Sister Lesley Sacouman, SNJM – 2015

Born in Victoria, B.C. and having grown up in Winnipeg, Sister Lesley Sacouman has spent the better part of her life championing for the less fortunate in Winnipeg's inner city core and providing safe, nurturing environments for those in need. In 1963, Sister Lesley entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and eventually moved to Winnipeg's inner city in 1970, a move that profoundly changed her life. In 1976, Sister Lesley along with Sister Geraldine MacNamara co-founded Rossbrook House, a neighbourhood center that strives to ensure that "no child who does not want to be alone should ever have to be". In 1990, she helped start Anishinaabe Oway-Ishi, an educational employment training program for Aboriginal youth and in 1997 helped found Esther House, a home for women recovering from addiction. Sister Lesley currently serves as Executive Director of the Holy Names House of Peace, a refuge in the heart of Winnipeg that is a safe, life affirming home for women new to Canada. Most recently, Sister Lesley helped launch Marie Rose Place, 40 furnished, affordable apartments for newcomer women and their children. 

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