Al­bert Faubert one of many who con­trib­uted

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

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.”

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

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...

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