VGHSON Joins the 5th Annual Oakridge Block Party

by Kathleen Murphy

History was recognized at the recent Oakridge Block Party.

Representing the VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association, Kathy Murphy was dressed in the 1918 student uniform and also brought a student uniform from the 1950s.

Sheila Zerr, represented the BC History of Nursing Society, was dressed in a VON uniform of that era and also brought her Royal Jubilee Hospital student uniform. There were many potential nursing students, practising RNs and  one of our  special VGH graduates, who visited our booth.

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Arriving at The Galiano Inn, the classmates enjoyed three days of memory sharing and lots of laughter. Dinner at The Hummingbird Pub was followed by the RCMP costumed escort and members in capes, caps, and scissors as Edythe arrived with The Torch. The self-appointed Health Clinic Nurses were presented with a Clinic Kit to ensure a safe night for all.

Gathering for breakfast the next day, the members completed quizzes, sang a revised Adjustment Song, opened Goody Bags, and heard Joan’s evaluation review complete with prizes. The Health Clinic was opened and several remedies were demonstrated before Ocean Potion was served to all.

Following Free Time to explore or relax, the group gathered near The Gazebo to hear and view Memories that some had never heard before.

Prior to dinner, a tribute to Charlotte Wynne was read and Moon River was sung. The Memorial Book was available for viewing. Following dinner, a new Alphabet for Seniors was presented and then The Squirelles Decades Tour channeling ABBA was revealed! The costumes and act were the highlight of the evening. Door prizes and special gifts were distributed.