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2021 NNPBC Annual General Meeting

Councillor Candidates - NP Council

Vancouver Councillor
Simon-Matthew Bate
Parveen Sangha

Fraser Councillor
Jane Bazan
Karishma Shelat


Indigenous Councillor
Tarah Reece - Acclaimed

Island Councillor
Sarah Adair - Acclaimed

Rural & Remote Councillor
Tracey Payne - Acclaimed

Northern Councillor
Rebecca Irving - Acclaimed

Interior Councillor
Sydney Richardson-Carr - Acclaimed



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2021 AGM:   NP Council - Fraser Councillor

Jane Bazan

I feel very privileged to have been nominated for the position of NNPBC NP Councillor for the Fraser region. Throughout my career as a Registered Nurse, and in my decision to pursue a career as an NP, I have always been passionate about the profession of nursing and how we can collaboratively work towards excellence in Nursing.

I have a strong desire to promote the profession of Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia and feel that being an advocate and voice for the NPs of Fraser Health, through my work on the council of the NNPBC, I will be able to achieve that. I am fair, open-minded, professional and an ally in the advancement of the role of NPs in British Columbia. If elected I will work tirelessly to ensure that the concerns of the Fraser NPs are carried forward to the NNPBC and that their voices are heard.

Thank you again for the honour of being nominated for this position.

Jane Bazan, NP(F)

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Fraser Councillor

Karishma Shelat

Leadership and advocacy is an innate skill, however it also requires continuous exercise and growth. I believe I have these innate skills and fortunately, I have also had the opportunity to exercise them in various leadership roles. I have been a board member and former chair with the Gastrointestinal Society for the last six years. Given this experience, I was the successful candidate and appointed as the NP Student Councillor with the NP Council, NNPBC. As the NP student councillor, I represented all NP students in British Columbia and provided guidance and advocated for students on issues, such as covid-19 related OSCE concerns and cancellations, clinical placement issues during the pandemic and NP job opportunities. I was also involved in organizing and leading a virtual student NNPBC engagement event and open discussion for all BC NP students. Advocacy and knowledge-dissemination has been an inherent part of my professional and personal practice and I would like to continue this work in the new role of Regional Councillor. Additionally, my existing knowledge and comfort with the NNPBC organizational structure, governance and NNPBC bylaws will be an asset and will make the transition into the Regional Councillor role a vertical continuum.

I have lived and worked in the Fraser Health community for the past 4 years and I will be calling it home for the foreseeable future. As an NP I would like to contribute to my community and support my fellow Fraser Health NP colleagues. My goals as the Fraser Regional Councillor will be to, streamline communication to increase engagement between council and Health Authority and PCN NPs and advocate for new graduate education & orientation. Lastly, I pledge to advocate for my fellow Fraser NPs and bring issues at the council level and at the forefront of policy makers and stakeholders.

Karishma Shelat

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Fraser Councillor

Parveen Sangha BScN, MScN - FNP

Parveen Sangha completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Fraser Valley in 2008. She subsequently worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in the Vancouver General Hospital Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) and Cardiac Investigation Unit. In 2017, she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing (MScN) and completed the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the University of Northern British Columbia.

From July 2017 until Dec 2019, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Survivorship and Primary Care Program at the BC Cancer Agency. She completed the Introductory General Practitioner Oncology Course and provided survivorship and primary care to a population of patients with a wide range of cancer diagnoses including breast and lymphoma. Within this role, she gained exposure to all aspects of cancer care including palliative care, pain and symptom management, and monitoring for recurrences. She started her independent Primary Care Practice at Seymour Health Centre in January 2020. Parveen is actively involved in training UBC NP students and mentoring new primary care NPs.

