April – Charity Spotlight

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April 2018 the Mercator Financial Inc. Charity Spotlight is on the Swift Current Branch of the SaskAbilities.


MISSION: SaskAbilities supports people experiencing disability with program and services to enhance their lives.

VISION: SaskAbilities vision is working together to build inclusive communities for people of all abilities.


Ability Bowl dubbed BEACH BOWL – April 21st 2018:  Frontier Bowling Lanes

Ability Bowl is a fun event where teams raise funds to support the programs and services offered at the SaskAbilities Swift Current Branch and Easter Seals™ Saskatchewan. This year the goal is to raise $75,000.

This year has been dubbed as the Beach Bowl! Grab a team, toss on some shorts, sunglasses, bowling shoes and get set to say good-bye to the winter blues as you have some beach bowling fun! Don’t have the time to make it to the bowling lanes – NO problem!  New this year will be virtual teams, enter a group on line, reach out to your contacts and do all your fundraising and support in a convenient method – check out www.abilitybowl.ca to learn more.

To take part in this “beachy” event, you can register a fundraising team of 5 by contacting Kimi Duzan, Regional Director, by calling 306-773-2076, emailing abilitybowl@saskabilities.ca or on line at www.abilitybowl.ca

Every Step Counts:

Rain or shine, you can find Alan Smuk on his route delivering the news to residents of Swift Current, a smile on his face and a skip in his step. With the help of Partners Employment in Swift Current, Alan found a job he loves. A job that brings fulfillment to life.

As a Newspaper Carrie for the Prairie Post Alan delivers 180 papers to 90 homes each week. After the Prairie Post and the SouthWest Booster amalgamated, the number of newspapers to be delivered to readers doubled. Alan has not only risen to the challenge of a more demanding route, but also proved himself as a reliable and dependable employee by filling in for other routes when his co-workers have needed support, says Alan’s supervisor.

Alan joined the Prairie Post team in the summer of 2016. When he began, a job coach with SaskAbilities supported him as Alan familiarized himself with his route and the routine of the job. Now, Alan performs his task independently, showing both growth and responsibility in the role.

Alan’s job at Prairie Post is a natural fit of employment for him. Already an early riser and avid walker, Alan took to the role quickly and enthusiastically. It’s a job he looks forward to each morning.

After almost two years with Prairie Post, his customers know him and greet him on his route. One customer, Winnie Reid, makes a point of coming outside to greet him when he delivers the paper to her house. Their weekly chats have sparked a friendship.

“I look forward to seeing him walk up the step every week,” says Winnie. “It’s delightful to see him. My husband George enjoys greeting him when he is outside as well.”

The Team at SaskAbilities and Alan’s mom Linda could not be more proud of Alan and his achievements in the workplace. “To know that Alan’s job is a ‘real job’, one with pay, is awesome, ” says Linda. “We are very impressed with the work SaskAbilities has done here to help Alan.”

Volunteers in Community – Walking for Wellness:

Walking for Wellness is a physical activity program administered by the City of Swift Current designed to support and encourage people to remain active in the community both physically and socially during the winter months. Once the ice and snow comes, people can migrate indoors where it’s safe and warm to continue their physical activity. With over 3,000 walkers participating in the program in just this past year, it’s safe to say it’s popular! Volunteers are at the heart of this walking program, and the City has partnered with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council Volunteers in Community program for help with recruitment. “It can be difficult to get enough volunteers, so our partnership with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council has been wonderful,” says Val Choo-Foo, the In Motion Community Facilitator with the City of Swift Current. “Not only is it a good opportunity for Council clients to be involved in the community, but also it’s and opportunity  for community members to get to know the Council clients as well.” Marilyn Janzen is a participant in the Volunteers in Community program and a regular volunteer at Walking for Wellness.  She acts as a host during walking sessions and is responsible for setting out the materials, ensuring everyone signs in, and welcoming people to the program. “We truly appreciate Marilyn’s time, enthusiasm and eagerness to volunteer at our walking program,” say Val Choo-Foo. “Marilyn is a very pleasant and kind volunteer who takes her responsibilities seriously.  She always gathers the supplies and sets everything out where it belongs and then welcomes walkers with a smile! I also love how dedicated she is to her own physical activity, either walking on her own or helping push other clients in their wheelchairs.” Marilyn volunteers with the Walking for Wellness program three days a week and enjoys staying active in the her community. She typically walks over three miles each time she walks – it’s helped encourage her health, wellness and fitness goals while making friends in the community. The program runs from the middle of October until the end of March, with opportunities to walk every day of the week.

SaskAbilities Swift Current Region



To learn more about the SaskAbilities visit their website at www.saskabilities.ca


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