Centenary Medal – Glennis Zilm

Glennis was as a member of UBC Nursing’s infamous and close-knit “BSN Class of 1958,” which contributed more than its fair share of national leaders in nursing practice, education, and research during the latter half of the 20th century. She also holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Master’s of Arts in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

Glennis’s diverse working life has included nursing at Maple Ridge Hospital; public health nursing in New South Wales, Australia; and instructing at the Royal Columbia Hospital in New Westminster.  She was an assistant editor for The Canadian Nurse from 1963 to 1969, and an editor/reporter for the Canadian Press from 1969-1972, before becoming a freelance writer, editor, and writing consultant mainly in the health professions.  She is co-author, with Ethel Warbinek, of Legacy: The History of Nursing Education at the University of British Columbia 1919-1994.  In 1998, she wrote a text on writing skills for student nurses.  With co-author Beth Perry, she recently expanded and updated a fourth edition of this text: Introduction to Writing for Health Professionals: The SMART Way will be released by publisher Elsevier in summer 2019.

Awards include UBC Nursing Division Award of Distinction 2000, the John B. Neilson Spaulding Award in 2004 for the long standing contribution to the history of health care in Canada, the UBC Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award in 2010, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2006, and in 2016 the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal.