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26th Anniversary Duck Derby Southwest Crisis Services
Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 4:00pm.
In conjunction with Innovation Credit Union "Picnic Inn the Park" at Riverside Park

Two draws this year!

Prizes to be Won:

Tickets: $5 each Lottery License: RR14-0006
$1001 Cash Prize

Tickets: $2 each Lottery License: RR14-0007
$800.00 Pioneer Co-op Gift Card
$500.00 Treen's Meat Pack
$200.00 Sentiments Home & Gift, Gift Certificate & Duck Cutting Board
Vector Plus Stand Golf Bag from Stark & Marsh Chartered Accountants

Tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations:
Bank of Montreal
Central Avenue Hair Studio
Charm Beauty Salon
Details Professional Hair Design
Etcetera Etcetera
1st Step Studio
Innovation Credit Union Branches
Mercator Financial
Mike's Barber Shop
Philippa's Headquarters
Scotia Bank
Volume Salon
Yours Trulee Gift Shop
W.W. Smith Insurance
Wheatland Mall - Th/F/Sa in May

Thanks to all SPONSORS, and to the Swift Current Kiwanis Club for their assistance with ticket sales and race day logistics.

All proceeds go to Southwest Crisis Services.
For information call 306-778-3386
25th Anniversary of the Southwest Safe Shelter
The Southwest Safe Shelter will celebrate its 25th anniversary in operation in March of 2014, serving hundreds of women and their children over those years.
South West Crisis Services News
New Executive Director Announced

Heather Lennox will lead Southwest Crisis Services into its 30th anniversary year as the organization’s new Executive Director. Heather is well known in the social service sector in the southwest through her previous employment with Saskatchewan Abilities Council - Partners in Employment Program. Lennox says, “I am looking forward to working with a well-established non-profit organization that services the communities of Southwest Saskatchewan well.”

Heather brings past work experience in an administrative capacity as well as over 20 years of service work with the vulnerable sector and education credentials of a Bachelor of General Studies degree with Business Management and Rehabilitation focuses to her new position.

Joanne Matsalla, President of the Board of Southwest Crisis Services, is pleased with the smooth transition taking place. “We have enjoyed working with our current Executive Director, Teresa Cole, and wish her well as she leaves us for new pursuits, and the Board is very excited to have Heather on board to grow the organization in new ways”, says Matsalla. The official change in leadership will take place on March 1 with Lennox and Cole currently working together through a 2-1/2 week transition period.

“It feels like the right time for this transition both personally and for the organization,” notes Cole who has been Executive Director since May of 2011. “I’ve always believed that organizations need different skill sets at the helm at different points in their development and I am sure Heather’s combination of business and social service experience will help us serve our clients in new and even better ways.”

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Safe Shelter and 30th anniversary of the organization, with a new leader now ushering it into its fourth decade of service to the region. Southwest Crisis Services is non-profit, charitable organization committed to building healthy families and communities, with a focus on abuse, domestic violence and related crises. The agency provides crisis intervention service to the southwest region through the Safe Shelter and the 24-Hour Crisis Line, as well as education and support services through the outreach programs for women, men and children and in-school violence prevention education sessions.

The office of the Executive Director has recently relocated to #315 – 12 Cheadle Street West (Professional Building) in Swift Current. For more information on Southwest Crisis Services, call 306-778-3386 or email swcrisis@sasktel.net

United Way Funding Makes a Substantial Impact
The Swift Current United Way presented 2014 allocation cheques from their fundraising efforts to partner agencies including Southwest Crisis Services on December 30. The amazing amount of work the Swift Current United Way does with a small staff and dedicated Board of Directors makes huge impact on improving the quality of life for many members of our community, including our clients.

We sincerely thank the United Way staff and volunteers for all their hard work and we thank those who donate "the United Way" for thinking of those in need.
Eagles Club Donates
The Fraternal Order of Eagles local chapter #1728 provided SWCS with a tremendous $1000 seasonal donation this week. Our thanks to the club for all the organizations they help through their fundraising!
Generous Seasonal Donations
We wish to extend sincere thanks to the following businesses and their employees who have generously supported our clients with donations in advance of the holiday season: Swift Sanitary Service Ltd, SaskTel & TelCare, and Batco Manufacturing.
We also thank the many groups, businesses and individuals who have provided practical donations, toys, gifts, food donations and monetary contributions this month. Your caring will make a huge difference in many lives this Christmas!
Husky Energy Donation Supports Men's Outreach Program
The SWCS Men's Outreach program supports men 18 and older across the southwest who are experiencing abuse and other life crises. Our sincere thanks to Husky Energy who have recently made a $1000 donation in support of the program.
Sask Landing Ladies Golf Supports SWCS
Our thanks to the Sask Landing Ladies Golf club for a recent donation of $1500 to Southwest Crisis Services from their summer tournament. We are grateful for their ongoing support of our clients and programs. Thanks ladies!
Great "Fall into Christmas" Show and Raffle Wraps Up
The latest "Fall into Christmas" show (9th Annual)ran on Oct 5/6, 2013 and the Stockade was filled with more than 100 exhibitors of fine art, craft and food items. Over 30 vendors donated items for the annual Southwest Crisis Services raffle and this year more than $3100 was raised from the event. All proceeds will support women's and men's outreach programs this year.

