The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to announce that Gwendyline (or Gwen) Campbell McArthur has joined its Board of Directors.
Gwen, who is of Ojibwe/Saulteaux Metis and Ukrainian Ancestry, practiced as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse for more than five decades until retirement from full-time work in 2015; her life-long work has been guided by mentors, Indigenous Elders, and other spiritual leaders.
In addition to her clinical work, Gwen is a nurse educator and researcher, having several published chapters in nursing textbooks, stories on Indigenous health and dementia, as well as contributing writer for key Aboriginal initiatives in cultural safety, Indigenous culture and standards of practice for the Canadian Federation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
As a volunteer, Gwen was initially a member of the Provincial Patient Council, led by the BC SUPPORT Unit, an operational unit of BC AHSN.
“The…Unit supports Patient Partners at every level,” Gwen says. “The staff respect where we are at in our health journey and make every effort to not only hear our voices, but to ensure they are incorporated into the research process.”
After attending BC AHSN’s November 2019 symposium in Prince George and learning that its board was seeking additional patient perspectives, Gwen applied for the opportunity.
“Research is not done in a vacuum and is required to guide our health care systems in BC,” Gwen says. The translation of that research into health care practices and policy is hugely important, and I hope I can make a difference by contributing at the Board of Directors’ table. I am constantly aware that it is a privilege to be included in this work.”
In addition to obtaining a diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, Supplementary (RN) Nursing, and a BScN – Aboriginal MH Speciality degree, Gwen also studied at an Indigenous School of Nursing and Midwifery for her Master in Nursing. She was awarded the Aboriginal Role Model of the year by Corrections Services Canada in 2014.
The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network’s (bcahsn.ca) role is to advance learning health systems in BC and to enable innovations within the system that make the best use of provincial assets, resources and expertise.
BC AHSN’s operational units include the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC. Its ten-member Board of Directors, chaired by Charles Jago, represents wide-ranging expertise to enable the organization to fulfill its mandate.
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Dan Enjo, Communications Lead