What are the benefits of the SNJMs’ presence in a community?

To help: Women and children in difficulty, migrant and refugee people, people in search of meaning…

When the SNJMs arrive in a community to teach, they are quick to take the pulse of the community and identify the many needs of the population, especially the disadvantaged. Often, they take the lead and develop works to improve the living environment. They also collaborate with existing organizations in order to change things and to keep the spirit of Mother Marie-Rose alive.

SNJMs are involved in collective kitchen projects, grassroots communities, food banks, local economic development and many other activities to help make the world a better place. The establishment of a listening center for people suffering from mental health problems in Valleyfield, Quebec in 1992 is an example of a pioneering initiative at the time.

Another example of this contribution to the community is the creation of the Rossbrook House organization. Geraldine MacNamara and a group of Winnipeg youth founded this youth centre in an Aboriginal neighbourhood. It offers a safe and respectful place for each person, promotes openness to diversity and contributes to the full development of the human being.

This organization offers many services, including three academic programs, a homework club, a young mothers’ group, sports and recreation activities, Aboriginal cultural activities, leadership activities, a music program, and a healthy cooking workshop that provides meals to the participant while teaching the principles of healthy eating and cooking.

Sr. Geraldine’s work was recognized in 1978. She became the first non-Aboriginal person to be honoured with the title “Aboriginal Citizen of the Year”.

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