The counter-monument “Place Oh! Francophone Anonyme d’Amérique” arrives safe and sound
Completion of the final phase of the New Montfort
Ottawa, December 17, 2015 – After being kept from the public eye for more than 10 years, the counter-monument “Place Oh! Francophone Anonyme d’Amérique” has finally been given a permanent, prominent place near the main entrance of Hôpital Montfort.
A celebration was held on the morning of Thursday, December 17, to mark the arrival of this work at its new location. The celebration was attended by staff, members of the Hôpital Montfort Association and community representatives.
Created in 1997, the counter-monument is a tangible memory of the SOS Montfort campaign—a show of strength and solidarity that saved Montfort some 20 years ago. Several of the people who helped build this counter-monument in 1997 were present for the occasion, including Gisèle Lalonde, the main spokesperson for SOS Montfort and the person who placed the first brick during construction of the counter-monument. The purpose of the work is to demonstrate that Montfort is more than “bricks and mortar,” but indeed a vibrant institution within the community.
The celebration marks the last phase of construction of the New Montfort, which began in 2006. Today, Hôpital Montfort is an academic hospital with 289 beds; it has been accredited with exemplary standing; its team of 2000 employees welcomes and provides care to over 110,000 patients each year; it is a place of research, and recently joined the ranks of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals.
Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone academic health care institution offering quality care in both official languages. With its partners, it contributes to improving the health of communities.
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Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO of Hôpital Montfort, and Gisèle Lalonde, who placed the first brick of the counter-monument in 1997, unveil the commemorative plaque of the counter-monument “Place Oh! Francophone Anonyme d’Amérique” in its permanent location.
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