The achievements of Swift Current wrestler Aleah Nickel were recognized during a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, June 4. Council invited the Grade 11 student to attend the meeting to talk about her success on the wrestling mat. She has been wrestling since the age of seven and she has won nine Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Championship titles between 2009 and 2018. She won gold in the 61 kilogram weight class at the 2018 Canadian Juvenile National Championship. In May she competed with Team Canada at the Pan American Championship in Guatemala, where she won a silver medal. She is currently preparing to compete at the world championships in Zagreb, Croatia in early July. She has been raising funds to cover her travel costs, because there is no funding from the national program for this age group. Contributions to her travel expenses can be made at her GoFundMe web page Aleah Nickel – Road to Gold.

 

The Swift Current Fire Department has made two internal promotions as a result of the retirement of Fire Chief Denis Pilon. Deputy Fire Chief Darren McClelland has been promoted to the position of fire chief and Ryan Hunter is the new deputy fire chief for operations. They attended the regular council meeting on June 4, where they were introduced and congratulated by councillors. Hunter has been a career firefighter with the Swift Current Fire Department for 25 years. McClelland has been a member of the Swift Current Fire Department since 1995 and he has served as deputy fire chief since 2013.

 

The 2nd annual Swift Current Pride Week was kicked off with a flag raising ceremony on Market Square and a reception at the nearby Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre office, June 4. The speakers at the event were Southwest Saskatchewan Pride Board Chair Andrea McCrimmon, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and David Camarador of the Chinook School Division's Gay Straight Alliance. That evening an official proclamation at a regular City council meeting declared the week of June 3-9 as Swift Current Pride Week. Various events have been scheduled during the week, including a Pride family barbecue at Market Square on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a performance by singer-songwriter Megan Nash. This event will include a Pride march in the downtown area at noon. There will be a Pride drag show and dance at the Lyric Theatre on June 9, starting at 9 p.m. More details about Swift Current Pride Week are available on the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride website or Facebook page.

 

The 30th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 3 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's annual Picnic in the Park. The community showed their support for the duck derby and 1,355 numbered plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The fastest duck belonged to Joanne Meyer. The second to sixth place winners were Jeremy Widdup, Patsy Williams, Lisa Willows, Lori Gaunt, and Tina Bonk. This is the main fundraiser of the year for Southwest Crisis Services and the event raised $12,595. The funds will be used to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including an emergency safe shelter and housing support for women and children at risk of or experiencing abuse, a 24/7 crisis helpline, individual and couple supportive counselling, group empowerment programs, and prevention education workshops and events.

 

There was a large turnout on a beautiful sunny day for Innovation Credit Union's 37th annual Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park in Swift Current, June 3. Families enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the park while taking in the many activities available to young and old, including stage entertainment, children's games, different displays and booths with food and refreshments.

 

The Dance Studio in Swift Current reached a milestone when the 10th annual A Touch of Class recital took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, June 2. Students showcased their talents and new skills after a season of hard work during a matinee and evening performance. The dancers presented a full program of 27 choreographed dances in different styles, including some revamped dances from the past nine years, to celebrate the art of dance and the technical competence of students. Perfect attendance and student awards were announced at the end of the recital. Studio owner and artistic director Melissa Wallace presented the student awards to Aleah Burton (most improved confidence), Alex Carleton (passion for dance), Kennedi Johnston (fabulous attitude), and Anna Oman (enthusiasm award).

 

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