Albert Faubert one of many who contributed
It took many good people to start the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital and one of the first contributors to help get the facility built was the late Albert Faubert.
His daughter Hélène and her brothers and sisters remember the work their father put into having a hospital built in the area so rural people would have better access to health care closer to where they lived.
“When he saw a need somewhere he would say: ‘Go after it.’ If he saw anything the community needed. He really worked hard,” said Hélène. “He was very involved when they built the hospital,” she added. “He pushed to get a hospital because we needed one for our area.”
Albert Faubert, who passed away in 1980 at the age of 72, was a member of the hospital’s board of directors for many years and volunteered time in helping the hospital and community. Mr. Faubert, an auctioneer and farmer, was also reeve of Kenyon Township for 13 years and was involved in municipal politics for 23 years. He made a donation when the hospital was first being built.
“Hospitals they are so important. My dad thought if we had a hospital we could have a lot of services, otherwise we would have to run to Cornwall or to Ottawa,” she said. “It did come to fruition. It’s been an asset to our community.” Mr. Faubert believed where there is a will there is a way. “They worked hard to get that hospital, and they got it. Anything that Alexandria has gotten, started from someone putting some elbow grease into it,” Hélène observed. “Dad had a heart of gold. He loved people and would do anything for people.”
Hélène said considering many people visit the local hospital from outside the region it shows that the hospital is meeting a real need in the rural community. “And because of our efficiency, people can go through emergency at a quick pace. They don’t have to wait eight or 10 hours. We are really blessed.”
Hélène said Albert “took everything to heart” in getting anything the municipality needed. “It was the same with the hospital,” noted Hélène Faubert, who plans to attend the hospital’s 50-year anniversary celebration in May. She adds in the early days when the hospital was first built, many people didn’t have access to a vehicle so they had a greater need to have a hospital closer in the region. “Many people then didn’t drive,” she added. “So to have something local is such a plus for anyone.” Hélène said she suffered an accident in 2009 after falling off a horse and was glad to have a hospital nearby.
She had been stepped on by a horse and had seven broken ribs and a perforated left lung. “I was a month in the hospital here where they took care of me. My family at least was close by for them to be able tor care for me.”
Hélène added she was thankful for having a hospital nearby so she could visit her mother more often when her mother was receiving medical care.
“When you want to see your mother maybe two or three times a day - you can maybe go to help with a meal, or in case she needs help with anything,” adds Hélène.
“To have our hospital here with an aging population... the best thing Alexandria could have gotten was a hospital.”
LOCAL SUPPORT: Standing outside Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital are, left to right, the Faubert siblings, Madeleine, Diane, Hélène, and Richard, show a picture of their late father Albert Faubert and a plaque he received for his contributions as a...