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Irene MacMillan Fournier oral history fonds
This fonds consists of taped and transcribed interviews with Irene Fournier. She talks about her ancestry, family, and childhood. She recalls her education at Acadia University and her career and education in the field of neurological nursing. She also reminisces about her studies in Scotland and travels in Europe and Scandinavia. A transcription of the interview is available [...]
Mary Irene MacMillan Fournier (Irene) was born on 31 January 1921 in New Mills, Restigouche County, New Brunswick, to Ida McNair, the daughter of Archibald McNair, and Robert Edwin MacMillan, the son of James MacMillan and Elizabeth Reid. MacMillan's father ran a general store near their home. She had one sister, Elizabeth Reid MacMillan, who was born on 19 October 1918. MacMillan went to Campbellton High School, graduating in 1987. She attended Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, on scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. The following summer she completed the requirements for a New Brunswick Grammar School license. She was hired as a teacher and principal of Rexton Superior School and remained there for two years. Subsequently, she returned to Campbellton where she had accepted a teaching position. In 1945, Irene entered the nursing programme at Royal Victoria Hospital, in Montréal. After graduating in 1948, she worked in the neurology department of the Montréal Neurological Institute before going to Kilkieran, Scotland, for post-graduate medical studies. While overseas, Irene MacMillan spent time travelling. She visited England, Holland, Italy, Austria, and Norway [...]