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The St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association is open to all RN graduates from the St. Boniface School of Nursing and associates. It provides
opportunity to reconnect with friends and fellow graduates, and it recognizes the important contribution of our school in training highly skilled nurses. St. Boniface RN graduates are renowned for their core values of holistic compassionate care of the sick and vulnerable, a reflection of the Grey Nuns’ influence in the hospital and the School of Nursing.
The Annual General Meeting dinner held each spring reunites past graduates and provides an occasion for class reunions. 50-year graduates are given recognition at the dinner. A celebratory tea commemorating the 50-year grads takes place in the parlour of the former School of Nursing. All alumni members are encouraged to attend the AGM to affirm our ties.
Please explore our webpage to see our regular newsletters, information related to upcoming events, educational and research bursaries and more.
An exciting new venture currently in progress is an interactive archival exhibit to be located in the Everett Atrium of the St. Boniface Hospital. This exhibit will celebrate the history of our school and the impact St. Boniface nurses had on the evolution of the current health care system. Financial support is essential for the ongoing development of this project. Please join the alumni and be part of this exciting initiative. For the love of nursing.
Click here for the members of the Alumni Executive.
Save the Date! Next AGM Dinner, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Interactive Archival Exhibit
This is a very exciting time as we see how amazing the interactive exhibit will be! The completion of the Exhibit is projected to be in time for Nurses’ Week and our AGM in May, 2017.
Plans have been initiated in preparation for an opening ceremony in May.
More information to follow.
Why become a member?
- Stay connected with classmates;
- Receive a newsletter twice (2 x) a year;
- Receive information about the annual general meeting, celebration of 50-year graduates and nurses;
- Learn more about an archives project to preserve and promote the role of St. Boniface's School of Nursing;
- Support the activities of the St. Boniface Registered Nurses' Alumni.
Download our membership application form.
In February 2011 the Alumni established the St. Boniface Registered Nurses' Alumni Association fund account through an agreement with the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. The funds allows us to:
- grant bursaries to St. Boniface School of Nursing graduate nurses who wish to further their education and promote professional growth.
- raise funds to preserve and promote the rich history of the St. Boniface School of Nursing, the Grey Nuns and the Hospital.
- support the activities of the St. Boniface Nurses' Alumni.
Donations to support these goals are very much appreciated.
Your donation can be directed to the Alumni's general fund or to a specific purpose (eg. education, archive project)
You can MAKE A DONATION through our Foundation's secure server. Or if you prefer, you can phone toll-free
1-866-472-4682 or in Winnipeg 204-237-2067.
Please indicate that you are directing your gift to the St. Boniface Nurses’ Alumni. Donations of $15 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation.
The Grey Nuns established the St. Boniface Hospital in 1871 and the School of Nursing in 1897, which laid the foundation of health care in Manitoba and beyond. Their impact on the education and training of health care professionals was significant.
To commemorate and celebrate this rich heritage, the St. Boniface Registered Nurses' Alumni Archives Committee has raised sufficient funds to begin development of a major interactive exhibit. Curator Annie Langlois, Designer Thomas Bres, and Programmer Jean Vouillon are now fully engaged in producing the themes that will be in the interactive screen. Fund development is ongoing and the exhibit will be installed in the Everett Atrium, the main entrance of the Hospital, by the spring of 2017.
Exciting news! Work on the establishment of our exhibit is progressing very well!
- July 2016: Two 55” multi touch screens with integrated computers were purchased. The Curator, Designer and Programmer are busy installing the various themes that will present historical and educational narrative.
- The entire walls surrounding the screens will have printed visuals and text. One screen will be at eye level for an adult and the second will be installed lower to be child-friendly and wheelchair accessible.
- Images printed on clear acrylic panels will hang by the Atrium windows and be visible both within and outside the Hospital.
- Large images and text will be printed on overhead panels.
- Augmented reality, functioning with an app installed by and on the visitor’s own phone or Wi-Fi tablet. This will add content using new technology.
The exhibit will include documents, artifacts, photographs and oral histories.
Virtual Reality Project
We were very fortunate to partner with Université St-Boniface to receive grant funding with the Heritage Grant Program of Manitoba.
This has allowed us to start work on the Virtual Reality Project.
Virtual reality is an easy to use interactive and visual technology allowing you to experience spaces without ever setting a foot there. It is perfect to discover places otherwise inaccessible.
The technology will allow individuals to virtually ‘visit’ six to ten different places within the walls of the School of Nursing and the Hospital in a 360 degree perspective. The story of student nurses as they studied, worked and lived will be the focus of this incredible technology.
The technology is in the form of special glasses that can be accessed through an app on your phone or Wi-Fi tablet.
What a fantastic way to preserve the rich history of the St. Boniface School of Nursing!
A special thank you to our major donors:
The Grey Nuns, Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, St. Boniface Hospital Executive, Winnipeg Foundation, Heritage Grant Program, an anonymous donor and the many Alumni Members!
Anyone can donate to this project! Your financial support is needed and appreciated. Please go to the Donate section of our page. Donations of $15 or more will receive a tax receipt.
School of Nursing Historical Highlights
- 1897 School of Nursing is established
- 1899 First Graduation Class (3 out of 5 students graduated)
- 1905 St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni is created
- 1914 Program becomes a 3-year program
- 1927 Construction of the School of Nursing building
- 1931-1934 Students sent to the St. Boniface Sanatorium in Ninette, Manitoba, a hospital for patients with tuberculosis
- 1954 Extension to the School of Nursing is built
- 1966 Married persons and male candidates now accepted and students no longer need to live in residence
- 1995 Diploma School of Nursing closed. A total of 5,176 students graduated from the school
- 1995-1997 Graduates are Bachelors of Nursing
- 1997 School closed permanently
Bursary - Funding Opportunities
Graduates of the Registered Nurses’ Program from the St. Boniface School of Nursing and Associate Members are eligible for funding up to a maximum amount of $500. Funding will be awarded for practice-based nursing research, workshops, and conferences. Proposed research must be clinically relevant and ultimately benefit patients.
To be considered, graduates must:
- be or become paid members of the Alumni
- provide proof of enrolment for workshops or conferences
- provide one-page summary of proposal for research studies
- submit a letter of application by February 28, 2017
- be in attendance at the Annual May Dinner on May 16, 2018
Please note that the Alumni reserves the right to request return of funding should the candidate not complete the research or attend the workshop or conference, other than for reasons of personal illness. Those interested should apply in writing to:
St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association
409 Taché Ave
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Wanda Andres (née Friesen, 1964A)
||Gaylene Kramchynski (née Bugyik, 1975)
||Elaine Huberdeau (née Phaneuf, 1971)
||Judy Maleski (née Lyon, 1969)
Shirley Delaquis (née Fisher, 1964A)
||Gisele Hansen (née Bauche, 1972)
||Linda Jackson (nee Semchyshyn1985)
||Sharon Matte (née Clark, 1964A)
||Barbara Wheeler (née Moist, 1981)
||Gaylene Kramchynski (née Bugyik, 1975)
|Members at Large
Madeleine Graham (née Mason, 1969)
Glenis Pacak (née Pronchuk, 1970)
(née , 1975)