Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The innovation and success of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations were celebrated during the 17th annual SCBEX Spirit of Swift Current Awards presentation at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Oct. 23. 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 – Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (The Centre)

Start-up/New Business – Black Bridge Brewery

Small Business – Smart Flowers

Medium Business – Crutch's Plumbing and Heating

Large Business – Home Hardware

Hall of Fame Inductee – Standard Motors

Member Business of the Year – Pinnacle Source for Sports



Very high winds caused damage in residential and business areas in Swift Current on Oct. 11. According to Environment Canada a fast moving cold front across southern Saskatchewan was accompanied by strong winds with wind gusts up to 100 km/h, but the highest wind speeds of 120 km/h occurred at Swift Current. There was damage to properties across the city. Traffic was diverted along the zero block of Central Avenue North after roofing material from an unoccupied building ended up on the street. Roofs and fences were damaged, and there were fallen trees in many neighbourhoods. There were a few close calls when trees came down near homes and at least two vehicles were damaged by toppling trees. During the evening there was a power outage for about an hour in an area just east of the downtown for repair work on power lines. Three grain bins were blown over by the strong wind on the site of the Pioneer Co-op Agronomy Centre on the city’s west side. One bin fell across a fence on top of three brand new trucks parked on the adjacent Cypress Motors property.


The formal opening of the Swift Current SPCA's new cat playroom took place at the shelter on Oct. 10. The playroom is dedicated to the memory of Alysa Young, an animal lover who worked with animals and died six years ago in her early twenties. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by family and friends of Alysa, including her parents and grandparents.


Family, friends and dog owners gathered in Swift Current’s Elmwood Park for the 6th annual Alysa Young Memorial Walk in support of the Swift Current SPCA, Oct. 10. People and their pooches enjoyed a relaxing walk on a beautiful fall afternoon along the Chinook Parkway to Riverside Park on the city’s south side, where a ceremony took place and balloons were released in memory of animal lover Alysa Young, who died six years ago.


The Saskatoon group Rosie & the Riveters visited Swift Current on Oct. 8 for the start of their Good Clean Fun album release tour. The four members of the group visited the Riverview Village Estates in the afternoon for a private show to the residents of this retirement community. That evening they performed with their full band at the Lyric Theatre. The group performs upbeat folk music in a toe-tapping 1940s style. 


Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) asked motorists to drive safely during the Thanksgiving long weekend at a traffic stop held in association with the RCMP on Central Avenue North in Swift Current, Oct. 7. In addition to a reminder not to drink and drive, students handed out candy and red SADD ribbons to motorists at the checkstop.


For 66-year-old William Caton, a third-generation cattle rancher and Green Party candidate in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding for the Oct. 19 federal election, politics is all about what he sees around him every day on the farm and he is worried.

The dream of the Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish to have a larger church sanctuary for worship is now becoming a reality with construction starting this fall.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation’s campaign to raise funds to fully equip the new long-term care facility in Swift Current started on a high note with a donation of $1 million from the estate of Albert “Bert” Miller.

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School's Senior Colts volleyball team hosted their annual 12-team tournament on Oct. 2 and 3. The Colts have not only reached the finals of the previous two tournaments they attended, but they won the 20-team University of Regina tournament a week earlier. They continued their successful season at home by placing first in their pool with four wins from five games. They then won two playoff games to reach the championship final against the Saskatoon Centennial Chargers. However, the Chargers remained undefeated at the tournament by winning the two-set game 25-14 and 25-21. This was the fifth time in a row that the Senior Colts volleyball team placed second at a home tournament.

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