Fonds 4 - Vicky Bach fonds

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Vicky Bach fonds

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ON00425 4

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  • 1922-[between 2015 and 2017], predominant 1992-2015 (Creation)
    Bach, Vicky

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9.01 MB of textual records and other material

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(1951 - 2014)

Biographical history

Vicky (Pulver) Bach was a clinical nurse specialist with expertise in gerontology, medicine, and palliative care.

Vicky was born on July 1, 1951 in Barbados to Jewish Romanian parents. Six years later, in 1957, she and her family emigrated to Montreal, Quebec. In 1967, Vicky graduated from high school and entered the workforce, holding secretarial positions at various companies. Five years later, in 1972, she married Joshua Bach and moved with him to Windsor, Ontario, where he attended law school and she continued to work as a secretary. After his graduation, in 1977, they moved to Oakville, then to Hamilton. They were joined the following year by Vicky’s sister, Molly, and her husband. Between 1978 and 1987, Vicky and Molly pursued a freelance typesetting and graphic arts business. During this time, Vicky gave birth to two daughters: Sarah, in 1981, and Eva, in 1986. She also volunteered in the emergency department at McMaster University Medical Centre.

Between 1987 and 1993, Vicky completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McMaster, graduating with the highest standing in her class. For the next twelve and a half years, Vicky was employed with Shalom Village, a Jewish non-profit organization in Hamilton that provides services for older adults of all religions, including senior’s apartments and long-term care. There, she held a number of positions including Program Director, Director of Resident Services, Chaplaincy Nurse, and Acting Director of Care. During this time, Vicky became certified in long-term care management and as a parish nurse, and received training in palliative care.

Between 2001 and 2005, Vicky completed a Master of Science in Nursing at McMaster, focusing on decision-making in palliative care. In 2006, she left Hamilton and moved to Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she was employed with the Fraser Health Authority as a clinical nurse specialist, first in Residential Contracts & Services, then in the Older Adult Program, and finally in the Medicine Program. Specialising in acute geriatrics and clinical practice guideline development, Vicky developed documentation and acute staff education related to quality of care, transitions, care planning, care pathways, and nursing ethics. She also served as Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her professional involvement included serving as Chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of British Columbia and as a member of the British Columbia Ministry of Health Seniors’ Hospital Care Working Group.

In July 2013, Vicky was diagnosed ALS, and resigned from her position with the Fraser Health Authority that October. She died on December 31, 2014 at the age of sixty-three.

Custodial history

Material accessioned in 2006 was likely gifted to the archives by Vicky Bach herself. The history book had likely been given to Vicky by Alma Reid and the album had likely been given to her by either Evelyn Hahn or Marjorie Parsons, three of the retired nurses with whom she had conducted oral history interviews. The source of the hygiene test is unknown, but it also had likely been given to her by an oral history interviewee.

Material accessioned in 2014 was gifted to the archives by Vicky through her sister, Molly Ungar.

Material accessioned in 2019 was gifted to the archives by Molly. The bulk of this material came from Molly’s computer—documents that Vicky had sent to her and she had saved. A small number of items came from a hard drive that Vicky had given to Molly in the months before she died. In an email message to the Archivist in July 2020, Molly explained the following: “The over-arching reason why I have all these files, is that Vicky and I worked closely on all aspects of her essays, written work, projects, presentations, job applications, thesis, research, etc. We sent files back and forth with revisions, so I was able to save all the [electronic] work she ever produced.”

In January 2021, Molly discovered and donated one additional item which was added to the fonds.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records documenting Vicky Bach’s nursing career. Fonds is arranged into the following series: Master of science records; Nursing employment records; Presentations and related material; Oral history interview recordings and related material; and Project records. Fonds also contains the following files: Profile of and internal memorandum about CRNBC Nursing Excellence Award recipient Vicky Bach; and Memorial records and obituary.

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Series 2, file 3b closed until 2052.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Biographical sketch adapted from a biographical note written and provided to the Archivist in 2019 by Molly Ungar.

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Accessions: 2006-008

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Includes 7 folders of textual records, 1 album, 9 audio cassettes, 20.24 MB of presentations, 18.22 MB of video recordings, 7.19 MB of posters, 3.81 MB of photographs, 1.12 MB of drawings, 0.241 MB of diagrams, and 0.104 MB of whiteboard charts.

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