A legacy of caring and supporting caregivers
Health and Home Care Society of BC (Care BC)
As a descendent of Florence Nightingale and the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, it is not surprising that Helen chose a career in healthcare. Growing up in Alberta, Helen often accompanied her father on home visits and learned early on how caring for others in the community was an important and noble pursuit.
A distinguished nurse and nurse educator, Helen became a well-respected leader, advocate and pioneer for the profession and patient-centred care in BC. This 2018 photo pictured Helen at the Family Respite Centre with therapeutic recreation coordinator Zhuran in 2018. Photo: Mits Naga/Mits Naga Photography
Inspired, Helen moved to Vancouver as a young adult, and following in her mother’s footsteps, enrolled in nursing. Helen had a long and distinguished career as a nurse and nurse educator, and she became a well-respected leader, advocate and pioneer for the profession and patient-centred care in Vancouver and throughout BC.
Helen understood the importance of caring and giving back to the community. It was ‘in her blood’. When she retired, she not only gave of her time but she also had the financial means to make a real difference through her support of causes that spoke to her interests and values.
In 1990, Helen joined the Victorian Order of Nurses, BC (now known as Care BC) as a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program. Helen was particularly interested in supporting the health and well-being of seniors and enabling them to continue living in their homes and within their communities.
A loyal and long-standing supporter of Care BC, she watched with keen interest when, in 2002, the organization launched a first of its kind—an adult day and overnight respite program to benefit caregivers and their loved ones, many of whom are seniors, often with complex cognitive and chronic health issues.
Helen’s passion, loyalty and generosity in support of these community services and special causes never wavered. Helen informed Care BC of her plan to leave a significant, charitable bequest for community-based respite services in her Will.
Sadly, Helen died in November 2020, leaving a legacy that will have a meaningful impact for Metro Vancouver caregivers for many years to come.
Helen had a long and distinguished career as a nurse and nurse educator, and she became a well-respected leader, advocate and pioneer for the profession and patient-centred care in Vancouver and throughout BC.