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Bytown 1847: Élisabeth Bruyère & the Irish Famine refugees


Seven years ago, local author and researcher Michael McBane began researching Mother Élisabeth Bruyère. When he began his work, he had no idea how relevant her story of providing health care in an epidemic in 1847 would become today.

His new book, Bytown 1847: Élisabeth Bruyère & the Irish Famine refugees, highlights an incredible moment in Ottawa's history and, of course, recounts a year in the life of Mother Élisabeth Bruyère. McBane has graciously offered to donate all proceeds of this book to Bruyère.

As part of our Mission Week celebration and recognition, we are excited to share a special sneak peek video on his new book, featuring the author himself and Vice-president of Strategy, Engagement, Communications, Development and Integration, Peggy Taillon.

You can purchase the book by emailing Michael directly at michael@mcbane.ca