Labelle Family donates $5 Million to HSN


Dominic Giroux, President and CEO HSN, Nicole Everest, HSN and HSNRI Board Chair, Jacques Demers, Director Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation, Ehor Bobby, Director Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation, Mary Lou Hussak, HSNF President and CEO, Dan Gray, HSNF Board Chair.


Largest private donation to any hospital in Northern Ontario

A Cochrane family, who for more than 70 years built up communities from Thunder Bay to Moosonee to New Liskeard, has made a historic investment in Northeastern Ontario’s health care. Marcel and Frances Labelle, pioneers of Canadian industry, announced a donation of $5 million towards HSN’s Innovation and Learning Centre.

Marcel established M. J. Labelle Co Ltd at the height of the Great Depression and World War II. The business would become one of the most successful civil engineering companies in Northern Ontario, constructing hundreds of miles of highways, building quarries and hauling more than three million cords of wood from the bush. The company employed hundreds of people across the north, bringing sewers, water mains and air strips to dozens of northern communities through new construction projects.

“Marcel and Frances are proud to support the Innovation and Learning Centre which will ensure that northerners will be among the first to benefit from breakthrough techniques and treatment methods learned on site,” said Ehor Bobby, director for the Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation, as well as a long-time friend and associate. “They are particularly proud that doctors and other health care professionals will be trained here in the north.” With this gift, Marcel and Frances are hoping to inspire others to follow their lead and support healthcare in our region.

The Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre, currently under construction, will be a 28,000 square foot world-class facility, which will house more than 2,000 learners from 70 post-secondary institutions each year. These future doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedics will train on some of the most medically advanced equipment before moving on to their professional careers.

Source: news release

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