Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current SPCA Bookstore plays an important role in the fundraising efforts for the animal shelter, but without the support of volunteers it will be impossible to keep the store open.

Various activities and accomplishments from the 2015-16 school year were highlighted during the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division’s annual meeting of electors, March 8.

Students from Great Plains College and the Chinook School Division as well as members of the public participated in an event in Swift Current to to raise awareness about the impact of residential schools on aboriginal people and the need for action towards reconciliation, March 14. The morning event “Truth and Reconciliation: Let's Walk the Talk” took place at the Great Plains College. It was hosted by the Southwest Multicultural Association in association with the City of Swift Current, Living Sky Casino and the college. Dr. Brian Gobbett of Great Plains College presented a pictorial history about residential schools and reconciliation efforts. Elder Noel Starblanket of the Star Blanket Cree First Nation spoke about his residential school experience. The event concluded with a walk to Market Square, where four students from Maple Creek Composite School (Angelo Catalasan, Mandla Mthembu, Jarod O'Toole, Keara Zoerb) read out various steps towards action and change to achieve reconciliation. Participants then enjoyed a lunch of soup and bannock at the Lyric Theatre. Elder Noel Starblanket also spoke that evening at an event hosted by the Swift Current Branch Library.

 

The Swift Current Group 2 Scouts hosted their annual Kub Kar Rally at the Swift Current Mall, March 11. The scouts spend hours preparing for the event by building their hand-made race cars and semi-trailer trucks. The results of their workmanship were tested at the rally as they competed in the different race categories for obstacle course, straight line event, stopping on the spot, and everyone’s favourite, the speed track.

 

The Swift Current Snooker Club hosted the provincial snooker championship, March 10-12. The event was held upstairs in the Stockade building at Kinetic Park. This was the fourth year in a row that the event took place in Swift Current. There were 16 contestants. Players came from Estevan, Regina and Saskatoon, and there were four players from Swift Current – Guy Lovestone, Terry Lovestone, Mike Peters and Leonard Wiebe. The A side winner was Darryl Wouters of Saskatoon, a past Canadian champion. This was his fourteenth provincial title. Second place went to Dennis Chapados of Regina, Swift Current's Terry Lovestone was third, and Leonard Wiebe of Swift Current placed fourth. The B side winner was Swift Current's Guy Lovestone and in second place was Greg Tanner of Estevan.

 

The Montreal Canadiens alumni team helped to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame and the City of Swift Current's Safe Places – Youth Certified initiative when they visited the city to play a game against a team of local first responders, March 10. The Living Sky Casino Hall of Fame game at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex was an opportunity for local hockey fans to see former players such as forward Stéphane Richer, defenceman Patrice Brisebois and goalie Richard Sévigny on the ice. The Swift Current Emergency Services team consisted of members of the local fire department and ambulance services. They were joined by former Swift Current Broncos Sheldon Kennedy, Todd Holt and Joel Rogers as well as a former member of the Canadian women's hockey team, Bobbi-Jo Slusar. The event provided a few Swift Current locals with a unique opportunity to be on the Montreal Canadiens bench. Chuck Audette, John Kennedy and former Swift Current mayor Jerrod Schafer skated with the team, local hockey coach Larry Johnson was the team's associate coach next to coach Yvon Lambert and former Broncos trainer Gord Hahn was the alumni team's trainer. The final score in the game was a 10-7 win for the Montreal Canadiens alumni team.

 

A large turnout at the game and support from the community helped the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) senior basketball team to raise $13,630 for the family of school alumnus Rena Best, who recently died of cancer. The Swift Current Ardens Pink Game against the North Battleford Vikings took place on March 9. SCCHS students Carter Hancock and Ryan Girardeau had their heads shaved during halftime. They were able to raise a total of $1,927.30 in support of the Ardens fundraiser. The game turned into a real battle between the two teams that was decided in the final seconds, when the Ardens could not score on penalty throws to lose 57-56. Team members presented a cheque to Kelly Nelson and his children Kalven (14) and Ellie (9) after the game. The money from the fundraiser will be donated to a trust fund that has been set up for the two children. Their mother was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in August 2015 and she passed away on Jan. 25, 2017. Rena Best grew up in Swift Current and attended school at Central School, O.M. Irwin School and the SCCHS, where she helped to manage the 1984/85 Ardens basketball team to a provincial championship title.

 

The Water Security Agency released the March 2017 Spring Runoff Forecast.  

The Swift Current United Way has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for 2017 to continue to support the work of non-profit community partners in the region.

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) is partnering with the Art Gallery of Swift Current to host a community forum luncheon to bring artists and those with an interest in arts and culture together to share and discuss ideas.

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