Writer and retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Nov. 8.  He is the author of two books – Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership as well as More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets. He spoke about his career and his approach to policing. He considers empathy and a willingness to listen to people to be important aspects of a successful approach to policing. The event started with musical entertainment by three well-known southwest Saskatchewan musicians – Glenna Switzer (guitar and keyboard), Mark Penner (guitar), and Paula McGuigan (upright bass). 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 Feb. 21 will be a local writer's night, when a number of local authors will share their writings with the audience.

 

A delegation of staff and students from Hazlet School made a presentation about project based learning (PBL) at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education, Nov. 6. Principal Kristy Sletten and teacher Kerri Keenleyside provided an overview of the PBL initiative, which was introduced to increase student engagement and to help them to become self-directed and resilient learners as well as problem-solvers. The PBL initiative has helped students to become more engaged in their other classroom activities and it has provided students with a voice and a choice in their learning. Students spoke about the different PBL activities they have engaged in. The students who made presentations to the board meeting are Annika Reichenbach and Sennaray Garven (cooking/baking), Ana Julia Becerra Lara (scrapbooking), Mariana Mojica and Amani Sletten (cosmetology), Davin Garven and Tavis Brown (robotics), Sonja Gall (furniture refurbishing), as well as Sarah McNary and Noah Hughes (construction).

 

Swift Current was one of six Canadian host cities for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia series between regional league teams of Canadian national junior team candidates and the Russian national junior team. The second of two games featuring players from the Western Hockey League (WHL) took place at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current, Nov. 7. The WHL team had a convincing 7-0 win in the first game in Moose Jaw, Nov. 6. They looked set to repeat that performance in Swift Current with a 3-0 lead in the second period, but the Russians scored four unanswered goals to win the game. The next two games will take place in Ontario and the series will conclude with games in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Three members of the Swift Current Broncos team played in the series. Colby Sissons and Tyler Steenbergen skated for the WHL team and Artyom Minulin is a member of the Russian team. Shaunavon's Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets also played for the WHL team.

 

The Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope Gala raised $75,000 in support of nine non-profit community programs. The elegant evening of dining and dancing took place at the Living Sky Casino Event Centre, Nov. 4. Tickets to the event were sold out more than a month ago and 230 people attended the gala.The nine grant recipients were recognized during a presentation ceremony when they received benefactor awards. This year's gala raised awareness about domestic violence and the work done by Southwest Crisis Services to provide support to individuals dealing with abuse. Ang's Story, a video about the courage, resilience and survival of a woman in an abusive relationship, was launched at the gala. A variety of quality items were on offer at the silent auction and there was also a live auction with auctioneer Skip Neufeld.

 

The 50th Swift Current Hobby, Craft and Gun Show took place in the Stockade at Kinetic Exhibition Park, Nov. 4 and 5. The event was attended by about 75 vendors from all four western provinces. Visitors also came from far and wide to check out a large selection of firearms and ammunition as well as coins, stamps, antiques, leather, glassware and various other collectables for sale. Swift Current resident Henry Banman has been organizing this event since 1977. The event was originally held in the spring only and the 40th annual show took place in April. Due to the success of the spring show, Banman started to organize a show in the fall and this was the 10th annual fall show.

 

The 9th annual Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare took place in the lobby of the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current, Nov. 2-3. The focus of this year’s campaign by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is on the renewal of maternity equipment at the Cypress Regional Hospital. An average of 400 babies are born in this hospital every year and some of the maternity equipment is at least 10 years old. The intention of the campaign is to raise $147,000 for the purchase of three new birthing beds and two Panda infant warmers. The response from individuals and organizations during the two-day Radiothon raised $82,815 for the campaign, but fundraising will continue to collect the full amount. Donations can still be made online at www.drirwinfoundation.com. Pictured are Tara Garcia (at front) and Kathy Jennings during the broadcast from the Cypress Regional Hospital lobby, as well as Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson and Cypress Health Region interim CEO Larry Allsen during the final on-air interview and placing of the total raised on the board.



 

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