Sisters of St. Joseph Honoured at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Event
On Thursday, April 7, a number of Sisters attended a special tribute at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in west Toronto. That evening, the hospital unveiled a legacy wall and video documentary. The wall has three sections: Past, Present and Future.
According to a media release about the event, the wall is a “special tribute to its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. The wall celebrates the history and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded the Health Centre in 1921, and looks forward to the promise of the future.”
The legacy wall and video were produced to honour Sister Roberta Freeman who retired in 2013 after almost 20 years of service. She served on both the Health Centre's and the Foundation's Boards of Directors during her time at St. Joseph’s. Her colleagues, friends, staff and physicians came together to raise funds in her honour. Her wish was for St. Joseph’s to showcase its history, beginning with its founding.
“Almost 100 years ago, the Sisters of St. Joseph made a promise to recognize the needs of the community and then do whatever it took to meet those needs, with care and compassion for all,” said Maria Dyck, President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “It’s wonderful to celebrate the commitment of the Sisters and our donors in continuing to keep our important promise – to make our community one of the healthiest in Canada.”
For those who would like to see the wall, the Vera and Ferdinand Melnyk Pavilion is located at the Main Entrance of the Health Centre.
Sister Roberta Freeman
By Lisa Tabachnick