Centennial planning kicks into higher gear

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With just 61 days until Swift Current's Centennial celebration kick off, efforts to pull off the celebration events are now moving into a higher gear.

The first of three major events to celebrate Swift Current's 100th year as a city will be observed on Jan. 15 when Centennial Day is held. The logistics of this large community celebration is triggering a call for volunteers and the utilization of extra manpower from the City of Swift Current.

City of Swift Current Chief Administrative Officer Susan Motkaluk explained that the City will now be helping through supplying operational support, assistance with the host facilities, and they will be taking over some of the details for the Celebrations.

"The City Operations Team is working now to implement the vision that the Centennial Committee has worked so hard in the past two years to create," she said during a recent interview. "It takes virtually an army to put this on. So the teams that are being assembled now are really the nuts and bolts of the operation, basically to get the project done."

The highlight 2014 Centennial events are the Centennial Day Extravaganza at the iPlex on Jan. 15, the Centennial Homecoming Weekend as part of Frontier Days from June 26 to 29, and the Light Up the Future event on Nov. 28, 2014.

"Now that the vision is set, with the three key events… the whole purpose though is to basically honour the past, celebrate the present and then welcome the future. That was basically the vision that the committee set out for us… and now we're building the Task Teams to actually deliver on it. So although we had staff working along side with the committee for the past two years, now we are literally assembling the masses," Motkaluk said.

In addition to the City's efforts for the Centennial, she is hoping the community also steps up to help with the celebrations.

"100 years is significant, and we'd like to ensure that everyone in the community feels a part of it. Whether being a volunteer, a sponsor, or an audience member, this upcoming year will be an exciting year for everyone," she said. "It really will take the entire community to celebrate the centennial year and really enjoy it."

Organizations: Centennial Committee

Geographic location: Swift Current

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