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Memorable Manitobans: Beatrice St. Amant (1888-1957)

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Beatrice St. Amant
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Health care pioneer.

Born in Morice, Quebec, she came to St. Jean Baptiste in 1914 and worked as a schoolteacher for 23 years. In 1939 she established Youville Hospital in a Transcona farmhouse as a facility for mentally-challenged children, running it until July 1956 when she moved her patients to the St. Amant ward in the St. Boniface Old Folks Home run by the Sisters of Charity. She supervised the ward until her death on 29 July 1957. She was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery. She is commemorated by the St. Amant Centre in the St. Vital area of Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface Sanatorium / St. Amant Centre (440 River Road, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Hold service for Mrs. St. Amant,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1957, page 9.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2014

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