Our FMCS History
Sister Florence MacDougall
Sister Florence Marie MacDougall was born and raised in St. Joseph's Parish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Prior to her entry into the Sisters of Service in 1943, she taught in schools in Bruderheim and Yaroslaw, Alberta. After her profession Sister taught in Wexford, Ontario, and Rycroft, Manning, Peace River, and High Level in northern Alberta.
Sister's specialty was in Primary Education and, because of this specialty and her many years of experience, she was often asked to introduce young teachers to the arts and skills of instructing young children in their formative years, which she considered a joy and a privilege, and did whole-heartedly.
In June 1979, the Order of the Royal Purple presented Sister with a ten year School Perfect Attendance plaque, and the students and staff of the High Level Public School dedicated their 1979-80 book of memories "to a special teacher who will remain in our hearts and memories for years to come".
Sister MacDougall died in the 38th year of her religious life on May 13, 1981 in the Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton. Father John Spicer, C.S.S.R., and Father John Hess concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection in St. Joseph's Cathedral on May 15. After the Mass, Sister's nephew, Dr. David MacDougall, played a traditional lament on the bagpipes. Interment was in St. Joachim's Cemetery, Edmonton, Alberta.
Red and navy, the two dominant colours of the MacDougall tartan, were chosen as the school colours.
Florence Macdougall Community School was opened for the 1983-1984 school year.