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Meet the 2016 candidates

​​posted April 1,​ 2016 

Candidate biograp​hies​​​​

Our College​ Board is composed of members elected by registrants and individuals appointed by government. The Board Chair and Vice-chair are elected by the Board fr​​om amongst its members to a one-year renewable term of office.​

Board​ elections

2016 ticket​ of nominations

Three-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2016. One to be elected.​​

 At-Large candidate (acclamation)

Stephanie Buckingham


Stephanie Buckingham, CD, BSN, MA Leadership & Training

Stephanie Buckingham, Nanoose Bay, is a retired University-College Professor from the BSN Programme, Human Health and Services Department at Vancouver Island University. She continues to work as sessional faculty at VIU, as well as a contractor for a case management company. Stephanie is currently an At-large member on the CRNBC Board. She is a member of the CRNBC Board Development Committee and the Board Review Panel. She previously served on the Board from 2009 to 2011.

Candidate Statement

I have been a registered nurse for over four decades and worked in many areas of nursing including acute care, public and community health, homecare and education. My objective is to "build an environment which supports an ethical approach to life-long learning and applied leadership while fostering excellence, exploration and growth in my personal, professional and community life.” I am a "Servant Leader", committed to my profession. I have been active with our regulatory body for 20 years. I understand the role of the Board and always act in the public interest. I endorse the College’s philosophy of “Right Touch Regulation.

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 Rural candidates

Colleen Driscoll


Colleen Driscoll, BSN

Colleen Driscoll, Nelson, is a Registered Nurse - Daycare/Pre-Surgical Services, Kootenay Lake Hospital, Interior Health Authority. Colleen is currently a Rural Board member on the CRNBC Board. She is a member of the CRNBC Board Appointments Committee, Board Development Committee (Vice-chair) and the Board Review Panel.

Candidate Statement

“Nursing in rural areas present unique challenges. As a Board member for the past three years, I have advocated for rural nurses by listening and sharing uniqueness of rural nursing. I understand the CRNBC mandate, vision, purpose and principles. The principles of CRNBC give strength, integrity and transparency to the regulation process. I strive to bring these characteristics into my nursing career and my community work. I believe I can represent and support BC Rural Nurses. Nursing is my passion! My credentials include PEI School of Nursing (1980), Maternity Nursing at KLH, Nelson (28 years), Specialty Rural Acute Care Nursing (UNBC, 2010), BScN (2011).”

Gwen Herrington


Gwen Herrington, MSN

Gwen Herrington, Pouce Coupe, is a Public Health Nurse, Dawson Creek Public Health. Gwen sat on the CRNBC Board between 2009 to 2014, and has also served as Board Vice-chair. She is a member of the CRNBC Finance and Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee. She has also particip​ated on the CRNBC Board Development Committee.

Candidate Statement

“I have had the pleasure of being a board member with CRNBC in the past and it would be an honor to serve once again. My nursing career encompasses LTC, medical/surgical, community and public health nursing in the rural community of Dawson Creek. It has been an interesting career which has increased my understanding of nursing in a variety of roles while volunteering has added to my knowledge of nursing regulation in the public interest and CRNBC’s regulatory philosophy. Both roles have increased my leadership skills making me a good candidate for the Board. I sincerely hope that you will support my nomination.”

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 Urban candidate (acclamation)

Sheila Farrell


Sheila Farrell, MSN

Sheila Farrell, Kelowna, is a Clinical Practice Educator – Health Services for Community Living, Interior Health. She is currently an Urban Board member and Vice-chair of the CRNBC Board. Sheila is member of the CRNBC Appointments Committee (chair), a member of the Board Review Panel and the Compensation Committee (vice-chair).

Candidate Statement

“I have served on the Board of Directors since 2013 as an Urban Member, Vice Chair, and the RN Representative on the Single Nurse Regulator Task Group. My diverse career includes business management, a MSN degree, and various nursing roles including working with vulnerable populations. This unique blend of experience and education lends itself to a perspective that promotes the public protection mandate of CRNBC and supports the changes that are necessary for growth, all balanced with understanding necessary for Right Touch Regulation. I would be honoured to continue to support the CRNBC by returning as an Elected Board Member.”

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 Schedule

​​Election Ballots

Elections ballots for the Rural Board member position will be mailed in late June to registrants in good standing.

Ballot Count

Completed election ballots are returned to the election trustee by the specified deadline in August. The ballot count is conducted by the election trustee (usually mid-August). After Board candidates have been contacted with the ballot count results, the information is published in the electronic newsletters and posted on the College website.

 For additional information, contact the Governance Coordinator​. ​​

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