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Join us for an enjoyable evening exploring
Alumni activities, sharing and making new memories.
The class of 1969 will be honoured!

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019


TIME: SOCIAL HOUR: 16:30 – 17:30 DINNER: 17:30 – 21:00


For more information, click here or contact us by email adding Attention: Gaylene Kramchynski in the subject line.

Important Notice: Several executive positions need to be filled if our Alumni association is to remain active, please consider how you can help.

The St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association sponsors a variety of activities to foster alumni connections between Alumni and other interested nurses. Past events include:

  • Recently: Bowling Night
  • Meet and Greet Evenings at the Norwood Hotel
  • Paint Night

Bingo Bowling Jan 25, 2019: Another successful memorable, fun alumni Event! On January 25, 2019 the Alumni, under the creative direction of Linda Jackson, sponsored the first St. Boniface R.N. Alumni Bingo Bowl at the Alpine Lanes on Fermor Str. In spite of the bitterly cold day, 31 very skilled and enthusiastic bowlers arrived with a smile and a competitive spirit!! Imaginative team names were chosen, innovative games challenged the bowlers and innovative prizes were awarded. The alumni executive thanks all the attendees for participating. Your presence made it a night to remember.


Watch for future events sponsored by the Nursing Alumni on Web Page and Facebook

Mark your calendars!
Annual General Dinner Meeting
May 15, 2019

Canad Inns Destination Center Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

We will be honoring the class of 1969
for their 50-year reunion.

This evening provides a great opportunity to
plan your class reunions to include
this great evening of
sharing memories,
meeting classmates and
other Alumni members.

Nursing AlumniAbout Us

The St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association is open to all graduates of the St. Boniface School of Nursing. Associate members are welcome as well. Associate Membership may be granted to any Registered Nurse who did not graduate from the St. Boniface School of Nursing. For more information, contact the Alumni by email.

The purpose of our alumni association has evolved over the years to keep pace with the needs of alumni members and changes in technology but continues to meet the objectives as outlined in our Constitution: to promote a sense of spirit of unity, professional growth, and an interest in our history.

The Alumni Association provides opportunity to reconnect with friends and fellow graduates. It also serves to recognize the excellent education graduates received making it possible to provide holistic, compassionate care, a reflection of the Grey Nuns influence.

The Annual General Dinner Meeting held each spring provides an occasion for class reunions with special recognition of 50- year graduates. These graduates are also honoured by a celebratory tea in the parlour of the former School of Nursing.

Please explore our Webpage for information related to our Newsletters, upcoming events, educational and research bursaries.

School of Nursing Historical Highlights

• 1897 School of Nursing is established
• 1899 First Graduation Class (3 out of 5 students graduated)
• 1905 St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni is created
• 1914 Program becomes a 3-year program
• 1927 Construction of the School of Nursing building
• 1931-1934 Students sent to the St. Boniface Sanatorium in Ninette, Manitoba, a hospital for patients with tuberculosis
• 1954 Extension to the School of Nursing is built
• 1966 Married persons and male candidates now accepted, students no longer need to live in residence
• 1970 Program becomes a two-year program
• 1995 Diploma School of Nursing closed. A total of 5,176 students graduated from the school
• 1995-1997 Graduates are Bachelors of Nursing
• 1997 Closing of the school


Archive News

A. Interactive Exhibit

The St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association has put in place an important, exciting Interactive Archive Exhibit commemorating the rich 100-year history of the St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing. The exhibit is located in the Everett Atrium (main entrance to the Hospital) for all to view. We invite both Alumni and the Public to visit and experience this inspiring interactive exhibit.

The Exhibit consists of: two 55-inch multi-touch screens; visuals on the wall and on three overhead wall panels; and eight acrylic panels hanging in front of the windows depicting important figures who contributed to the establishment and success of the school.

The Exhibit captures the story of the former St. Boniface School of Nursing, its history and important role in the development of nursing care not only at the hospital but beyond. It is also a tribute to the Grey Nuns’ legacy of compassion, caring and professionalism that was imparted to student nurses. Some of the themes depicted are

  • wars and epidemics
  • the curriculum
  • the life of student nurses
  • highlights of significant events in its history over a 100-year span.
  • life after graduation
. .


Financial Contributors for the Exhibit Project Include

An anonymous donor, Lillian (Lane) Bartel (Class of 1964A), friends and members of the Alumni and by the following institutions: The Grey Nuns of Montreal, the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Government.

Partners & Supporters

In particular, Diane Haglund, the St. Boniface Museum, the St. Boniface Historical Society, and the Association for Manitoba Archives.

B. Digitalized Yearbooks

We recently had all our yearbooks (1923-1995) digitalized. Many thanks to Lillian (Lane)
Bartel (Class of 1964A) for sponsoring this project and thank you to the St. Boniface
Historical Society for creating the website. Click here to access the yearbooks.

C. Digitalized Graduation Photos

Thank you to Shirley McSavaney (Class of 1960) for sponsoring the project to digitalize
all the graduation photos that we have. Click here to access the graduation photos.

