The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
2017 Board of Directors Candidates

Jessy Dame

Running for: Regional Director - First Nations


Jessy Dame is a proud Métis Registered Nurse of Cree descent. Jessy works as a NICU nurse and with the First Nations Health Authority, working within Indigenous communities throughout northern rural BC with his CRNBC Remote certification. Jessy has been an active member of many nursing association and health board of directors including: ARNBC, Canadian Nursing Student Association, Kamloops Métis Society, Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses, Kamloops Pride Society, and Emerging Health Leaders.

Jessy's Indigenous activism is extensive and includes advocating for mandatory cultural safety and Indigenous health courses in nursing programs nationally; supporting the TRC recommendations by increasing Indigenous representation in governing bodies; and mentoring Indigenous youth to connect with culture and engage in activism. Jessy had the privilege of supporting the student and new grad community through his work the Kamloops ARNBC network and his contract work with ARNBC supporting the development of their new IGNITE program. His work with ARNBC strengthened his love for advocacy and policy and was a tremendous learning experience. Jessy's advocacy is driven by his passion for equity, social justice and first hand experiences. Jessy feels that next generation has a responsibility to build upon the strong platform Indigenous leaders have long fought for so that we may reclaim our strength and health. Jessy is a charismatic passionate nurse, and as an emerging leader he works well with stakeholder and colleagues to build a strong unified nursing profession. Jessy's goals for the First Nations BOD position is to continue to foster cultural safety and humility by honouring Indigenous Ways of knowing and connecting through culture.

Jessy thanks you for your consideration for this important role and would like to congratulate the outgoing Board of Directors.