August 17, 2019
Thanks to over a thousand sets of helping hands, the Western Canada Summer Games have been able to find success in southwest Saskatchewan.
Following a long volunteer drive to help make the games possible, people flocked to help celebrate athletic competition in western Canada.
With so much emphasis put on volunteerism making the Games a possibility, we sought to find out how volunteering for one of the most significant events in Swift Current's history was playing out from the perspective of those willing to offer their time to help out.
Erykah Pool, one such volunteer, said that she had been a witness to the great environment created by the Games.
"There are lots of people from everywhere. It's nice to see even the athletes trading pins, it's nice to see people getting to know each other."
Promotion for Swift Current is also on her mind.
"We're a small city, so not many people know about it," She said. "I've heard a couple people say they've never heard of Swift [Current] before this, so it's
nice that they get to see Swift [Current] and the nice features and beauty that is here."
Another volunteer, Jacquelin Siemens, said she thinks tourism will be impacted.
"One of the spectators said they drive through [Swift Current] all the time, but they've never stopped and visited, and so this gave them a great opportunity to do that... Next time they drive through, they're going to stop and visit some places that they've been to already, now that they've been here."
Wendy Tschetter said that she was happy to participate in the festivities.
"All the coaches and parents and athletes that I have talked to have said it's been an amazing experience, they are very proud of what they can participate in."