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Local Sculptor To Fix Vandalized Hospital Monument

Wednesday May 8th, 2019, 8:33pm

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A local sculptor has stepped up to replace the “bust” of Jeanne Mance that was stolen from a monument outside of the Ouellette Campus of Windsor Regional Hospital last month.

The sculpture was of the image of Jeanne Mance (1606-1673), a historical figure known for being among the founders of Montreal’s first hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, in 1645.

The monument was  installed outside of the Jeanne Mance building on the Ouellette Campus property in 1946,

Hospital officials say that they believe the sculpture, which is made of copper may have been removed for its value.

After learning of the vandalism through local media reports Richard Wood, a retired Ford factory worker and Amherstburg resident, is donating his time, expertise and already designing and preparing a replacement for the Jeanne Mance visage.

“It is an honour and a privilege to assist the Windsor Hospitals by replacing the face of Jeanne Mance on this historic monument,” Wood says. “She is an important Canadian figure in Nursing, and I am happy to help preserve her memory in honour of all the nurses in our community.”

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