Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gilberte Paquette (Soeur)

Pionneer in health care

Born in 1923 in La Reine (Québec).

Joined the Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa in 1942.

Studied at the University of Ottawa where she obtained a BA in 1956. Also studied hospital management.

Was a teacher for 15 years.

Involved in health care in the Ottawa region from the 1950's to the 1980's.

Past CEO of the Ottawa General Hospital. Under her management, the Ottawa General Hospital became the Élisabeth Bruyère Health Centre - a center for chronic care.

Pionneered the first regional unit of palliative care in the province of Ontario.

Involved in numerous professional and community associations and recipient of many awards including the Order of Canada in 1985.

Published a book in 1993 which is part autobiography and local history - Dans le sillage d’Élisabeth Bruyère, for which she won the City of Ottawa Book prize.

In 1995, the University of Ottawa awarded her an honorary doctorate.

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