New BCNU Leadership Takes Office

September 01, 2023
Adriane Gear begins her term as the union’s new president

Today, the BC Nurses’ Union welcomes a new president, vice president, provincial treasurer, and several new members of BCNU Council, the union’s highest governing body. Province-wide union elections this past spring saw nurses elect new leaders who begin their three-year term today.

BCNU’s new president is Adriane Gear, a Victoria-based registered nurse who has been practising since 1993. Gear has worked in long-term care and general surgery at Saanich Peninsula, Royal Jubilee, and Victoria General hospitals. Most recently, she worked in case, contact management and surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She was first elected to BCNU Council in 2011 as a representative of the union's South Island region and went on to hold provincial executive positions that included executive councillor for health safety and mental health and most recently, as vice president.

Gear is passionate about health and safety and cares deeply about the working conditions of nurses and the patients in their care.

“Whether it’s finding solutions to the province’s severe nurse shortage or working with government to implement minimum nurse-patient ratios, I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” says Gear. “Every day, I’m hearing from nurses concerned about the state of patient care in this province. And I’m committed to doing whatever I can to improve working conditions for nurses and ensure patients get the care they need and deserve.”

Gear succeeds outgoing BCNU President Aman Grewal who was acclaimed in 2021. Meet the union's new provincial executive committee and regional executive leadership.

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A strong, dynamic voice for nurses and nursing in British Columbia, BCNU provides collective agreement negotiation and support — as well as professional and advocacy services — to its more than 48,000 members. As the largest nursing union in BC, it defends the rights of individual nurses and advocates for their profession. The BCNU uses its voice to support what its members do best — provide exceptional care to British Columbians. Since BCNU’s founding in 1981, it has achieved significant advances in the overall standard of living for nurses — an investment that attracts new nurses to the profession and retains experienced nurses — both significant benefits to patients and health care. 

BCNU has been a proven leader in the nursing profession and works daily to be the trustworthy and professional representative of nurses in BC and defenders of public health care. BCNU uses its voice to support what its members do best — provide exceptional care to British Columbians.

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