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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.

 

A cast of Swift Current seniors and youth presented a drama production about technology and how it can be used for good or bad. Three performances of the two-act drama Tales from a Mouse Pad took place at Riverview Village Estates on March 9, 10 and 11. The drama provided a nostalgic look at life during simpler times when people knew each other and talked to one another without the interference of modern technology. It referred to a time when a town's local grocery store was an important part of the local social scene and when the radio was an important source of entertainment to households. The drama also showed how people of all ages have adapted to the age of smart phones and computers, and how they are using technology to improve their lives and to connect to family and friends. The drama was a collaborative effort between Riverview Village Estates, Millar College students, and local seniors, youth, and volunteers. The producers were Glenn and Diana Hanke, the directors were Rebecca Friesen and Wendy Swann, and the playwright was Rebecca Friesen. It was funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

 

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre hosted a special Cooking Culture event to celebrate women on International Women's Day, March 8. Cooking Culture is a regular cultural cuisine exchange held by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and hosted at the St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Swift Current. This event on International Women's Day also included a program with keynote speakers and a roundtable discussion after the meal. Home cooks from China, India and the Philippines prepared the evening's meal. The menu included chicken curry by Malavika Nangelil-Rejimon, and halal chicken bryani by Yasmeen Anjum. Joy Tian prepared sweet and sour shrimp, and Rechilda Cruz made pork adobo. Aileen Barraca prepared rice cake dessert and Southwest Crisis Services provided assorted cakes. The emcee for the evening was Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. The two keynote speakers at the event were Mahnaz Robertson, who has been an account manager at Innovation Credit Union for 21 years, and Cindy Lowe, a business teacher at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

 

Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) hosted the 2018 Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) regional wrestling championships, March 3. The event was attended by 167 wrestlers from 27 schools. The Swift Current team finished third in the overall point standings behind Prince Albert's St. Mary High School in first place and with Carlton Comprehensive High School from Prince Albert in second place. Five wrestlers from Swift Current Comprehensive High School placed in the top four of their weight class to advance to the SHSAA provincial wrestling championships in Saskatoon on March 9 and 10. Aleah Nickel won her initial two bouts with a technical fall and the first place match with a fall in the 60 kg weight class to claim gold. Sebastien Marchand won all three his bouts in the 73 kg weight class with a technical fall to finish first. Luke Nelson won both bouts in the 65 kg weight class with a technical fall to claim first place. Colt Cornelson was the only competitor in the 53 kg weight class for males and advanced to provincials. Emmett Guider won silver in the 77 kg weight class. He was undefeated after three bouts and won each time with a fall, but he lost the first place match with a fall against Conley McLeod of St Mary High School. Swift Current's Josh Keller finished third in the 82 kg weight class to advance to provincials.

 

Swift Current's Central School raised a record amount of $13,594.23 for Telemiracle 42 through a variety of fundraising projects and donations received from the community. The school choir and bucket drummers performed at Telemiracle 42 on March 4, when music teacher Celia Hammerton and choir members made a formal cheque presentation on stage. The choir received a rousing send-off at the school during a pep rally on March 2. A highlight of the rally was the duct taping of Principal Angela Schindel and Vice-principal Mark Reiter to the gymnasium wall. Both of them were taped to the wall after students achieved the goal to raise $2,000 in the duct tape fundraising challenge for Telemiracle. Another large donation from Swift Current was made on stage at Telemiracle 42 by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinette Club, which presented a cheque of $17,420.49. The money was raised through various events in the city in support of Telemiracle. This year's 42nd annual telethon achieved a new fundraising record of $7,151,256 that will be used to assist Saskatchewan residents to acquire special needs equipment and to access medical treatment.

 

Families enjoyed outdoor activities on a bright winter's day during a fun community event to kick of the annual Ability Bowl fundraiser in Swift Current. The SaskAbilities Swift Current branch hosted the 2018 Ability Bowl Winter Kickoff at ACT Park, Feb. 25. The event featured sled bowling, snow zumba, ice skating and horse wagon rides, while participants could take a break to enjoy chili and hot chocolate. This is the second year that the event was held to start the fundraising activities for and to raise awareness about the upcoming Ability Bowl. The 31st annual Ability Bowl in Swift Current will take place on April 21 and this year's fundraising goal is $75,000. Each Ability Bowl has a theme to add more fun to the day and teams can dress for the event to fit in with the theme. This year the beach will be coming to the bowling alley with the theme Beach Bowl. Swift Current ACT/UCT was the major sponsor of the kickoff event on Feb. 25. Club representatives were in attendance for a cheque presentation of $500 for the kickoff and the organization is also supporting the Ability Bowl with a donation of $2,500. Other sponsors of the Winter Kickoff were ServiceMaster, KIVA, Smoke Shack and Pebble Ridge Percherons.

 

A large crowd of about 250 people attended the 14th annual Field of Dreams sports dinner at the Legion Hall in Swift Current, Feb. 24. The event featured Toronto Blue Jays legends Jesse Barfield and Willie Upshaw, who played for the team during the 1980s. Right fielder Barfield recorded over 1,200 hits and 241 home runs during his 12- year Major League Baseball career. He received the Rawlings Gold Glove Award twice for his fielding performances. First baseman Upshaw made over 1,000 hits and recorded 123 home runs during his career. In 1983 he became the first Blue Jays player to reach 100 RBIs in a season. The two men participated in a question and answer session with emcee Ryan Switzer and also fielded questions from audience members. They spoke about the players they played with and against, their time as players in Canada, and they shared their views on today's game. A live and silent auction took place during the evening. The sports dinner is an important fundraiser for the Swift Current 57's baseball club. Field of Dreams Committee Chair Brad Woods said some of the funds from the event will be used to upgrade the batting cages and for other club expenses, for example uniforms for players.

 

Swift Current Skateboarding Inc. (SCSI), a non-profit organization that was officially launched last fall, held its first skateboard competition at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre, Feb. 24. Contestants competed in three categories, based on skill levels. The event provided participants with an opportunity to have some fun in a friendly atmosphere. SCSI hosts a skateboard night every Thursday evening at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Below are the results from the SCSI skateboard competition:

Beginner: 1st Raeya Hartley, 2nd Jude Pritchard, 3rd Peydence Hartley; Intermediate: 1st Tyson Huxted, 2nd Jasper Toye, 3rd Jaden Toye; Advance/Open: 1st Mario Villeneuve, 2nd Taylor Wotypka, 3rd Nick Desloges; Best Wipeout: Griffin Funk; Best use of Park: Jeremy Brumwell.

 

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