After nearly 30 years at the helm of the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Tipperary woman Sister Rita Dawson has been appointed provincial of Scotland and England, by the Superior General of the Irish Sisters of Charity.
The Emly native has ensured the Sisters’ Hospice is a leader in palliative care and care of the elderly. “It was definitely a shock (to be elected) but I have a solid work ethic so it certainly won’t be a question of choosing between the two,” she says. Sister Rita - supported by three counsellors - will undertake visitations to the order’s houses and will accompany each sister on a visit to their own particular ministry. In Scotland, the Sisters of Charity are best-known for health care. Since their arrival in Clydebank, in 1948, they have been devoted to ensuring that anyone who needs end of life care is given the best treatment in the most peaceful environment.