The Invermay Golden Age Club hosted the community celebration of history and diversity. Mike Kaminski, president, served as the emcee for the event. Greetings were brought by Tracey Fey, for the Village of Invermay. In recognition of volunteers and seniors, the program honoured two provincial celebrants – Sheila McDonald (Lifetime Achievement) and Shirley Wolfe-Keller (Contributions to First Nations people). Both received the provincial recognition by Sask Seniors Mechanism. Sheila received hers in 2015 and Shirley in 2017.
Sheila reflected on and highlighted the activities she was involved in her lifetime in Invermay. This ranged from starting the hospital, serving on the auxiliary, volunteering for many events and being involved in community affairs.
Shirley shared her experiences in growing up in Saskatchewan and the many challenges that she faced – learning the language, addressing customs she wasn’t familiar with, making friends and furthering her education. Her driving philosophy was that of having faith, respecting others as humans and working to enable others to enjoy life.
Faith and Ivan Fidek provided a music interlude prior to the presentation of student awards.
Margaret Knight presented the student awards: Grades K – 2 Jordan Mendoza – Gift Certificate, Hanna Enge, Paisley Bosowich; Grades 3 – 5, Taelynn Maier – Gift Certificate, Madeline Glas, April Grychowski; Grades 6 – 8, Trinity Fidek – Gift Certificate, Leah Sequi, Hallie Pozniak; Grade 12, Mark Cudal – Gift Certificate, Shyna Dubas, Megan Steranka.
Following the awards and doorprizes, a Canada Day lunch and cake were enjoyed by the participants.
Elaine Hughes and company provided the entertainment to conclude the celebration.
The event was sponsored by Heritage Canada, the Golden Age Club, the Village of Invermay and the RM of Invermay. Door prizes were sponsored by the Village of Invermay and Mike Kaminski