April 26, 2013

Dr. Fred H. Wigmore recipient of 2013 Honours Award

Published on April 25, 2013

Moose Jaw Times Herald

Cole Carruthers

The Moose Jaw Honours Award and 2013 Festival of Words launch took place Thursday evening at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.

The evening was used to honour and pay tribute to the late Dr. Fred H. Wigmore, who was named as the 2013 recipient of the Moose Jaw Honours Award.

Brian Bell of Heritage Moose Jaw discussed the origins of the award. “The Honours Award is a tribute to a citizen who is living or dead who made a significant lifetime contribution to the quality of life in Moose Jaw and District.”

“Some of you may not know how actively the late Dr. Fred Wigmore contributed to the City of Moose Jaw,” Festival of Words board president Patrick Hall said. “Verna McLeod will help to remind us about this influential doctor, who had such a long time dedication to Moose Jaw and area.”

“Tonight we pay tribute to not only a man who was a pillar of the medical profession, but who was an amazing individual in the City of Moose Jaw for close to 60 years,” McLeod said. “Moose Jaw was one of the best medical centres in Western Canada when Dr. Wigmore joined the staff and continued for 30 years.”  

Wigmore’s son, Dr. Fred C. Wigmore accepted the award on behalf of the family.

“He was a pretty special father as well, he excelled not only in the community, but as a father,” Wigmore said. “Paying peoples way through medical school is no easy feat, he gave me a good start by not adding any saddled debt for having to be trained with 12-years of university –– he’s a very special fellow.”

After the honours award ceremony, Festival of Words executive director, Donna Lee Howes and Glenn Hagel presented this year’s festival 2013 program announcement of authors, events and programs.

Some of the authors attending this year’s festival include: Angie Abdou, Dave Bidini, Marie-Louise Gay and Annabel Lyon.

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