Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I rise, as a Member of this House, to pay tribute to Sister Marie-Olive Sarrasin, who passed away in the Provincial House in St. Boniface, Manitoba on February 21, 1992, at the age of 87 years.
Sister Sarrasin was a member of the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, better known as the Grey Nuns, for 68 years. Of those years she had spent over 40 of them in the North.
Sister Sarrasin, like most Grey Nuns, served a dual role as a school teacher and nurse. As a school teacher she taught many young people from the South Slave area. She was a great and gifted lady, who loved her students and it showed in class attendance. Mr. Speaker, I was one of her students in 1957-58.
Grey Nuns served the people of the North for over 100 years as teachers, social workers, and public health nurses. Founded in 1770, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal were the first all Canadian religious order. They had a great love for the people of the North and contributed greatly to our social, physical and spiritual well-being. But sadly, Mr. Speaker, there have fewer and fewer replacements in recent years, In 1962 there were 111 Grey Nuns in the Northwest Territories. Today there are only 11.
Sister Sarrasin was a great lady in her own way and I am sure, Mr. Speaker, she will be fondly remembered by her students. Thank you.