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Memorable Manitobans: Marie Bonin (1932-2003)

Nurse.

Born at Laurier on 15 November 1932, one of seven children born to Marie Anna Lapointe (?-1974) and Joseph Bonin (1890-1969), she entered the Grey Nuns novitiate in St. Boniface in August 1950 and dedicated herself to the service of the poor in February 1953.

A nurse by profession, Sister Marie received her nursing diploma from the Regina Grey Nuns School of Nursing. She obtained a Masters Degree in Nursing and a Doctorate in Education. Much of her ministry was exercised in Nursing Education in the St. Boniface General Hospital as director of the School of Nursing (1960 to 1963), and she helped to establish the baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Montreal (1965 to 1972). From 1978 to 1980 she became director of Pastoral Care at the St. Boniface General Hospital.

She served as local superior and provincial superior of St. Boniface from 1980 to 1986, and was elected assistant general of the Grey Nuns congregation in 1986. Towards the end of her life, she did mission work in the United States. In 1983, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Centre Hospitalier Taché.

She died at Lexington, Massachusetts on 20 January 2003.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Grey Nuns and the Red River Settlement
Manitoba History, Number 11, Spring 1986

Sources:

Marriage registration [Marie Anna Lapointe, Joseph Bonin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Joseph Bonin], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1969, page 30.

Obituary [Anna Bonin], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1974, page 29.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 2003.

Obituary [Paul Wilfrid Bonin], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2004.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2022

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