Wow! At a time when people are stepping up to help one another, McGill’s Suzanne Fortier is no exception. This past Sunday, Fortier visited the CHSLD de Marté and provided much-needed joy to its residents when she read them her own emails.
Fortier’s emails, normally reserved for the intimate circle of McGill’s 40,000+ students and faculty, were shared with the elderly residents. The residents sat on the edges of their seats and listened to Fortier’s gripping writing– how spring Convocation has been postponed, how McGill is still not divesting, and most importantly, that she has been reading Camus’ The Plague and listening to the McGill Symphony Orchestra.
One nursing staff member got tears in her eyes when Fortier spoke about social distancing and wearing a mask to the supermarket. “She’s really such a hero”, the nurse said, as she took the temperature of a resident. “I live here and care for these residents in ill health, but I can’t imagine the strength it must take to send out these deeply substantive emails every few days.”