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Belle Iris MacDonald

Daughter of a lobster fisherman, she was born into poverty on a remote island off Newfoundland. She passed Grade 12 by correspondence and became a registered nurse. Upon immigrating to Canada in 1945 she took charge of the Neonatal Unit at the Halifax Infirmary, restoring life and health to thousands of premature infants, at the same time raising her own seven children, teaching them her values of hard work, honesty and love of family. The continued generosity of her successful children has benefited the lives of countless fellow citizens, especially the less fortunate. Belle MacDonald made Canada a better place.

With thanks
The MacDonald Family

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