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Sr. Roberta Freeman Receives the Ontario Senior Achievement Award

Sister Roberta Freeman receives her award.

On Oct 5th 2012, Sr. Roberta Freeman CSJ received the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards at Queen's Park for her community service in Toronto. Her name was submitted by Nancy Hawkes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of St. Elizabeth Health Care, for her contribution during her years on their Board and as a founding member of their foundation.

“I am humbled because I know there are many who have made more significant contributions than I have. It is wonderful for volunteerism to be recognized,” said Sr. Roberta.
In describing Sr. Roberta’s achievements in their nomination form, St. Elisabeth Health Care noted the following items:
  • In 1997, Sr. Roberta was instrumental in establishing the St. Elizabeth Foundation, a charitable not for profit aiming to improve the quality of life of families and their caregivers
  • She championed the creation of the Caregiver Support Program which provides respite care to family caregivers, and educational resources relating to stress, injury prevention, and holistic care
  • For 14 years she worked to secure donations to keep this program operational, securing more money than any other fundraiser
  • This Caregiver Support Program has provided over 100,000 hours of free respite care to overburdened family caregivers across Ontario.
  • In her over-50-years in healthcare, Sr. Roberta’s ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph has taken her to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital and St. Joseph's Residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1982, she became President of Providence Centre (today Providence Healthcare) and remained in that position until 1993.
"Today’s recipients of the Ontario Senior Achievement Award have given so much of themselves to improving the quality of life in this province," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "I am delighted to honour these worthy seniors with this important award."
At present, Sister Roberta volunteers at Providence Healthcare on Mondays and Fridays, bringing communion to residents who are unable to attend Mass in the chapel.
By Gisela Côté
Photo courtesy of Rick Gomes



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