Tag Archives: Swan Valley Life

Swan Valley Community Band Gears Up for Another Year

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Once again, the Swan Valley Community Band had their Beginning Day the 3rd week in September 2023 which started their 30th year in operation (including the Covid19 Hiatus). Under the direction of the former Swan Valley School Division Music Director at many of its Schools, Julie Kooistra, who was also […]

2023/09/26Local Interest

Fuel Good Day Raises Funds for SR Curling Club

Submitted by: Kari Goethe | The Swan Valley Co-op was a very busy location on Tuesday, Sept 19, 2023 for the Co-op Fuel Good Day! There were people filling up their gas tanks with fuel and many filled their stomachs with a Beef on a Bun lunch. Thank you to the workplaces that placed pre-orders, […]

2023/09/25Local Interest

Great Trails, Food, Dancing and Fun at Cowan Trail Celebration

Submitted by Rose Kovachik | The annual Cowan Trail Celebration was held on August 26, 2023, keeping its traditional date of the fourth Saturday of August. On Friday, the night before the main event, as usual, the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly filled with RV trailers and horses. Campsites also slowly speckled the area with […]

2023/09/12Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Swan River Golf & Country Club

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The Swan River Golf & Country Club recently received a grant to upgrade their outdoor washroom facilities. As the golf course is becoming a year-round attraction, this upgrade helps to enhance the experience for people partaking in physical activity both on the trails, and on the golf […]

2023/08/30Local Interest

Voices of Legends Come to Life at Legion Clubroom

Submitted by: Brent Erlendson A crowd of 140+ enjoyed a great meal and entertainment at the Swan River Legion Clubroom Friday August 25, 2023 Dinner was served starting at 6:00 pm followed by Steve Hillis playing an excellent, energetic tribute act to many great country and classic rock performers. For the remainder of the evening […]

2023/08/29Local Interest

Health Auxiliary Raises Over $3,000 for CT Scanner

Submitted by: Lexi Penner We as the Swan Valley Health Auxiliary would like to thank everyone that came and participated in our Fundraiser BBQ! We were able to raise over $3,000, which we will be donating to go towards the CT Scanner that the Hospital is getting! The fundraiser was a huge success, and we […]

2023/08/23Local Interest

Friends, Family and Fun at Northwest Roundup Parade

Neighbours, families, and friends visited along the parade route as they waited for the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade to get underway on July 28, 2023. People listened for the sirens to indicate the approach of the parade, led by the RCMP. The theme of the parade was Diversity in the Swan Valley and […]

2023/07/31Local Interest

Family and Friends Celebrate Fisher’s Siding School

Submitted by: Debbie Soloway On Sunday July 23, 2023 the tiny village of Renwer welcomed family and friends to celebrate and visit on the grounds of the former Fisher’s Siding School now owned by Brian Lewicki. Lawn chairs and tables were set up outside and the Canadian flag raised. Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon of […]

2023/07/26Local Interest

Ride For a Reason Donates $4,000 to Senior Centre

Submitted by: Sharla Haluschak Our Ride for a Reason Poker Run was a great success. We decided this year to donate our proceeds of $4000.00 to the Swan River Senior Centre. As a group we agreed that even though we are always looking towards the future, these folks have given so much toward the community […]

2023/07/24Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Swan River Adult Education

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The Swan River Adult Education Inc. recently received a grant from the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) to purchase privacy window coverings for the Adult Learning Centre. The recent installation of the privacy window coverings allows an outside view for those in the building, while at […]

2023/07/18Local Interest

Lots of Fun at Swan River Golf Bonanza Fundraiser

Pictured above: Celebrities were spotted on the course as ‘Donald Trump and Joe Biden’ drove around greeting golfers while offering refreshments in their travels. Submitted by: Patty Gattinger | The Swan River Golf and Country Club held a fundraiser golf bonanza on Saturday, June 24, 2023. With a beautiful day in store the morning began […]

2023/07/16Local Interest

CBF School Raises Money for Animal Protection League

Submitted Story | The Grade 6-8 class at CBF Christian School did a canteen fundraiser at their school this year. The class raised $118.24 and donated the proceeds to Swan Valley Animal Protection League.

