Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A report on the initial year of a new initiative to increase student engagement in schools was presented at a regular Chinook School Division board meeting, May 14.

The spring session of the Saskatchewan Legislature ended on May 31 and Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili feels good about his party's efforts to hold the government to account.

The 2nd annual Swift Current Pride Week was kicked off with a flag raising ceremony on Market Square and a reception at the nearby Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre office, June 4. The speakers at the event were Southwest Saskatchewan Pride Board Chair Andrea McCrimmon, Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and David Camarador of the Chinook School Division's Gay Straight Alliance. That evening an official proclamation at a regular City council meeting declared the week of June 3-9 as Swift Current Pride Week. Various events have been scheduled during the week, including a Pride family barbecue at Market Square on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a performance by singer-songwriter Megan Nash. This event will include a Pride march in the downtown area at noon. There will be a Pride drag show and dance at the Lyric Theatre on June 9, starting at 9 p.m. More details about Swift Current Pride Week are available on the Southwest Saskatchewan Pride website or Facebook page.

 

The 30th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 3 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's annual Picnic in the Park. The community showed their support for the duck derby and 1,355 numbered plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The fastest duck belonged to Joanne Meyer. The second to sixth place winners were Jeremy Widdup, Patsy Williams, Lisa Willows, Lori Gaunt, and Tina Bonk. This is the main fundraiser of the year for Southwest Crisis Services and the event raised $12,595. The funds will be used to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including an emergency safe shelter and housing support for women and children at risk of or experiencing abuse, a 24/7 crisis helpline, individual and couple supportive counselling, group empowerment programs, and prevention education workshops and events.

 

There was a large turnout on a beautiful sunny day for Innovation Credit Union's 37th annual Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park in Swift Current, June 3. Families enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the park while taking in the many activities available to young and old, including stage entertainment, children's games, different displays and booths with food and refreshments.

 

The Dance Studio in Swift Current reached a milestone when the 10th annual A Touch of Class recital took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, June 2. Students showcased their talents and new skills after a season of hard work during a matinee and evening performance. The dancers presented a full program of 27 choreographed dances in different styles, including some revamped dances from the past nine years, to celebrate the art of dance and the technical competence of students. Perfect attendance and student awards were announced at the end of the recital. Studio owner and artistic director Melissa Wallace presented the student awards to Aleah Burton (most improved confidence), Alex Carleton (passion for dance), Kennedi Johnston (fabulous attitude), and Anna Oman (enthusiasm award).

 

The arts team at École Centennial School used a combination of drama, music, dance and art to showcase the artistic talents of students through the production of the play Collage of the Arts. There was an afternoon and evening performance of the play on May 31 in combination with the school's 2nd annual art show, which displayed art pieces created by kindergarten to Grade 8 students. The play consisted of a series of skits. After each dramatic sketch there was either a dance performance or a musical interlude.

 

The opening day for the Western Major Baseball League's 2018 season was on May 31. The Swift Current 57's started the defence of their 2017 championship title with a home game against the Weyburn Beavers. The home team took to the field in new bright orange outfits and with only one returning player from last year, pitcher Mitch Guiberson. Weyburn won the game 4-3 after Keaton Greenwalt singled in the eight innings on a hit by Eric Morales. Dauson Tate made two hits and scored a run for Swift Current. The other singles were scored by Anthony Stewart and Alex Orenczuk. The Swift Current 57's used four pitchers during the game and Tommy Steier took the loss. 

The second annual truth and reconciliation event in Swift Current will focus on the need for families to heal from the trauma of the past.

The City of Swift Current will go ahead with an unplanned project in the 2018 capital budget to make use of an opportunity to pave the access and other roads at the Swift Current Airport.

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