Presentation by Nancy Edwards 7th October 2023 in Killeen Community Centre

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Mary O'Malley
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Mary O'Malley
Mary O'Malley

Sister Hilary Lyons:  Mentor, Champion and Innovator for Primary Health Care in Sierra Leone.

Louisburgh-Killeen Heritage are delighted to welcome Prof Nancy Edwards to Killeen Community Centre 7th Oct 2023 for her presentation about the amazing Sr Hilary Lyons.

Nancy Edwards is a Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa.

Dr. Edwards obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Windsor and completed graduate studies in epidemiology at McMaster University and McGill University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has received three honorary doctoral degrees.

Dr. Edwards’ professional interests are in the fields of public and population health. She has worked in global health for most of her career focusing on capacity building, the delivery of maternal and child health programs, reducing health inequities, and implementation research.  She has mentored many colleagues, led global health program delivery and research initiatives on four continents, and shaped strategic directions for global health during her tenure as a Scientific Director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

In both Canada and abroad, Nancy has drawn on her foundational global health learning roots in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she worked as a community health nurse and program evaluator for five years. She had the pleasure of working alongside Sr. Hilary Lyons and has captured these experiences in her book Not One, Not Even One: A Memoir of Life-altering Experiences in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Her book was released by FriesenPress in 2022 ( 

Her book will be available to purchase on the night.

To coincide with this event, we have “Our Irish Women” exhibition available to view over the weekend, including after 10am Mass in Killeen church on Sunday 8th. Any queries to or 087-6652426

To view more about “Our Irish Women” Click  Here 


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