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City of Swift Cur­rent wins Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Award

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The City of Swift Cur­rent is pleased to an­nounce that is has re­ceived the Saskatchew­an Parks and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion (SPRA) Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Award, rec­og­niz­ing the four ma­jor events that were held in the City in 2019.

The SPRA Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Award is pre­sented to a mu­nic­i­pal­ity for sub­stan­tial co­op­er­a­tive com­mu­nity ef­fort, with a large vol­un­teer com­po­nent, in the devel­op­ment of a re­cre­ation pro­gram, event, project or park that has or will en­hance the qual­ity of life within the com­mu­nity.

2019 was an ex­tra­or­di­nary year in Swift Cur­rent, with the com­mu­nity and re­gion com­ing to­gether for four ma­jor events:

• Sco­tia­bank Hockey Day in Canada (Fe­bru­ary 2019)

• West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games (Au­gust 2019)

• Cana­dian Cowboys As­so­ci­a­tion Fi­nals Rodeo (Oc­to­ber 2019)

• World Un­der-17 Hockey Chal­lenge (Novem­ber 2019) In ad­di­tion, Swift Cur­rent res­i­dent Ros­alie Flynn has been named the re­cip­i­ent of the SPRA Vol­un­teer of the Year Award. This award is pre­sented to a vol­un­teer to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the im­prove­ment of re­cre­ation/leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties at the lo­cal level, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, vol­un­teer ef­forts tak­ing place in Saskatchew­an in the last 12 months.

Ros­alie has been an in­stru­men­tal vol­un­teer within the com­mu­nity, as well as through­out the prov­ince, over the past 30 years, with re­cent, sig­nif­i­cant vol­un­teer con­tri­bu­tions in­clud­ing a key role in the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships, lead­er­ship in the For­ever…in mo­tion com­mu­nity pro­gram and a vi­tal role in the West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games in 2019.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant hon­our for the City of Swift Cur­rent and the many lo­cal vol­un­teers and spon­sors who made th­ese events pos­si­ble,” said Swift Cur­rent Mayor Al Bri­dal. “On be­half of Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil and the City of Swift Cur­rent, I would like to con­grat­u­late our en­tire com­mu­nity for this award, which cel­e­brates the in­cred­i­ble work of so many to de­liver an un­for­get­table 2019. In ad­di­tion, I would like to thank for­mer Mayor De­nis Per­rault and our pre­vi­ous City Coun­cil for their ex­cep­tional ef­forts in bring­ing th­ese events to our City in 2019. And last but cer­tainly not least, I would also like to con­grat­u­late Ros­alie Flynn for be­ing rec­og­nized as Vol­un­teer of the Year. It is al­ways a treat to see lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive ac­co­lades for their tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ments, and the com­mu­nity cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ates Ros­alie’s ef­forts.”

Jim Jones, the City’s Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, said: “2019 was an in­cred­i­ble year in our

City, one we will surely not for­get, and this Award is recog­ni­tion of the thou­sands who ded­i­cated their time, en­ergy and com­mu­nity spirit to what was a re­mark­able cal­en­dar of events. I don’t think we can thank our vol­un­teers and spon­sors enough for their ef­forts, not only in 2019, but al­ways. Take a bow, Swift Cur­rent.”

As a re­sult of gath­er­ing re­stric­tions re­lated to COVID-19, th­ese awards were pre­sented in a small cer­e­mony at the In­no­va­tion Credit Union i-Plex.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there was no op­por­tu­nity for a tra­di­tional Awards Cer­e­mony,” said Mayor Bri­dal. “With that be­ing said, we have plans to share this award through­out the com­mu­nity in the com­ing weeks, and I en­cour­age cit­i­zens to stay tuned for de­tails in the near fu­ture.”

 ?? Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg/Prairie Post ?? Em­cee Jer­rod Schafer in­tro­duced the 2019 WCSG mas­cots Tansi and Ravi at the launch event, Jan. 16, 2019.
Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg/Prairie Post Em­cee Jer­rod Schafer in­tro­duced the 2019 WCSG mas­cots Tansi and Ravi at the launch event, Jan. 16, 2019.

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