International Women's Day 2022

    VPSA celebrates the work of women physicians

    International Women's Day is on March 8, 2022.  This is a day to celebrate the achievements of women.

    As part of International Women’s Day in 2022, the VCH  Physician Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is highlighting just a few of the thousands of incredible women who make up our medical staff. VCH leaders were asked to consider and nominate women who have made contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout their careers through clinical care, research, leadership and education.

    Bonnie Giovannetti, NP

        Bonnie’s nurse practitioner career saw her working initially in neurosurgery, then as lead NP for VGH, and currently with thoracic surgery and lung transplant. She is an adult-care NP and holds a Bachelor’s degree in science and a Master’s degree in nursing. She is working towards her doctorate.

        “I am a 52-year-old woman proud to be working for Vancouver Coastal Health, proud to be a nurse practitioner, proud to be a lesbian, and proud to be the mama to a wonderful 10-year-old,” she said.

        Bonnie is involved in several committees including the Regional Ethics Committee, the Reconciliation and Decolonization Committee, the NP Outcomes and Data Committee, and is the chair of the newly restarted Nurse Practitioner Acute Community of Practice.

        She said, “I love working with people, being a part of innovative opportunities for change, and am always excited about leadership opportunities and trying something new. I sometimes think of myself as a bull in a china shop as I move forward with intention, strong energy, and unwavering enthusiasm. I also maintain humble self-reflection and openness to personal and professional growth.”


        “I strive to make it OK to be loud and proud! I feel proud of my work as a nurse practitioner and proud to have a unique perspective for my patients, to offer best practices while wrapping them in support. I strive to create meaningful collaborative relationships with everyone I encounter professionally.”

        Photo credit: Dr. Cyrus McEachern