Francine Deroche

Vice-Chair, St.Amant Board of Directors
“Taking part in the Compassion Project taught me to listen to my heart, mind and body, and to be more responsive to others. Everyone should take advantage of this kind of training.”

“I got so much out of it!”

It’s as if the Grey Nuns’ legacy had literally mapped out her life trajectory. In 2011, Francine Deroche, a trained nurse, became Board Vice-Chair of St.Amant, a not-for-profit organization that provides services and support to people with autism and developmental disabilities.

As a young girl growing up on a farm in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Francine Deroche could never have imagined the extent to which the Grey Nuns’ legacy would shape her future. “My post-secondary education brought me to Winnipeg to study nursing at Université de Saint-Boniface,” she says. She got her diploma and decided to stay and begin her nursing career.

After stints in Toronto and British Columbia, she returned to Winnipeg some 20 years ago. “I had already heard about the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM), because I was involved with some of its Communities of Service as a health planning and evaluation consultant,” says Francine.

So when the CEO of CHCM, Daniel Lussier, approached her about becoming a member of the St.Amant Board, Francine Deroche readily accepted. “I was intrigued by the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Grey Nuns today. Promoting compassion in a contemporary way is the real challenge,” she adds.

Francine Deroche has served as the St.Amant Board Vice-Chair since 2011. “I really love helping our patients achieve their full potential and have the same rights and privileges as other Manitobans,” she says.

These new responsibilities also prompted her to try out the mindfulness sessions offered by CHCM as part of its Compassion Project. “I had the opportunity to take part in the fall 2016 session, and I got so much out of it! I learned to listen to my heart, mind and body, and to be more responsive to others. Everyone should take advantage of this kind of training.”

Don’t miss your chance to participate in one of the mindfulness training sessions offered by CHCM!