Story – July 6, 2010
Centennial Project Unveiled in the Park
— July 6, 2010 Story submitted to Swan Valley Star and Times —
Sunny skies marked the Canada Day celebrations in Swan River on Thursday beginning with a rousing rendition of O Canada by the Swan River Community Band. The fun carried on with rides for the children, ice-cream, ball games, and an afternoon of musical entertainment. It was a splendid day to visit with friends and to celebrate that Canadians live in a free country, far from embattled lands where hunger, danger and death haunt the residents every day of their lives.
Highlighting the celebrations was the unveiling of the Community Foundation of Swan Valley’s Centennial monument that marked the Town of Swan River’s 100th birthday.
Emcee Lesley Henkelman explained that the Swan River flag draped over the monument had recently flown over the tents of two Valley men, Luke Atkinson and Vidal Mault, while they proudly and bravely served their country in Afghanistan.
Unveiling the monument was Merle Robinson, whose late husband played a large role in establishing the local Foundation, and Phyllis Friesen who chaired the Centennial Committee. Ms. Henkelman also mentioned the work of the late Dr. Rex Leach, and the efforts of Doug Hinchliffe, who chaired the project which raised nearly $200,000 and will continue to support communities throughout the Valley area.
Also marking the Canada Day celebrations and representing the local Arbour Day Committee, was the ceremonial planting of a tree by Francie Baird, Pat Richenhaller, and Joy Wenstob with the hope that the tree will grow along with the Community Foundation of Swan Valley.