Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A decrease in enrolment at Hutterian schools and a growing number of small schools with less than 10 students present a challenge to the Chinook School Division, but it is continuing to meet the needs of the colony schools.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:38

Swift Current Jazz Concert entertains

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.

Swift Current residents have an opportunity to contribute towards the development of a new recreation, parks and culture master plan for the city.

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.

 

For the past 17 years Susie Eidem has seen many changes at Southwest Homes and she has been an integral part of the organization's growth during that time.

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