Centenary Medal – Vivian Lucas

I was born in Winnipeg and moved to BC when I was three. There was no history of nursing in my family and I kind of ‘fell into it” on graduation from high school, a nursing or teaching kind of decision, which I have never regretted. My colleagues, students, and patients all added immeasurably to my life experience for which I remain extremely grateful. My career was primarily in acute care nursing and teaching in Ontario. In addition to my BScN from UBC,  I obtained a Masters degree from UofT and for several years I contributed to writing RN exam questions for what was then the CNA testing service where I had the privilege of meeting nurses from across the country. I also worked with OECA (predecessor to TV Ontario) to produce some educational videos for nursing. After 37 years in the profession, I took early retirement in 2003 and returned to BC where I started volunteering in West Vancouver and at VGH emergency. For health reasons I have begun a routine of extensive daily walking so between that and volunteering I am kept quite busy. The fitbit is a bit relentless!