The Daughters of the Nile Aurora Club No. 5 in Swift Current held the draw for their 5th annual lottery ticket sale on Oct. 13 with the help of their queen. Jacki Capper, the 2016 queen of Sakkara Temple No. 115, came from Calgary for the draw. She was accompanied by 11 other Sakkara Temple members from Calgary as well as four members from Medicine Hat and three from Biggar for the visit, which started with a luncheon and meeting on Oct. 12. This year's ticket sales by the Swift Current club members went very well. Sales started in March and all 2,400 tickets were sold out in May. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The $600 first prize winner was Vicki Thistlethwaite of Stewart Valley, the $250 second prize went to Mark Torrance of Elrose and the $150 third price ticket belonged to Elaine Schapansky of Swift Current. The prize money for next year's lottery will increase significantly, starting with a $1,000 first prize, a second prize of $800 and a third prize of $700.
Eliza Mary Doyle launched her new album, It Ain't What It Seems, at a concert at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Oct. 11. This is the first album that she has produced under her own name. This concert was also the start of a 24-show tour across western Canada to promote the new album. She will be travelling with a four-piece band during the Saskatchewan portion of the tour and two musicians will accompany her when she performs in Alberta and British Columbia. Doyle is an experienced musician and well-known banjo player who has previously been a member of different disbanded bands, including the Midnight Roses in Swift Current and the Cracker Cats in Saskatoon. This album is a new approach for Doyle, who is writing and producing the songs under her name while collaborating and performing with various artists.
Bernie Ford, the trustee for subdivision 4 on the board of education of the Chinook School Division, was presented with a long-service award at a regular board meeting, Oct. 11. The presentation was made by Director of Education Liam Choo-Foo. Ford has served as a trustee for 40 years, initially as a board member in the Gull Lake School Division and for the past 10 years on the board of the Chinook School Division. He has worked with eight directors of education during the four decades. Ford, who is a retired farmer that still lives on a quarter section of land near Tompkins, estimates that he has served with between 250 and 300 trustees during this 40-year period.“Young people are my interest, still are,” he said. “I'm very concerned that we educate our youngsters, give them every opportunity that is possible for them.” He is standing again as a candidate for subdivision 4 in the upcoming civic election on Oct. 26, when local residents will also be voting for board members for the Chinook School Division.
The innovation and success of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations were celebrated during the 18th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 14. A capacity crowd attended the gala event, which was hosted by the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. The winners in the different categories are (photographs in same order as mentioned below):
Not-for-Profit – Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter Inc.
Employer of Persons with Disabilities - Pharmasave
Start-up/New Business – Infinity Fitness Ltd.
Small Business – Urban Ground Coffeehouse
Medium Business – MicroAge Computer Centres
Large Business – Swift Plumbing & Heating Ltd
Hall of Fame Inductee – Pioneer Cooperative
Member Business of the Year – Optical Image
The Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish in Swift Current is selling potatoes and beets from their vegetable garden to raise funds for the breakfast programs at all the elementary schools in the city. Volunteers completed the harvest on Oct. 3, just before the start of the rain that turned into a large amount of snow over the following days. The church, which is located at the corner of Memorial Drive and Central Avenue North on the city's northern side, has been using a piece of land just across the road from the parish for the past four years to plant potatoes and other vegetables to raise funds for the elementary school breakfast programs. Volunteers dug out close to 4,000 pounds of potatoes and picked approximately 600 pounds of beets. The parish also had a good durum crop on 160 acres of land, which is an ongoing agricultural initiative to raise funds for the church building fund and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The potatoes and beets are currently for sale at the church. Office hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
Swift Current author Anthea Loran's new publication of personal memories and life experiences, titled Recollections and Reflections, was launched during an event at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Oct. 1. She did a reading of selected poems from the book and some of her paintings were on display at the event. This is her third self-published book and she has also contributed poems and short stories to six anthologies published by the Prairie Quills Writer's Group. All proceeds from sales of the new book will be donated to the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre.