President Luis Abenader, with Vice President Raquel Peña, honored three Canadian missionaries, recognized as educators and community leaders in the Dominican Republic.
The missionaries dedicated their lives to working especially for the benefit of youth and women from the economically disadvantaged communities of the country.
The first to be decorated was Lenore Gibb, who was awarded the Heraldic Medal by Christopher Columbus in the rank of Knight.
Immediately afterward, the President laid the medals on María Tener and Joan Elaine Tinkes, who are knights of the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mila.
This provision was established in Decree 305-23.
Missionary Lenore Gibb
Lenore Gibb arrived in the country in 1958 from Canada and is considered a tireless worker who has dedicated her life to educating the most vulnerable in Consuelo Municipality, San Pedro de Macoris, where she is currently Superintendent of Education.
Previously, the missionary was the principal of the Colegio Divina Providencia and the high school “Sor Ana Nolan”.
Speaking succinctly, he was pleased to see so many of his former students at the event and called for continued work for communities most in need.
Millionaire Maria Tenner
Maria Tenner was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1935. She entered congregational life in 1953 in Pembroke, Ontario, and in 1968 was given the task of caring for her in the Dominican Republic. I arrived in Yamasa Township on January 7, 1969. He trained young men with high technical qualifications and important values.
His great contribution to Yamasa’s education
Born Joan Elaine Tinkes in 1934, she was ordained as a nun at the age of twenty. On September 9, 1958, she began her mission in the community of Yamasa, where she became an elementary school teacher and in 1962 founded San Martín de Porres High School, which she directed for about ten years. She was a teacher of algebra, drawing, grammar, geography, religion, and more.