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Women in Leadership Series

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - November 14 @ 7:30 pm

Please join the Program Committee in hosting the ‘Women in Leadership’ series, that will showcase three incredible women who will be presenting on their life experiences, journey, achievements, and current pursuits. These talks are complimentary, but please register with the office a week prior to each speaking engagement.

The speakers, dates and times are outlined below:
Monday, October 7th ~ Inspector Colleen Yee: Is the Inspector of the Centralized Operations Services Section of VPD, and won the Community Award for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction.
Wednesday, October 23rd ~ Elaine Carty: Professor Emerita of Midwifery and Nursing at the University of British Columbia, and won the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Tuesday, October 29th ~ Dr. Patricia Daly: Chief Medical Health Officer & VP of Public Health at VCH.

Elaine Carty is Professor Emerita of Midwifery and Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her work has focused on innovative health care delivery in women’s health. She has been a passionate clinician, teacher, researcher, administrator and mentor.

Raised in the Maritimes, Elaine did nursing at the University of New Brunswick. After graduate school at Yale in nursing and midwifery, she returned to UNB to teach in the School of Nursing She made her way west to UBC by way of Kingston General Hospital and teaching in the School of Nursing at Queen’s University.

Her research around early discharge from hospital after childbirth influenced hospital policy across Canada. Another major research program spoke to supporting women with disabilities as they gave birth and became parents.

An advocate for the introduction of midwifery into the Canadian health care system, she played a critical part in its development in British Columbia and created a four-year Midwifery Program in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in 2002.  She has received many major awards for her work including the Killam Teaching Prize from UBC, the BC Health Association’s Legacy Award, an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Since retirement in 2012, she has been writing and presenting talks and papers on the use of humanities in the health sciences, in particular how poetry, fiction and artists representations of pregnancy and birth can inform practice.

She will be speaking about Serendipity and Leadership: How Keeping an Open Mind Can Lead to Amazing Experiences. 


October 23 @ 6:30 pm
November 14 @ 7:30 pm
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1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1 Canada
(604) 731-4661


The University Women’s Club of Vancouver
(604) 731-4661