Margaret-Teresa-McDonell Award

Congratulations to Ms. Katelyn North, 2023 Margaret-Teresa-McDonell Award recipient

This award recognizes the merits of a professional who demonstrates outstanding commitment in providing high quality French-language health or social services on a daily basis.

Similar to Sister Margaret-Teresa McDonell (also known as the Sister-Doctor) Ms. Katie North is recognized for her encouragement toward upcoming nurses that can offer French language services as well as the advancement in nursing programs while highlighting the francophone nursing profession in Manitoba. Having graduated from an immersion high school, Katie then pursued her studies in the nursing program at Saint-Boniface University (USB) first at the baccalaureat level, then at the master’s level and more recently at the doctorate level. She is also part of the teaching staff for the baccalaureate program in nursing at USB.

In the past, award recipients have received the Prix Margaret-Teresa-McDonell Award during a reception that preceeds our Forum  À notre Santé… en français!. This year, the Forum has taken on a new format and will bring together participants from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut under the name of the Summit on the health of francophone immigrants in western and northern Canada.

A cocktail event to present the Prix Margaret-Teresa-McDonell Award followed at 5:30 p.m. The days events were held February 16 2023 at  Canad Inn Destination Centre Polo Park  1405, Avenue St. Matthews.

In 2009 the Prix Margaret-Teresa Award was created in honour of Margaret Teresa McDonell, an early pioneer who, upon her arrival in Saint-Boniface in 1855, provided care to the Francophone and Métis families in the fledgling Red River mission, which were the beginnings of the Saint-Boniface General Hospital.

Margaret Teresa McDonell was born in 1835 in St. Andrew, Ontario. At sixteen, she entered the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa as Sister Ste. Therese. In the early 1850s, the Grey Nuns of Manitoba needed reinforcements and appealed to the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa. Sister Ste. Therese volunteered and travelled West in search of great challenges. She dedicated all of her human qualities and medical skills to providing health care for Manitobans. “The Métis loved her for her patience, gentleness and kindness. Her qualities earned her the nickname Sister Doctor ”. She stayed in Saint-Boniface, and was involved in many of the initial works of charity in this province, until her death on November 4, 1917.

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