Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN

Name: Bonnie Fournier PhD, MSc, BSN, RN
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250 377-6042


Health Promotion
Health Policy
Health Equity
Nursing Philosophy
Nursing Leadership
Knowledge Translation
Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation

Nursing Practice Expertise
Mental Health
Community Health
Global Health

Research Interests

Positive Youth Development
Chronic Disease Prevention
Mental Health and Substance Use
Food Security
Population Health Invention Research
Arts-Based Methods
Community Based Participatory Research
Narrative Inquiry
Critical Inquiry


Primary Investigator- PhD dissertation Building Knowledge and Capacity to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living Policies in the Canadian Arctic. 2015-2016. Intervention case study design- qualitative exploratory to assess policy readiness, policy options, barriers and to develop and evaluate a community driven policy tool kit.

Investigator-Role of the Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse in Mental Health. 2015. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Mixed method study investigating the roles between RN and RPN (Registered Practical Nurse) in mental health and evaluating pre/post intervention. Major role in qualitative data analysis.

Research Assistant- Canadian Partnership Against Cancer 2014- 2016 (PI: Dr. Kim Raine)
Working on a project within the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) called Policy Opportunity Windows: Engaging Research Uptake in Practice (POWER UP). Worked on evidence briefs and knowledge synthesis related to policy options for Chronic Disease Prevention and in particular in Indigenous communities.

Co-Investigator- Partners in Promoting Mental Health Awareness in Qatar 2013-2015
Qatar Academic Health System- Clinical Sub-Committee. A five-year project to eliminate stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote mental health and wellness of students. Population health intervention research study. Knowledge synthesis of mental illness and stigma conducted through briefs and the creation of a website. Created an arts-based youth competition to address stigma in higher education settings.

Primary Co-Investigator- Manna Rescue Home Photovoice Project 2010-2012
The experience of orphaned children, HIV sero-positive children living in Manna Rescue Home, Fort Portal, Uganda, 2010. Unfunded. A qualitative pilot study, photovoice was used as a participatory action research (PAR) method to explore the experience of orphaned, HIV sero-positive children aged 12 and older, living in a group home setting in Fort Portal, Uganda. Presentations at the local and international level conducted.

Project Coordinator Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta 2004 2005 (Dr. Judy Mill)
Coordinated The Diagnosis and Care of HIV Infection in Canadian Aboriginal Youth, to determine the needs of Canadian Aboriginal youth when testing for HIV and their treatment options if diagnosed with HIV.

Primary Investigator- The Role of Ugandan Nurses in Caring for Individuals with HIV illness 2003-2004
Field Research in Uganda (Kampala) for Masters Thesis, 2003. Funded
Participatory Action Research Project involving nurses in the identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating of the research study. Built research capacity with the nurses through mentorship. Utilized Photovoice, a data collection method in which photographs are taken around a specific theme. Stories were told using the photographs as a focal point. Empowerment and change occurred at an individual and organizational level.


PhD University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
MSc (Health Promotion) University of Alberta, School of Public Health
BSN Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing



Fournier, B., Kushner, K. & Raine, K. (2017). Exploring Policy Interventions to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Canadian Arctic. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Fournier, B., Illsiak, V., Kushner, K. & Raine, K. (2017). The Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance of a School Food Policy in the Canadian Arctic: A Retrospective Case Study. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Fournier, B. & Pascal, J. (2017). Healthy Eating and Active Living with Indigenous Peoples: Tensions of Utilizing Critical Social Theory Exposing the Colonizer that Lurks Within. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Rolin-Gilman, C., Cleverley, K., Fournier, B. (2017). Implementing Best Practice Guidelines in Pain Assessment and Management on a Women's Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Pain Management Nursing, 18(3), 170-178.

Toriida, MC., Ronaldson, S., Fournier, B. Blakey, S. (2015). Sustaining a community of scholars at a transnational university: A self-study. [Special Issue]. European Scientific Journal, May (1).

Fournier, B., Bridge, A., Mill, J., Alibhi, A., Kenndy Pritchard, A. & Konde Lulu, J. (2014).Turing the Camera Back: Snapshots of Lessons Learned Conducting a Photovoice Study with Children who are HIV positive and Orphaned. SAGE Open, 4(2).

Fournier, B., Bridge, A., Mill, J., Alibhi, A., Kenndy Pritchard, A. & Konde Lulu, J. (2014). Hear Our Voices: A Photovoice Study with children in Uganda who are HIV positive and Orphaned. [Special Issue], Children and Youth Service Review, 45, issue C, 55-63.

Ojok, W., Bilash, O., Fournier, B. (2010). Child soldiering: A call to Western curricular thinkers and practitioners. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 9(1), 64-78

Fournier, B., Kipp, W., Mill., & Walisumbi, M. (2007). Ugandan nurses experience of HIV/AIDS. Transcultural Nursing, 18(3), 257-264.

Fournier, B., Mill, J., Kipp, W., Walisumbi, M (2007). Discovering voice: A participatory action research study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(2), 1-19.


