Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A long-time Swift Current tradition in support of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council took place at the Frontier Bowling Lanes on April 25 with the 27th annual Ability Bowl. The theme of this year's fundraising event was Birthday Bowl in celebration of the 50 years of community support to the Swift Current branch. Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer threw the first ball at the start of the event. A total of 33 teams with 165 bowlers participated in the event to raise funds for the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people with varying abilities at the Swift Current branch of Saskatchewan Abilities Council. The top individual fundraisers were Deanne Larson from the team Signs ‘n Such ($5,286.00) and Dorothy Quebec ($2,650.00). Aaron Matthews received the Bob Hayes Memorial plaque for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council client who raised the most funds. He raised $1,278.00. The top fundraising team was Signs ‘n Such ($8,686.00) and the second place team was Birthday Partiers ($2,802.50).

 

The  Speedy Creek Model Railroad Club hosted a model railroading day at the Swift Current Salvation Army on April 25 to share the fun of running trains with others and to make people aware of their activities. The club currently has seven members and anyone interested in trains can join them at their weekly gathering. Their new club room is located in the former pump house at the Swift Current Airport, where they meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information about the club, contact Pat Newburgh at 306-773-6949.

 

The weeklong South West Victim Services regional relay concluded with a ceremony at the Kinetic Park Stockade in Swift Current on April 24. The event took place in communities across southwest Saskatchewan to raise awareness about victims of crime. This was the first time a regional relay took place in Canada during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week from April 19 to 25. South West Victim Services Coordinator Wayne Johnston presented the proclamations signed by communities in support of the awareness week to Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson. Community walk-a-thons took place in 10 communities across the region during the week and cyclists participated in two highway relays from Gull Lake to Swift Current and from Morse to Swift Current. Participants walked or cycled a total distance of over 8,000 kilometres during the week.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do hosted a Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for International Justice Mission (IJM) in the gymnasium of the Church of the Open Bible in Swift Current, April 18. The event was attended by around 60 members of both the Swift Current and Regina branches of the club. Senior Head Instructor Gary Voysey briefly addressed the group at the start of proceedings. They used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break about 300 boards. The students have been gathering pledges for the event during the past month and they raised over $7,300 for IJM, a global organization with projects in countries around the world to end sex trafficking, forced labour and slavery. The club held a similar event last year that raised over $4,500 for IJM.

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Weston Dressler was the guest speaker at the KidSport Swift Current breakfast fundraiser at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, April 17. After his speech he put on an autographed Weston Dressler jersey that was auctioned for $2,500.

 

Over 500 school children from across southwest Saskatchewan attended the Swift Current Ag & Ex educational event Discover the Farm at Kinetic Exhibition Park Stockade on April 16 and 17 to learn more about animal health and safety, food production and safety on the farm. The final day on April 18 was open to the public and also included an exotic bird and animal sale. A new addition to the final day of this year's event was a garden expo with exhibits by a number of vendors to give visitors ideas for outdoor living and gardening.

 

The Swift Current Fire Department hosted 174 delegates in the city during the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs 65th Annual Conference and Trade Show, which took place at the Credit Union iPlex from April 16 to 18. Over 120 vendors participated in the trade show that took place during the first two days of the event. The conference theme was situational awareness and the keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Gasaway from St. Paul, Minnesota, who also presented two plenary sessions on situational awareness. He served 33 years as a firefighter, paramedic and fire chief and he is considered to be a leading authority on first responder situational awareness and decision making. The other conference speakers were Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner, who also manages the Comox Fire Training Centre, and retired Prince Albert Fire Chief Les Karpluk, who spoke about leadership. The closing keynote address was delivered by Tyler Pelke, the assistant deputy fire chief with the Calgary Fire Department, who was set on fire after a vicious attack at the age of 14 , but he survived and has become an inspirational speaker on the power of forgiveness. Swift Current Fire Chief Denis Pilon and Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs President Trent Lee unveiled the new conference podium during the opening ceremonies on April 16.

 

 

Popular Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Weston Dressler spoke about the importance of providing children with opportunities to play sport during a breakfast fundraiser for KidSport in Swift Current.

Despite recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by the federal government to address concerns that employers have been abusing the program, the debate over the use of temporary workers appears to be far from over.

Quebec musician Marco Calliari brought an international flavour to the Lyric Theatre stage in Swift Current on April 11 with his performance of Italian songs. He is pictured with Amélie Poirier-Aubry on accordion and Julie Houle on tuba. Swift Current was one of six stops on his Western Canada tour that started April 8 in Jasper, Alberta, and concluded on April 13 in Saskatoon. He performed at the Lyric Theatre as part of the current Blenders concert series. His music reflects his Italian roots but he also combines different cultures when he sings Quebec songs in Italian. The final performer in the 2014-15 Blenders concert series will be Australian roots musician Jordie Lane on May 2 and a Blenders special concert takes place on May 15 with Toronto singer-songwriter Peter Katz.

 

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