D. Digitalization of Alumni Minutes/Correspondence

The Alumni has signed a contract with the St. Boniface Historical Society to digitize all our Minutes/Correspondence, going back to 1931. This project was made possible by the generous donation from Peri Venkatesh (1975 grad).

E. Cataloging all documents/donations/yearbooks/oral histories & albums that belong to the Alumni

This document will allow anyone to search for information and find it easily in our holdings. It also identifies what the Alumni has in their holdings.

F. Heritage Room

The Heritage Room is located in the Education Building, former School of Nursing, on the main floor and is located behind of the parlour. A collection of memorabilia that is a must see!


Virtual Reality

.Want to see what the Education Building, the former St. Boniface School of Nursing, looks like and looked like? Type in your mobile phone browser. Select HMD / CARDBOARD, and place your phone in the special glasses (see image on left) which will enable you to view six sites that have been photographed, with the addition of photos and audio from our collection of oral interviews. If you would like a pair of these special glasses to view the Virtual Reality site, please contact the Alumni by email. The glasses are also useable for other Virtual Reality sites that are on the internet. What a great way to remember your alma mater!

You can also view the virtual reality tour on your desktop computer or tablet. Click on following link. Select SCREEN. You can also save or download the link on your phone or computer.





Associate Membership may be granted to any Registered Nurse who did not graduate from the St. Boniface School of Nursing. For more information, contact the Alumni by email.

Why become a member?

  • Stay connected with classmates;
  • Receive a newsletter twice (2 x) a year;
  • Receive information about the annual general meeting, celebration of 50-year graduates and nurses;
  • Learn more about an archives project to preserve and promote the role of St. Boniface's School of Nursing;
  • Support the activities of the St. Boniface Registered Nurses' Alumni.
  • Be eligible to apply for bursaries

Download our membership application form.



In February 2011 the Alumni established the St. Boniface Registered Nurses' Alumni Association fund account through an agreement with the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. The funds allows us to:

  • grant  bursaries to St. Boniface School of Nursing graduate nurses who wish to further their education and promote professional growth.
  • raise funds to preserve and promote the rich history of the St. Boniface School of Nursing, the Grey Nuns and the Hospital.
  • support the activities of the St. Boniface Nurses' Alumni.

Donations to support these goals are very much appreciated.

Your donation can be directed to the Alumni's general fund or to a specific purpose (eg. education, archive project)

You can MAKE A DONATION through our Foundation's secure server. Or if you prefer, you can phone toll-free 1-866-472-4682 or in Winnipeg 204-237-2067.

Please indicate that you are directing your gift to the St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni. Donations of $15 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation.


Funding Opportunities

Aumni Bursary
Graduates of the Registered Nurses’ Program from St. Boniface School of Nursing and Associate members are eligible for funding. A maximum amount of $1000 is available, with a total maximum available for each applicant to be $500. If more than two applicants, the amount will be divided accordingly.

The Lanthier/Pochailo Bursary
The St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association is pleased and honored to manage and distribute a bursary in memory and honor of Juliette Pochailo (nee Lanthier) who was a 1944 graduate of the St. Boniface School of Nursing. Juliette’s family indicated that nursing was her life even until the end, living to be almost 101 years old! She was so proud of her school and teachings.An amount of $1000 is available.

Criteria for both bursaries:
Funding will be awarded for practice-based nursing research, workshops, conferences and University courses in nursing. Proposed research must be clinically relevant and ultimately benefit patients.To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be or become paid members of the Alumni (For membership information see St. Boniface Nurses’
    Alumni website or email (
  • Provide proof of enrolment for workshops, conferences or courses, including the cost.
  • Provide one-page summary of proposal for research study.
  • Submit a letter of application by March 31, 2019.
  • Be in attendance at the Annual Dinner on May 15, 2019.
  • Provide the cost of the Research Project/Workshop/Conference/University Course & other sources of funding

The Alumni reserves the right to request return of funding should the candidate not complete the research or attend the workshop or conference, other than for reasons of personal illness. Apply in writing to:

Attention Alumni Treasurer
St. Boniface Registered Nurses’ Alumni Association
Room NG018, 409 Tache Avenue
Winnipeg, MB. R2H 2A6


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Alumni Executive


Gisele Hansen (née Bauche, 1972)

President Elect vacant
Past President Wanda Andres (née Friesen, 1964A)
Secretary Karen Sadler (née Taylor, 1985)
Treasurer Judy Maleski (née Lyon, 1969)

Alumni Committees


Shirley Delaquis (née Fisher, 1964A)

Membership Asha Pereira (née Nia, 1989)
Nominating Linda Jackson (nee Semchyshyn1985)
Publicity Sharon Matte (née Clark, 1964A)
Sick/Visiting Glenis Pacak (née Pronchuk, 1970)
Social Gaylene Kramchynski (née Bugyik, 1975)
Members at Large

Madeleine Graham (née Mason, 1969)
Sherri Kressock (née Tataryn, 1985)


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