Ambassador’s Portrait: Dominique Laflamme

Can you tell us about your career?

Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Université Laval, I started my career for TD Bank in commercial credit, in Montréal. Right in the midst of an economic recession, I had to quickly learn to make my place as a young woman in a man’s world and especially, to make myself a shield.

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Laughter, Medicine of the Body and the Mind

How good it is to laugh! The mere mention of the word makes us smile. Without even resorting to the results of scientific research, we feel the benefits of laughter as much on the body as on the mind. “Laughter is man’s own”, reminds us François Rabelais, this humanist doctor and poet who marked the Renaissance with his works and his writings. Like an ode to life, laughter runs through time. It is explored by philosophers, doctors, psychoanalysts, authors and poets. Laughter is also the essential ingredient in theatrical works, cinema, circus and street performances. Today, laughter is also recognized as a therapeutic tool, a beneficial remedy for both the body and the mind.

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Laughs and Other Moments of Happiness Among the Augustinians

Hospital work is obviously serious in itself, but nothing comes in the way of a few moments favorable to a good mood or even humor. Le Monastère des Augustines’ archives are full of documents that testify that the life of the Augustinian Sisters is one of joy, pleasure and laughter. The pictures of the various monasteries illustrate that these women knew how to have fun with each other, but also with those whom they met, as much at the hospital as outside of the conventual setting. Here are some pictures that will probably make you smile.

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