Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Recycled eyeglasses from the Swift Current area continues to provide the gift of sight to people in poor countries. 

The Swift Current Broncos became the 2018 WHL champions after defeating the Everett Silvertips 3-0 in game six at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex, May 13. The Broncos scored two goals in the first period and a third goal into an empty net in the final seconds of the game. Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner recorded his second shutout during this championship series against the Silvertips. Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 WHL playoffs. He scored 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists) in 24 games, including five goals and two assists against the Silvertips.

 

The annual ceremonial review of the three Swift Current cadet corps took place at the Fairview School gymnasium, May 12. The reviewing officer was Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 President Harvey Wiebe, who took the general salute and inspected the #259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander, #605 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Tarry Squadron, and #128 Navy League Cadet Corps Prairie Schooner. This was followed by a march past and a drill demonstration. There was then a break in the official proceedings to give audience members an opportunity to look at the different presentations set up by the cadets to highlight their activities and the air cadets gave an outdoor demonstration of a bottle rocket launch. Formal proceedings then continued with the presentation of awards to cadets. The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Saskatchewan Division Chairperson Gord Basaraba presented commemorative challenge coins to all the sea cadets and their commanding officers and staff in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the sea cadets. Cadets presented a hand-made quilt from Quilts of Valour to reviewing officer Harvey Wiebe. The event concluded with remarks by the reviewing officer and the general salute.

 

Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do held its annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for the International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Great Plains College gymnasium, May 12. 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. The event raised about $15,500 and donations were still being received. Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do has raised around $35,500 for IJM during the past four years. IJM works in various countries across the globe to end slavery, sexual violence, human trafficking, and forced labour. The funds raised by the club this year will be used by IJM for the rescue and recovery of child sex trafficking victims in Kolkata, India.

The 3rd annual Prpick Boss Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, May 12. There were 73 participants in the event, which started and finished at Elmwood Park. Participants could run or walk over distances of 10, 5, two or one kilometre. Métis elder Cecile Blanke presented a prayer to Mother Earth in the Michif language before the start of the run/walk. This year's event was held in memory of Swift Current resident Anthea Loran, who passed away in March. Loran was a founding member of the Friends of the Walkway, a group of volunteers that take care of different garden areas along the Chinook Pathway. She was an active volunteer in the community and she was a recipient of the 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. Her daughter-in-law, Donna Loran, represented the Loran family at the event and also participated in the run/walk. A portion of the race registration funds will be donated to the Southwest Homes residential and small business recycling pick-up program. 

The Swift Current Arts Council's 2017-18 concert series concluded on May 10 with a heartwarming performance of the play Miss Caledonia by award-winning actor and writer Melody A. Johnson. The play reflects on the realities of rural life in 1955 through the eyes of a teenage girl who wants to become a movie star and decides to enter a local pageant. Musical accompaniment for her performance was provided by Alison Porter on fiddle. The Swift Current Arts Council has released details about the line-up of performers for the 2018-19 concert series. There will be 10 concerts and a highlight will be the performance of Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden on Nov. 5. Existing ticket subscribers have until June 22 to renew their subscriptions for the new season and subscriptions for new subscribers will start on July 2. Remaining single tickets for all concerts will be on sale Aug 7. For more details about the 2018-19 concert series, go to the Arts Council's website at www.scartscouncil.ca

 

Maverick School's 12th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, May 2 and 3.

Tickets for the 30th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby went on sale on May 3 during a kick-off event on the sidewalk in front of Innovation Credit Union in Swift Current.

Seventeen Canadian Armed Forces veterans from Saskatchewan and Alberta received hand-made quilts to thank them for their service to the country during a Quilts of Valour Canada presentation in Swift Current.

Swift Current Fire Chief Denis Pilon presented a powerful message about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injuries (OSI) on first responders.

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