Former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach talked about the history of healthcare in the region.
Stelmach attended the Town of Bruderheim's mayor supper on Friday (Mar.9).
“I was asked to be the guest speaker and talk about a very important aspect of Alberta’s history and that is the beginnings of health care in Canada, before it became a country and in Alberta, well before it was a province,” said Stelmach.
He spoke on the resilient and courageous women in various orders of sisters and other faith groups that brought healthcare to the country.
How they depended on donations and provided services outside of the hospital, especially to those who were voiceless, in despair or did not have much money.
“Now contrast to today where we have all these government programs and the point I tried to make is that it didn’t happen all by itself. This is the history and we should know the history, because if we don’t know the history and where we came from we don’t know where we’re going to go from here,” said Stelmach.
He felt certain aspects of Alberta’s history is unique and society should be doing their best to educate the next generation.
A cheque for $22,500 was also presented at the mayor's supper.