Black History Recognition at Canadore
Feb 26, 2019 | Canadore College
(NORTH BAY, ONT.) -- Today Canadore, as part of Black History Month, recognized Saint-Firmin Monestime, Canada’s first Black mayor, and father of Yura Monestime, Canadore’s associate dean of media, computing and culinary arts.
Monestime was a medical doctor and established and opened a 60-bed long term care facility, the Algonquin Nursing Home, in 1976.
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“He was a political trailblazer with a storied and eventful life,” Sharma wrote in his article. “…the people of Mattawa welcomed the doctor and his family, then the only Black residents in the town of roughly 3,000 people…he was known to make house calls at all hours of the day and night.”
Monestime’s son, Yura, associate dean at the College. Recalled stories of his Dad’s kind nature and dedication to his patients. He noted the importance of celebrating Black History and all cultures.
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