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Swift Current United Way honours long-time volunteer

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Archie Green speaks after receiving a new jacket at the Swift Current United Way kickoff breakfast, May 16. Archie Green speaks after receiving a new jacket at the Swift Current United Way kickoff breakfast, May 16. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

The Swift Current United Way made a special presentation to long-time volunteer Archie Green to recognize his dedication to the organization.

Swift Current United Way Executive Director Stacey Schwartz and Board Chair Jahnaya Mann presented him with a new United Way jacket at the kickoff breakfast for the organization's 2018 fundraising campaign, May 16.
He has been a part of the Swift Current United Way board and volunteering with the non-profit organization since 1967.
“That’s when the United Way started in Swift Current,” he recalled after the presentation. “We came back from Expo and that’s when the work was already started and I’ve been with it ever since.”
Green has been a Swift Current resident since 1955, when he came to the city to work as a teletype operator at Canadian Pacific Railway. He worked with the company in Swift Current until his retirement in 1991.
He has been an active member of the community over the years. He is a volunteer during the summer at Doc's Town Heritage Village, where he dresses as a train conductor and works as an interpretive guide at the old Leinan train station building.
He is the current group commissioner of the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts.
In March he received a service certificate from Scouts Canada in recognition of 70 years of service to scouting.
He has not yet given much thought to the idea of retiring from his volunteer duties with the Swift Current United Way.
“I guess it’s time I start thinking in those terms,” he said. “I really haven’t made any decisions yet. My health has been good, I’m very thankful for that. As long as I got good health, it’s satisfying to help other people.”
He serves on the board and is a member of the external grant committee, while he also provides office support.
He was recruited by a local lawyer to join the Swift Current United Way board in 1967.
“At that time we had a pretty big railway staff here,” he noted. “So I was responsible for looking after all of the canvassing of the railway people.”
According to Green the Swift Current United Way was started by business and community members as a means to coordinate fundraising efforts for non-profit groups in the area.
It was seen as an alternative to the tag days that used to take place on street corners in the city, when charitable organizations would ask for donations.
“Every Saturday all summer long somebody would be on every street corner looking for donations,” he said. “The business people felt the best thing they could do was this would be the answer.”
He still believes it was a good decision to start the Swift Current United Way. It has been successfully investing funds raised in the community in various local programs.
“The number of people that volunteer has always been a challenge, but it's very satisfying when you see the end results,” he said. “Most of our campaigns were successful or very close to being successful. So we’re able to help different agencies. If not for the United Way, some of these agencies would have very likely disappeared, because there just isn’t a funder for everybody.”

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