2023/07/13Local Interest

Over 500 Served at SVCU Beef on a Bun

Submitted by: Lynda Parsons | On Friday July 7th, 2023 Swan Valley Credit Union held its annual Beef on a Bun in support of two important community groups: North West Regional Immigrant Services – Summer Engagement Program and the Swan Valley School Division Band Program. In addition, we took a moment to acknowledge a very […]

2023/07/11Local Interest

Elder Abuse and Nutrition Discussed at Coffee and a Chat

Submitted by: Swan River & District Community Resource Council Inc. We are back on track holding Coffee and A Chat, this series of sessions were at the Birch River Drop In Center, Benito Drop In Center and the Swan River Senior Center. They were held June 27, 28, 29th 2023, at Birch River, Benito and […]

2023/07/06Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Swan Valley Hobby Shed Club

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The CFSV recently awarded a grant to the Swan Valley Hobby Shed Club for tool upgrades to enhance the safety of its members. The club purchased a new table saw that provides them with the most up to date safety features to prevent serious injury to hands […]

2023/06/26Local Interest

Congratulations To The Graduating Class Of 2023

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2023 Swan Valley Regional Secondary School June 23, 2023 Be Like a Tree: Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Celebrate your unique natural beauty. Keep Growing! Swan Valley Regional Secondary School Graduating Class of 2023 Barker, Damien Gage Barker, Nathan […]

2023/06/24Local Interest

Great Gospel Weekend with Neighbors and Friends

Pictured above: Jeff Reimer family from Ridgeville Submitted by: Violet Plett | We had a great weekend of listening to Gospel Music, and visiting with neighbors and friends, and meeting new friends. The attendance overall wasn’t very big, but we did count about 60 people there at one point. We had several bands and others […]

2023/06/21Local Interest

Great Day for Ride For a Reason

Submitted by: Sharla Haluschak The Swan River Ride for a Reason Poker Run took place on June 10, 2023 with all proceeds donated locally. It was a good turn out for our first Ride For A Reason Poker Run. Thank you to the Minitonas Lions for putting on the pancake breakfast. Thanks to all the […]

2023/06/20Local Interest

SVAPL Holds Grand Opening of New Animal Shelter

Submitted by: Stephanie Wigley The Grand Opening of the Swan Valley Animal Protection League’s (SVAPL) new shelter building was held on June 17, 2023. It started out with a ribbon cutting ceremony where we had both Dave Theunissen and Audrey Sercombe do the ribbon cutting. Both of these individuals have been monumental in getting SVAPL […]

2023/06/19Local Interest

Large Crowds at Benito Sidewalk Sale

Submitted by: Gloria Stesenko The Village of Benito was bustling with activity when large crowds of people attended the first Community Garage and Business Sidewalk Sale. With 28 locations, some of the streets where so congested that it was hard for vehicles to drive around so a lot of the visitors just parked and walked […]

2023/06/09Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Swan Valley School Division

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) | The Swan Valley School Division was recently awarded a grant for equipment to enhance student skills of physical literacy through gymnastics at Taylor School. The aim of daily physical activity is to provide students with a balanced program that helps them to develop the knowledge, skills, […]

2023/05/30Local Interest

Mamma Mia! Production a Huge Success

Submitted by: Tanya Staniland Mamma Mia! A huge SUCCESS! What can 40+ students, 20 community members, and 25 SVRSS staff members do…..put on one heck of a show! This production was full of drama, song, live music, and talent! Over 900 people were entertained from Thursday to Sunday for the SHORT 3-hour production. Saturday night […]

2023/05/23Local Interest

Beautiful Afternoon of Art and Visiting

Submitted by: Renate Wille | The Little Woody Baptist Church Art Show took place on May 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm. It was a beautiful event with nice weather and a lot of people enjoying the Art and coffee time. Exhibitors were: Naomi Nemez, Barb Labbe, Suzanne May, Wilma Barkman, Julie Kooistra, Candace Balbo, Melanie […]

2023/05/14Local Interest

Great Turnout at Spring Vendor Market

There was a great turnout at the Spring Vendor Market on May 6, 2023 with a lot of happy shoppers. If you couldn’t make it to the market, and are needing a gift for someone, support a local vendor.

