Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Participants in the Swift Current Youth Ministries city-wide food drive on Halloween collected 11,080 pounds of food within three hours for the local food bank. Trailview Alliance Church youth and young adults pastor Duane Reimer said between 80 and 100 volunteers from six or seven church youth groups participated in the Oct. 31 food drive. City residents were able to donate on their doorsteps to volunteers or drop off non-perishable food items at three locations around Swift Current. Afterwards three trailers were taken to the local food bank at the Salvation Army premises to be off-loaded. Reimer thanked residents for their generosity to make the food drive a success.


The Swift Current Ardens concluded a succesful soccer season with bronze medals at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A Girls provincial soccer championships. The eight-team championships was hosted by the Swift Current Comprehensive High School on Oct. 30 and 31. The Ardens won 3-2 against Saskatoon St. Joseph Guardians on Oct. 30, but lost 3-1 against Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders in that afternoon's semi-final game. The Ardens took bronze on Oct. 31 with a 5-3 victory against the Prince Albert St. Mary Marauders.


People enjoyed an evening of laughter and fun at the NIGHTmare Before Halloween Bash, which was hosted by Swift Current Improvisational Theatre (SCiT) at the Lyric Theatre, Oct. 30. The excitement during the evening included an improvisation show, live music and games. The event was a fundraiser for local resident Julien Levesque, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, to acquire a wheelchair accessible van. A total of $1,045 was raised and there is also a Go Fund Me page in support of Levesque at


Vancouver resident Andy Sward ran through Swift Current for the second time in three years on Oct. 29. He left the west coast in July 2013 to run across the country to raise awareness about recycling and environmental issues. After spending a winter in Ontario, he reached Cape Spear in Newfoundland in 2014. During that initial cross-country trip he collected around 31,000 bottles and cans along the roadside. His return journey from Cape Spear started on April 12, 2015, and he will complete this run on Vancouver Island just before Christmas. So far during his return journey he has already collected around 25,000 bottles and cans along the roadside.


People were enjoying an evening of good food and entertainment for a good cause at the 17th annual Night out in Greece dinner and dance at the Swift Current Legion Hall. Oct. 24. The event is hosted by the Greek Orthodox community in Swift Current to raise funds in support of health care. It has raised around $800,000 for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation since 1998. The entertainment at this year's event included grape stomping by audience members and a mix of traditional Greek music and contemporary top 40 hits to get people dancing. Funds raised at this year's Night out in Greece will be used to fully equip a resident's room in the new Swift Current long-term care facility.


People were walking and skating to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 6th annual Swift Current Walk to Cure Diabetes, which took place at the Credit Union iPlex. Oct. 24. Hayden Hornung, the youth ambassador for the walk, cut the ribbon at the start of the event. The annual walk is organized by the Southwest Type 1 Sharps, a volunteer group of families with children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This year's walk raised $11,000 and along with the funds from a team roping event held in August the group will be donating a total of $18,210 to JDRF. Since inception six years ago the Southwest Type 1 Sharps has raised $242,000 to help find a cure for diabetes.



The Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics program hosted a birthday party in association with the Swift Current SPCA on Oct. 24 to celebrate the 10th birthday of the program's mascot. The family-friendly event included a variety of games and an opportunity to meet the SunDogs mascot as well as other mascots that attended the event. The SPCA brought along animals available for adoption at the shelter. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Sundogs Athletics program and the Swift Current SPCA. The SunDogs Athletics program has established a successful record during the past decade with three provincial championships, four league and provincial awards, five coach of the year awards, five Battle of the Southwest titles and 16 provincial all-star athlete awards.


The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger tractor collected 153,000 pounds in food and cash donations for the local food bank on Oct. 22. The 2015 campaign started in May and concluded during the week of Oct. 19 to 23 with tractor tours in four provinces, including Saskatchewan. The tractor tour in Swift Current had 18 stops at various businesses and schools. The final stop was at the Salvation Army in the city, where bags of food were off-loaded at the food bank.


The Prairie Quills Writers Group hosted a reading with the theme Constellations in the Valley at the Swift Current Branch Library, Oct. 22. The theme inspired the members of the group to write poetry and prose about topics as diverse as the the beauty of the night sky to the growing stream of refugees to Europe. The nine members of the group who participated in the reading are Irene Bingham, Tekeyla Friday, William Gibbs, Tina-Marie Letwiniuk, Anthea Loran, Dianne Miller, Joyce Olesen, Madelon Smid and Peggy Worrell. Musical entertainment at the event was provided by local musician Becky Neustater.

Diversity was celebrated at a multicultural evening hosted by Central School in Swift Current, Oct. 22. The event, which has been taking place for a number of years, started with a potluck supper and was followed by a program of music and dance that included performances by Central School students as well as a choir made up of members of the Great Plains College ESL class. The Central School Grade 3-7 choir performed the song Give a little, Give a lot for the first time in public at the event. They will perform the song when they audition for Telemiracle 40 in Regina on Nov. 7. The song was written by Central School students during a two-day songwriting workshop with Canadian singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker at the school in September.


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