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Deborah Little

$775.00 (raised so far)

About Deborah Little

Deb was born April 8, 1954, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up both there and in Sarnia, Ontario. Deb’s career was rich with wonderful experiences starting with her nursing education in Stratford Ontario. She then went on to study midwifery in Edinburgh, Scotland hoping to come back to Canada to work toward getting the profession of midwifery recognized here in Canada and BC. Deb worked in both Vancouver and finally in Victoria.

Deb was a highly respected Registered Nurse and then Registered Midwife. She was the co-founder of the Midwifery Demonstration Project at BC Women’s Hospital, culminating in the regulation of Midwifery in BC and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Deb has mentored nurses and midwives into Midwifery with profound wisdom, respect, and humour.

Deb was appointed to the first Board of the College of Midwives of BC in 1995 and later became Co-Head of the Midwifery Department in Victoria and the Vancouver Island Health Authority after she moved permanently to Victoria in 1998.

With her background as an ICU nurse and then a co-founder in the development of the Midwifery Pilot Project at BC Women’s in 1983, she was a very skilled midwife to work with. She was kind and caring to her clients and always interested in their lives and families.

Deb was also a key driver in development of the first Bachelor of Midwifery Education at UBC under the Faculty of Medicine/Family Practice. Midwifery was Deb’s passion and she worked hard through her career to make midwifery education and regulated midwifery a respected profession in BC. She was devoted to the unique Model of Midwifery that was developed by the original Board of the CMBC.

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The Impact of Your Support

In honour of Deb’s dedication to midwifery, Deb’s friends and family, have created the Deborah Little Memorial Fund. Your gift will pay tribute to Deb’s life and career by supporting student awards in Midwifery at UBC. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with the family. If you would like to make a monthly gift, please complete the following donation form.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • So sorry to hear about Deb's passing. I was fortunate enough to spend my 3rd year placement with Deb in 2004 and went on to graduate from the UBC midwifery program in 2005. It was the most challenging and best placement of my student career. It was the semester where everything just fell into place. Her knowledge, deep respect for women, teaching skills and sense of humour all combined to make her the kind of person others were drawn to. This placement provided me with a firm foundation to embark on my midwifery career which after almost 20 years is going strong. So many memories. I remember the lovely home office in beautiful Oak Bay, Victoria. Enjoying tea with Deb where she always used her best china and her standard poodle Lula joining us. On other occasions enjoying fish and chips and a cold pint of beer in one of the local pubs or an early breakfast in one of the cafes after a long hard birth. I remember attending so many births together both in hospital and at home where Deb really demonstrated her immense skills and humanity as a midwife. She offered all so much respect and we all felt so safe and incredibly fortunate to be in her presence. I remember being in awe of her knowledge and looked up to her in so many ways. She was highly respected at Victoria Hospital and head of the midwifery department there back in 2004! I remember sitting in the conference room with about a dozen other midwives and feeling so lucky to be a part of such a strong group of birth advocates. Deb had a huge impact on the implementation and continued success of integrating midwifery into BC. She had a huge impact on my midwifery career and how I provide mentorship to midwifery students. She will be remembered by so many of her former students, colleagues and family. She will be greatly missed. May she Rest in Peace.

    Sharon Barber, student/preceptor
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