Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A large audience attended the 12th annual Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mayor's Luncheon at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 4. This annual fundraising event by the Swift Current branch of the CMHA helps to raise awareness about mental health issues in the community. This year's guest speaker was Swift Current resident Stacey Schwartz, who has worked with high risk populations over the past nine years, was the guest speaker. She spoke about the need to remove stigmas and to create a culture that allows people to be vulnerable and talk with openess about their struggles and obstacles.

 

A brief ceremony to officially hand over the keys of the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current to the Cypress Health Region took place on May 2. Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall attended the event and he received a tour of the facility, which will be known as The Meadows. The presentation of the keys to Cypress Health CEO Beth Vachon was done by Plenary Group Vice-President Corporate Development Olivia MacAngus and PCL Construction Superintendent Greg Bellavance. The $108.5 million project is the provincial government's first public-private partnership (P3) procurement that uses a design-build-finance-maintain approach. The private sector partner, the Plenary Group, will be responsible for maintaining the 227,000 square foot facility over a 30-year period while it is owned and operated by the Cypress Health Region. According to the provincial government the use of the P3 procurement approach has saved $16 milllion compared to traditional procurement models. The sod turning ceremony for the project took place in September 2014 and the project was completed on time and budget. Residents from the three existing long-term care facilities in the city will be moved to their new home during a three phase transition approach. The first group of residents will move on June 5 and the remaining residents will move on Aug. 7 and Sept. 18.

 

A new exhibition, Monotype: The China Workshops, opened in the Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC), April 30. An opening reception took place during the afternoon. The monotype prints on display in the exhibition were created during the 2014 International Creation Camp in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. Six Canadians participated in the camp and three of them were present at the opening reception - Swift Current artist Stephanie Kaduck, AGSC Curator Kim Houghtaling and printmaker Gordan Novak of Admiral. The monotype prints will be on display in the gallery until June 26.

 

The hard rock band League of Wolves, which was started by four musicians from Maple Creek, held a sold-out EP release show at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 29. The band, which is now based in Saskatoon, was joined on stage by Leot Hanson, the former lead guitarist of the JUNO award-winning Sheepdogs, who recentlystarted to collaborate with the League of Wolves. Before the League of Wolves took to the stage there were performances by two bands with Swift Current roots, Emmett Hall and the Bears in Hazenmore.

 

Maverick School's 10th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 27 and 28. The event featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. A variety of art works by student and professional artists were on display for the silent and live auctions. The live and silent auctions on both nights raised a total of $7,360. Total income from the event, including ticket sales, 50/50 tickets and sponsorship support, was $19,013. Each night's 50/50 winner – Wendy Swann with $238 on Wednesday and Mellissa Fitzpatrick with $486 on Thursday – donated their winning amount to the school. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the arts education program at the school.

 

The Swift Current Kiwanis Club hopes to gain members and create greater awareness about the club’s activities in the community at an upcoming open house.

The sounds of piano and strings combined for a sensory experience during a performance by Juno award-winning pianist David Braid and the Penderecki String Quartet at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, April 24. They played compositions from Braid's new album “Flow” that has been created for piano quintet. The Penderecki String Quartet is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016 as one of Canada's top chamber ensembles. Pictured from left to right, Jerzy Kaplanek, Jeremy Bell (violin), David Braid (piano), Katie Schlaikjer (cello) and Christine Vlajk (viola).

 

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their first home game of the new roller derby season against the hard hitting Saskatoon Killa Bees at the Credit Union iPlex. April 23. The Redneck Betties were only three points behind the Killa Bees at halftime, but the Saskatoon team stayed ahead to win the game 187-153. The Redneck Betties will play three more home games during the season. The next home game on May 21 will be against the Little Chicago Jaw Breakers and they will also play on June 11 and Sept. 17.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do held a Breaking Boards,Breaking Chains fundraiser for International Justice Mission (IJM) in the gymnasium of the Church of the Open Bible in Swift Current, April 23. Students have been gathering pledges in the run-up to the event and they used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break close to 300 boards. Their efforts raised $9,214 for IJM's work in various countries across the globe to end slavery, sexual violence, human trafficking, and forced labour. This was the third year that the club held the event to support IJM.

 

Over 180 people in 38 teams participated in the Saskatchewan Abilities Council's 28th annual Ability Bowl fundraiser at the Frontier Bowling Lanes in Swift Current, April 23. The theme of this year's event was Sport Bowl and many teams were dressed accordingly. The event raised $56,245.22 and some funds were still being received. The funds will be used to support the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people with varying abilities at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Pictured are members of the two teams from the Riverview Village Estates. The Riverview retirement community entered two teams for the event and they raised a total of $3,742.25. Residents held a bake sale and items were auctioned off by local auctioneer Bob Neufeld.

 

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