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.
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.
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.
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.
Tanya Momtazian, RM, BSc., BMW, MPH is co-founder of a midwife/family physician collaborative practice called Apple Tree Maternity in Nelson, BC. She is the Midwifery Department Head and Co-Chair of the Facilities Engagement Initiative Steering Committee at Kootenay Lake Hospital. Tanya is an Adjunct Professor of the Midwifery Program at the University of British Columbia and served as President of the Board of the College of Midwives and a member of the Transition Steering Committee throughout the process of amalgamation to the new BC College of Nurses and Midwives. She is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities of regulating Registered Midwives within a larger, more resourced college.
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, 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 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.
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.
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 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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