Many people wrote messages to Dr. Laughlin on a card with his photo expressing their thanks and appreciation.
High Prairie and area residents took the time to honour long-time physician Dr. Robin Laughlin at an appreciation evening Sept. 22 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. Dr. Laughlin has practiced medicine in High Prairie for 43 years and has always been instrumental in lobbying for new medical services and, of course, the new hospital. Alberta Health Services staff and community volunteers organized the appreciation, mostly to recognize Laughlin for his dedication, but also to show and encourage other physicians to come to High Prairie to practice medicine, and how much the community recognizes and values physicians. Laughlin, accompanied by most of his family, was honoured with several presentations. Many speakers also shared fond memories of the friendships with Dr. Laughlin built during the past decades.
High Prairie Regals coach Jimmy McLean gave a speech and presented Dr. Laughlin with team jersey. Dr. Laughlin was a long-time volunteer doctor with the team. Many of us remember Dr. Laughlin watching games for many years, not only as a team doctor but avid and dedicated fan.
Dr. Laughlin, centre, and his wife Vivian, left, were pleased most of their children were able to attend the evening. Making the address to the haggis is son, Adam Laughlin.
George Keay, also a long-time family friend, and former mayor, also spoke. Keay and Dr. Laughlin were two of many people behind the drive for a new hospital.
Long-time family friend Howard Greer addressed the audience. Over the years, Dr. Laughlin’s family has built countless friendships in the region.
Lindsay Pratt [above] was one of two master of ceremonies with Dave Crooks. Pratt is also a long-time family friend and played with the Regals.
High Prairie Hospital site manager Olive Sonico gave an address and shared many memories of working with him from when she first arrived in town.
The head table featured members of Dr. Laughlin’s family. Above, they prepare to be seated at the beginning of the dinner.
What a fine looking lass, dressed in Scottish attire – perfect for the occasion! Marilyn Emter, left, one the event organizers, and mastor of ceremonies Dave Crooks share a laugh during the event.
Dr. Laughlin received a replica of the street sign leading to the new hospital dedicated to him as “Laughlin Way”. High Prairie Mayor Brian Panasiuk, left, and one of the event’s organizers, Marilyn Emter, right, made the presentation.
Long-time family friend Dan Vandermeulen gave a humourous speech, sharing many stories of the time spent with Dr. Laughlin – a cherished friend.
Dave Crooks was one of two masters of ceremonies. He also thanked Dr. Laughlin personally for his service, es- pecially during a recent health issue.
Several past High Prairie Regals and current executive joined Dr. Laughlin for a photo after he was presented with a team jersey thanking him for his many years of service. Lef-right are Darwyn Peterson, Doug Meneice, Ken Matthews, Ron Rose, Dr. Laughlin, Pat Dube, Jim McLean, Brian Panasiuk, Barry Sharkawi and Lindsay Pratt.
The guest of honour himself! Dr. Laughlin gave a very good speech about his time in town. He gave thanks for all High Prairie has done for him.
Town of High Prairie Mayor Brian Panasiuk shared stories about his playing time with the Regals and all Dr. Laughlin did to help the team.