2013: The Southwest Booster news year in review

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June 6

Relay for Life nears $73,000 in fundraising

A smaller number of teams did not translate into a lower fundraising total during the 2013 Relay for Life in Swift Current.

Saturday’s 12th annual event attracted 19 teams and 198 participants who combined to raise just under $73,000 during the 12-hour relay at their traditional Riverside Park home. While participation was down from the 252 participants in the 2012 Relay, this year’s fundraising total is close to the $79,000 raised a year ago.


Innovation Credit Union to close six branches in the Southwest

Following a lengthy evaluation, Innovation Credit Union has made a decision to close their branch locations in Climax, Coderre, Hazlet, Pennant, Sceptre, and Shamrock effective Oct. 1.


Midnight Roses draw sold-out crowd for release of Say, Darlin', Say

The Midnight Roses launched their first CD, with a delightful event at a packed Lyric Theatre May 31.

Eliza Doyle on banjo, Liza Holder on guitar and mandolin, Paula McGuigan on upright bass and Myshel Pajuaar, lead vocalist, were in full bloom in the heritage theatre and it showed in their engaging performance.

The Swift Current group’s CD release events in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current are the culmination of a year of hard work following their win at the 2012 Big Dog 92.7 Regina’s Next Big Thing contest.

June 13

Brad Wall announces dialysis funding

Additional dialysis patients will be receiving service at the Cypress Regional Hospital following Premier Brad Wall’s announcement of increased funding to double the number of patients that can be accommodated in Swift Current.

Wall, the Swift Current MLA, announced a $690,000 increase in annual funding for the hemodialysis unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital which will allow the hospital to double from 36 to 72 treatments per week.

Salvation Army celebrates 100 years in Swift Current

A number of century old traditions were used to help the Salvation Army recognize their 100th anniversary in Swift Current during a three-day celebration this past weekend.

Swift Current holds first Ride For Dad

Wet weather would have deterred riders in other communities, but a morning drizzle was of little concern for the close to 150 motorcyclists who proudly rode across the Southwest in support of Swift Current’s inaugural Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad on Saturday.

The fundraiser generated $47,000 in charitable pledges from 146 registered participants to help fight prostate cancer through the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

June 27

W.W. Smith holds gala celebration of 100th anniversary

W.W. Smith Insurance and Travel celebrated a century of business in Swift Current during a grand celebration across from their renovated store front on June 20. Market Square was filled with well wishers during the noon hour celebration of the impact of W.W. Smith’s 100 years on Swift Current and area.

July 4

Crystal Waters sod turning signals project construction start

A formal sod turning for Wallace Construction’s Crystal Waters 23-unit condominium project will soon be followed by full scale construction at the property in Swift Current’s core.

Wallace Construction Ltd. owner Darrell Wallace said they are ahead of schedule for getting the project off the ground, the second phase of their Sweetwater Estates project at the site of the former Swift Current Union Hospital.

July 11

P3 process begins for care facility

SaskBuilds will be taking the lead in moving forward Swift Current’s new Long-Term Care Facility.

Last Thursday the province announced a P3 process would be utilized to develop Swift Current’s proposed 225 bed longterm care facility which has long been explored as a replacement for the current three long-term care facilities operating in Swift Current.

SCCHS teacher a finalist for Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching

An inspirational project has helped Swift Current Comprehensive High School teacher Christopher Garner be selected as one of 25 finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

July 25

Shaunavon hosts fantastic centennial celebration

A once-in-a-century celebration was hosted in Shaunavon over the weekend when thousands of residents, family and friends helped the community celebrate their centennial.

Spread out over four days, the July 18 to 21 centennial celebration fittingly reflected the theme of “100 years, Our Home, Our Future.”

Large crowds turned out for all of the major centennial events, starting with the well attended opening ceremonies on July 19 and over 800 enjoying Friday night’s Teen Dance.

August 8

Métis Veterans Monument unveiled at Lac Pelletier

The long overdue recognition of the efforts of Métis Veterans from the Lac Pelletier valley was finally completed with the unveiling of a Métis Veterans Monument at Lac Pelletier Regional Park this past Saturday. The names of 16 Métis Veterans who served during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War are displayed on the newly constructed cenotaph, marking one of the few monuments to the service of Métis veterans.

