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Election: Candidate Statements

posted March 22, 2013

Our College Board is composed of members elected by registrants and individuals appointed by government. The Board Chair and Vice-chair are elected by the Board from amongst its members to a one-year renewable term of office.

 2013 Ticket of Nominations


Three-year term commencing September 1, 2013. One to be elected.

Stephanie Buckingham, Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Stephanie Buckingham

Stephanie Buckingham, RN, MA Leadership & Training
Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Candidate for At-Large Board Member

Stephanie Buckingham is a professor, in the BSN Programme Human Services Department at Vancouver Island University. She served previously on CRNBC’s Board (2009-2011), and has contributed to the College through her participation on the CRNBC Finance and Audit and Registration Committees, as an education program review site visitor and as a participant in focus groups. She has also been a CRNBC professional support program representative and student faculty liaison.

Candidate Statement: "I have long had a passion for leadership, policy issues and the role of nurses in the governance of our own profession. Professional nursing survival requires the active engagement of the registrants. To continue to protect the public, we must understand the importance of self-regulation and navigate our relationship with government and the public, in a pro-active and informed way. It is an honour and a privilege to serve my profession as a Board member. I have considerable leadership experience in nursing and education. I am dedicated to the mandate, purpose and vision of the CRNBC. My previous experience as a Board member will serve me well, should you choose to elect me as member at-large."

Gulzar Hassan, Coquitlam, B.C.

Gulzar Hassan

Gulzar Hassan, RN
Coquitlam, B.C.

Candidate for At-Large Board Member

Gulzar Hassan is a registered nurse at Willow Pavilion in Vancouver Coastal Health. She is a member of the CRNBC Awards Committee. She has also been a CRNBC professional support program representative and has participated in CRNBC focus groups.

Candidate Statement: "I have worked as a RN for 12 years in labour and delivery, and mental health. I have been a volunteer all my life in capacities such as union steward coordinator; teaching arthritis management to seniors in three languages; organized community fund raising events and picnics; a beavers’ leader; member of Arts and Culture Committee; helped families facing economic and social challenges; member of the CRNBC Awards Committee, etc. I have been able to achieve this while raising three children and taking care of elderly parents. I enjoy talking to people to learn from them and to encourage them to excel."


Three-year term commencing September 1, 2013. One to be elected.

Barb Crook, Mackenzie, B.C.

Barb Crook

Barb Crook, BSN
Mackenzie, B.C.

Candidate for Rural Board Member

Barb Crook is Health Services Administrator, at MacKenzie and District Hospital and Health Center in Northern Health. She has served as a CRNBC professional support program management liaison since 2004. Barb was first elected to the Board in 2003 and is the current Board Chair. She has also served on a number of CRNBC statutory committees including Inquiry, Registration, Finance and Audit, and Board Development

Candidate Statement: "I have spent eight years as a hospital administrator and 25 years at the bedside in the northern community of Mackenzie, and I understand the challenges of rural practice. From 2003 to 2009, I served on the CRNBC Board through the transition from RNABC. I am currently serving as the Chair of the College Board. I would like to continue to be a part of the new direction the College is taking in Relational Regulation which includes just culture and right touch regulation. With my recent Board experience and my understanding of rural practice, I hope to serve you in the role of Rural Board Member."

Teresa (Colleen) Driscoll, Nelson, B.C.

Colleen Driscoll

Teresa (Colleen) Driscoll, BSN
Nelson, B.C.

Candidate for Rural Board Member

Teresa (Colleen) Driscoll is a registered nurse, in Maternal Child Care and ER at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Interior Health. Her education credentials include Specialty Rural Acute Care Nursing.

Candidate Statement: "Nursing in Rural Areas presents unique challenges. As a Board member, I would advocate for rural nurses and CRNBC mandate, vision, purpose and principles. The principles of CRNBC give strength, integrity and transparency to the regulation process. I strive to bring these characteristics into my nursing career, my community work and my active involvement in the BCNU. I believe I can represent and support BC Rural Nurses. Nursing is my passion! My credentials include: PEI School of Nursing (1980), Maternity Nursing at KLH, Nelson (25 years), Specialty Rural Acute Care Nursing (UNBC 2010), BScN (2011), and Building Union Strength (BUS) Educator BCNU (2006 to present)."


Three-year term commencing September 1, 2013. Election By Acclamation.

Sheila Farrell, Kelowna, B.C.

Sheila Farrell

Sheila Farrell, MSN
Kelowna, B.C.

Candidate for Urban Board Member

Sheila Farrell is a Health Services for Community Living Nurse, Capri Community Health Centre, Interior Health.

Candidate Statement: "I have had a diverse career in both the business and health care sectors which have provided a unique insight into service delivery. My nursing practice has focused on working with vulnerable populations, and I believe that this affords me the opportunity to view health care with a lens that will serve the public and CRNBC well. My personal core values reflect the expectations and competencies of Board candidates, and I look forward to serving on the CRNBC Board."

Information on the Board Candidates, including Candidate Statements, will be posted on the College website in late March and published in the April newsletters.

Election ballots will be mailed in late June 2013. The ballot count results will be available the third week in August 2013.

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