St. Boniface leader heads up Catholic health

Lorette Beaudry-Ferland, a long-time supporter of the work of the Grey Nuns and of health care for Francophones, is the new Chair of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM). She will help direct the corporation, established by the Grey Nuns 11 years ago, that now oversees the works of 21 health and social service organizations (and their foundations) in Manitoba.

The Grey Nuns first approached Beaudry-Ferland in 1988 to sit on the Board of St. Boniface Hospital. Subsequently Beaudry-Ferland also spearheaded the development of improved French language services and the French Resource Centre for the hospital. She has also sat on the boards of Actionmarguerite (previously the Tache Centre) and Centre de santé Saint-Boniface.

With 21 organizations or “Communities of Service” under one umbrella, with increased constraints on health and social services budgets and with incredible pressure on workers in those fields, the CHCM has some important work ahead, Beaudry-Ferland says.

“Our objective as a corporation is to continue to be true to the legacy that has been entrusted to us by the religious orders. One of those things is to make sure that the Communities of Service have access and resources to fulfill their mandates as compassionate service providers. At the same time we need to be continually responding, as the sisters have done, to the unmet needs of the community,” she says.

“The Grey Nuns had a good business sense and a lot of foresight. They were always able to collaborate to help people in need. They knew they had to work with others to get things done in the community and we know we need to do that as the board of CHCM.”

The CHCM Chair and staff continue to be supported by board directors: Jean-Yves Rochon (Vice-Chairperson), Greg Doyle (Secretary/Treasurer), Sr. Tomasita Antigua, Hugh Goldie, Cliff Jeffers, Sr. Juliette Thévenot and Archbishop Albert LeGatt. Beaudry-Ferland welcomes both Sr. Cécile Fortier and René Bouchard who are joining the board of CHCM as directors for the first time.

About the Catholic Health Corporation:In 2000 the Grey Nuns of Manitoba realized that their aging congregation would be unable to continue overseeing the numerous Communities of Services they had started since landing on the shores of the Red River in 1844. As well they wanted to better engage more of the lay community. As a result they created a lay organization – the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba – to monitor their existing good works and to continue to look for ways to fulfill the unmet needs of the community. Since then the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the Oblate Sisters and the Sisters of St. Benedicts have also asked CHCM to oversee their organizations. Today the CHCM helps govern 21 organizations – or Communities of Service – and their foundations in Manitoba. The Communities of Service include over 200 volunteer board members, over 6,600 employees and over 1,100 volunteers dedicated to serving thousands of Manitobans each year. The combined annual operating budget for all the sponsored Communities of Service is just over $450 million dollars. Those Communities of Service include:

Abri Marguerite, Actionmarguerite, Centre de santé Saint-Boniface, Centre de renouveau Aulneau, Centre Flavie-Laurent, Despins Charities, Dorais Charities, Marymound, Sara Riel Inc., Sara Riel Foundation, St.Amant, St.Amant Foundation, St-Boniface Hospital, St-­‐Boniface Hospital Foundation, St. Joseph’s Residence , Friends of St. Joseph’s, Ste. Rose General Hospital, Prévost Foundation, Villa Aulneau, Winnipegosis & District Health Centre and the Youville Centre.


For more information or interviews contact:
Shirley Muir, CHCM Communications (204) 771.7523
Lorette Beaudry-Ferland, Chair (204) 233-5075

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