SaskA­bil­i­ties Aware­ness Week of­fi­cially pro­claimed in City of Swift Cur­rent

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A full slate of ex­cit­ing and en­ter­tain­ing events is on the hori­zon for the 2019 edi­tion of SaskA­bil­i­ties Aware­ness Week, of­fi­cially pro­claimed by Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

As the adage goes, “not all heroes wear capes” – and the real heroes of this year’s Aware­ness Week are the client vol­un­teers from SaskA­bil­i­ties, who col­lec­tively have vol­un­teered ap­prox­i­mately 1500 hours at var­i­ous events in the south­west since the be­gin­ning of 2019.

In­clu­sive vol­un­teerism is what SaskA­bil­i­ties is celebratin­g, and it’s what SaskA­bil­i­ties’ Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tor Dil­lon Cur­rie has made his mis­sion.

“When or­ga­ni­za­tions choose SaskA­bil­i­ties par­tic­i­pants as vol­un­teers with their events, we have found that it is a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ex­pe­ri­ence with far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions on all those who en­gage in it,” said Cur­rie. “In­clu­sive vol­un­teer­ing fos­ters con­nec­tion, which in turn, be­comes a catalyst for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, last­ing per­sonal and pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships, and fu­ture opportunit­y for all.”

In to­tal, 46 clients sup­ported by the SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent branch do­nated their time and tal­ents to sev­eral events over the past num­ber of months, in­clud­ing Hockey Day in Canada, Shakespear­e in the Park, Wind­scape Kite Fes­ti­val, Swift Cur­rent Drag Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games, In­no­va­tion Credit Union Pic­nic in the Park, the Kyle Rodeo, Swift Cur­rent 57s games, the Blen­ders Con­cert Se­ries, and more.

Kimi Duzan is the Re­gional Di­rec­tor of the Swift Cur­rent SaskA­bil­i­ties branch. Duzan notes that the com­mu­nity’s sup­port has been in­stru­men­tal in developing in­clu­sive, on­go­ing re­la­tion­ships with clients.

“The team with SaskA­bil­i­ties is hon­oured to con­nect peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­abil­ity with op­por­tu­ni­ties; kids, youth and adults who con­trib­ute to their com­mu­nity along­side oth­ers through vol­un­teerism,” Duzan com­mented. “Many hands make light work… when all hands are wel­come!”

Events for Awar­ness Week kick off on Satur­day, Au­gust 31 at Mar­ket Square, where SaskA­bil­i­ties will be hon­oured as the Featured Part­ner. Lo­cal dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing Swift Cur­rent Mayor Denis Per­rault, and Swift Cur­rent MLA Everett Hindley will be on hand for the SaskA­bil­i­ties Flag Rais­ing cer­e­mony at City Hall on Tues­day, Septem­ber 3 at 10:00am. The Aware­ness Week BBQ will take place rain or shine on Thur­day, Septem­ber 5 from 11:00am-1:30pm at Mar­ket Square.

To con­clude Aware­ness Week, SaskA­bil­i­ties will be vol­un­teer­ing at “Tak­ing it to The Streets”, a free out­door con­cert near Me­mo­rial Park. The event, spon­sored by Bumper to Bumper and friends, will fea­ture mu­sic from Trevor Panczak, Craig Moritz, and The Stam­ped­ers. The su­per­hero vol­un­teers at SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent will be in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing this year’s Aware­ness Week events a suc­cess with their time and tal­ents.

We are for­tu­nate to work to­gether with our part­ners through­out the re­gion to build in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties.

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

The City of Swift Cur­rent of­fi­cially pro­claimed Sept. 1-7 as SaskA­bil­i­ties Aware­ness Week dur­ing a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Aug. 26. From left to right, SaskA­bil­i­ties client vol­un­teers Danny Goebel and Denise Le­gault, Mayor Denis Per­rault, SaskA­bil­i­ties client vol­un­teers Carrie Funk and Cody Lynne Lin­gen­fel­ter, and SaskA­bil­i­ties Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tor Dil­lon Cur­rie.

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