Providence Health Care VP, David Byres, and Coast Salish elder, Roberta Price, were presented with UBC School of Nursing 2012 Partner Awards by Dr. Eric Hall, Dean of Applied Science, and Dr. Colleen Varcoe, Director pro tem, School of Nursing, in the spectacular Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology on May 3, 2012.
David Byres, Vice President, Acute Clinical Programs & Chief Professional Practice and Nursing for Providence Health Care:
Practice Partnership Award – given to recognize a partner from practice for leadership in collaboration.
David Byres is recognized for having a clear vision for professional nursing at Providence and how the UBC School of Nursing can contribute to that vision. He worked with the School on the development of a practice-academic collaborative teaching unity in HIV/AIDS care, mental health and addictions, and the quest to fund a research chair in nursing.
Mrs. Roberta Price, a Coast Salish elder who has worked extensively in partnership with the SON for over a decade:
Community Partnership Award – to recognize dedication and commitment to collaboration between the school and the wider community.
Roberta Price has worked tirelessly to build relationships between the School and local First Nations Groups. She played a leadership role on numerous Aboriginal Community Advisory Committees that are central to the research that many in the School have been conducting in the Lower Mainland. She serves as a spokesperson for health issues locally, provincially and nationally.