Local community volunteers recognized

Elisabeth Dowson
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Doug Ferguson, left, and Larry Johnson are recognized by the South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport for their dedication to community development and facilitating participation for all ages and abilities.

The South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport recently recognized Doug Ferguson from Stewart Valley and Larry Johnson from Swift Current for their tireless work and dedication in advancing the organization’s mandates to facilitate community development through sport, culture and recreation for and with the communities within their jurisdictions.

The annual South West District’s Volunteer Awards recognize dedicated volunteers whose work in the fields of culture, recreation and sport is exemplary.

Ferguson was nominated by the Stewart Valley Recreation Board for an award in the Seniors category, and Johnson was nominated by the City of Swift Current Recreation & Parks Department for an award in the Individual category.

Ferguson has been the chairman for the Stewart Valley Recreation Board for many years, and is also Secretary and treasurer of the Board because no one else has come forward to take on those positions. Under his guidance, Stewart Valley receives very good funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries and the local Rural Municipalities.

He has also been a director on the Stewart Valley Senior’s Club for many years and lends a helping hand whenever needed. He organizes and participates in the Saskatchewan Seniors Summer Games; bowls regularly in the Seniors Club 55+ and has attended provincial competitions.

A retired school teacher, Ferguson has coached hockey, baseball and all school athletics. He has also instructed Hunter Safety classes and was a member of the Kyle Fish and Game Legion. He served as a director on the Stewart Valley curling, skating and rink boards and community hall board. He was also a Cub Scout instructor. Doug loves to golf and helps with the local club and golf course.

Johnson has been a positive influence on the Swift Current community through more than 40 years of volunteerism in Southwest Saskatchewan. He has given his time to make certain that all members of the community can take part in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Among his many noteworthy impacts on Swift Current is coaching minor hockey, including Midget AA female hockey. He founded and continues to coach Swift Current Wheelchair Hockey, giving opportunities to those young and old to play the sport without boundaries.

He volunteers in whatever capacity is needed for the annual Swift Current Mixed Slo-pitch tournaments, sits on the Kiwanis Club board of directors, and also helps with blood donor clinics, the Meals on Wheels program, the highway clean-up crew, the annual Duck Derby event and the Palliser Care Centre Fun Olympics.

This past year Johnson was instrumental in bringing the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay to Swift Current. He also developed a skating relay for youth and lined up a wheelchair hockey demonstration.

The South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport works with communities in southwest Saskatchewan to help build community development with the aim of enhancing access to sport, culture and recreation programs for all ages and abilities.

Organizations: City of Swift Current Recreation Parks Department, Stewart Valley Recreation Board, Kiwanis Club South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport

Geographic location: Stewart Valley, Swift Current, South West District Saskatchewan

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