The 11th annual Battle of the Southwest between the men's and women's volleyball teams of the Great Plains College SunDogs and the Millar College of the Bible took place at the O.M. Irwin School gymnasium in Swift Current, Nov. 9. This annual volleyball challenge results in enthusiastic support from fans and an intense court battle between the teams for the coveted Southwest Cup. The SunDogs women brought the cup back to Swift Current with a three-set victory. The Millar Edge women won the first set 25-18, but the SunDogs women won the second set 25-21 and the third set 15-9. This was the first time since 2013 that the SunDogs women won the Southwest Cup. The Millar Edge men kept the cup in Pambrun for another year with a two-set victory over the SunDogs men. Millar Edge won the first set 25-15 and battled to a 25-22 win in the second set.
The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members and mayor in the City of Swift Current took place in council chambers. Nov. 7. Provincial Court Judge Karl Bazin administered the declaration of elected officials, which is a requirement under the Cities Act. Denis Perrault was elected as Swift Current's new mayor in the Oct. 26 municipal election. Four incumbents stood for re-election and they were successful. They are George Bowditch, Pat Friesen, Ryan Plewis and Ron Toles. The two newly elected councillors are Bruce Deg and Chris Martens. The new council got to work immediately by approving a request from General Manager of Community Services Dean Robson to have an in camera meeting before the next regular council meeting on Nov. 21 to discuss a capital budget request for 2017.
The Swift Current United Way's 2nd annual Foundation of Hope Gala achieved its goal to raise $100,000 in support of 11 non-profit community programs. The elegant evening of dining and dancing took place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Nov. 5. Tickets to the event, which had a masquerade ball theme, were already sold out two months ago. Matt's story, a video to raise awareness about mental health, was launched at the event. Presentations were made to the 11 non-profit organizations that will receive funding from Swift Current United Way in 2016. A silent and live auction took place during the evening and people could win a mystery prize by buying $20 bricks for the wall of hope. Skip Neufeld was the auctioneer for the live auction. Saskatoon indie/folk musician Kirby Criddle provided musical entertainment during the meal. Performing with her were vocalist Amanda Proznik and Eli Temple on guitar. The Stone Frigate Big Band, an 18-piece swing band from Saskatoon, provided the music after the live auction.
The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Ardens volleyball team won gold at their home tournament, Nov. 4-5. Teams from Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Weyburn and Yorkton as well as the Junior Ardens participated in the seven-team tournament. The Senior Ardens placed second in the round robin after losing only one set against the Weyburn Eagles. The Ardens won their semi-final match against the Estevan Elecs in two sets (25-21 and 25-23) to have a rematch against the Weyburn Eagles in the championship final. The Ardens won the gold medal game in two sets (25-19 and 25-22). The Ardens will compete at regionals in Weyburn on Nov. 11-12, and they will need a top three finish to qualify for provincials.
The South Asian community in Swift Current hosted a Diwali celebration at the First United Church gymnasium, Oct. 30. Diwali or the Festival of Lights is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. People enjoyed a meal, which was catered by Husky Restaurant, and watched dancing performances by Tintu Sebastian, Turna Barua, Ankita Das and Pearl Munim. Thereafer audience members had an opportunity to participate in the celebrations by dancing the “Garba”, a traditional folk dance from Gujarat, India. The event was sponsored by the Southwest Multicultural Association. Diwali has been celebrated for many years in Swift Current. It used to be a potluck for around 40 people, but it has become a catered event due to the growth in the number of people from South Asian countries who now reside in Swift Current.
The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts football team continued their successful season with a 21-7 victory over the Yorkton Raiders in a semi-final game on Colts Field, Oct. 29. The Colts had a 14-7 lead at halftime after touchdowns by Zac McCallum and Tristan Lockman in the second quarter. Nic Bachiu added another touchdown for the home team in the third quarter. The Colts will play in Moose Jaw against the Peacock Tornadoes in the 3A 12-man Moose Jaw League final on Nov. 5.
The 2nd annual Concert in the Sky to raise funds for the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) took place at the Living Sky Casino, Oct. 28. The event, which was attended by about 300 people, featured musical entertainment by students from Maverick School and local singer/songwriter Colter Wall, who has been building a successful musical career since releasing his debut album to critical acclaim in 2015. The construction of Dorie's House, an emergency shelter in Swift Current that will provide accommodation to homeless youth from across southwest Saskatchewan, is almost complete and a community open house of the new facility will take place from Nov. 7-9 with daily tours from noon to 8 p.m. Workplaces that want to attend as a large group can book a tour time with Southwest YES.
Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) were creating awareness about safety during Halloween in the downtown area, Oct. 28. The group were wearing Halloween costumes while walking in the downtown area during the noon hour to hand out candy with safety messages to encourage people not to drink and drive.
The Cypress Health Region's 5th annual Safety Expo to promote staff and patient safety took place at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Oct. 25-26. The Safety Expo happened during Canadian Patient Safety Week and the theme of this year's event was “Just for the Health of it.” The first day of the event had an educational focus with STARS simulation bus and ambulance tours, demonstrations in the Lee Irwin Simulation Lab, and guest speakers, including Gord Moker from Work Safe Saskatchewan. A health and safety fair with a variety of vendors took place on the second day of the Safety Expo.
The top cowboys and cowgirls on the Canadian Cowboys Association (CCA) rodeo circuit attended the CCA Finals Rodeo in Swift Current, Oct. 19-22. This was the first time that the CCA Finals took place at the Credit Union iPlex since the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association concluded a five-year agreement with the CCA to have the event in Swift Current. The event is the culmination of the CCA rodeo season. Only the top 10 in each major event and the top six in each junior event along with the winners of the Peavey Mart Tour qualify to compete at the CCA Finals. Brady Bertram of Maple Creek won the bareback championship for the second year in a row with 145 points. He also won the aggregate title with a score of 380.5 over five rides. Adam Gilchrist, another Maple Creek cowboy, clinched his first CCA Finals championship title in the saddle bronc with 125 points as well as a total of 303.5 aggregate points. Ron Hunt of Nanton, Alberta, was the top bull rider while Bertina Olafson of Hudson Bay became the barrel racing champion during her second appearance at the CCA Finals. Devon Porter of Solsgirth, Manitoba claimed the steer wrestling championship title after a sudden death shootout against Australian George Wheeler, when they both ended on 100 points, but Wheeler held on to the aggregate title. Mace Perozak of Claresholm, Alberta, won the tie-down roping championship title. The team roping champions are cousins Kyle Chappel (header) of Gravelbourg and Brady Chappel (heeler) of Moose Jaw. William Barrows of Foremost, Alberta, was the junior steer riding champion. Laramie Lockie of Waskada, Manitoba, and Sydney Windjack of Maple Creek both finished on 140 points in the junior girls barrel racing, but Lockie won the championship title after a sudden death run off. Janae Wilson of Maple Creek won the aggregate title in the junior girls barrel racing.