His Story Forty years ago, Camille Marcoux, first physician on the Lower North Shore, died in the helicopter-ambulance, on his way to Blanc-Sablon. The aircraft crashed on September 13, 1973 off shore of Rivière Saint-Augustin, killing on board the doctor, his wife Claudette, nurse Diane Dupuis and pilot Steve Power. Born in 1930 in Sholiaban, near Tête-à-la-Baleine, Camille Marcoux stood out at an early age by his abilities in school. At the age of nine, he left the Lower North Shore to pursue his studies in Rimouski.
By the end of his classical studies, he began studying medicine at Laval University. He completed his internships at the hospital in Trois-Rivières and at Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital in Sherbrooke, before heading to work in Blanc-Sablon for 15 years. He was the only doctor, at that time, in the hospital in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Known for his dedication to the Lower North Shore and his contribution to development of the region, Dr. Camille Marcoux’s friends and relatives have set up a foundation in his honor in 1973 in Blanc-Sablon to promote education and student learning in the Lower North Shore. Today, a ferry that runs Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout and a primary school in Sept-Iles, among others, bare his name. His Story
The Mission The primary objective of the Foundation is to develop education and social health on the Lower North Shore. More precisely, its mission is to: support the development of human resources on the Lower North Shore by awarding, on an annual basis, scholarship grants in recognition of educational excellence; support the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Basse-Côte-Nord in its projects aimed at improving services to users.
Major Projects The campaign is geared around two main goals, purchasing medical equipment and granting study bursaries: The purchase of a bone density scanner for the department of radiology. This machine measures bone density and allows medical staff to assess if a patient suffers from osteoporosis or is at-risk of suffering from it. In addition, the purchase of a portable ultrasound for the emergency department of the health center. This equipment allows the doctors to quickly identify many health problems. Lastly, 10% of the money raised will be dedicated to the Foundation’s study bursary program.
New Project The Camille-Marcoux Foundation is officially launching its major financing campaign in order to raise $100 000 over a period of two years.
Mobilizing all of the Lower North Shore’s population I n order for this campaign to be a success, the mobilization of all of the Lower North Shore population is necessary. A campaign committee was formed with members from each community. They will organize different fundraising activities in the coming months.