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Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:06

Well known SW Sask. volunteers get to slide into a fun 2018 opportunity

Written by  Andrea Carol
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The 2018 Tim Hortons Brier is back in Regina, March 3-11, 2018. Events such as these could not be possible without the thousands of volunteers who step up and help out every chance they get.

 

The meaningful contributions of volunteers such as Harv and Darlene “Dode” Bueckert of Ponteix have not gone unnoticed.
Harvey was born in Swift Current on August 6, 1946. Dode was born March 15, 1948 in Cabri. In 1967, the two met and started their family. In the fall of 1968, Harv accepted a teaching position in Ponteix and Dode took on a position at the Ponteix Union Hospital.
They have lived in Ponteix ever since. The couple are both born and raised in southwest Saskatchewan and raised their family here.
“My parents grew up in the Blumenhof area. Dad worked for the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway). They’ve always lived in Swift Current,” Harvey said.
The Buekerts have been lifelong givers and their volunteerism and community participation has made a difference to those around them. Harv organized the first tackle football team in Ponteix.
He also played hockey for the Ponteix Penguins and the Beno’s Old Time Hockey Team. Taking an active part in the community as a teacher (for 30 years), coach and athlete, Harv was always serving in the community in one capacity or another. In fact, the couple volunteered and participated on the golf club, curling club, recreation board, Boy Scouts, hockey clubs, arts and craft club, home care board and Manor board. Dode also sat on the 1985 Winter Games Committee.
“First of all, what you should know is that I am from Hazlet, the volunteer capital of the world. So that’s where the mentality (of volunteerism) comes from,” Dode explained as she smiled.
“I’ve always been a volunteer. I was Cub leader, Chairman of the golf board. We had the Winter Games in ’85. I remember that. That was a good one. Like I say, I come from Hazlet and that’s what you did.”
The Bueckerts have volunteered for four national curling events. Three times in Las Vegas and one time in Swift Current for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships. They are jumping on the bandwagon for a fifth time for the 2018 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.
“Shaddocks (friends of ours) did a lot of volunteering with curling (Curling Canada). They said they were going down to Vegas and we decided we were going to go. And that was it, I was just hooked,” Darlene explained. “Curling was not known to fans there. It was cute watching some of the people. They had never seen the game before and they were so excited because they caught on to it. Canada is curling.”
“It’s such a nice facility and the people that organized it are so excellent. They look after you. You talk to some of them (fans) and they ask you questions about the game,” Harv said. “The atmosphere at Las Vegas is different. With volunteering, you do your part but then after that you can watch and just be in that curling environment.”
Volunteerism and community participation play a critically important part in the heart and soul of our beautiful province. The Bueckerts encourage anyone considering volunteering in the community and beyond to give it a try. The rewards are unending.
“Volunteer just for the experience of it. Just to be a part of it,” Darlene said.
This passionate and engaging couple bring a multitude of experience and good vibes to the table. Hopefully people are appreciative for Thank you for all of their contributions and attitude of generosity to their surrounding communities.

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