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Ministry of Presence in Canada's North

Did you think Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are found only in Toronto? Meet Sister Trudy Zunti, pictured at right, who received an award for her work after 3 ½ years in Thompson, Manitoba, where she lived with Sister Andrea Dumont. Sister Trudy is on the short side, round, blue-eyed and smiling — about the most welcoming, non-threatening person you could hope to meet.

Sister June Dwyer: Woman of Distinction

"My life and ministries up till now have prepared me for this latest ministry with women and children," said Sister June Dwyer.

Sister June was born and received her early education in Quebec. As a young woman she moved to Toronto where she received her RN from St. Michael's School of Nursing. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and, later, her Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality from Regis College, Toronto. What had she accomplished with this formidable background?

Sister Penny’s Response for Receiving the Award for the Value: Sanctity of Life

Thank you for the honour of receiving the award for the value of Sanctity of Life: that every life is a sacred gift and has meaning and value.

How fortunate and blessed am I to be in the Adult Day Program with our Club Members who are among the most vulnerable in our society.
I learn from them the importance of the here and now — the gift of the present moment.

I learn to enjoy the simple things of life:

Sister Penny McDonald: 50 years in ministry

This year, Sister Penny McDonald is celebrating the golden anniversary of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. She came to the novitiate from Edmonton where she was a cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos. She was also a recent graduate of St Joseph's High School in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

Sister did much good at St. Joe's

Sister Barbara Gaudet, known to those in the Comox Valley as Sister Christine, passed away on Oct. 20, 2009. Dr. Lui Carvalho has written this tribute.

Sister Christine was executive director at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. However, the title “executive director” does not fully reflect her abilities, character and spirit and I wish to take this opportunity to do so.

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