Chaplin celebrates grand opening of new water treatment plant

The Village of Chaplin formally unveiled their $1.3 million water treatment plant this past Thursday, marking the opening of a facility that would not be a reality without a funding partnership between three levels of government.

August 15

Legion trying to preserve future with fundraising effort

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 in Swift Current is attempting to raise $500,000 in order to complete major repairs to their building and preserve the future of the Legion in the city.

The Legion Hall dates back to 1967, with the building showing its age and in need of major roof repairs and a complete interior face lift.

August 22

Construction begins at Fairview School, École Centennial School remains on schedule

With Swift Current teachers and students preparing to return to classes, construction crews continue to bustle at a pair of city school project sites.

Construction crews are now on site beginning a major expansion project at Swift Current’s Fairview School, while work at the Ecole Centennial School/All Saints Catholic School remains on schedule for that project to be completed for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

September 12

Nursing students at Great Plains College begin classes

The inaugural class of eight students in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) Program offered through the Great Plains College campus in Swift Current have begun the journey to become the first Saskatchewan students outside of Regina and Saskatoon to earn this nursing degree.

A program launch celebration was hosted on Monday at the College, signalling the ceremonial start of the SCBScN Program which was formally agreed to in November 2012. The Collaborative is offered in partnership between the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), with Monday’s launch moving the program into rural Saskatchewan for the first time. Students in Saskatoon take their four-year program at the SIAST Kelsey Campus, while Regina-based students attend classes at both the SIAST Wascana Campus and the University of Regina.

Amisha Hockridge selected as 2013 Saskatchewan Champion Child

Swift Current’s Amisha Hockridge was announced as the 2013 Champion Child for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan during a ceremony at the Swift Current Walmart last Thursday.

Hockridge will serve as the ambassador of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan for a series of high profile events over the coming year. This October, Amisha and her family with attend Children’s Miracle Network festivities in Toronto, along with other Champions from across Canada. They will then travel to Disney World in Florida to attend an event with Champions from across North America.

September 19

Murder charges laid in connection with Henry Gin disappearance

A Herbert man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Henry Gin.

Zuo yu Qui, 25, has been charged with second degree murder and made his first appearance in Swift Current court on Wednesday morning. Zuo yu Qui, also known as Jerry Qui, was charged following an investigation by RCMP Major Crime Unit South and the Morse RCMP. RCMP, who determined the incident was a homicide based on facts gathered during their investigation.

September 26

MP Anderson receives new parliamentary secretary appointment

Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson has been appointed to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs during a series of parliamentary changes announced on Sept. 10.

Anderson was one of 11 parliamentary secretaries to receive a new assignment from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Previously, Anderson had served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for the Canadian Wheat Board since February 2006, and in Oct. 2007 he added the extra responsibility as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.


Organizations: Great Plains College, Ag Growth International, Cypress Regional Hospital Centennial Committee Royal Saskatchewan Museum Shaunavon Curling Club Swift Current City Council Municipal Boundary Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board T.rex Discovery Centre Wellness Centre Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures Salvation Army Saskatchewan Water Security Agency Wallace Construction Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association Fairview School Highway Traffic Board University of Regina Hazlet School O.M. Irwin Middle Years School Street Culture Housing Committee RCMP Innovation Credit Union Lyric Theatre Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation Market Square Swift Current Comprehensive High School École Centennial School Ecole Centennial School/All Saints Catholic School Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Fresh Start Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Canadian Wheat Board Wellness CentreThe Cypress Regional Health Authority Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel SaskPower Trustee Bargaining Committee Filipino Association of Swift Current Southwest Regional Intersectoral Committee Chinook School Division Saskatchewan Transportation Company

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Moose Jaw Shaunavon Maple Creek Saskatoon Blaine Lake North Battleford Lanigan SCCHSThe Grasslands National Park Gull Lake Neidpath Village of Val Marie Frenchman River Riverside Park Lac Pelletier Regional Park Village of Chaplin Philippines

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