2nd Vice President (interim)
I have been a licenced Practical Nurse for the last 25 years. I have six wonderful children, live in Richmond BC with my wife Lih-Fen Young. I have worked both extended care, sub-acute care and acute care for Vancouver Coastal health authority at Richmond General Hospital. I have been an outspoken advocate for LPNs my entire career, from practice issues to representational issues. I have been a strong voice in support of utilization of LPNs on social media and in early days in print newspapers. I have sat on many focus groups in regards to scope-of-practise and I am very pleased to see the regulation changes. I have been involved with the College of LPNs, with a brief stint as a member of a tribunal.
I have been politically active in LPN union affairs; I helped to organize LPNs to join BCNU and I continue to support one union for all nursing, including RPNs. This advocacy trail led me to last July’s meeting of the coalition-of-nursing with the minister of health and large portion of his staff in attendance; where again I publically spoke on the issue of full and consistent utilization of LPNs regardless of anyone in the health authorities’ contrary agenda. I strongly believe in the full utilization of LPNs and further, any deviation from the full utilization of LPNs, is not in the interest of the public good.