Ambassador Pedro Vergés was visited by Sister Lenore Gibb and Sister Catherine O'Shea, from the Congregation of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Pembroke, Ontario, a Canadian religious order that for 68 years has been providing support to communities of the Dominican Republic.
The Grey Sisters came to the country in 1951 invited by the Canadian religious society of the Scarboro Fathers. Since then, the Sisters have committed themselves to improving the standard of living of Dominican communities, especially in the municipalities of Consuelo and Yamasá.
Their works can be seen in various branches of Dominican society: in education, through their efforts to achieve the construction of schools in remote communities, as well as their many years teaching and administering those schools; in health, through the establishment of clinics for people with limited resources; in the care of the elderly with the creation of “Residencia San Lucas”, which provides a most needed service for these people; in the repair of homes and roads, being coordinators in channeling the work of Canadian volunteers who offer their services; in social integration, through their efforts aimed at student orientation, community outreach, and the promotion of moral values.
For all those efforts in favor of communities with limited resources, in 2011 the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic approved a resolution recognizing the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception "for promoting the values and principles for the development, health, and human advancement of the municipality of Yamasá ".