Born in Troyes, Champagne, on April 17, 1620, Marguerite Bourgeoys arrived in New France with the “grande recrue” in 1653. The governor of Ville-Marie, Paul de Chomedy, Sieur de Maisonneuve, needed a school teacher. The first school was founded in 1658. Between 1668 and 1673, she welcomed about 40 King’s Wards and prepared them for their new lives “in Canada”. Always willing to listen to the first arrivals, Marguerite Bourgeoys is justly called the “Mother of the colony”. Founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame, she died in January 1700 at the age of 79. She was canonized in 1982.