Fournier, B. & Bilash, O. (2016). Can Pictures Influence Policy? Liamputtong, P. (ed.) Children, Young People and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands


*Workshop (1 day), Writing for Academic Publishing, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. January 14, 2016
*Presentation, A New Use For Sticky Notes: Thinking About Clinical Questions, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, November 10, 2015.
*Presentation, Cultural Safety in Nursing Practice, University of Alberta Year 1 BScN students. June 2014.
*Oral Presentation, #ATweetSizedReflection/Retweeted by Nurse, Ms. B Fournier, Ms. S. Blanke, and Mrs. M.C. Toriida, International Journal of Arts and Sciences' (IJAS) multidisciplinary conference, Malta, 2013 March, *Oral Presentation, Refereed
*Oral Presentation, #ATweetSizedReflection / Retweeted by Nurse, Fournier, B., Ronaldson, S., Blanke, S. & Toriida, M. , University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Conference, 2013, Calgary AB, Canada, 2013 June, Poster Presentation, Refereed
*Oral Presentation, #ATweetSizedReflection / Retweeted by Nurse, Fournier, B., Ronaldson, S., Blanke, S. & Toriida, M. (2013). Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Conference 2013, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 2013 June, Refereed
*Speaker, Hear Our Voices: A Photovoice study with children in Uganda who are HIV positive and orphaned. Conference: Growing up with HIV in Africa. London School of Economics, March 2013 (Invited)
*Speaker, Manna Rescue Home Photovoice Project, Canadian Conference on Global Health, Montreal, November 13-15, 2011
*Poster, Manna Rescue Home Photovoice Project, Canadian Conference on Global Health, Ottawa, October 31-Nov 4, 2010
*Speaker, International Week, University of Alberta January 2006

Employment History


Thompson Rivers University
Associate Professor (2017-Present)

University of Calgary Qatar
Senior Lecturer (2012-Jan 2014)

University of Alberta
Faculty Lecturer (May 2006 August 2012)
Associate Coordinator, 3rd year (May 2006-May 2007)
Sessional Instructor (Sept 2002- May 2006) and (Jan 2014-July 2014)


Advanced Practice Nurse in Research and Innovation
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Toronto, ON

Instructor- Community Health Representatives (CHR) Short Term Contracts
Aurora College, Yellowknife, NT

Central Services Manager [Casual] Alberta Hospital
Edmonton Alberta

Edmonton Alberta

Mental Health Officer Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF)
Nchelenge, Zambia

Manager, Mental Health Services
Acting Director, Mental Health Services
Northern Lights Health Centre, Fort McMurray, AB

Community Mental Health Nurse
Kamloops Mental Health Centre, Kamloops, B.C.

Correctional Nurse
Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, Kamloops, BC

Courses Taught

*Teaching primarily in the areas of community health, leadership and mental health nursing

TRU: Community Nursing Practice 3510

Professional Affiliations

Member Scholar, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology December 2010-Present
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) 2016-Present
College of Registered Nurses of Ontario 2014- 2016
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) June 2000- Present
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) May 1999- June 2000


Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) Grant, Health Canada, 2016, $2,563.00
UofA Northern Research Awards (UANRA) Grant, University of Alberta, 2016, $1,169.00
Jannetta MacPhail Award, University of Alberta, 2015, $2,800.00
CIHR Fellowship in Population Health Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention (PICDP), 2014, $20,000
Isobel Secord Graduate Award, University of Alberta, 2011, $3,450.00
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholar Research Award, University of Alberta, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 $5,000
Alberta R.N. Educational Trust Research Award, College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
$10,000 August 2011 / $3,000 August 2012
Horizon Award, University of Alberta, 2008
Recognizes the outstanding achievements of University of Alberta alumni early in their careers
Dawn Bucharski Graduate Award in Health Promotion, University of Alberta, 2004
Recognizes a student in health promotion who demonstrates commitment, spirit, leadership, and initiative at the University of Alberta and in the health promotion community. $1,000
Davidson Scholarship, College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, 2003; 2002, $2,000
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Research Funding, 2003, $15,000
Fund to Support International Development, Research Funding, University of Alberta, 2003, $10,000


Evaluation Consultant, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Edmonton Alberta, 2010
Revised and implemented 2011 & 2003 satisfaction survey using participatory methods with consumers. Included qualitative data analysis and survey development.

Research Consultant, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2007
Consulted on research design, implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS project with street children in Harare, Zimbabwe

Co-Founder HEAL International (non profit organization and registered charity), formerly known as The Child is Innocent, 2004 Positions held- President, Past President
Started a non-profit charitable organization from the ground up. Traveled to Northern Uganda from 2006-2007 to conduct art, photography and peace building workshops with children affected by war. Sponsors children who are affected by HIV and are orphans

Youth Mobilization Project, Gambia, West Africa Operation Crossroads, 1997
Worked in a small village providing health education. Mobilized 10 youth to co-facilitate health modules; HIV/STD's, family planning, malaria prevention, sanitation and hygiene, and drug use. Utilized community development, capacity building principles and Paulo Freire's work, which emphasizes power relations and inequities.