2023/05/10Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Notes of Spring Concert

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater | Wednesday Evening, 3 May 2023, the Swan Valley Community Band performed its annual Spring Concert “NOTES OF SPRING” at the Ecole Swan River South School Gym. The audience enjoyed a repertoire of 10 concert selections depicting different genres. This included music representing a number of countries, like Norway, Canada, and […]

2023/05/09Local Interest

Minitonas 4H Prepares For 69th Swan Valley Show & Sale

Pictured above: Dax Mullin gets direction on clipping his steer from Richard Hillmer. Submitted by: Angela Mullin The Minitonas 4H members are busy getting ready for the 69th Swan Valley Show & Sale. Members met at the Hillmers farm on Sunday April 30, 2023 to work together on grooming & clipping their projects. The day […]

2023/05/05Local Interest

Dancers of All Ages Perform at Year End Concert

Submitted by: Ara Bartel The Swan River Dolyna Dancers held their year end Ukrainian Dance concert on April 22. The dance concert was a huge success with dancers of all age groups. The crowd enjoyed 22 dances including a special guest performance by the Dolyna adult dancers. Refreshments and danties were enjoyed by all. There […]

2023/05/01Local Interest

48 Teams Race to Find Waldo in Swan River

Submitted by: Kari Goethe The first ever Where’s Waldo event in Swan River on April 22, 2023 was a huge success as a fundraiser for the Swan River Community Center! There were people of all ages participating with 48 teams and 220 people entered to find the 15 Waldo’s that were hidden around town. Teams […]

2023/04/26Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Swan River Community Centre

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley The Swan River Community Centre was recently awarded a grant for training equipment to enhance skill development within the Swan River Curling Club. This project will primarily serve their junior curlers, but the equipment will be available to all 150+ members. The SR Community Centre hopes this equipment […]

2023/04/20Local Interest

Family & Friends Celebrate Ken Sutherland’s 90th Birthday

Submitted by: Lynda Bird | A great time was had celebrating Ken Sutherland’s 90th birthday on March 25, 2023. We would like to thank all the family that came from near and far and all the friends that made time to come for a visit. We appreciated the visit from Rick Wowchuk to give Dad […]

2023/03/28Local Interest

Great Turnout for March Coffee & a Chat

Submitted by: Services to Seniors The Coffee and a Chat sessions held March 14 and 16, 2023 were attended by 54 people. Topics this month were understanding your Health Care Directives, and Fraud-how to recognize fraud. Deborah Shultz, Nurse Practitioner explained to us that a health care directive is for any person of any age. […]

2023/03/27Local Interest

Participants Enjoy Another Great Billy Beal Fishing Derby

Submitted by: Carolin Foster | The 24th Annual Billy Beal Classic Fishing Derby at Whitefish Lake was a huge success! The $10,000 prize winner was Thomas McKay from Winnipegosis, MB. With 6 minutes left in the derby, his Northern Pike weighing in at 4 lbs. 2 oz. was the winning catch of the day! Ghosted […]

2023/03/21Local Interest

Learn To Curl Clinic A Great Opportunity for New Curlers

Submitted by: Kari Goethe There was an excellent turnout for the Learn to Curl Clinic that was held at the Swan River Curling Club on March 15, 2023. There were 35 curlers that came out to try out their skills and learn a little about the game of curling. A big thank you to all […]

2023/03/17Local Interest

2023 Vintage Ride a Great Success

Submitted by Tammela Bobick Our club hosted its 16th annual Vintage ride on Saturday February 25, 2023 and Mother Nature was against us. We had extreme cold, minus 30 that morning and some winds. However, the people and sleds showed up at the Westwood Inn here in Swan River, Manitoba and by the time we […]

2023/03/10Local Interest

U11 A Team Wins Gold in 2023 Hockey Provincials

Submitted by: Amanda Dixon Congratulations to the U11 A Team on a Gold Medal Win in the MB Rural A Provincials! The team had a successful weekend which lead them to the championship game. The final game was played against Dauphin, with a score of 9-3. A tournament win to remember! Over the weekend, families […]

2023/03/08Local Interest

Overwhelming Support for SVCTC Toy Drive

Jenna Koutecky, Program Coordinator SVCTC Our Annual Toys 4 U gift drive went very well this year. Swan Valley Communities that Care (SVCTC) received overwhelming support from local individuals. businesses, groups, and volunteers. This year we had three gift drive events: Two Stampeders games, where individuals could bring in Toys in exchange to win a […]

2022/12/27Local Interest

CFSV Feature: ESRSS Daycare Safe Guard Area

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) A recent grant awarded to the ESRSS Daycare Centre provided a Safe Guard Area for the playground. This Safe Guard Area provides a safe outdoor area for the children to learn through play. This project benefited the Swan Valley Community to provide a safe, warm, and inviting […]

2022/12/20Local Interest

Delicious Soup Demonstration at Coffee and a Chat

Submitted by: Swan River & District Community Resource Council Inc. – Service to Seniors The third set of sessions of the Winter-Coffee and a Chat were well received with 25 people attending the two venues. Services to Seniors Connie Beaudry started the sessions with introducing the guest speakers and welcoming the participants. Candice Braun started […]

2022/12/19Local Interest

Carol Festival Celebrates the Music of Christmas

Submitted by: Phyllis Friesen The Swan Valley Community Carol Festival rang in the Christmas season with a variety of musical selections at Temple Baptist Church on December 11, 2022. The community gathered to enjoy the music of the season performed by many talented musical artists from around the Valley.

