Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos equip­ment as­sis­tant Nolan Par­adis re­ceives a high five and cheers of sup­port along the torch re­lay route in Swift Cur­rent, Aug. 3. The Sum­mer Games be­gin Aug. 10 in Swift Cur­rent.

Food and fuel supplied by Pi­o­neer Co-op will help to keep vol­un­teers and ve­hi­cles go­ing dur­ing the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent.

Pi­o­neer Co-op Food Man­ager Daryl Fred­er­ick­son and Friends of the Games Direc­tor Scott Cas­sidy an­nounced the com­pany’s sup­port for the Sum­mer Games, July 30.

Cas­sidy es­ti­mated the mone­tary value of the Co-op’s in-kind con­tri­bu­tion to the largest event ever hosted in the Swift Cur­rent area will be around $18,000. The com­mit­ment in­cludes daily food for ap­prox­i­mately 180 vol­un­teers dur­ing the 10-day event as well as 1,500 litres of diesel and 6,000 pounds of propane for var­i­ous ve­hi­cles.

“The Co-op has re­ally in­vested quite a bit of time and en­ergy and fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to the Games, and we’re not sur­prised,” he said. “The Co-op stands for be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity and with­out a doubt again they’re here to spon­sor a Swift Cur­rent ini­tia­tive. So very happy to have Pi­o­neer Co-op on board and to con­tinue to work with them dur­ing the Games.”

Fred­er­ick­son viewed the sup­port for the Sum­mer Games as a part of Pi­o­neer Co-op’s com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity.

“We are a part of the com­mu­nity,” he said. “We want to be in­volved, and this is a huge event for specif­i­cally Swift Cur­rent, but Saskatchew­an and Pi­o­neer Coop. We had an op­por­tu­nity to look af­ter feed­ing our vol­un­teers, which there’s many, and we want to be a part of this type of event. So we went for it.”

At the same time the com­pany’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Sum­mer Games will present an op­por­tu­nity to fea­ture the Co-op Gold brand of prod­ucts that will be used for the pro­vi­sion of food to vol­un­teers.

“Ev­ery­thing we’re pro­vid­ing is Co-op Gold,” he said. “When you talk about lunch, we’re cre­at­ing sand­wiches, wraps et cetera from our deli de­part­ment. We’ll be mak­ing them fresh ev­ery day and I don’t be­lieve any­one will be dis­ap­pointed by the qual­ity of food that we cre­ate.”

The host­ing of the Sum­mer Games at var­i­ous venues in and around Swift Cur­rent will mean a sig­nif­i­cant amount of trav­el­ling by event ve­hi­cles, as well as nu­mer­ous trips to the air­port in Regina. Pi­o­neer Coop felt that trans­porta­tion is a com­po­nent of the event where the com­pany can also make a con­tri­bu­tion.

“We’re a ma­jor player in the south­west with gaso­line, diesel, of course farm agro prod­ucts,” Fred­er­ick­son ex­plained. “It was a fit, it was re­quired. The Games com­mit­tee is go­ing to be trans­port­ing ath­letes and coaches et cetera all over the south­west, and be­cause we’re into that and we have petroleum all over at many branches and branch lo­ca­tions, we felt it nec­es­sary to be in­volved in that way as well.”

Over 1,700 ath­letes, coaches, of­fi­cials and mis­sion staff from Al­berta, Man­i­toba, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Nu­navut, Saskatchew­an, and Yukon will at­tend the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games from Aug. 9-18. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event or to buy tick­ets, visit the web­site http://2019wcsg.ca

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

A bag of Co-op Gold food prod­ucts was used for the an­nounce­ment of Pi­o­neer Co-op's sup­port for the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games, July 30. From left to right, Pi­o­neer Co-op Food Man­ager Daryl Fred­er­ick­son, Friends of the Games Direc­tor Scott Cas­sidy, and Pi­o­neer Co-op Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager Shirley Dafoe.

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