Christine Sorensen graduated from the UBC School of Nursing in 1989 and spent her first day of work on the picket line at Royal Inland Hospital where she worked in obstetrics/gynecology. She began working as a public health nurse in Clearwater in 1990 and was involved in the community nursing strike of 1993.
Christine's public health career returned her to Kamloops where she has worked as an STI coordinator and an injury prevention nurse. She was also responsible for Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment as part of a BC Centre for Disease Control pilot project. She currently holds a position in Nursing Support Services – Kamloops, where she cares for children with severe medical disabilities in the Thompson-Shuswap area.
Christine became a steward in 2005 and served as steward coordinator for Kamloops community nurses. She also served as regional professional responsibility advocate before being elected BCNU Thompson North Okanagan regional council member in 2010. She was elected vice-president of the union in 2012, 2014 and 2017, and later served as acting president before being appointed president in 2018. She received her ICD.D designation from the Institute for Corporate Directors in 2019.
Christine says her involvement in BCNU is motivated by her desire to advocate for patients and families needing a voice in the health-care system, and for members' rights within the collective agreement.
She was elected by acclamation in 2020 and is honoured to speak on members' behalf.
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