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Experience Matters!​

The BCNU President is responsible for building the power of the union through strategic planning, member representation, advocacy and public and government relations.  

18 years ago, I started on a journey of activism and have held many positions that have prepared me to become your President including workplace steward, Regional OH&S Rep, Regional Council Member, Executive Council, OH&S and Mental Health and Vice-President.  I will bring passion, vision, integrity and leadership to the role.  Together, I know we can make BCNU a better, stronger union that gets results and provides excellent service to members. 

I am an RN with experience in Long-term Care, Complex Surgery and most recently, Case Contact Management & Surveillance.  I have completed STI Management and practicum with a goal of achieving a certified practice designation.

Ongoing professional development includes conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, parliamentary procedure and ongoing governance training.  A certificate in Governance & Leadership from Queens IRC was completed in 2018.

In addition to supporting members, I have advanced political action by lobbying government on issues such as violence, psychological injury and the critical nursing shortage.  Accomplishments I am most proud of include:

  • Inclusion of nurses in mental injury presumptive legislation 
  • Improved Health & Safety and Mental Health language 
  • Psychological Health & Safety in the Health Care Workplace, Letter of Agreement 
  • BCNU Violence Prevention Campaign: Violence. Not Part of the Job and other violence prevention initiatives
  • Presenting on behalf of BCNU at national and international conferences

Vice-President (February 2022 to present)

  • Assumes the duties of the President at the request of, or in the absence of, the President
  • Interim Chair BCNU Council (November 2022 to April 2023)
  • Chair Provincial Human Rights & Equity Committee 
  • Political Action and Member Engagement portfolios
  • Lead a team of 16 enthusiastic Regional Lobbyists
  • Media 

Executive Councillor, Occupational Health and Safety (2015 to 2020) 

  • Occupational Health & Safety and Mental Health portfolios
  • Provincial lead for the Occupational Health & Safety Representatives
  • Provincial lead for the Mental Health Advocates
  • Representative on Provincial Occupational Health & Safety and Committees consisting of health employers, government and other healthcare unions.
  • Lead for OH&S related campaigns 

Interim Vice President (September 2017 to April 2018)

  • Political action lead with a focus on the BCNU Violence Prevention Campaign:  Violence.  Not Part of the Job and the inclusion of Nurses in mental injury presumptive legislation
  • Lead for the Regional Lobby Coordinators 
  • Responsible for the orientation and support of new Council Members
  • Media 

Co-Chair South Islands (September 2011 to August 2015)

  • Regional Council Member 
  • CDMR Campaign lead for South Islands 
  • BCNU Mental Health Steering Committee
  • Joint Employer, Unions Safety Steering Committee (VIHA)
  • Nursing Health Authority Committee 

South Islands Regional OH&S Representative (2007 to 2011) 

  • BCNU Provincial Health & Safety Committee
  • Regional Violence Prevention Committee
  • Joint Occupational Health & Safety Coordinating Council (VIHA)
  • Risk Assessments/WSBC Investigations (violence/serious injury)
  • Supporting members with substance and practice issues 

Victoria General Hospital Steward (2005 to 2011)

  • OH&S/Disability Management Steward /JOH&S Committee Representative 
  • Acting Full Time Steward (2006 & 2008)
  • Steward Co-coordinator 
  • Contract/OH&S/Campaign Steward (2005 to present)


Elect Adriane Gear for BCNU President 

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