During the 27 July opening ceremony Mrs. Lake said that she is a friend with both Hon. Smith and Hon. O’Neal and noted that it is time that they are suitably honoured for their contributions to the Territory.
In making the call for the honouring of Hon. O’Neal, Mrs. Lake said: “Honourable Telford O’Neal! I would like to see him getting his flowers while he is alive; and I am calling on the government to get Lady Eileen Parsons, Dr Charles Wheatley, and Dr Quincy Lettsome to find a fitting honour for this gentleman who has given so much of his life to this country.”
Mrs. Lake suggested that the Peebles Hospital be named after Dr. Smith and called on the Minister for Health and Social Development to change the name of the hospital. “I am now calling on Honourable Ronnie Skelton to remove the name of Peebles Hospital from Mr Peebles; we have given him a lot of honour and we need to honour our own Dr D Orlando Smith and call that hospital Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital. “
In strengthening her call for Dr. Smith to be honoured, Mrs. Lake added: “Give him his flowers while he too can enjoy them. He has given all his life to that hospital, and he needs to see that the people of this country have truly appreciated his work while he can smell those flowers.”
The Festival Honouree further suggested that a wing in the new hospital can be named after Major Peebles, with additional honour bestowed on Minister of Health who contributed to the facility: “You gonna give Major Peebles a wing there are lots of wings in that hospital. Then you gonna go down the line and give honour to all the ministers who worked with that hospital, because it took many of them,” she went on to say.