Centenary Medal – Heather Mass

Heather Mass is a retired but still professionally active registered nurse. She followed the footsteps of her mother and grandmother into the profession, beginning her nursing education in Victoria. She then moved to Calgary where she worked as a pediatric nurse, pursued further education and raised her family. In 1990 she returned to Vancouver to take a position as a Nursing Policy Consultant with the Registered Nurses Association of BC (now BCCNP). During her tenure she managed several innovative projects, including the Comox Valley Nursing Centre, and worked closely with nurses and other colleagues in the Ministry and in heath regions on projects designed to help clarify and advance the education for, role and scope of nursing practice. In 1998 she became the first Chief Nursing Officer for the BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre (later the Provincial Health Services Authority – PHSA). As an Adjunct Professor with the School Heather also had many opportunities to work on education initiatives with the amazing faculty over these years. She also had the honour of sitting on the Advisory Councils of two of the recent directors.  Since retiring in 2007 she has remained active in nursing initiatives, including the creation of the Association for Registered Nurses in BC (now Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC). And best of all, she also follows the nursing career of her daughter – a 4th generation nurse and Master’s Degree Graduate from the UBC School of Nursing – with great pride and admiration.