The union announced the resignation of Christine Sorensen in a brief statement Monday evening.
“The BC Nurses’ Union thanks Christine Sorensen for her years of dedication and service to the BCNU,” the statement read.
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“Christine Sorensen has resigned as President of the BCNU for personal reasons and to pursue other opportunities.
Sorensen has been president of the union since 2017.
The resignation comes as the union has faced backlash for its stance against British Columbia’s mandate requiring all healthcare workers to be vaccinated by October 26, or suspended without pay.
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The union said it encourages all members to get the vaccine, but those who choose not to do so should be able to undergo daily tests and wear extra protective gear instead.
The decision was not popular with all nurses, some of whom spoke publicly in favor of the vaccination mandate.
Vancouver RN Josanne Dubeau told Global News on Saturday that the union’s announcement took her by surprise.
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“I was surprised by such a public announcement in the way it was worded, especially following the anti-vaccine protests outside the hospital and how it demoralized staff at the hospital. health, ”she said.
“And then, asking the BCNU to make this statement was very inappropriate. It was bad judgment.
There are over 40,000 nurses in British Columbia. Neither the union nor the province have official vaccination rates, but estimates are between 90 and 95 percent.
– with files from Richard Zussman