Book Launched at Ferguson School
Eighty years after it was written, Dr. Robert George Ferguson’s book, The Wood Fairies Christmas Deed was officially launched at the school that is his namesake.
Last year, Regina Public Schools was approached by Bill Barrable, the grandson of the late Dr. Ferguson and by the Lung Association of Saskatchewan to help launch the children’s book at the school that was opened in 1968 and named after him.
In preparation for the launch, students and staff learned about Dr. Ferguson and his work in the field of tuberculosis in Saskatchewan and around the world. They also created many artworks depicting his life, reproducing his portrait, and most notably, creating tweets that he may have written if he had ever tweeted.
On November 14, 2014, the family of Dr. Ferguson, many of who still live in Saskatchewan, were welcomed at Dr. Ferguson School by students and staff. The event featured a video greeting from Sheelagh Ferguson Barrable, his daughter, as well as a reading of the book by Jenny Hart, a great grandchild and friend of the school. The event ended with cake and refreshments for all.
The Wood Fairies Christmas Deed written by the late Dr. George Ferguson and illustrated by Liz Toohey-Wiese is a whimsical Christmas story. According to Sheelagh Ferguson Barrable, the “story illustrates the philosophy of hope, faith and determination in the face of adversity that is as meaningful and relevant today as it was when I was a child.”
Dr. George Ferguson (1883-1964) was a physician who directed tuberculosis control in Saskatchewan for 31 years and was an internationally respected authority on the disease. Dr. Ferguson was General Superintendent of the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League from 1917 until his retirement in 1948. Under his superintendency, the first sanatorium was opened near Fort Qu’Appelle in 1917 and Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to provide free treatment to those suffering from the disease.
Proceeds from The Wood Fairies Christmas Deed will be donated to the Lung Association. Please visit their website at www.sk.lung.ca and click on our Christmas Seals banner.
Check out The Wood Fairies Christmas Deed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/Kj2PgVJoHwo.