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NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Council Candidates

NP Vice President Candidates

Laura Vicol(acclaimed)read bio

NP Indigenous Councillor Candidates

Valerie Jefferd(acclaimed)read bio

NP Vancouver Councillor Candidates

Kelvin Beiread bio
Suzanne Liuread bio

NP Interior Councillor Candidates

Kim Orwaard-Wong(acclaimed)read bio

NP Northern Councillor Candidates

Colleen Booth(acclaimed)read bio

NP Rural & Remote Councillor Candidates

Erin Berukoffread bio
Jaime Fortierread bio

NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Vice President Candidate

Laura Vicol

Laura is an accomplished NP leader spanning 20 years of nursing practice, 13 years at NP level. She holds BScN and Family NP - MSN degrees from UVIC and a Perinatal Specialty Certificate from BCIT. Laura established in 2006, at BC Women's Hospital, the first BC NP role focused on the primary health care of HIV positive women and later, the first NP-run IUD program for positive women. She provides outreach primary care to women in the DTES and holds the NP Lead position at BC Children's & Women's Hospital overseeing the NP professional practice portfolio of 40 NPs.

Laura brings to the NP Council of NNPBC strong leadership experience of direct collaboration with diverse Senior Executive & Operational Leaders, Medical Division Heads, Human Resources Leads and Directors of Quality & Risk Management on all NP professional matters.

Laura is a visionary, accessible leader, passionate about the NP role in the delivery of BC health care services. As a respected, credible voice in decision-making, she develops strong, trusting relationships with multiple stakeholders. She has profound understanding of primary and specialty care and the NP role contributions to the BC health care system, taking her leadership vision to reality through sound strategy development.

Laura is a member of the PHSA CNOs-Nursing Advisory Council, BCCH Ambulatory Leadership Committee, BCCH&BCWH Interprofessional Practice Executive Group and the co-Chair of the BCCH&BCWH Nursing Practice Advisory Council (to name a few). Laura previously received the PHSA Excellence in Education Award. In 2019, she was nominated for the BCCH&BCWH Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award and the BC Health Care Award-Top Innovation as a Project Lead for her leadership in the coordination and introduction of the first Neonatal NP role in BC.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Indigenous Councillor Candidate

Valerie Jefferd

Hi, my name is Valerie Jefferd and I am a family nurse practitioner working for the department of Aboriginal Health, for the Island Health Authority. I work predominantly with Indigenous peoples and in their communities on Vancouver Island. Prior to this I worked in the Northwest Territories for many years as both a registered nurse in various roles from outpost nursing to management and worked and lived with the indigenous peoples of the north.

I am seeking the NP Indigenous Councilor position for the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia.

I believe in bring the interests and concerns of indigenous NP's and the Indigenous populations to the forefront of practice and the association and to advocate for all Indigenous peoples health and wellbeing.

I was a co-chair of the past BCNPA conference committee for two years that was both successful financially and in attendance for the two years held in Nanaimo, BC.

I hold a nurse practitioner masters of nursing from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Maternal/Child Health.

I am also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, and I am a strong advocate for continuing education for the nursing profession.

I was raised on Haida Gwaii and on my ancestral mother's side I am of the Haida Nations, the Saagwii Gitanee Eagle Clan of Old Masset, and on my father's a settler of English/Australian ancestry.

If elected I will do my best in bringing leadership, strategies, advocacy and expertise to the NP Council and NNPBC Board with a Indigenous perspective.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Vancouver Councillor Candidate

Kelvin Bei

It is an amazing time to be a NP and I'm excited for the opportunity to be part of the NNPBC as the Vancouver councillor. Seeing our profession thrive to influence positive change in our healthcare system is a passion of mine. Having worked in both rural and urban settings, I bring collaborative leadership experience from previously chairing local NP communities of practice. Currently, I'm involved with the BCCNP as the chair of the Professional Standards Committee-NP Panel. I've also been a NP preceptor and guest lecturer for several years as I'm enthusiastic about supporting the sustainability of our profession and teaching the change we want to see. Therefore, I look forward to working with you all to build on our past successes and to continue strengthening our profession for the future.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Vancouver Councillor Candidate

Suzanne Liu

My name is Suzanne Liu and I am running for Vancouver region councillor for the NNPBC. I started my career as a registered nurse in pediatric oncology, where I practiced for six years. Working in such a specialized and emotionally charged unit, I learned to quickly foster productive relationships under difficult conditions. The skills I learned in my RN practice have been hugely beneficial in developing effective therapeutic relationships in my journey to becoming an NP.

Once I graduated from the Family NP program at UNBC, I started a position at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in September 2016. Here, I provided primary care to patients across the lifespan. Many of my patients were marginalized and faced multiple barriers to accessing Primary Health Care services. Due to the complex nature of those patients, I was often required to be resourceful and find creative solutions in order to serve their needs.

