Minken receives prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
A long and diverse volunteering career has earned Swift Current’s Mitch Minken the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
With Minken unable to attend the national ceremony hosted by The Governor General of Canada in Ottawa, he was formally presented the honour by Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault at Monday’s City Council meeting.
“I would encourage anyone and everyone to give it a try,” Minken said of volunteering in the community. “As I said it pays back so much, in the little bit you do you’ll receive back tenfold in the feeling you get from being part of that volunteering experience.”
Minken boasts a lengthy list of volunteer work for both the Children’s Wish Foundation and the sport of curling over the past decade.
He has been with the Wish Foundation since around 2009, serving on the national board of directors for eight years, and he currently sits as vice-chair of the board.
“Its been a very fulfilling experience getting to be part of a very, very magic organization that provides heartfelt wishes for children with life threatening situations. Being part of that is certainly a reward in itself.”
“The Children’s Wish situation I got to meet a lot of really strong kids and families that are going through some pretty tough times. And to be able to provide a little joy in their lives, and also being able to help with the treatment.”
“We’ve had an impact study done that shows that the anticipation of the wish and the execution of the wish actually makes up a really big part of the treatment procedures and really helps towards the healing of those kids. So it does your heart a lot of good when you know that you’re part of that and what you’ve done for those kids and families.”
Minken has also spent a decade as a curling volunteer at both the local and provincial level.
Has volunteered in the sport of curling and the local and provincial level. He has volunteered on the board of directors of the Swift Current Curling Club for a decade, and has been a member of Curlsask, starting as region coordinator and now completing an eight year stint with the provincial board, including two years as President.
“The last two years have been very, very rewarding for me,” he admitted. “Some of the greatest memories are handing that first green jacket to provincial champions, particularly in the younger age categories, and the absolute joy they were feeling as they had just won a provincial championship and knew that they were going on to represent Saskatchewan at a national championship. That’s a pretty powerful privilege.”
He said that Swift Current has a good spirit of volunteering, which is evident by the major events held in the community and the many other events and activities people lend a hand in supporting.
“Those things wouldn’t happen without volunteers. We absolutely need volunteers to participate in events, and I think that’s Saskatchewan, that’s Swift Current. People get behind stuff and it really speaks to the community fabric, and everybody gets to know one another, everybody supports one another. It just makes for a great community.”
Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault presented Mitch Minken with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at the June 3 Swift Current City Council meeting.