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​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.​​​​

 BCCNP board members — As of January 2020

Robert Calnan, Board Chair (registrant board member)

Rob 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 (registrant board member)

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.​

Laura M Housden​ (registrant board member)

​Laura Housden, PhD, MN-NP(F) is the NP Director at Fraser Health Authority, and also works clinically as part of the Aboriginal Health team. Laura is also adjunct faculty at the UBC School of Nursing. Her nursing experience includes public health, street outreach and harm reduction services, nursing research and education. Her NP experience includes inpatient, women's health, travel medicine and primary care. As NP Director she supports NPs across Fraser Health with role development, hiring, performance management and evaluation, practice support, and scholarship activities. She was elected to the board in December 2019. ​

David Reid (registrant board member)

David Reid, RPN, MA, works 'on call' or 'casual' at the Oceanside Health Clinic (Parksville) in their walk-in Mental Health and Substance Use Counselling Clinic.  He anticipates starting his fourth year as a clinical nursing instructor for Stenberg College's Regional Diploma Psychiatric Nursing program.  His history as an RPN (Douglas College graduate, 1997) has been in mostly in acute mental health as a team member, and then in his last two years as team leader, of Nanaimo's Crisis Response mental health and substance use team.  Previous to this, he was the Clinical Nurse Educator at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital's  Psychiatric In-Patient Unit (NRGH -IPU) for 3 years.  In 2011, he completed an M.A. Leadership-Health at Royal Roads University. David was on the Registration Committee at BCCNP and served on the Board of Directors of the CRPNBC in addition to several of that legacy college's committees.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society (crisis line, island-wide).  Although ostensibly resigned from full-time work in 2017, he is enjoying nursing now more than ever!​

Ruth Ringland (registrant board member)

Ruth 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 Practitioners.​​​

Yvonne Savard, Vice Chair (registrant board member)

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. ​​​​​​

Madelon Stevens (registrant board member)

​Madelon 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 (public board member)

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.

Bhapinder Kaur Cheema (public board member)

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 (public board member)

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.​​​

David Kruyt (public board member)

David 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 C​orporate 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.​

Mandeep Kaur Mucina (public board member)

​​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.

Agustin Navarro Jr (public board member)

Reg. 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 Subramanian (public board member)

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.​​

Richard Turner (public board member)

Rick 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 ac​tive 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.​


 Board structure

​As a result of the amalgamation of B.C.’s three nursing colleges, in accordance with the HPA, the Minister of Health appointed the First Board — both registrant and public members.  The Minister appointed two registrants from each of the four nursing designations and eight public members.  Over the next three years, the registrant board members will be replaced by elected registrant members. The first elections for two of the eight registrant seats will take place in the Fall of 2019 for terms starting in January 2020.​​​​

 Upcoming open board meetings


  • » June 25, 2020 
  • » Sept. 24, 2020 
  • » Nov. 26, 2020​

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're temporarily unable to accommodate observers at board meetings. Please contact​ if you have any questions.