2022/12/16Local Interest

Swan Valley Community Band Christmas Concert 2022

Submitted by: Jayne Leadbeater (Minish) After 3 long Covid19 years, the Swan Valley Community Band was back in full swing with their annual Christmas Concert held Friday, 9 December 2022 at the Ecole Swan River South School. A substantial number of people enjoyed “Music for Christmas” from our group. And, to round out the evening, […]

2022/12/13Local Interest

CFSV Receives $23,997 in Donations

Submitted by Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) This year’s giving challenge took place November 14-20, 2022. During this time, all donations gifted to the Community Foundation were boosted by the Winnipeg Foundation and Manitoba Government (to a maximum of $2,000 each) stretching each donation made to the foundation. Thanks to the strong community support […]

2022/12/12Local Interest

Hymn Sing Warms Hearts on a Cold Winter Day

Pictured above: Highly Strung, Ladies Ukulele Group Submitted by: Donna Leming, Pictures by: Linda McCullough A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather on Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 to attend and participate at the Seventh-day Adventist Christmas Hymn Sing. Several enjoyed the light lunch and fellowship following the program. Proceeds from an […]

2022/12/08Local Interest

Great Evening at Steeprock Bay Bible Cam AGM

Submitted by: Bethany Matejka Thank you to everyone who came out for the Steeprock Bay Bible Camp AGM. It was a great evening of worship, camp stories, yummy food, and camp business.

2022/12/04Local Interest

Valley Stage Players Presents Deputy Jan

Submitted by: Kimberley Knowles | Valley Stage Players were excited to get back into the swing of things with the production of “Deputy Jan” by playwright Richard Gremel. All three productions were a success and the crowds enjoyed the play! The proceeds will go to the Swan River Valley Ag Society! Thanks to everyone who […]

2022/12/01Local Interest

Many Happy Shoppers at Tinsel & Tidings Christmas Market

Submitted by: Diane Buhler | The Tinsel and Tidings Christmas Market was held at the Swan Valley Museum on November 26, 2022. We had more than 30 vendors and a steady stream of happy shoppers in and out of the doors during the sale. We collected non-perishable items for the Swan Valley Food Bank at […]

2022/11/30Local Interest

Beautiful Night at Community Foundation Annual Gala

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) The CFSV Annual Gala took place on Saturday November 12, 2022 at the Veterans Community Hall. It was a beautiful night to gather together as a community and celebrate the important work the foundation has done over the years. This year’s Gala featured delicious hors d’oeuvres and […]

2022/11/24Local Interest

CFSV Feature: Benito & Area Drop In Centre Roof

Submitted by: Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of Swan Valley Inc., the Benito & Area Drop In Centre was able to complete a much needed roof replacement. The Centre plays an important role in the community by providing adults a place to spend their […]

2022/11/15Local Interest

The Serge, The Poppy, The Veteran: Icons of Remembrance

ValleyBiz Story | A march down Veterans Way marked the start of the 2022 Remembrance Day Service in Swan River. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph, followed by a Service of Remembrance at the Veterans Community Hall. Pastor Bob Lewis, Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion – Swan River Branch, delivered a Remembrance Day message […]

2022/11/11Local Interest

Shoppers Enjoy 41st Annual Calico Corners

Submitted by: The Association for Community Living – Swan River The Association for Community Living – Swan River has just hosted the 41st annual Calico Corners sale on November 4th, 2022. Crafters from around the area came together to display & sell their wares. It was wonderful to see the crowds of people come out […]

2022/11/09Local Interest

Curling Clinic Held In Swan River

Submitted by: Kari Goethe Approximately 50 curlers participated in the Curling Clinic held at the Swan River Curling Club on Oct 28-30th, 2022. Instructors, Chris and Lorne Hamblin from the Cargill Curling Training Center in Morris, MB were here to instruct interested curlers on how to improve their skills and learn more about the game. […]

2022/11/08Local Interest