In addition to her roles in Primary Care and Cancer Survivorship, Parveen has worked with the Vancouver Costal Health Medical Assistance in Death (MAiD) team over the last 3 years to assess and provide medically assisted death.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Northern Councillor

Rebecca Irving -  Acclaimed

Hello, my name is Rebecca Irving (she/her/hers). I graduated from UNBC in 2018 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last three years, I have worked in Prince George as an FNP with primarily Indigenous and underserved populations. I am passionate about providing quality primary health care to all levels of socioeconomic status and working to break down social barriers to health care services. I hope to bring a Northern perspective to NNPBC and provide insight into some of the physical, social, and political barriers experienced in the North. I look forward to learning some of the behind-the-scenes of NNPBC as I have admired the council's work thus far in promoting independent work opportunities for nurse practitioners. A little bit about me- I grew up in Prince George and have found no reason to leave! I love the community and the easy access to the outdoors. In my free time, I like to bike, hike, run and ski. I recently did a therapy-dog-training course with my two-year-old lab, in hopes of one day bringing her to work with me, though her current energy levels have me thinking we are a few years away from that! I look forward to meeting and working with the council.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Island Councillor

Sarah Adair -  Acclaimed

Thank you for considering my nomination to the island councillor position. I am a passionate clinician interested in NP advocacy. As one of the first NPs to sign with an independent contract on Vancouver Island my focus quickly turned to understanding the contracts and advocating for NPs by first assisting NNPBC to create info sheets to better guide NPs engaging with the new independent contracts. My position secured with the Westshore Urgent Primary Care Centre afforded me the opportunity to take on a leadership position, as my colleagues and director noted my enthusiasm for NP advocacy. I currently sit on the Western Communities PCN Leadership Committee as the only NP assisting the community to delivery resources related to primary care. As the only NP I negotiated that NPs be paid to attend PCN meetings, advocated to have funding allocated to the Victoria Divisions of NPs, and continue to ensure that accurate information is provided about our positions. My intention is to ignite the fire in other NPs on the island, and promote the development of our roles while bringing a patient-focused lens to primary care in hopes to better the health of our growing communities.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Interior Councillor

Sydney Richardson-Carr -  Acclaimed

Sydney is a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) currently employed at the Kelowna and Vernon Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) as a contracted NP. Sydney was born and raised in beautiful Prince Edward Island but made her way west, completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree with Distinction at the University of Alberta in 2012. After working as a nurse in cardiovascular intensive care, Sydney wanted to shift into primary care, in order to focus on the other end of the health spectrum - health promotion and disease prevention. She moved to Kelowna in 2016 and went on to complete the Masters of Nursing, NP Program at the University of Victoria, graduating in 2018. She is currently returning from her first maternity leave and reprising her role as the NP-lead at the Vernon UPCC. Sydney is excited to continue furthering the role of NPs in BC and supporting colleagues in practice. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her family, skiing, playing music, reading and generally enjoying the beautiful Okanagan.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Indigenous Councillor

Tarah Reece -  Acclaimed

Ama sqit (Good day)! My name is Tarah Reece and I am an Indigenous Nurse Practitioner. I was born and raised in Victoria and my family is from Mount Currie, BC.

I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007 and graduated from the University of Victoria in 2020 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. My position within Island Health provides primary health care to both urban and rural Indigenous peoples. I amextremely passionate about providing culturally safe, trauma informed, and inclusive care.

As an experienced RN and a recent NP graduate I continue to see patient, provider and allied health knowledge gaps and underutilization of the resources and health benefits that are available for the Indigenous population that we serve.

I believe the NP Indigenous Councillor position, would provide the opportunity for greater provincial collaboration and advocacy to help improve some of the health disparities that many of our Indigenous patient’s experience. Additionally, this position would deliver leadership with the goal of a united voice for Indigenous NP’s in BC.

I would like to extend a sincere Kukwstumckalap (Thank you) for your consideration of me for the NP Indigenous Councillor position.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Rural & Remote Councillor

Tracey Payne -  Acclaimed

My name is Tracey Payne. I have been a Nurse Practitioner for 5 years, and practicing in the rural community of Sayward for the last 4 years. I have been nursing for over 23 years, working in a variety of areas over the years from Pediatrics and Maternity to Emergency and Surgery. I love working in a small community and have been very active in promoting health and prevention strategies by starting up community programs including a Seniors Community lunch program, a community walking program and facilitating health promotion classes. I have become a provider of Myoactivation to help those suffering from chronic pain. I have also been facilitating online peer group sessions and McMaster Small Group Based Learning to accommodate those who would not normally have access to in person training. In my practice, I also am actively involved in mentoring nurse practitioner students throughout the year. In my personal life, I have a husband who is retired from the military and two beautiful daughters. We are a family who love to travel and spend time outdoors. Over the years, we have visited most areas of British Columbia as well as much of Canada and International destinations.

2021 AGM:   NP Council - Fraser Councillor