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Kathleen Fyvie
Kathleen is a family nurse practitioner working in a tertiary centre acute care hospital. She is the NP for an innovative multi-disciplinary team responsible for the care and management of people with multi-system traumatic injuries.  Kathleen’s background is extensively Emergency and Post-anaesthetic recovery nursing and includes community nursing in the Northwest Territories.  She was on the BCNPA board from 2007-2011 serving as president elect, president and past president, and has held leadership roles on various committees within the BCNPA and community, worked on both MOH Encounter Code working groups and currently sits on the CRNBC NP Exam Committee.  Kathleen holds a diploma in nursing from Vancouver Community College, a certificate in emergency nursing, a BSN from Kwantlen University College and a MN-NP(F) from University of Victoria.  She is passionate about delivering quality healthcare to all British Columbians and committed to working to ensure that NPs will continue to grow in this province and increase access to healthcare in primary care and acute care settings.


Board Member: Fiona Huchinson
Fiona Hutchison
President Elect-Interm
Fiona has been nursing for 25 years with a clinical background mainly in Chronic Disease Management and Nephrology Nursing. She has also worked as Program Head and Educator with the BCIT Nephrology Nursing Speciality program. For the past the past 5 years she has worked in Adult Cardiology in Surrey and prior to that she worked as a Primary Care NP with a focus on mental health and substance use. She completed Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta in 2002 and completed her NP program at UNBC in 2008. She has worked with BCNPA in many capacities in the past including Communications Chair, Conference Planning Co-Chair, Website Committee, and on the Executive as Secretary. She is looking forward to the new challenge and opportunity as Interim President Elect.
Natasha Prodan-Bhalla
Natasha is an Adult Nurse Practitioner living and working in Vancouver.  She graduated with her BScN from the University of Western Ontario and her MN/NP from the University of Toronto.  She has worked as an NP in cardiac surgery, cardiology and women’s health and has volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Sri Lanka.  Her current practice focus is women’s health and includes leading a primary prevention heart program for women and working in a primary health clinic for marginalized women in the downtown eastside of Vancouver.  She is currently working on her DNP from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is an adjunct faculty at both UBC and University of Victoria.  She is passionate about being an NP and the contribution all NPs can make to improve the health care system in BC.
Tamara Stilwell
Tamara Stilwell
Tamara graduated from the UBC NP program in 2007, after an eclectic 15 year nursing career. As a family NP in Vancouver she has worked in Refugee Health ang general family practice. She currently works in primary caer clinics with a focus on marginalized and newcomer women.
Tamera has been a supporter of BCNPA since its inception and now that her children are older she is taking a more active role in the organization, currently serving as secretary and as a member of the communications committee. She is passionate about the potential of NPS to be meaningfully integrated into our health care sytem to contribute to health care reform and the health of British Columbians.
Karen Sims
Karen Sims
Karen has been nursing for over 20 years in both Ontario & in British Columbia since 1999. She moved to BC to be closer to the mountains and have enjoyed a dynamic nursing career since then. She completed a combined Masters/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) program through the University of Toronto in 2006, initially worked with an acute general surgery service and now works in primary care. She was the secretary for BCNPA from 2009-2012. Her leadership activities include CRNBC committee work and the ministry of Health NP4BC review committee. She has been privileged to be a preceptor for RN & NP students. Her volunteer activities have included Blackcomb ski patrol for 15 years, Vancouver 2010 sliding center, Ironman Canada 2011, 2013, 2014, and test of metal Squamish first responder. When she is not working she loves to be outdoors…yes even in the rain. Karen looks forward to the next two years as Treasurer.
Harry Uppal
Harry Uppal
Student Representative
Harry, as a future nurse practitioner, intends to make prevention, wellness, and primary healthcare education a top priority. Encouraging and educating patients about preventative health strategies will allow Harry to be an advocate for all ages in maintaining health and simultaneously easing the current stresses on a strained healthcare system. As Harry believes that NPs use education, experience, and skills to accurately diagnose and assist patients “without forgetting our humanity or theirs in the process”. The Nurse Practitioner is the answer for a general public seeking easier access to healthcare. By working with the BCNPA, Harry looks forward to increasing the NP profile, developing strategies for easier public healthcare access, and helping further the mandate of the BCNPA by engaging with the public and collaborating with fellow student colleagues.
