Seen as a role model for other nurses, De Smit’s career began in the 1980s, and began moving into managerial roles by the ‘90s. De Smit is known for working to build healthcare in northern B.C., facilitating partnerships with services like the Alzheimer’s Society, North Peace Seniors Housing and the B.C. Cancer Society. Over the past three years she has played an instrumental role in the development on the new FortS t. John hospital project.

“She worked tirelessly ensuring that no detail was unaccounted for,” says Northern Health Chief Operating Officer Betty McCracken Morris. “She is exceptionally well organized and communicated the needs of staff, patients and the community through hundreds of meetings with stakeholders.” 

Lamb is considered an example of a lifelong learner, who is always looking to improve her own skills and to pass them on to others. As a Critical Care Educator, Lamb has traveled across the country to rural areas teaching health care professionals about Advanced Cardiac Life Support and the Trauma Nurse Core Course. 

“Val is a strong advocate for continuous learning,” says Viva Swanson, Registered Nurse. “She is extremely knowledgeable and sets a high standard in nursing. She has committed herself to building frontline nursing capabilities, giving them the appropriate tools to provide patients with a gold standard of care.”