File 046-03 - [Miscellaneous personal records]

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[Miscellaneous personal records]

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RBSC-ARC-1831-046-03

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(1938-2008)

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Lois Blais was born in North Bay, Ontario on February 6, 1938. She received her RN Diploma from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto in 1959, and in 1967 completed her BA in English and philosophy at UBC. In 1993 she returned to university to enroll in the Masters in Nursing program at UBC, completing the degree in 1996. Her major paper for this degree was on moral agency.
She married Robert Gell in 1962, but was divorced from him in 1971. Lois worked at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver for most of her career, from 1969 occupying a number of senior administrative positions. She was also Head Nurse for the Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia from 1977-1981.

Blais was also active on many RNABC nursing committees, including Public Relations, Programs, and Philosophy and Nursing Practice; she was also Director-at-Large for the Board of the RNABC from 1976-1979. She chaired the British Columbia Institute of Technology Med/Surg Advisory Committee from 1986-1988, and later was a member of the same committee. From 1987-1989 she was President of the Vancouver Metropolitan chapter of the RNABC, and later chaired Langara College’s Holistic Health Program Advisory Committee. She was recognized with an Award of Honour from RNABC in 1994.

Blais’ community involvements included membership on the Communication Committee and Selections Committee for the West Side community. She was also a member of the Interim Steering Committee for the development of a Community Health Council in the West Side.

During the 80s Blais took a break from her nursing career to assist in building a 36 ft. Wharram Catamaran. From 1981 to 1983 she sailed 15,000 miles off shore, including to Mexico, Hawaii and Micronesia.

When she retired in 1999 she joined the History of Nursing group, where she became successively treasurer, vice-president and president, and also chaired the Archives Committee. She also studied energy alternative therapies and was an Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner. She contributed a monthly column to the seniors’ section in the Vancouver Courier and was active in volunteer medical work. She died of pancreatic cancer August 31, 2008.

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Includes a cradle roll certificate, communion certificate, and marriage and divorce certificates between Lois and Robert George Gell.

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