Canada 150: Wilfred T. Grenfell and St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Doctor Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell changed history in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, when he established a hospital cottage there in 1893 to help fishermen and their families on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and in Southern Labrador. RCMP Officer George Moose sits on his medical bag as he passes through the province.

Canada 150 is about more than celebrating this impressive milestone. It is about the people that made this country. In St. Anthony, Newfoundland, I discovered one of these people.

He was a great man! He sent my great-grandmother to school in Boston. My mother and I both had Grenfell scholarships to attend university. My mother worked for Labrador Grenfell Health Services and she is recently being considered as a candidate to sit on the international board.

Shirley NadeauThank you for sharing this information with us Mr. (or Mrs...) Turner. Yes, indeed Sir Wilfrid Grenfell did so much for so many people.  My parents were from Newfoundland (Greenspond, Bonavista Bay) and they often told me of the Grenfell Mission. We visited there some 10 years ago while on a trip to The Rock!!!