Press release

Shortly before Christmas, the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Foundation received an important donation from one of its long time volunteers. The Effie Margaret Côté bursary in the amount of $10,000 was set up to help young people pursue their studies in the health care field.

A long-time volunteer, Effie Côté has been involved with the BMP Hospital for over 30 years. Passionate and dedicated to her community, this scholarship is a testament to her continued support for the BMP Hospital. Throughout her life, Effie has been a dedicated volunteer. During World War II, she began volunteering with the Women’s Catholic League to provide hot meals for soldiers.

Upon her arrival in our area, Effie became an active volunteer with the BMP Hospital Auxiliary and the Knowlton Wellness Project. A member of the BMP Hospital Board of Directors from 1982 to 1984, she received the International Women’s Day Award from the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club in 2008. She was also named BMP Hospital Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

Effie is now 98 years old. She lives independently in her apartment in Knowlton. She leads an active life with five children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

As a tribute to their mother’s remarkable life, her children decided to establish this annual $10,000 bursary with the BMP Foundation.