Dr. Robert Labbie, BSC ’87


2015 Honouree

Dr. Robert Labbie exemplifies a life of service with a desire to help improve the health and well-being of those within his community and beyond. As an optometrist in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Dr. Labbie continuously focuses his efforts on providing the most advanced care possible to his patients, investing in new instruments and diagnostic tools available. As a volunteer, he gives his time and talents to serve the less fortunate and help bring a better quality of life to those in need.

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Regina through Campion College, Dr. Labbie continued his studies at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis where he attained a Doctor of Optometry with honours. Returning to Saskatchewan, the Regina native seized the opportunity to join a practice in Weyburn, which is now home to him, his wife Marcy, and their three children.

In the 1990s, Dr. Labbie began making trips to Central America as part of an effort to bring healthcare to isolated populations. Working with a team of healthcare professionals, Dr. Labbie aids in the delivery of eye care to patients coming from all over the area. From providing glasses that will allow patients to continue working to assisting those with cataracts and in need of eye surgery, the work of the teams brings much needed care to communities in need. Over the fifteen years that Dr. Labbie has volunteered his time and talents, it is estimated that the teams he has worked with have treated over 75,000 patients in impoverished communities in Central America.