Barb Atkinson, RN, BN was born on May 15, 1952. She was named after her paternal grandmother, Barbara MacDonald. Barb grew up on the family farm surrounded by her parents & siblings. She attended Scotland School and was the only one in her class from grades 1 through 8. Barb graduated from Yorkton Regional High School in 1970. She continued her education and graduated as a Registered nurse from Holy Cross School of Nursing in Calgary in 1973. Barb met her future husband Stephen in 1971; they were married in Calgary in July 1973 and were partners for the next 45 years.
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Barb’s nursing career spanned 34 years and included working full time for 13 years at a 40 bed Pediatric Unit at the Calgary General Hospital. Her last year on Pediatrics was as a Unit Manager. Barb started working towards her nursing degree by correspondence while working full time. She worked at the Peter Loughead Hospital, Calgary, managing a clinic for the next 9 years. Barb received her nursing degree in 1995 graduating with distinction – a true honor - from Alberta Athabasca University. She was then hired by The Victorian order of Nursing to establish nursing services within a shelter for abused women and children. She developed a program to assist her clients with various health issues and enlarged the program to follow her clients in the community. She retired from her shelter position in 2005 when she and Stephen moved to White City, Sask. She continued working with Victorians Order of Nursing for the next 2 years doing part time work at a Regina Seniors complex, running flu clinics and doing office relief work and nursing assessments for southern Sask. Veteran’s Affairs. Barb was a very dedicated and well respected nurse. She officially retired in 2007 after a rewarding and successful nursing career.
Barb was predeceased by her Dad, George Harvey, Dec. 8, 1997, her Mom Florence Harvey, Nov. 21, 2004 and her sister Janet Lee, March 12, 2005.
Barb is survived by her loving husband of forty five years, Stephen; two sisters, Betty (Gene) Denischuk and Karen (Kelly) Lazurko; two brothers, Ron (Joyce) Harvey and Gary (Mary) Harvey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, wonderful sister in laws and friends.