Operations for both
Victoria General and Cowichan District Hospitals. He is also an adjunct
professor for Trinity Western Univeristy and University of Victoria. He has
served as President of RNABC (1997 - 199); President of the Canadian Nurses
Association (2002-2004); Co Chair of the ARNBC and Chair of the CRNBC
(2017/18). He also was a member of the Transitional Steering Committee that
worked towards the formation of the BCCNP.
Laurie Dokis, RN, MN, PhD (c) is currently working with First Nations Health Authority in the role of Clinical Nurse Educator. She is originally from Ontario, moved to Alberta, attended U of A and graduated as RN in 1994. Since moving to British Columbia in 2004, she has been involved either through employment as a nurse educator, nurse manager, nursing practice consultant, regulatory practice consultant or professional association volunteer in advancing research, policy and practice that contributes to the advancement of culturally safe, competent and ethical care for Indigenous peoples.
Virginia Gerbrandt, Licensed Practical Nurse (1978), CLPNBC Board of Directors (2007-2010) (2016-2018) CLPNBC Board Chairperson (2017-2018). Throughout Virginia's career as an LPN she has seen significant changes in the role and Scope of Practice for LPN's in Manitoba as well as most recently in B.C. Ongoing education has been critical to maintain her nursing skills and to enhance her practice as a Nurse. Choosing to embrace and adapt to change throughout her career has allowed her to effectively work in a variety of health care environments. Virginia has led teams, organized curriculum, taught in a Post-Secondary Institution for 6 years, and worked in collaboration with other health care professionals from a variety of disciplines. Each experience has allowed her to expand her skills in areas of leadership, strategic and analytical thinking, as well as to continually practice good communication. Having now served on the CLPNBC Board of Directors for her second term, her experience and passion to continue to provide service to the Public is well demonstrated.
Stan Marchuk MN, NP(F), CNeph(c) is a Nurse Practitioner practicing in Nephrology at Providence Health Care, St. Paul's Hospital. He is also adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. He is currently a doctoral student at Oregon's Health and Science University pursuing excellence in improvement science. His nursing career started as a licensed practical nurse, pursuing further studies as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. He has held positions in leadership and management responsible for systems strategic planning and utilization. Stan was elected to the Board in 2017. He has been a member of the Nurse Practitioner standards committee, board development committee, and board review panel.
Ringland MN NP(F) is a nurse practitioner in Chronic Pain Management, Adjunct
Professor UBC School of Nursing and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences also
teaches for UVIC. She is Co- Department Head- Local for the Surrey North Nurse
Yvonne Savard, RPN, RN, BScN, MAED/CI, is currently employed in the Psychiatric Nursing Program at Douglas College and maintains an auxiliary position with Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services. She has been an elected board member of the CRPNBC for six years and currently appointed to a 3-year term with BCCNP Board of Directors.
Stevens LPN, CLPNBC Board member since 2012. She is currently employed with
Interior Health Authority, South Okanagan General Hospital Emergency
Department, since 1982. Appointed by BC MOH to BCCNP July 2018.
Colin Bennett, FCPA, FCMA, LL.D (Hon), CA(Hon) retired in 2012 after 13 years as Pres/CEO of CMA Canada-BC. From 2009-2012 he was a member of the BC and Canada merger committees which led to the successful merger of the accounting profession across Canada. Previously he was the VP Finance/CFO of Mercedes-Freightliner of Canada. From 2012-2018 he was appointed to Board of College of LPNs, and for the last three years he was a vice chair of the Transition Steering Committee which oversaw the merger of the three nursing colleges in B.C. In Jan 2018 he was appointed to the board of the College of Chiropractors. Colin Bennett has served on many charity and not-for-profit boards and committees.
