St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumnae Association

100 Years Celebration

Welcome to the 100 Year Anniversary Page

Here you will find Celebrations of Two Historical Events:

The opening of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing and The St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumnae Association





On September 8, 1911, the growth of the hospital led the Sisters into the decision of opening a school for lay nurses. Thus St. Joseph’s School of Nursing began, attracting generations of young women, and eventually some men, who felt called to a demanding and rewarding career in the care of the sick. They were disciplined, hard-working and self-sacrificing individuals who brought honour to their school and to St. Joseph’s Hospital." The first Graduation ceremony of lay nurses was held in 1915.

Nursing education continued on site at St. Joseph's Hospital Hamilton until 1978. The class of 1978 was the last class to graduate from St. Joseph's Campus. Before 1978, the Ministry of Education had determined nursing education curriculum at the diploma level was to move from hospital  and regional schools of nursing curriculae to a standardized program from the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, effective September 1, 1973. However, from 1973 through 1978 the standardized education was conducted at the individual school of nursing campuses. From 1978 to 2000 there was a consolidation of all area diploma Nursing sites at one location. This site was the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Health Science Education Centre in Hamilton.

July 1974 was the last Mother and Daughter Tea held at the St. Joseph's Campus.

2004 marks the discontinuation of the Mohawk College Diploma Registered Nursing Program.

To meet the Ministry deadline of all nursing entry to practice education to be at the university BScN level by 2005, a collaboration was established between McMaster University School of Nursing, and Mohawk and Conestoga Colleges to offer the McMaster BScN program. This arrangement between Universities and Colleges was developed across the province.


Celebrations for the various momentous occasions include the following events. To view pictures of these events, right ckick on the BLUE lettering, and open in a new window.

View 100 Years "1911-2011" of St. Joseph's School of Nursing

Graduating classes from 1915 through 1950

2011 School of Nursing - 100 year celebrations-GRADUATION 1915 - 1950.pdf

 100 years of The School of Nursing

2011 School of Nursing - 100 year celebrations.pdf

Jan - Feb 2011

A Special Archival Newsletter highlighting the last 100 years

2011 January Newsletter.pdf

February 2011

Commemorative Calendar created

 Commemorative Calendar SJSNAA copy.pdf

March 27th 2011

Click below to go to the Race

2011 Around the Bay Road Race new.pdf

May 9th, 2011

Nursing Grand Rounds. Powerpoint presentation by Alumnae

.Grand Rounds May 9, 2011.pdf

May 10th, 2011

Nurses Award Banquet. Presentation of Plaque honouring Legacy of the School of Nursing

2011 Nurses Award Banquet.pdf

May 27th 2011

Reunion Day Mass with Special Highlights

2011 Reunion Day Mass.pdf

May 27th 2011

Reunion Day Dinner with Archival Presentation and

Awards presented to members of the Road Race

2011 Reunion Dinner.pdf

May 28th 2011

Tea and Tour at the Motherhouse. Attendees enjoyed exploring the memorabilia.

2011 Tea and Tour with Memorbilia

September 8, 2011

Tea at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Juravinski Tower commemorating

the actual day of the opening of the School of Nursing in 1911

2011 Hospital Tea.pdf

October 2011 Archival Newsletter Highlighting Events of the Year

2011 October Newsletter.pdf  

The 100th Anniversary Historical Book

2011 Historical Book.pdf

The Archival Oral History Project on Nursing Education in Canada

Participants in the Archival Oral History.pdf

To View the Actual Interviews: Select "Interviews" Under the History Drop Down Box on the Main Panel








Marks the 100th Anniversary of the

St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumnae  Association

Executive members created the 100th Anniversary Book

The Celebrations Continued with an Alumnae Tea

Many attended  the Tea Saturday September 19, 2015

To view click on the words above in Red.


2015 Alumnae Memory Book

Alumnae Memory Book.pdf     

2015 Reunion Mass  

Reunion Mass.pdf    

2015 100 Anniversary Reunion Day Luncheon   

Reunion Day Luncheon.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Saturday September 19, 2015 Alumnae 100 Year Anniversary Tea    

Alumnae 100 Year Anniversary Tea.pdf   

2015 October Newsletter

2015 October Newsletter.pdf                                                                                                                                                                       











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