The RCHS has a fascinating exhibition highlighting women from the Richmond region who have made a difference in our community and in the lives of our local population. These women have impacted individuals or have pioneered an idea or created a lasting memory in our lives.
Ladies such as Bessie Banfill. Born to Enos Banfill and Sarah Healy on their farm near Richmond, after her early education she took secretarial training and worked at the Asbestos Mine office at South Broughton near Thetford. Here she earned the money to take her nurses training at Sherbrooke Hospital where she graduated in 1923. Bessie then practiced in Mutton Bay on the Labrador Coast, following which she took Missionary Training in Toronto. Bessie also worked in the Magdelene Islands and opened a hospital in Smeaton, Sask, worked in a residential school, and then returned to Labrador. Bessie was thrown from a dog sled and received a back injury that kept her from full time nursing. Then she wrote books about her life as a nurse and missionary: Labrador Nurse, Nurse of the Islands, With the Indians in the Pacific and Pioneer Nurse. In 1935 Bessie received a medal for her work from King George V. Dedicated to her profession, she left her body to Queens University Medical School.
Learn more women, like Bessie, who have made important contributions to the Richmond community. For further information or to reserve for groups or bus tours, contact 819-826-1332.
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