President’s Message April 2018


Dear Members,

 I am the newly inducted President of the Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia (GNABC) at the 2018 GNABC Education Conference and AGM (Annual General Meeting) in Nanaimo.   I have been a member of GNABC since 2007.  I held positions at the local chapter as President of the Simon Fraser GNABC Chapter for two and a half terms, the equivalent of five years, became the GNABC Provincial Treasurer, Chair of the 2013 CGNA Biennial Conference Finance Committee, and then the CGNA national treasurer.

I have seen our provincial association evolve through the years, so I would like to acknowledge and recognize the tremendous work of the past presidents and executive members of GNABC for the foundation they have built for our association, and for the work they have accomplished during their tenure.

Also thank you Chapter presidents and Chapter executives for your dedicated work supporting our provincial association,  and to each and every one of you who are our members for your active participation in your own local Chapters and for your attendance at the GNABC’s  annual education conference and AGM.

The past presidents and their executive members have done much through the years, and there are more needs to be accomplished.  Our membership has decreased by approximately 28% in a period of five years.   I am not certain whether a part of this change can be attributed to nurses retiring, or most RNs being replaced by LPNs in long term care facilities (LTC).  While LTC facilities have staffed mostly LPNs, there are less than 6 % LPNS in our provincial membership.

On behalf of GNABC, I would like to invite more LPN participation to their local chapters.  It has been our hope that our getting together and our educational sessions will continue to provide us with up to date knowledge and skills  to practice responsibly,  and so provide care that meets our professional standards of practice and our residents’ / patients’ needs.

Our outgoing Media Chair, Maneet Samra, has done well in posting for our website.   Also she and our provincial secretary, Joyce Taekema, have started the use of membership sign up on line via Paypal.  She will stay on and work with the incoming Media Chair, Cathy Farrow, and Joyce to improve the online membership registration and further use on line registration for the annual conferences.  With the incoming  Media Chair,  we would like to explore the use of appropriate social media where we can post educational opportunities , develop linkages with nursing allies, geroresearch with UBC, Seniors’ Advocate and LPNs, and  get GNABC more well known so as to  potentially increase our membership.

I would like us to continue to actively participate at the national level with CGNA, thus I have accepted to sit as a Board of Director after the CGNA’s AGM in May 2018.   Currently, there are three working groups for which CGNA has requested provincial participation and I would like to encourage our members to take this opportunity to contribute and experience working with colleagues from other provinces.  Please refer to my letter in regards to this.

As an incoming president, I look forward to working with you.  Please send me an email or call me for any questions, suggestions, or ideas you may have to assist us in continuing to move our provincial association forward.

I feel most blithe to serve GNABC and its members as president and very honored to accept this position.

Yours sincerely,


Lilian “Li” MacTaggart, RN, MHSA, CHE, GNC (C)

President Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia 2018 – 2020