Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The humanitarian work of 24 organizations were showcased at SwiftLink's Charity Expo, which took place at the Swift Current Mall, Oct. 28. The event included a musical performance by the choir from École Centennial School and a presentation by local resident Collin Nyabadza, who spoke about the work of his charitable trust to support education in rural Zimbabwe. The expo was organized by SwiftLink, an organization of dedicated volunteers in Swift Current who have a vision of unifying the community by helping other communities in need.

 

Award-winning singer-songwriter Keith Kitchen performed to a full house at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Swift Current, Oct. 27. The Swift Current resident's latest album, Orbits, was released last year and the world premiere screening of his new music video Never Been to War took place in Calgary, Nov. 1. The video has been accepted as an entry to the 2017 Silicon Valley International Film Festival, which takes place in December, and the video will be at a few other film festivals before its public release.

 

A former member of 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Swift Current who is now a serving member of the Canadian Forces returned to the city as a guest of honour at a parade of cadets, Oct. 25. Lt.-Col. Colin Coakwell, who is currently posted at 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, was the reviewing officer at the parade night. Afterwards he spoke about his years as an air cadet and his military career. He grew up on a farm near Elrose and he was a member of 605 Tarry Squadron from 1991 to 1993. As a cadet he attended basic and glider courses. In 1994 he enrolled in the Canadian Forces and he has served in various roles in Canada and abroad. He completed a bachelor degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College. He became a tactical helicopter pilot and he also obtained qualifications in flight instruction and command, tactical aviation, and operations. He has flown a variety of military helicopters and his operational experience includes deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

 

Swift Current was one of three venues in Saskatchewan that hosted the national book tour for the release of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa. The event took place at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 25. It was hosted by the Swift Current group Grandmothers and Grandothers, which has been raising funds during the past 10 years for the Stephen Lewis Foundation's grandmothers campaign to support African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. The speakers at the event were the book's author, Joanna Henry, two Ethiopian grandmothers Meaza Asfaw Dubie and Asnakech Mekbib Fantaye, as well as Bayessa Gojjam, the program manager of the Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women Support Organization (NLK) in Ethiopia. Fantaye is raising her orphaned grandson, who is HIV-positive, and she also became HIV-positive while caring for her daughter, who died of AIDS. Dubie, who is HIV-positive, is raising two grandchildren. Both grandmothers are members of NLK and they are providing support to other women who are dealing with the symptoms and stigma of the disease.

 

Derek Robinson wants to let Swift Current residents know how he will approach the job as their elected representative if his bid to become their MLA is successful.

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan is cautiously optimistic that the province’s farmers have been heard on the proposed federal tax changes.

Technology is helping high school and minor football players in Swift Current to practice tackling techniques in a safe manner through the use of a remote control tackling dummy.

All five Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates emphasized the need to continue Brad Wall's legacy at their first debate in Swift Current, Oct. 19.

The sixth and final book in an action adventure series by Saskatchewan author Madelon Smid will be launched worldwide on Nov. 3.

The Saskatchewan Abilities Council announced a significant rebranding to reflect the organization's focus on inclusion, equality and community.

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