Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A variety of imaginative and delicious non-alcoholic drinks were created for the annual mocktail contest at at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS), Nov. 16. The event was hosted by the school's Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter. The contest judges were Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and councillors Chris Martens and Ron Toles, who tasted each mocktail before announcing the winning team. The school's Best Buddies chapter was declared as overall winners for creating the best mocktails and the SCCHS Gay Straight Alliance received the prize for best presentation. The City of Swift Current staff received honourable mention for the Canada 150 theme of their table.

 

The dedication and commitment of the Swift Current Broncos head athletic trainer and equipment manager has been recognized in a unique way.

The Remembrance Day events in Swift Current were well attended. The annual Remembrance Day commemoration in the city started with a parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall to the cenotaph in Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Later in the morning a Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. An afternoon luncheon took place at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and the Remembrance Day events concluded that evening with musical entertainment at the Legion Hall. There was a performance by the Green Braes Pipes and Drums and the main act was the popular Saskatoon group Rosie & the Riveters, whose distinctive sound is influenced by 1940s-style music. A new feature of this year's commemoration was the static displays inside and outside the Legion Hall, including a number of Second World War era military vehicles that were displayed in the street in front of the Legion building. The displays were organized by Legion member Andy Keys, a British Armed Forces veteran who served in the first Gulf War.

 

The 3rd annual Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) Concert in the Sky took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre on Nov. 10 to raise funds for Dorie's House. The performers at the event were Swift Current singer-songwriter Vanessa Gauvin and Saskatoon-based alternative rock band League of Wolves. The concert raised about $3,000 for Dorie’s House, an eight-bed emergency shelter for youth between the ages of 14 and 17 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in southwest Saskatchewan. It opened in January, but due to a lack of secure funding the shelter doors closed temporarily in early October. The Southwest YES board of directors is continuing discussions with stakeholders in an effort to re-open the shelter. In the meantime fundraising activities in support of Dorie's House will continue. Southwest YES board members are selling 50/50 tickets for a draw that will take place on Dec. 19. The 14th annual Canadian Country Christmas concert, which will take place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Dec. 5, will also be a fundraiser for Dorie's House. The concert will feature performances by notable country musicians Sean Hogan, Jay Semko and Thomas Wade. Tickets are available at Pharmasave in Swift Current and Houston Pizza.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Colts volleyball team won gold at the 5A south regional volleyball championships in Swift Current, which they hosted Nov. 10-11. The Colts won both pool games in a convincing manner, starting with a 25-9 and 25-13 victory against Moose Jaw Central. Their game against the Estevan Elecs was another two-set win (25-11 and 25-13). The Colts played their only three-set game at the tournament in the semi-final against the Balgonie Greenall Griffins. The Colts won the first set 25-15, but Balgonie responded by taking the second set 25-21. The Colts kept their focus and won the third set 15-8. The Swift Current team finished the tournament with a two-set win (25-12 and 25-19) against the Weyburn Eagles to become regional champions.

 

Writer and retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Nov. 8.  He is the author of two books – Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership as well as More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets. He spoke about his career and his approach to policing. He considers empathy and a willingness to listen to people to be important aspects of a successful approach to policing. The event started with musical entertainment by three well-known southwest Saskatchewan musicians – Glenna Switzer (guitar and keyboard), Mark Penner (guitar), and Paula McGuigan (upright bass). 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 Feb. 21 will be a local writer's night, when a number of local authors will share their writings with the audience.

 

A delegation of staff and students from Hazlet School made a presentation about project based learning (PBL) at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education, Nov. 6. Principal Kristy Sletten and teacher Kerri Keenleyside provided an overview of the PBL initiative, which was introduced to increase student engagement and to help them to become self-directed and resilient learners as well as problem-solvers. The PBL initiative has helped students to become more engaged in their other classroom activities and it has provided students with a voice and a choice in their learning. Students spoke about the different PBL activities they have engaged in. The students who made presentations to the board meeting are Annika Reichenbach and Sennaray Garven (cooking/baking), Ana Julia Becerra Lara (scrapbooking), Mariana Mojica and Amani Sletten (cosmetology), Davin Garven and Tavis Brown (robotics), Sonja Gall (furniture refurbishing), as well as Sarah McNary and Noah Hughes (construction).

 

The City of Swift Current has renewed the transit contract with SaskAbilities to operate the access and public transit services in the community. Councillors approved a new one-year contract agreement with the Swift Current branch of SaskAbilities at a regular council meeting, Nov. 6.

There has been a small decrease in the number of students registered for home-based education in the Chinook School Division.

The Shaunavon Shadows captured their second 2A 9 man SHSAA football championship in the last 3 years! 

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