Sunday, February 7, 2016

Colleagues in Haiti Receive Prestigeous Award

 Sister Patricia Dillon (far left) & Sister Jacqueline Picard (third from left) with Irish Charity, Haven, co-founder Leslie Buckley, and rugby star Paul O'Connel (far right), an Haven Ambassador.

The Irish Charity, Haven, has awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award to Sisters Jacquiline Picard and Patricia Dillard. The ceremony took place in January 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin.

Both Sisters Jackie and Pat are North Americans, members of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, and have worked in Haiti since 1998. 

Sr. Jackie, a registered nurse, has promoted improved health care in rural dispensaries and at the Alma Mater Hospital in Gros Morne. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital, and is the architect and chief fundraiser of a modern outpatient facility which is under construction at the hospital.

Sister Pat has been involved in a number of successful ecological and educational projects, including planting 100,000 trees and creating a “forest” in this ecological devastated part of Haiti. She is the founder of a primary school in the impoverished Foni Bo section of Gros Morne which employs modern computer-based educational methods.

In addition to these major accomplishments, Sisters Jackie and Pat have been a bead rock in the community helping many impoverished residents overcome daily financial and medical challenges.

The Board and volunteers of Medicine For Peace and the Children’s Scholarship Fund for Girls congratulate Pat and Jackie on their well-earned award, and thanks them for their collegiality and assistance with our programs in Haiti.