February 27 was an evening of heartfelt thanks and glowing tributes for distinguished Milk River physician, Dr. Liesl Lewke-Bogle.
Over 400 people from the Milk River region and the healthcare community gathered at the Milk River Civic Centre to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Lewke-Bogle, the recipient of the 2015 RPAP Rural Alberta Physician Award of Distinction.
An honour guard composed of local police, fire, and healthcare professionals welcomed the 2015 recipient, her family and distinguished guests as they entered the facility, with each presenting a rose to Dr. Lewke-Bogle.
RPAP's Kim MacKinnon guided the evenings program, which included musical interludes from the talented-duo of Don and Carol Hale, and delectable meal prepared by Laura's Creative Catering.
Dignitaries from across the south paid tribute to Dr. Lewke-Bogle, including:
- Colleen Valin , on behalf of Jim Hillyer, MP, Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner
- Tom Butler, Mayor, Coutts
- Margaret McCanna, Deputy Mayor, Milk River
- Tyler Lindsay, Mayor, Warner
- Ross Ford, Reeve, County of Warner
- Joan Hughson, Deputy Reeve, County of 40 Mile
- Dr. Clayne Steed, Alberta Health Services
- Pat Howitt and Delores Lindeman, Milk River Medical Clinic
- Emma Hulit, past member, Oldman River Health Advisory Council
- Lana Proctor, Treasurer, Quad Committee
RPAP Executive Director, David Kay, introduced a special video profiling this year's Rural Physician Award recipient, which debuted at the event.
Honoured guests Associate Minister of Health, Brandy Payne, and RPAP Chair, Dr. Bert Reitsma, presented the 2015 Award to a very deserving Dr. Lewke-Bogle, whose closing remarks thanked all in attendence.
Any proceeds after expenses from this Awards Ceremony will go towards improvements for the Milk River Swimming Pool.
About the RPAP Awards
RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by Alberta Health.
RPAP provides a provincially-focussed comprehensive, integrated and sustained program for the education, recruitment and retention of physicians for rural practice.
To solicit nominations for its awards, RPAP runs a public nomination process encouraging rural Alberta residents to nominate an outstanding family physician or community for one of two awards: the RPAP Rural Physician Award of Distinction, and the Alberta Rural Community Attraction and Retention Award.
To be eligible for nomination for the Award of Distinction, a physician must live and have worked in rural Alberta for at least twelve years. In addition, they must have demonstrated superior commitment and contributions to their community through medical practice, teaching other health professionals, conducting research, and volunteering in their community.
The public nominations received for this year’s award were reviewed by the RPAP Board of Directors, which includes representatives of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Alberta Medical Association and its Section of Rural Medicine, as well as Alberta Health Services.
Following our review of the Award criteria and nominations received, Dr. Liesl Lewke-Bogle was selected as the 2015 Recipient of the Rural Physician Award of Distinction in recognition of her outstanding commitment to rural medicine and her community.
By recognizing the efforts of Alberta’s rural doctors and communities, we hope all rural physicians will feel valued and more willing to continue practising in rural Alberta.
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