South West Spotlight

There are so many fantastic stories in the South West District. We want to share some of them with you!

Click HERE to view all our South West Spotlight stories on Google Maps or click on one of the images in the little map below.

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South West Spotlight
Dilke, Saskatchewan
Streamlining Volunteer Commitments

The volunteers in Dilke, Saskatchewan noticed some redundancies when they took stock of their community and two active organizations in the village. They wanted to find some solutions to help fill board positions and alleviate volunteer fatigue in the community of less than 100 people.

The Dilke Memorial Hall Board and Dilke Athletic Board were often made up of couples with spouses dividing their times between the two boards. This meant that it was the same households showing up to volunteer for most events. ...

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South West Spotlight
Booklovers Unite
Saskatchewan Festival of Words, One Book One Province

Starting a book club is easy. You need people who like books. “A friend of mine once recommended a book to a few people, and now she has a book club,” chuckled Amanda Farnel, Saskatchewan Festival of Words Operations Coordinator and co-coordinator of a well thought out book club.

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words and the Moose Jaw Public Library have a partnership that promotes Canadian authors who have attended, or will attend, their summer festival.

“It is an opportunity for us to connect to our readers, and our readers to connect with each other,” noted Farnel. She added that book clubs based out of libraries – like the one she co-hosts with the Moose Jaw Public Library – are special because ...

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South West Spotlight
Shamrock Jam Can Curling

The skating rink in Shamrock takes on a new look and becomes the gathering point for two weekends of fun at Shamrock Jam Can Curling. A pet project of Wayne and Georgette Rud, Shamrock volunteers extraordinaire, Jam Can Curling brings up to 28 teams of four people each to Shamrock for a weekend of family laughs. With an average of 16 curling teams taking part each time, Jam Can Curling is held on the first Saturday of February and March. Wayne spends hours preparing the “rocks”, made out of coffee cans. His secret for ensuring fun is had by all? ...

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South West Spotlight
The Eyebrow Fair's Guide to Sponsorship

Before the sunsets on the Eyebrow Fair, planning is already underway for the following year. The sound system is rebooked, the bouncy castles are confirmed, the bleachers, grandstand and staging are requested, notes for improvements are made and sponsors are already mentioning their interest in supporting the following year.

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South West Spotlight
Bengough Working Together

Bengough has accomplished what many
communities strive to do – they work together!
On a recent visit in Bengough, the SWDCRS
Community Consultants asked what was
happening in town. In the hour that followed,
many projects were described, and one standout
was that most of the events and activities
involved at least two groups working together,
if not more.

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(There are lots more photos on our Facebook page!)


South West Spotlight on
Mossbank Golf Club’s Link to the No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School

Mossbank is a community that knows the value of heritage, and the importance of moving forward.

The No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School was opened in 1940, approximately 6 kilometers east of Mossbank. From 1940 until it closed in 1944, the base housed and trained thousands of people for the war effort, many of whom visited Mossbank during off-duty hours for entertainment.

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(There are lots more photos on our Facebook page!)


South West Spotlight on
Craik Branch Library (Palliser)
A Community Hub

Before Jo McAlpine, the Craik Librarian, arrives at work the doors are already open and people are arriving at the building. Inside, gathered around the long table is a group of locals that have come together for coffee row. They meet Monday to Friday mornings for coffee at the library because there is no other coffee shop in town.

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(There are lots more photos on our Facebook page!)


South West Spotlight on the Carmichael Museum
Carmichael, SK
Highway 37 S

It all started with the Grassy Hills School building, and some people who recognized the historical value of a building that was still in pretty good shape but needed to be somewhere where it could be taken care of properly and be accessible for use. Years ago, the school was the center of a community, often used as the church and community hall as well. So, the Carmichael Community Club decided that Carmichael needed a museum, and the Grassy Hills School would be a great start. 

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(There are lots more photos on our Facebook page!)


SaskScapes - Episode 89 - The Heart of Hazlet, Saskatchewan

March 29, 2019

In Episode 89 of SaskScapes, Kevin Power travels to Hazlet, Saskatchewan to explore how this small village has had big success with volunteerism in their community.

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SaskScapes - Episode 88 - The Avonlea Heritage Museum
Feb 7, 2019

SaskScapes, is Saskatchewan’s premier podcast featuring stories of arts, culture and heritage in the province.

In Episode 88, Kevin Power is joined by guests who have a passion for the history found inside museums. In this episode he focuses on the Avonlea Heritage Museum in Avonlea, Saskatchewan. The former CNR station, built in 1912 now proudly displays artifacts that take visitors on a journey back in time.

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