Winners of the 31 items in the raffle were from Waldeck, Eastend, Neville, Herbert, Gull Lake, Stewart Valley and Swift Current.

Thanks to the show organizers, exhibitors who donated, and to all of our wonderful volunteers, staff and Board members who worked at the event.
Mercator Financial Community Festival
SWCS was one of the participants at the 2nd Annual Community Festival held at the Palliser Pavilion in conjunction with City-Wide Registration on Sept 11 &12, 2013.

Families enjoyed a low-cost barbeque, games, activities and bounceys for the kids, and a chance to learn more about what a dozen local non-profits do in our community.

Our thanks to Mercator Financial and to our staff members who helped out over the two nights, as well as to everyone who stopped by to get information, enter our draw, or play our Snakes and Ladders game. The winners of our three draws for lunch kits including Subway gift cards were: Sawyer Palmer, Raylene Clothier and Keith Adam.
Canadian Women's Foundation Raises Hope
The Canadian Women's Foundation, along with corporate partners Rogers Media and Winners/Homesense have raised over $2.5 million this year in support of their annual campaign to Help Raise Hope for Women who have experienced violence. Money is raised through Shop for Hope merchandise sales, decal sales and on-line donations.

Over 450 women's shelters in Canada benefit from direct donations from this campaign.The Southwest Safe Shelter recently received $1528.00 in support of its programming. In addition, a portion of the money raised each year is available for violence prevention program grant applications from various organizations.

Our ongoing gratitude for this wonderful initiative!
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Past Events
2nd Annual Southwest Scavenger Quest
Saturday April 20, 2013 was the date for the 2nd Annual Southwest Scavenger Quest Fundraiser.

This year seven eager teams, with participants from 12-65+, braved the chilly weather to complete five compulsory tasks and dozens of optional ones, all over the city. In the end, over $7000 was raised in pledges and sponsorship with all net proceeds going to support Southwest Crisis Services programming.

This year's victors were "Team Anonymous", with second place going to "Team Smarter" and third place being taken by the "Sasktel High-Speed Hers". Congratulations to all the teams who "Quested" this year, and thank you to all those who pledged them.

Everyone enjoyed a meal after the race thanks to sponsor Boston Pizza and were treated to music from Dave Cyca, Mark Penner and Donovan Epp.

Our thanks to all our sponsors, including Days Inn, Fine Furniture Oasis, MNP, Smart Flowers and Pioneer Co-op. We also thank those who donated items to the prize pool: JB's Fish, Houston Pizza, Swift Current Little Theatre, St.Johns Ambulance and Leanne Eichel. And we also greatly appreciate the support of all of our volunteers and the Fire Department of Swift Current for hosting an event.

International Women's Day
International Women’s Day
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Guest Speakers:
Rev. Sharon Ferguson-Hood
Topic: “Women as Mentors:
Building Leadership Together”

Teresa Cole, Southwest Crisis Services
Topic: "Violence Against Women"

Local music and dance performances from many newcomers to the community were well-received by the large crowd in attendance. Thanks to the organizers for a great event!

Sponsored by:
International Women of Swift Current
Southwest Multicultural Association
Status of Women Office, Ministry of Social Services
Southwest Crisis Services
Newcomer Welcome Centre
Grandmothers & Others for Change
Filipino Association

One Billion Rising
We had a great turnout of about 80 women, children and men for our 'RISING' on February 14, 2013. Over a dozen mostly-local artists contributed pieces of art, writing, dance, and music on the issue of violence against women for a very powerful and moving evening! Big thanks to Christine Ciona for leading us, to the staffs of the Art Gallery and Library for moving everything and putting in a lot of time to help us, to all the artists and volunteers and to everyone who came out. Swift Current was one of 165 communities in Canada to have an event for One Billion Rising.

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