Minken re­ceives pres­ti­gious Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers

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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.

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