Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:18

Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 9, 2018

Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2018 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 9. This was the fifth anniversary of the event in Swift Current. It was attended by 165 registered riders and total donations were $30,045. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Riders then participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad Swift Current Chapter donated $40,000 to the University of Saskatchewan at the breakfast, which will be used for prostate cancer research. Sixty per cent of funds raised are donated towards research and 40 per cent are used to raise awareness about the most common cancer in men. Swift Current is one of only two communities in Saskatchewan that hosts an annual Ride for Dad. The other ride is held in Saskatoon.


The 4th annual Southwest Run for Shelter took place in Swift Current, June 9. The 31 participants had a choice of running a full or half marathon, or otherwise shorter distances of five and 10 kilometres. The event is organized by the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) and raised about $4,000. All proceeds will make a difference to achieve the goal to re-open Dorie's House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth. Dorie’s House was open for eight months during 2017 as a pilot project to highlight the need for such a service in southwest Saskatchewan. The doors of the eight-bed facility had to be closed due to lack of funding and so far the efforts to secure provincial funding have been unsuccessful. The 2nd annual Dorie’s House charity golf tournament will take place at Elmwood golf course, Sept. 7. It will have a Texas scramble format with a shotgun start. To register, contact the Elmwood pro shop at (306) 778-4653 or Charmaine Westbury at (306) 773-8400 or (306) 750-8996.


Dirt racers were back on the track at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on June 8 and 9 for the Swift Current Stock Car Association’s (SCSCA) second race weekend of the season. Drivers competed in three racing classes and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. Below are the feature winners in each class for the two nights:

Mini Stocks – June 8: 1st Norm Larson, 2nd Terry Fehr, 3rd Mike Koethler, 4th Keith Dixon; June 9: 1st Keith Dixon, 2nd Terry Fehr, 3rd Mike Koethler, 4th Mike Larson.

Street Stocks – June 8: 1st Trevor Monk, 2nd Ryan Atkins, 3rd Daryl Kehler, 4th Murray Koethler; June 9: 1st Ryan Atkins, 2nd Trevor Monk, 3rd Murray Koethler, 4th Brad Leverson.

IMCA Modifieds – June 8: 1st Jason Duclos, 2nd Garth Dushanek, 3rd Jim Cocks, 4th Carson Crowe; June 9: 1st Garth Dushanek, 2nd Brody Crowe, 3rd Quin Fahrenschon, 4th Jason Duclos.

The next event hosted by the SCSCA at the speedway will be a demolition derby on July 21, starting at 1 p.m.



Students had an opportunity to learn where their food comes from during the Food Farm at Swift Current, June 6 and 7. The two-day event on the premises of the Swift Current Research and Development Centre was attended by 157 students from five schools. There were Grade 3 students from four Swift Current schools – All Saints Catholic School, Central, Fairview, and O.M. Irwin. They were joined by students from different grades from Spring Lake Hutterite Colony. They learned in an interactive and hands-on way about where the ingredients come from for familiar foods such as pizza, burgers, and fries. They planted seeds in a plot and they will return in the fall to harvest their crops. This two-part educational program takes place through a partnership between Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and various other industry partners. Swift Current is one of eight locations in the province for Food Farm events.



The Southwest Multicultural Association partnered with various organizations to host the 2nd annual Truth and Reconciliation event in Swift Current, June 5. The goal of last year’s event was to raise awareness about the impact of residential schools. This year the focus was on the impact of the Sixties Scoop on the indigenous family structure and on Canadian society, and on the need for families to heal from the trauma of the past. Sixties Scoop survivor Vince Vandale made a presentation at the event in the Great Plains College gymnasium, which was attended by 185 Grade 12 students from Chinook School Division as well as college students and members of the public. The event concluded with a walk to Market Square, where Grade 12 students read out call to action items on families from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. There was also an evening program at the Swift Current Branch Library with a presentation by Leticia Racine, a member of the Sixties Scoop Committee and a scoop survivor. Next year’s event will focus on missing and murdered indigenous women.


The achievements of Swift Current wrestler Aleah Nickel were recognized during a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, June 4. Council invited the Grade 11 student to attend the meeting to talk about her success on the wrestling mat. She has been wrestling since the age of seven and she has won nine Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Championship titles between 2009 and 2018. She won gold in the 61 kilogram weight class at the 2018 Canadian Juvenile National Championship. In May she competed with Team Canada at the Pan American Championship in Guatemala, where she won a silver medal. She is currently preparing to compete at the world championships in Zagreb, Croatia in early July. She has been raising funds to cover her travel costs, because there is no funding from the national program for this age group. Contributions to her travel expenses can be made at her GoFundMe web page Aleah Nickel – Road to Gold.


The Swift Current Fire Department has made two internal promotions as a result of the retirement of Fire Chief Denis Pilon. Deputy Fire Chief Darren McClelland has been promoted to the position of fire chief and Ryan Hunter is the new deputy fire chief for operations. They attended the regular council meeting on June 4, where they were introduced and congratulated by councillors. Hunter has been a career firefighter with the Swift Current Fire Department for 25 years. McClelland has been a member of the Swift Current Fire Department since 1995 and he has served as deputy fire chief since 2013.


Soldiers of the ancient Rome Empire were wearing chain mail armour when they conquered large swathes of Europe and North Africa over 2,000 years ago. Now titanium chain mail that was manufactured by MailleTec Industries in Swift Current is speeding through space towards Mars on board NASA's InSight lander.

Bishop Rob Hardwick of the Anglican Church Diocese of Qu'Appelle is cycling across Canada on a pilgrimage of prayer.
He arrived in Swift Current on June 3 after cycling 136 kilometres from Maple Creek.

The 2nd annual Swift Current Pride Week was kicked off with a flag raising ceremony on Market Square and a reception at the nearby Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre office, June 4.

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