Sister Roberta Freeman
You want to do whatever you can to assist people where their need is.
Sister Roberta describes her arrival in Toronto from Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, as providential:
"From the time I graduated from high school, I really felt the call to religious life... When I came to Toronto, the first place I saw was St. Joseph Convent on Bay Street, so one day I went in to meet a Sister of St. Joseph whose family I knew in Calgary. From there on, I proceeded to enter and have been a member of the Congregation for over 50 years."
She started her career in Dietetics, working at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and St. Michael's from 1962 to 1974 and later continued her education in hospital administration. Her next position was Administrator of a Home for the Aged, St. Joseph's Residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she helped plan for the design and construction of a new Personal Care Home.
Her next big challenge, in 1982, was the position of President of Providence Centre where she remained until her retirement in 1993.
Her work in health care involved leading organizations going through periods of intense change. She is most proud of “making a significant contribution to long term care. I have been involved in developing the kind of programming that was necessary to people in long term care to have a better quality of life."
In 1999, she became Director of Associates. During the eight years, a Leadership Training Program for Associates was developed.
Sister Roberta continues to be involved in many volunteer activities, including being a Eucharistic Minister to shut-ins both in long-term facilities and in their own homes and involvement in parish ministries at St. Monica's.
Her participation in health care continues through her membership on the Board of St. Joseph Health Centre as the designate for the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario