Sister Margaret Theresa Vickers
Sister Margaret Theresa Vickers (Sr. Margaret Theresa), C.M.,
R.N., B.N., M.H.A., died peacefully at Ruth Ross Residence on February
10, 2019. Born on June 18, 1927 in Nelson-Miramichi, NB, she
was the daughter of the late Albert John and Emma Jane (Burns)
She was a graduate of St. Michael’s Academy in
Chatham, NB, and received her RN from St. Martha’s Hospital
in Antigonish, NS. She nursed in New Brunswick, Ontario,
Michigan and California until she returned to enter the Sisters of
Charity of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John, NB in
Sister Margaret earned her Bachelor of Nursing and Master of
Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. She was
Supervisor of Pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Saint
John, NB (1957-63), Administrative Assistant at St.
Vincent’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC (1967-68), Director of
Nursing at St. Joseph’s (1968-69) and Assistant
Administrator of Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert, SK
(1969-72). She returned to St. Joseph’s and became
the Administrator from 1972-95. During her ministry here,
she initiated many innovations, including Specialized Geriatric
Services, Day Surgery, Eye Centre and Breast Screening
Sister Margaret received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from
the University of New Brunswick (1986), a Performance Citation Award
from the Catholic Health Association of Canada (2007) and the Order of
Canada (2008). She served on many Boards, including the New
Brunswick Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association of
Saskatchewan, Providence Health Care, Vancouver CHARA Society,
Canadian Hospital Association, United Way and Hospice Saint
She retired to Vancouver and was Mission Facilitator for
Providence Health Care. She served on the Leadership Team of her
community (1998-02) and returned to Saint John to Ruth Ross Residence
as Coordinator where she resided.
Sister Margaret believed in excellence and the dignity of
work. She valued each person’s contribution as
important for them and the greater mission. She was a leader
and a positive encourager, who invested in the people she worked with,
celebrating their accomplishments and preparing them for the next
opportunity to further their career. She was respected as a
leader, a mentor and a dear friend.
Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her brothers
Allan, William, Burns, Benedict, Albert and sisters Mary (Gill), Ella
(Meahan) and Sister Alice Vickers, scic.
She is survived by her sisters Sister Charlotte Vickers,
scic, Mrs. Joan Kachel, Mrs. Alberta Abud and brother Gerald
Visitation on Wednesday, February 13, from 2-4 and 6-8pm at
Ruth Ross Residence (105 Burpee Avenue) with Vigil at 7pm in Carmel
Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Thursday, February 14, 10am at Holy Redeemer Parish (St. Pius X – 316
Somerset Street). Interment will take place at St.
Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care
and direction of Brenan’s Funeral
Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John
Remembrances can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital
Foundation or the charity of your choice.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Sister Margaret Theresa Vickers 19272019..