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The Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a high-profile speaker at the 4th annual Farmer Appreciation Night at the Living Sky Casino Event Centre, March 23. The event, which is held by the chamber to acknowledge the importance of the farming community to the local economy, was attended by a capacity crowd. The guest speaker was Murad Al-Katib, the president and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients in Regina and recipient of the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award. He shared his life story as an entrepreneur who build AGT into the world's largest supply chain for lentils, chickpeas and peas. He also spoke about what he sees as agricultural priorities for Saskatchewan and Canada. He referred to the growing global demand in emerging economies for protein and the challenges and opportunities being faced by Canada's agricultural food sector to become a global leader in safe, nutritious and sustainable food. Swift Current band Bakersfield provided the musical entertainment at the event.

 

The 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser for Rock Solid Refuge in Swift Current took place at the Legion Hall, March 22. The event was attended by about 200 people, who enjoyed a good meal and showed their support for Rock Solid Refuge with active bidding during the live auction by local auctioneer Donnie Peacock. Two speakers shared powerful messages during the evening. Former student Ty Thibault spoke about the difference that Rock Solid Refuge made to put his life on a new path. The keynote speaker  was “Jungle Jim” Hunter, who was a member of the “Crazy Canucks” Canadian men's alpine ski team. He grew up on a farm near Shaunavon and represented Canada at two Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. He became the first Canadian male skier to win a world championship medal when he received a bronze medal in 1972. He spoke about his career and his involvement with Rock Solid Refuge. He emphasized the importance of acts of selflessness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rock Solid Refuge also held a successful inaugural banquet and auction fundraiser in Shaunavon on March 21 that was attended by about 100 people. The two fundraising events raised a total of $87,000 for the faith-based program that provides support in a structured environment for teenage boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

 

Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes was the featured author at Write Out Loud, March 21. He is an award-winning writer and his published works include three novels, five volumes of poetry, several books of short stories, a biography of Tommy Douglas, and various contributions to magazines and anthologies. His latest book of poetry, A Calendar of Reckoning, will be published this spring. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by Canadian authors to local literary fans. The next event on April 18 will feature First Nations poet and residential school survivor Louise Bernice Halfe. She has won various prestigious awards and she is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

The collaboration between the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra and the Prairie Spirit Chamber Choir drew a sold-out crowd to a jazz concert in the dining room at Walker Place in Swift Current, March 18. The venue provided an intimate experience to the large audience, who were seated in close proximity to the performers. They were treated to a variety of jazz songs that covered the entire repertoire from early 20th century Dixieland to contemporary jazz. Prairie Spirit Chamber Choir is an auditioned choral group under the direction of Marcia McLean and the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra is a community-based jazz ensemble directed by Greg McLean.

 

Skaters took spectators to different countries around the world during the Swift Current Skating Club’s 2018 “Oh, the places you will go” ice show at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, March 18. The club's ice show is an annual event to conclude the season and to showcase the talent of their skaters in front of family and friends. The performances combined colourful outfits and music with a variety of moves by skaters on the ice to show their progress during the season. The show concluded with a grand finale, when all the skaters were on the ice. This was followed by an awards ceremony. The club presented five CanSkate Heart awards to recognize skaters who displayed a passion for skating, who were hardworking and showed positive and cooperative attitudes. The recipients were Darsy Wiebe (Pre-CanSkate A), Wyatt Hassett (Pre-CanSkate B), Emmerson Werk (Pre-CanSkate C), Haley Gusikoski (CanSkate A), and Raleigh Little (CanSkate B). The SaskEnergy Rising Stars award was presented to Cassie Chubb. This award is presented to a skater who demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm throughout the season, an eagerness to learn and improve skills, who is cooperative and also involved in other sports. Presentations were also made to the club’s two graduating skaters, Danika Finlay and Nadine Steinley, as well as to the CanSkate program assistants and coaching staff.

 

The Art Gallery of Swift Current's latest exhibition Art for Sale highlights the importance of commercial galleries and artwork sales to sustain the arts ecology. The exhibition features the works of 43 artists from two major Saskatchewan commercial galleries, The Gallery/art placement inc. in Saskatoon and the Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina. The official opening of the exhibition took place on March 16. Art Gallery of Swift Current Director and Curator Kim Houghtaling was the moderator of a panel discussion with Gina Fafard and Kimberley Fyfe from the Slate Fine Art Gallery and Levi Nicholat from The Gallery/art placement inc. This was followed by a walk and talk with artists who have works featured in the exhibition. The Art for Sale exhibition is open until April 22.

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and 17 partner organizations held an anti-racism event at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Swift Current, March 16. The event was part of a provincial campaign against racism by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) with the theme Show Racism the Door. The MCoS hosts an annual anti-racism educational campaign to highlight the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is commemorated on March 21. This was the third year that organizations in Swift Current participated in the MCoS campaign.

 

Great Plains College launched a new lectureship series with an acclaimed historian who attracted a large audience to the event at the Swift Current Branch Library, March 15. Award-winning author James Daschuk provided a perspective on the racial divide in Saskatchewan through the historical lens of decisions that were taken during the 19th century. His book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life received the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research. His lecture highlighted the use of food as a tool of coercion by the government of Sir John A. MacDonald to subjugate aboriginal people and to clear the plains for the construction of a national railway. Daschuk referred to other government measures that still resonates today in relation to the socio-economic and political position of First Nations and the ongoing separation between mainstream society and indigenous people. Daschuk, who is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina and a researcher with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, also made a presentation to Great Plains College students on March 16. The goal of the new lectureship series is to bring authors to Swift Current for readings, discussions and classroom lectures.

 

 

Students from Success School  attended a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education on March 12 to make a presentation about their writing goals for the year as part of the balanced literacy activities at the school. Principal Kevin Regier and teacher Tracy Spence accompanied the students. The younger students shared their writing pieces from the Quick Writes and Shared Writes activities while the middle year students showed their Adobe Spark presentation, which they created on their Chromebooks to highlight writing in the classroom. The students also involved board members in their presentation by giving them a writing activity that used a poetry template, and board members then shared their writing with the group.

 

There was a lot of volleyball action in Swift Current on March 10 and 11, as the Junior SunDogs Volleyball Club hosted two tournaments in the city. Eight teams competed in the 16U female tournament at the École Centennial and All Saints Catholic schools while 12 teams were in action in the 18U men's Sask Cup #1 tournament at Swift Current Comprehensive High and O.M. Irwin School. The 16U SunDogs remained undefeated during the weekend to win gold at their home tournament. They won 10 matches and only lost two of 21 sets played during their games. The 18U SunDogs finished fourth in the Sask Cup #1 tournament. Pictured, the 16U SunDogs game against Shaunavon, and the 18U SunDogs during round robin matches.

 

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