Barb Eddy
Vancouver Region
Barb graduated from the UVIC NP program in 2007. She worked as a NP in a Vancouver hospice and currently works as a family NP at an interdisciplinary primary care clinic in Vancouver’s inner city. She has held the Canadian Nurse certification for hospice-palliative care since 2004.
Current committee involvement includes; chair of the Vancouver nurse practitioner’s community of practice, participant on the CRNBC OSCE exam committee, and member of the CRNBC’s expert panel on controlled drug prescribing. She co-chairs her clinic’s quality improvement committee and is actively working toward improved health screening for the marginalized population. Her research focused on the inner city’s COPD population.
Barb holds appointments with the UBC and UVIC Schools of Nursing and the UBC Department of Medicine, Division of Family Practice. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs.
Barb is a passionate advocate for improved health care that focuses on meeting the diverse health needs of all British Columbians.
Linda V
Linda Van Pelt
Northern Region
Linda is a graduate of the UNBC FNP program, she currently practices in an inter-disciplinary clinic that provides primary health care to a broad variety of patients, including those with mental health, addictions and chronic pain conditions. Her past experience includes intensive care, trauma and emergency care, psychiatry and advanced practice in remote communities in the Canadian North. She has been the coordinator of the UNBC FNP Program since 2009. Linda has served as the Northern Representative for the BCNPA in the past, and currently serves on several committees including the Interprofessional Education Committee at UNBC, the CRNBC CDS Prescribing and Involuntary Admission expert panels, as well as the CASN Committee for Control Substance Prescribing. Her research includes patient perceptions related to barriers to access to primary health care for patients with mental health, addictions and chronic pain conditions (PI), and the Rural and Remote Nursing Survey II (Co-I).
Board Member: Liz Mulvaney
Liz Mulvaney
Fraser Region
Liz has been a NP since 2010. She is a graduate of U Vic as well as having a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. Liz enjoyed my training as a Family NP but her passion has been for Cardiology. She has been at the RCH Cardiac Clinic for five years working with patients with heart failure, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. Her work on the Membership Committee has focused on emphasizing the value of BCNPA membership and the importance of strength in numbers. “We need everyone’s voice”. Fraser Health has been a leader in the implementation of the NP role. It has been an exciting few years to see the maturation as a Department of NPs and as individuals. NPs have passed many milestones and have ambitious plans for the future. Liz looks forward to being the liaison between NPs in FHA and BCNPA.
Board Member: Dianne Middagh
Dianne Middagh
Island Region
Dianne has supported BCNPA since the early days of the association’s inception. Dianne was on BCNPA Strategic directions committee in 2009. Currently Dianne is a member of the BCNPA Membership Committee. Dianne is also a clinical faculty member @ UNBC. In her current position at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Dianne is on the sexual violence and harassment education and response steering committee, Healthyou committee, and mental health and well being committee. As a member of the Island Health CoP Dianne is sitting on a CoP sub committee, the aim of which is to increase the recognition of NPs as providers of health care service with the Health Authority.
Louann Janicki
Interior Region- Interm
Louann Bio pending. .

PHSA Region
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Brenda Ingram
Administrative Assistant
Brenda has been the part time executive assistant to BCNPA’s board since 2011. She worked for many years as the executive assistant for the presidents of Riverview Hospital and then held the executive assistant position for the president of the BC Mental Health and Addiction Services at PHSA for another 10 years before retiring in 2013.
On her off time, Brenda enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, taking continuing education studies and course, travel, and gardening on her little farm in Whonnock, BC.
“I first took on the executive assistant role as a favour and thought it would be a temporary role…and I’m still here! It’s turned out to be an interesting retirement part time job and gives me purpose.”


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