Sister Hèlène Maynard arrived in the United States in 1996 after nearly 40 years of ministry as a nurse in Quebec, Canada. She moved to Portland, Ore., and took ESL classes at Clark College in nearby Vancouver, Wash. She was missioned to the infirmary at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, to take care of the Canadian sisters.
She was born in Joliette, near Montreal, and entered the religious community there. Her nursing assignments were in various Quebec hospitals, as well as in Cameroon and Haiti. She was a member of Emilie Province in Montreal while living and ministering in Seattle until she became part of Mother Joseph Province in 2002.
She provided pastoral care at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. After 14 years of nursing while caring for her mother, she has been serving the retired and infirm sisters at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, for the past 15 years. She resides in Seattle.