Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:47

Winter Carnival should be fun Feb. 20

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Families in Swift Current can enjoy the beautiful weather and take part in some exciting outdoor activities during a Winter Carnival at Riverdene Park on Feb. 20, put on by the Southwest's Parent Support Network.

“We've got the outdoor skating rink, tobogganing, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and cookies down at Riverdene for the afternoon,” explained organizer Wayne Cormier, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Intervention Program. “At the Family Resource Centre, we will have some indoor activities going on, as well.”
The carnival is a partnership between PSN and the City of Swift Current, with the support of the Swift Current Broncos. PSN is made up of several local agencies, including the Family Resource Centre, ECIP, Family Advocacy, Salvation Army, Parent Mentoring Program, Early Childhood Literacy, and Public Health.
“We decided we should, as a collective group, put together a one day event for families in the Southwest,” Cormier noted. “We are really hoping for a big turnout, and early indications show that it will be a well-attended event.”
In addition to the many outdoor activities lined up for the day, the Swift Current Broncos will be hitting the ice at Riverdene Park between 10-11:30 a.m., and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., a hot dog lunch will be served at the Family Resource Centre. Sleigh rides will be available to transport families between locations.
While staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to supervise, but parents should attend the event with their children. Children should also bring a helmet if they plan to participate in tobogganing or ice skating.
“This is the first time that PSN has been a leader as a group to do something like this, and we are hoping that we can do this again next year,” added Cormier. “The City has partnered with us to offset some of our costs, and the Broncos have supported us as well by giving us their time and a Family Pack of four tickets that we will be drawing for in the afternoon.”
Not only will the event be fun for the whole family, it's also an important opportunity for parents to network and build relationships amongst themselves. Cormier noted that helping parents realize that they are not alone is a valuable resource that PSN can provide.
“Parents who have children in the same age group can use this chance to get to know each other, start some friendships and build relationships,” he said. “Many of the challenges that our families face are quite common, but they don't always have the opportunity to meet with other families. This is a great way for them to do that, and form their own support groups.”

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