Subfonds - Vera McIver

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Vera McIver

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25.5 cm of textual records
2 photographs
1 videocassette

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Vera Elizabeth McIver (nee Dombowsky) was born on May 11, 1916 in Avonlea, Saskatchewan. After graduation from the Regina Grey Nuns' Hospital in 1941, she became a special duty nurse.

She began a program for seniors in long term care at St. Mary's Priory in Victoria in 1967, where she had taken on the role of Nursing Director. At the Priory, Vera McIver revolutionized the care of seniors by introducing social and physical activity to enhance their enjoyment of life, and reduce their dependence on medications. She continued her work at St. Mary’s Priory until 1979. Her numerous presentations and publications on her innovative treatment of Seniors have included a presentation at the Gerontological World Conference in Jerusalem.

Her national and international recognition has included the Order of Canada (1986) and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). In 1987 she was asked by the Bishop to establish the Roman Catholic Diocesan Archives, in which she remained involved until 2006. She died on May 31, 2009 in Victoria.

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Subfonds consists of material written and published by Vera McIver. Most of this dates from 1967 to the 1980s. Publications are arranged alphabetically, and include such titles as “Environment in Extended Care” and “Humanizing the Work Space”. Extensive correspondence dates from 1971 to 1975. Many materials, including a videocassette, relate to the Priory method which she developed.

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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-2091 to 2092.

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Includes the following videocassette: RBSC-ARC-1831-SPVT-017.

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