Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser for Rock Solid Refuge in Swift Current took place at the Legion Hall, March 22. The event was attended by about 200 people, who enjoyed a good meal and showed their support for Rock Solid Refuge with active bidding during the live auction by local auctioneer Donnie Peacock. Two speakers shared powerful messages during the evening. Former student Ty Thibault spoke about the difference that Rock Solid Refuge made to put his life on a new path. The keynote speaker  was “Jungle Jim” Hunter, who was a member of the “Crazy Canucks” Canadian men's alpine ski team. He grew up on a farm near Shaunavon and represented Canada at two Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. He became the first Canadian male skier to win a world championship medal when he received a bronze medal in 1972. He spoke about his career and his involvement with Rock Solid Refuge. He emphasized the importance of acts of selflessness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rock Solid Refuge also held a successful inaugural banquet and auction fundraiser in Shaunavon on March 21 that was attended by about 100 people. The two fundraising events raised a total of $87,000 for the faith-based program that provides support in a structured environment for teenage boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

 

Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes was the featured author at Write Out Loud, March 21. He is an award-winning writer and his published works include three novels, five volumes of poetry, several books of short stories, a biography of Tommy Douglas, and various contributions to magazines and anthologies. His latest book of poetry, A Calendar of Reckoning, will be published this spring. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by Canadian authors to local literary fans. The next event on April 18 will feature First Nations poet and residential school survivor Louise Bernice Halfe. She has won various prestigious awards and she is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

Long-time amateur radio enthusiast Ray Gowan of Swift Current is helping others to get involved in what he considers to be the most diverse and interesting hobby on the planet.

The Chinook School Division remains committed to provide quality education to students while dealing with the challenge of diminishing resources.

A summer camp in in the scenic Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park has been providing campers with memorable experiences since before the Second World War.

The RCMP detachment in Swift Current will be hosting a town hall meeting in April to receive feedback from city residents about policing issues.

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.

 

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