For the last nine months, I have been working as an NP at a non-profit, multidisciplinary clinic in Vancouver. I continue to provide primary care to patients across the lifespan, and thoroughly enjoy the collaboration in care. As I have reduced my hours to four days per week, I have been able to take advantage of new opportunities outside of direct patient care. I am currently sitting on two committees for the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee (GPAC), reviewing and updating BC's clinical practice guidelines.

I am passionate about primary care, and am dedicated to the continued progress of the field, especially as it relates to NP practice. It would be an honour to continue on this path as a councillor for the NNPBC. Thank you for your consideration.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Interior Councillor Candidate

Kim Orwaard-Wong

Amongst many of my goals and aspirations in my nursing career, I have always had a strong motivation to improve the delivery of, and access to, primary healthcare for British Columbians. I am a firm believer in collaborative, full scope nursing practice, patient advocacy, and the positive shift of healthcare reform to a patient centered model of care. With 17 years of nursing experience in Neurosciences and Emergency Care, I began my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 having graduated from the University of Victoria. I have been on various committees and held a variety of leadership roles. Currently, I am leading the way in the development of a new NP role in Kelowna's pre-surgical optimization clinic with the focus of improving the health status of complex arthroplasty patients.

I look forward to working with NNPBC's nursing leaders to improve collaboration in healthcare, strengthen the nursing voice, and further the nursing profession.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Northern Councillor Candidate

Colleen Booth

Born and raised in Quesnel, BC, I began my nursing career in 1993 with admission to my undergraduate degree at UBC. After various positions on med/surg units after graduation, I was hired by Cowichan Tribes (in Duncan) and discovered that I was meant work in and with First Nations Communities. I have worked throughout BC and the NWT as a public health, community care and remote practice nurse. In 2005, I joined the first cohort of Nurse Practitioner students at UNBC in Prince George. I didn't really understand what I was getting myself into until I took a semester off to reevaluate my career goals. I returned to a small First Nations community to provide some locum community care coverage and within 1 hour of being there it all made sense as to why I needed to become a Nurse Practitioner. For various reasons, the person in front of me was not getting the care they needed or deserved. I knew that if I completed my education, I would be able to help this person achieve their health care goals.

Currently I am working at the Blue Pine Clinic in Prince George. We serve the unattached patients in our community that have higher than average social needs. I have a special interest in Addictions Medicine and am involved in a number of projects aimed at growing services in Northern Health that are better able to provide care to our most vulnerable community members.

I look forward to working with the NP Council and NNPBC during this exciting time of growth for our profession in British Columbia.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Rural & Remote Councillor Candidate

Erin Berukoff

Hello from Powell River! Where’s that you say? Well, it’s a beautiful, winding 5-hour drive up the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver coupled with 2 ferry rides, or a mere 1-and-a-half-hour ferry ride across the Georgia Straight from Vancouver Island. I live here with my husband and two daughters.

I have been nursing for almost 17 years with 5 years as a Nurse Practitioner, all of which have been in rural practice. I completed my Diploma in Nursing at BCIT in 2002, then went on to obtain my Bachelor of Nursing Degree through UVIC. Within the same time frame, I completed my emergency nursing certificate. Most of my registered nursing years were spent in surgery, ambulatory care, and emergency. I completed my Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice as an NP through Athabasca University in 2014. Since then I have been working at VCH deployed to a fee-for-service physicians’ clinic where I work with a team of physicians to provide primary health care. I am a member of the local Divisions of Family Practice were I have been apart of various working groups focused on initiatives such as the GP for Me Initiative (NP focused working group), Chronic Pain initiative, Attachment and Access working group, and I plan on being apart of the Primary Care Network planning working groups.

I have been following the exciting changes in Nurse Practitioner practice over the years; in addition to CDS prescribing, ordering MRI’s, MAID, privileging and OAT prescribing (to name a few), new funding models have emerged that have my attention. This is due to the exceptional work of the BCNPA executive, now the NNPBC council, in partnership with many important stakeholders. I want to be apart of the work going forward bringing a rural/remote practice perspective to the table.

Thank you.
NNPBC 2019 AGM: Candidate Biographies

NP Rural & Remote Councillor Candidate

Jaime Fortier

Jaime is an established NP in Comox BC. She has successfully advocated for NP's being involved in primary care discussions with ministry and divisions; and has had the opportunity to speak with the former Premier about NPs in practice in BC. She continues to support NP unity and multidisciplinary partnerships in solving the challenges of primary care.

In her personal life Jaime is the mother of two children. This former Olympian cross country skier still enjoys biking and skiing in the mountains and forests of her community.