Pinder K Cheema received her law degree from UVIC and was called to the Bar in 1984; She practices with the BC Prosecution Service, as Crown Counsel; She has conducted trials at the provincial and superior courts. She is also a member of the province's bilingual prosecution team. She has served on a number of adjudicative boards, including the Mental Health Review Board, the Community Care Assistance Appeal Board and the Safety Standards Appeal Board. She presently serves as an elected Bencher of the Law Society of BC, for Victoria County. In that regard, she has served on the Governance, Ethics, Complainants Review, Rule of Law, Act and Rules, Lawyer Education committees, and a number of Task Forces; she has also chaired a number of hearings inquiring into the conduct of lawyers allegedly breaching ethical standards and sat as a member on Review Panels. She was nominated "Queen's Counsel" in 2002. In her spare time, she assists with the Province of New Brunswick's provincial court's legal language education program.
Janene Erickson is Nak'azdli Whut'en, a First Nation in northern BC, Carrier Sekani Territory and an adopted member of the Tak'aya Wolf Clan, FNHA family. She has worked over the past six years in the CEO's office to support the CEO in the implementation of a new health governance partnership between BC First Nations, the province of BC, and the government of Canada which included the successful transfer of federal health services to BC First Nations control. This work, a first for Canada, led to the formation of the First Nations Health Authority, an institution created by First Nations people for First Nations people. Working to change 'the system' from sickness to wellness, the FNHA champions a holistic and traditional perspective of health and wellness that acknowledges and includes an individual's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. As a 'customer-owner', she proudly serves First Nations people through her role in Partnership Development and Projects at the First Nations Health Authority. She brings her energy as a First Nations Wellness Champion to the work - her accomplishments, including Boston and Ironman are empowered and inspired by her parents. She also brings her lived experiences, the teachings she's learned and the education she's earned as a Master in Public Health from UBC and strives to do her work with an open heart and open mind.
Kruyt BBA, FCPA, FCMA ICD.D is the Vice President of Finance with AllWest
Insurance in Vancouver. Previously he worked as the CFO of Blue Ocean Dental
Group and Vancouver Island Insurance Centres. He has sat on numerous crown and
not-for-profit boards in the past and holds a Certified Corporate Director
designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. His experience in health
care includes spending over six years as a Director of Island Health, and three
years with CRNBC as a member of the Transition Steering Committee which oversaw
the merger of the three nursing colleges in B.C.
Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina is an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Over the course of 20 years, Mandeep has worked as a child protection worker, violence against women counsellor and has been active in community engaged research work with immigrant/refugee families. Mandeep's research and social justice work focuses on family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant women's stories of resistance and encounters with racism in the Canada. Mandeep completed her undergraduate degree in child and youth care, Masters in Social work from the University of Toronto, and received her PhD at OISE at the University of Toronto in Adult Education and Community Development.
Physical Therapist of BC for the last 27 years owner of 2 successful
physiotherapy clinics in Vancouver and Surrey. Active member of CPTBC as well
as PABC.Currently a Director for the MHHS Foundation in Vancouver. Recipient of
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. Appointed
by Minister of Health Terry Lake as a Public Member in the CLPNBC 2016-present.
Married with my lovely wife Andrea Navarro, also a registered Physical
Therapist in B.C., with two lovely children Stephanie, 23 years old and Ralph
Joseph 17 years old Gr. 12 student in Holy Cross Regional High School. Active
Supporter of many charitable organizations especially in the Filipino-Canadian
Community with worthy causes. Hobbies are reading, swimming and walking.
Sangeeta is the Senior Manager, Workplace Development at IEC-BC and brings to her role 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada as well as Asia. This encompasses strategic planning, facilitation, cultural intelligence training, policy development, partnership development, program design and coordination, mentoring, leadership development and civic engagement. She has held Project Manager and Coordinator roles with the Maytree Foundation, South Asian Women's Centre and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Sangeeta holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Additionally, she has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She brings to her role a passion for working on issues of diversity, inclusion, access and equity and integration of immigrants into Canadian workplace and society.
Turner, BEd (secondary) is a retired high school English teacher. His 30 year
teaching experiences were in Haida Gwaii, Barriere and Kamloops BC. He served
on many committees with his local teacher associations and as President and
Bargaining Chair and as a member of the BCTF Executive Committee for 5 years.
He has been active on the BC Health Coalition Steering Committee and has served
as Co-chair representing community organizations for many years. He has also
been on the Board of the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society for many years including
as Board President.
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