Centenary Medal – Becky Palmer

Dr. Becky Palmer serves as the inaugural Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), providing transformational leadership and innovation for health services, education, knowledge exchange and practice to advance the health and wellness of BC First Nations individuals, families and communities.

Prior to her role at FNHA, Dr. Palmer served as an Executive nurse leader at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. She currently serves as a Board member with Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) and the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC). Through almost 30 years of experience in nursing practice, education, research and senior leadership positions, she embodies a strong commitment to relationship, quality, excellence, justice and equity.

Deeply respected in her field and dynamic in her approach to leadership, she is known for developing and leading innovative health initiatives, creating holistic learning environments and fostering strong relationships with partner organizations.  In her work at FNHA, she is guided by the vision of embedding cultural safety and humility into health service delivery and working to transform the way health care is delivered in the Province and on a global scale.

Dr. Palmer is a proud alumni of UBC (BSN, 1994; PhD, 2005). She is also an alumni of the University of Alberta (MN, CNM, 1997) and Langara College (Nursing Diploma, 1991).

Married with three children, Dr. Palmer enjoys spending time with her family, including many pets. To embrace wellness, she loves to cook, bake, read and spend time outdoors in nature.