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Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:14

CTV's Hometown Tour visiting Swift Current Sept. 24

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Swift Current will be featured on the CTV Regina News Hometown Tour segment live from Market Square on Sept. 24, thanks to local resident Cindy Penner.


The tour will take the news crew through several local landmarks, and end with a live broadcast from downtown Swift Current just in time for the evening news.
“Swift Current has been my home almost all of my life, and I think sometimes that it hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves,” noted Penner, who nominated Swift Current for the tour at the end of August. “This community really has a lot to offer, and I learned even more about that throughout the nomination process. I am proud to be from Swift Current.”
Penner filled out the form on an impulse, after seeing the CTV news visit a number of different communities. She says she had no idea what she was getting into when she drafted up the nomination and hit send, but she had no doubts Swift Current would be chosen for the tour.
“I don’t know what their selection process is, but something I said struck a chord,” she noted. “I believe that our success is made up of ordinary people doing ordinary and even extraordinary things, and I tried to explain that as much as I could.”
The nomination detailed how there is something for everyone in Swift Current, with art, culture, recreation, and sport. Penner noted the great education system with K-12 French Immersion, and the impressive programming available from Great Plains College.
“People keep saying what a great idea this is, and why wasn’t it done sooner,” admitted Penner. “I had one person tell me that we like to keep ourselves a secret, and I really think that’s the typical Canadian attitude — we don’t want to be too proud. But to me, this is about civic pride. We have a lot to offer. Although Saskatchewan is getting some attention right now because of our great economy, but a lot of what we have has always been here. I think maybe we just haven’t promoted it, and maybe kind of took it for granted.”
The excitement is picking up for the upcoming event on Sept. 24, and Penner is busy getting everything set for that day’s tour of the community.
She is grateful for the help she’s received from the City of Swift Current in making preparations for the event.
The tour will begin at Central School, where they will showcase the new outdoor classroom from the Majesta Trees of Knowledge contest. From there, they will visit four other locations, in no specific order — the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Newcomer Welcome Centre, the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, and the Lyric Theatre. The tour will finish up at Market Square, where Penner is asking for the community’s support.
“We will be having a barbecue at 5:30 with donations going to the United Way, and we are also asking that people bring a non-perishable food item to give to the Salvation Army,” she explained. “The broadcast will be live for the first 20 minutes from Market Square in Swift Current, and everyone is encouraged to wear a team jersey, school t-shirt or organization uniform and join us to welcome co-anchors Danelle Boivin and Dan McIntosh and the rest of the CTV News Team.”
Penner is hopeful this tour will help promote Swift Current to a larger viewing audience, and is looking forward to the chance to see some familiar faces on her television screen.
“It’s a great example of people pulling together to share the enthusiasm,” she said. “It will be a wonderful way for other communities to see the great unity and pride that we have here in Swift Current.”

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