Residents of Arcola and the surrounding communities came together October 4, 2018 for an evening to remember, commemorating the Arcola Health Centre’s 90th birthday.
Approximately 140 people came together at the Arcola Curling Club for a beef-on-a-bun supper. Guests were treated to significant historical displays including two bricks from the 1928 building, Doctor D.C. MacRae’s original medical bag, as well as the “old elevator rope.”
Registered Nurse Tannis Wilson, daughter of Dr. Don and Lorine MacRae, had the honor of acting as master of ceremonies for the program. She shared personal anecdotes to add a special touch of humor to the evening.
Dr. Don MacRae (right) with daughter and master of ceremonies Tannis Wilson, RN
Mayor Keith Erick delivered a heartfelt message on behalf of the surrounding town councils and municipalities, thanking previous and current staff for their dedication and hard work to provide safe, quality care to patients for the past 90 years.
Poetry and music were shared with those in attendance, with Auldene Craig and Laurie Fornwald’s rendition of “Something to Sing About” proving to be a crowd pleaser, evident by the standing ovation at the end of their performance.
Guests were treated to an unexpected highlight, when long-time local psychiatrist and son of the late Dr. D.C. MacRae (original founder), Dr. Don MacRae, took the mic and shared his personal, family connections and some of his favorite memories.
Birthday cupcakes were also created and shared for the event. Draws for generous door prizes, donated by area residents and businesses, wrapped up the successful evening.