Myrtha Lapierre appointed to Order of Ontario

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Myrtha Lapierre  with the Order of Ontario            Photo credit Sarah Onyango

Retired Nursing Professor recognized for community leadership 

Retired nursing professor, Myrtha Lapierre has been awarded the prestigious Order of Ontario by the provincial government.  Well-known in the national capital as a community leader and innovator, Martha joins a list of esteemed personalities from Ontario who have received this award. Previous awards given to Martha was the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2006. Also in 2006,  October 25 was declared Myrtha Lapierre Day in Ottawa by the City Council, an honour usually bestowed to institutions and organizations.

The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Order members come from all walks of life, represent diverse professions and have played an important role in shaping our province. Appointments to the Order of Ontario are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on public nominations. The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour to the newest appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on February 27, 2018.


    Martha Lapierre’s profile ‘s leading source on Black Excellence – EST. 2010 –

    Myrtha Lapierre has been in Canada since the end of August 1956 to begin her post-secondary studies. She holds a degree in Nursing (1959), a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (1961) and a Master’s degree in Education (Psychopedagogy, 1975), all three from the University of Ottawa. His certificates come from the U. of Montreal, Algonquin College & U. St Paul (certificates in gerontology, intercultural communication, conflict management, human resources management, SMEs).
    Myrtha is now retired. For 36 years (1961-1997), she taught (full-time) nursing in hospitals and colleges, and then, for 9 years (1978-2005), taught (part-time) basic basic health care. new immigrants, including some “internationally educated professionals”. She published 2 research-action on the issue of Francophone immigrants vis-à-vis their learning in college.
    In addition to her profession, as a volunteer for 49 years, she has empowered 1,000 immigrant women to help them survive and succeed in the province’s health and education systems. It has sensitized the students, the teaching staff of the line (all ethnic), to the intercultural communication. She even trained the staff of some community & health centers to intercultural communication & stigma attached to Falciform Anemia & HIV / AIDS in the Afro-Caribbean community.
    In addition to her profession and her local volunteer work, she belonged to committees that collected and shipped health materials to Haiti. Most recently, she pays special attention to 3-year-old nurses who are to graduate from Nursing & to trained nurses in Haiti who must write their College exam to practice in the province, or else retrain to get the baccalaureate in nursing. WE.
    In October 2008, (October 25 proclaimed Myrtha Lapierre Day for all philanthropic acts), she launched 2 scholarships at OU: 1 for nurses trained in Haiti to complete the baccalaureate in Nursing Sciences, which has become compulsory to practice since December 2005. And this, before being able to write the examination of authorization to the profession; 1 for another Haitian professional, such as doctor, engineer or agronomist, to obtain a Certificate in Education to be able to decently while he / she prepares and writes his various exams to obtain his license.
    Plaques & Letters: Including, the Haitian community organized a gala on the occasion of its 3 anniversaries (45 years of career as a teacher of Nursing & volunteering in the community + 50 years in Canada + 70 years of age); letters from the GG, the 1st Minister of Canada, the Minister of ON & the Mayor of Ottawa, (a bylaw declaring October 25 as his day); a plaque from the YWCA as “Woman of Merit” (2006); a plaque of the BCSF (Black Canadian Scholarship Fund – 2003); a profile in the Canadian Nurse’s magazine “Beyond the Differences” (2004); appeared in the book Who’s Who in Black Canada(2000 & 2004), and received a plaque from the Haitian community; a Certificate of Honor for Literacy Volunteers of the State Ministry of Multiculturalism (1993); from the same Ministry, a Certificate of Honor for a traveling library of books and videos published by blacks (1988).
    Interviews on TV: TFO on volunteering in the community (2010); Rogers 23 about his life (2008); Canal A for her photo on the black history calendar as the Francophone Black Nurse graduated from Ottawa (2008); Rogers22 on the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2006); Vidéotron on the massive arrival of Haitians in the Outaouais from 1960-1974 (2005). In October 2010, his annual philanthropic day served by the City of Ottawa, there will be a 30-minute documentary on his life at TFO.

    Favorite quotes? 1) << Give with the right hand & you will receive with the left hand. >> 2) << Everyone has a learning potential. It’s about developing it. >> 3) “We need to open doors and keep them open so others can go. >> – Rosemary Brown

    Given luck, what would you like to do that you have not done yet? Because I like it … and because I think I make a difference. What I did as a volunteer for 49 years, (since 1957, 2nd year Nursing student) Helping Nursing students succeed in their course and, over time, have nurses trained in Haiti pass the exam. permission to practice in Ontario. This desire later included other black immigrant women from elsewhere as well. My future plan, launched in October 2008: Fond Myrtha Lapierre at the University of Ottawa (money directly paid to the OU) for 2 scholarships to the nurse trained in Haiti who must make recycling at the Bacc in Nursing so to recover his title.

    Who inspires you? The initial desire of success of my compatriots in Nursing Sciences because the failures were at 50% & in the years 50 & 60, the parents of Haiti paid for the courses for their young adults.

    Why do you do what you do? To enforce the people of my native country. My moral values: charity, promoting self-respect, my sense of responsibility towards others. NB. I had no plan to do this for the rest of my life (50+). But my internal motivation is never gone. Also, the pride of knowing that the people being helped will not become a tax burden for the Ontario government helps to maintain my internal motivation.

    Source: Black in Canada



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