Mount St. Francis ca. 1950s. Former staff are planning a reunion in September.

Mount St. Francis reunion planned

The tight-knit group of employees who worked at Mount St. Francis in Nelson are interested in continuing the ties that bound them.

The tight-knit group of employees who worked at the closed Mount St. Francis are interested in continuing the ties that bound them.

An informal reunion planned for September will reunite workers from the long-term care centre that opened in 1950 and closed 10 years ago.

Bette Craig was a former head nurse at Mount St. Francis. She says her colleagues were a close group, many of which still stay in touch and ask about those who don’t.

“We shared a lot of emotion therefore we became very close,” she told 103.5 The Bridge.

She described her coworkers as a typical family that could have its fights and feuds but were always there to stick up for each other.

“God help anyone who said anything about the Mount or folks who worked there,” she said. “We just kind of like to reignite that family feeling.”

The reunion is planned for September 6 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Rotary Shelter at Lakeside Park. Craig is hoping for help spreading the word to those missing from the list of about 200 names that has been compiled.

“We’ve talked about it for years, ‘oh, we should get together.’ We finally decided to stop talking and do something,” said the former nurse.

She hopes this gathering becomes an annual event.

For further information please contact Craig at 250-352-7153 or email her at bettec@telus.net.