Rachelle I. Bérubé has made health care her career and passion for many years, especially when it comes to helping the Francophone people of the Smoky River region.
To that end, Bérubé has been presented with the Prix Dr. Jean Paul Bugeaud Award of Excellence from the provincial Association Canadienne Française de l’Alberta (ACFA).
She was surprised and pleased to be this year’s recipient.
“I was ecstatic,” says Bérubé. “The many years of hard work were officially recognized.”
Bérubé received notification from President Marc Arnal in a letter on June 13.
“This award is in recognition of a contribution in the field of health and well-being, it is a celebration of the work you have accomplished,” Arnal said.
Bérubé received the award at the annual Congress of Alberta Francophones meeting in Edmonton on October 20.
She notes that Dr. Jean Paul Bugeaud was originally from Falher, which makes this award even more significant for her.
Bérubé has spent all of her health care professional career at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in McLennan.
There, Bérubé is the Coordinator for Health Services in French, a post which she has held for14 years, and she continues her dedication to that role today, putting the patient first.
Her biography, highlighted at the Congress of Alberta Francophones meeting, reads in part:
. A college diploma in Bilingual Administration from Northern Lakes College.
. Volunteer for the ACFA, participating in roundtables in 1994 to develop French language health services in the Smoky River and Peace River regions.
. Coordinator of health services in French, Bilingual Health Network-ZN, Alberta Health Services.
. Welcoming interns and recruiting students from the Bilingual Baccalaureate of Nursing Program in northern Alberta, and working with the Centre collégiale de l’Alberta to find sites to receive the students of the new Health Care Aides program.
Bérubé has also worked on numerous francophone and sports councils, like the board of directors of the Federation of Francophone Parents of Alberta (FPFA), the board of directors of Alberta Health Network (RSA) Provincial from 2005-2018, and she is also coach and referee for volleyball and badminton.