Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The 10th annual SunDogs Auction Extravaganza took place at the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College, May 13. The event has raised over $100,000 during the past nine years for the Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics program. Proceeds from these events have been used to enhance the athletics program and to provide scholarship opportunities to student-athletes. Lisa Thomaidis, the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball team, was the guest speaker at the 10th annual Great Plains College SunDogs Auction Extravaganza in Swift Current, May 13. She is a four-time Canada West Coach of the Year and a two-time CIS Coach of the Year. She was appointed as head coach of the Canadian Women's national team in 2013. Swift Current auctioneer Brett Jensen was responsible for taking bids on items during the live auction.

 

Anthony Drake, the designer of the Saskatchewan flag, has returned to the community where he was a teacher 47 years ago when he won a provincial competition to select a new provincial flag. Anthony and his wife Joan, who are from England, are currently visiting the province. He was a 27-year-old high school teacher in Hodgevillle in 1969 when a provincial flag selection committee picked his design from over 4,000 entries as the new flag for Saskatchewan. The Drakes returned to England before the new flag was officially unveiled in September 1969. Their current visit to the province is the result of an initiative by Gail and Mirek Hapanowicz to give more prominence to Hodgeville as the home of Saskatchewan's flag. Gail and Mirek are the owners of the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub in the former school building where Anthony was an English teacher when he designed the flag. A number of events took place in Hodgeville on May 12 to give recognition to Anthony. He made a presentation to students at Hodgeville School during the morning. Students and residents joined Anthony and Joan for a walking tour of the village. They walked past the former hospital, which is now the village museum, where their daughter Alison was born. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub and Anthony unveiled a Saskatchewan flag with his signature and a message. Afterwards there was a meet and greet with the Drakes in the gym. The Drakes will visit a number of communities in the province before they return to England at the end of the month. On May 18 they will be guests of the Saskatchewan Legislature and they will also have a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

 

Anthony Drake, the designer of the Saskatchewan flag, was the guest of honour at the weekly parade of the Swift Current cadets, May 11. He watched the raising of the Canadian and Saskatchewan flags and inspected the cadets. During his address to the cadets he urged them to follow their dreams and to be willing to take on a challenge. Anthony and his wife Joan, who are from England, are currently visiting the province. He was a 27-year-old high school teacher in Hodgevillle in 1969 when a provincial flag selection committee picked his design from over 4,000 entries as the new flag for Saskatchewan. The Drakes returned to England before the new flag was officially unveiled in September 1969. This parade with the Swift Current cadets was his first opportunity to see an official flag raising ceremony with the flag that he designed 47 years ago. Earlier during the day the Drakes attended events at the Swift Current Museum and Riverview Village Estates. Their current visit to the province is the result of an initiative by Gail and Mirek Hapanowicz to give more prominence to Hodgeville as the home of Saskatchewan's flag. Gail and Mirek are the owners of the Hodgeville Skool Inn & Hub in the former school building where Anthony was an English teacher when he designed the flag. The Drakes will visit a number of communities in the province before they return to England at the end of the month. On May 18 they will be guests of the Saskatchewan Legislature and they will also have a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

 

The Prpick BO$$ Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, May 7. The event catered for participants of all ages and fitness levels, who could run or walk over distances of 10, 5, two or one kilometre. A portion of the race registration funds will be donated towards Southwest Homes recycling program and initiatives. The run/walk was organized by local Shaklee product distributors Stephanie Prpick-Boss and Stephen Boss. They have organized a number of other running events that will take place in the area during the rest of the year. There will be a run at Lac Pelletier on July 9, the SwiftACTION run on Oct. 1 and the SWEATer run/walk in Swift Current on Dec. 3.

 

Great Plains College graduates celebrated their academic achievements with family and friends during the spring graduation ceremony at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 6. It was the highest attendance ever at a college graduation ceremony with 96 graduates and 260 guests present for the event, which was held for students from the Maple Creek and Swift Current campuses of the college. Academic and achievement awards were also presented to students in 24 categories representing a variety of programs and courses. A total of 120 graduates completed programs during the academic year at the two college campuses. Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Deputy Mayor Ron Toles brought greetings from the City of Swift Current. Great Plains College Board Chair George Janzen and Great Plains College President and CEO David Keast also addressed the audience. Administrative assistant graduate Becky Neustaeter, who has just released her debut album, performed a song during the graduation ceremony.

 

 

A large audience attended the 12th annual Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mayor's Luncheon at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 4. This annual fundraising event by the Swift Current branch of the CMHA helps to raise awareness about mental health issues in the community. This year's guest speaker was Swift Current resident Stacey Schwartz, who has worked with high risk populations over the past nine years, was the guest speaker. She spoke about the need to remove stigmas and to create a culture that allows people to be vulnerable and talk with openess about their struggles and obstacles.

 

A brief ceremony to officially hand over the keys of the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current to the Cypress Health Region took place on May 2. Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall attended the event and he received a tour of the facility, which will be known as The Meadows. The presentation of the keys to Cypress Health CEO Beth Vachon was done by Plenary Group Vice-President Corporate Development Olivia MacAngus and PCL Construction Superintendent Greg Bellavance. The $108.5 million project is the provincial government's first public-private partnership (P3) procurement that uses a design-build-finance-maintain approach. The private sector partner, the Plenary Group, will be responsible for maintaining the 227,000 square foot facility over a 30-year period while it is owned and operated by the Cypress Health Region. According to the provincial government the use of the P3 procurement approach has saved $16 milllion compared to traditional procurement models. The sod turning ceremony for the project took place in September 2014 and the project was completed on time and budget. Residents from the three existing long-term care facilities in the city will be moved to their new home during a three phase transition approach. The first group of residents will move on June 5 and the remaining residents will move on Aug. 7 and Sept. 18.

 

A new exhibition, Monotype: The China Workshops, opened in the Art Gallery of Swift Current (AGSC), April 30. An opening reception took place during the afternoon. The monotype prints on display in the exhibition were created during the 2014 International Creation Camp in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. Six Canadians participated in the camp and three of them were present at the opening reception - Swift Current artist Stephanie Kaduck, AGSC Curator Kim Houghtaling and printmaker Gordan Novak of Admiral. The monotype prints will be on display in the gallery until June 26.

 

The hard rock band League of Wolves, which was started by four musicians from Maple Creek, held a sold-out EP release show at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 29. The band, which is now based in Saskatoon, was joined on stage by Leot Hanson, the former lead guitarist of the JUNO award-winning Sheepdogs, who recentlystarted to collaborate with the League of Wolves. Before the League of Wolves took to the stage there were performances by two bands with Swift Current roots, Emmett Hall and the Bears in Hazenmore.

 

Maverick School's 10th annual Through our Eyes coffeehouse and art auction took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 27 and 28. The event featured musical performances by talented Maverick students. A variety of art works by student and professional artists were on display for the silent and live auctions. The live and silent auctions on both nights raised a total of $7,360. Total income from the event, including ticket sales, 50/50 tickets and sponsorship support, was $19,013. Each night's 50/50 winner – Wendy Swann with $238 on Wednesday and Mellissa Fitzpatrick with $486 on Thursday – donated their winning amount to the school. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the arts education program at the school.

 
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