Friday, June 29, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Many activities for Canada Day celebrations

By Lisa Goudy
A Canadian flag flies in the wind on Main Street in Moose Jaw. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

It’s been 145 years since Confederation and there is more than enough to do to celebrate.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Canada Day is primarily about history

By Lisa Goudy

Parties, activities, social outings and fireworks have been a part of Canada Day celebrations for a long time. It’s something that should rightly be associated with the day celebrating Confederation, which occurred on July 1, 1867.

But I also think we could all use a reminder of the real reason we celebrate Canada Day and that can be summed up in one word — history.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: SaskPower proposes building transmission line for new K+S mine

Shayne MacDonald of JD Mollard and Associates Ltd., right, explains information about SaskPower's new transmission line project to Coun. Brian Short from the R.M. of Pense. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

A lot of power is planned to flow from Moose Jaw to the new K+S Potash Canada Ltd.’s new potash mine site near Bethune announced last week.

SaskPower is proposing to build a permanent 230-kilovolt transmission line from Pasqua Switching Station east of Moose Jaw to the mine site 8.5 kilometres northeast of Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

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Additional Comment from Bernie Bolen, manager of stakeholder engagement at SaskPower

"A customer says they’re looking for whatever amount of energy they tell us that they require so then our network development group identifies what do we need to deliver the power to them that we need?” said Bolen. “Then they look at the rest of our provincial grid and try and figure out where’s the nearest connection.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Cyclist raising money for water projects in Haiti

By Lisa Goudy

Jeff Glen from Vancouver sits on his bicycle in Moose Jaw on Wednesday. Glen is cycling across Canada to raise money for water projects in Haiti through the charity Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Jeff Glen’s trip across Canada hasn’t been easy.

“There’s been some tough days out there actually. I think it rained the first five days in B.C.,” said Glen, who began his cycling trip across Canada in Vancouver on June 3. “If it’s raining, I’ll keep going. If there’s a tornado, I’ll stop.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: FHHR focuses on community engagement in HIV strategy

By Lisa Goudy

The Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) is working towards increasing the rate of screening to prevent and manage sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Producers have mixed feelings on the collapse of CWB monopoly

By Lisa Goudy

Farmer Vaughn Crone shares his thoughts about the good and the bad of the collapse of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly at the Farming for Profit conference at the Heritage Inn on Monday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Farmer Vaughn Crone views the collapse of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) monopoly as a way for increased competition.

Additional comments

"I believe the CWB in its present form will be scrambling to put aside some of the proceeds from its sales program in order to make itself commercially viable enough so that at the end of the five years it is a saleable entity,” said Rick Swenson, a local farmer and former cabinet minister for the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party.

Farmer and past president Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel said she believes market freedom is good for producers and the work that needs to be done can be completed in a more positive environment.

"The good is that the fight is finally over and we can welcome the benefits of an open market. Yes there is still plenty of work to do. We need to gain faster access to varieties. We need to modernize the Canada Grain Act so that farmers can sell their grain on the basis of speck. We need to see improvement sin rail transportation and we need improved access to markets," said Jolly-Nagel.

"The CWB can operate effectively in a market choice environment with the right people and the right attitude," she added.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: The fair life is a fun life

By Lisa Goudy
West Coast Amusements crew supervisor Brian Mann works on a flat tire on the Sooper Jet ride at the Hometown Fair at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds on Friday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
The appeal of fun, sun and travel was what motivated Brian Mann to get a job at the fair at age 19.

Now, almost 30 years later, Mann loves his career with West Coast Amusements more than he did when he started.

2012 Hometown Fair

Additional comments

Brian Mann said his favourite part of working at the fair is all the travelling he gets to do.

"You get to see all different kinds of country. There was a time where once in a while we’d go down into the States. We used to travel as far as Manitoba. You see all parts of Canada. You meet people constantly," said Mann, adding that he enjoys visiting Moose Jaw as well.

West Coast Amusements secretary manager Wendy Hauser said she had a positive feeling about how the fair would go this weekend.

"Things are good in Saskatchewan. We're really optimistic. It's going to be a good fair," said Hauser. "I'm most looking forward to good weather, the crowds and that everybody has a good time."

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Man installs anonymously donated marker on his mother’s grave

By Lisa Goudy

James Oakley stands next to the anonymously donated granite marker placed on the grave of his mother, Marilyn. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
James Oakley was pleased when he placed a granite marker on his mother’s grave on Friday.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Cultural celebrations shouldn’t be limited to just one day

By Lisa Goudy

I once watched an interview with actor Morgan Freeman on 60 Minutes, who described Black History Month as “ridiculous.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: National Aboriginal Day marked with school division celebrations

By Lisa Goudy

Chavez Taypayosatum of the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association (WACA) dancers performs the chicken dance for Grade 7 Prairie South School Division students at Connor Park Thursday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
On the first day of the summer solstice, Thursday, students from the Catholic and public school divisions participated in National Aboriginal Day celebrations. 

Gerry Stonechild teaches Holy Trinity Catholic School Division students about his culture at St. Margaret School Thursday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Riverview art class experiences ancient Japanese raku firing

By Lisa Goudy
Riverview Collegiate teacher Kelly Grass prepares to take a piece of pottery out of a tin garbage can after it has gone through the raku firing process. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

In the 16th century, raku ware was traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

More than 500 years later, the pottery technique is still used for its unique textures. Grade 10, 11 and 12 students in the senior art class at Riverview Collegiate Institute had the chance to experience raku firing on Tuesday.

Riverview Collegiate teacher Kelly Grass takes out a piece of pottery from the kiln to place it in a tin garbage can to complete the raku firing process. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

Teacher Kelly Grass said it was the first time he had done raku firing with a class, but he said it gives the pieces a lot of “neat surprises.”

“Once you do it, you become hooked on it,” said Grass. “It’s neat because there’s a lot of fire and smoke and it’s got that 'wow' element.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Raku fired pieces from the Riverview Collegiate senior art class sit outside the school on a tray to cool. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Learn more about raku firing here

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Feeling the love

Girls Leadership Camp empowers self-esteem and reduces fear of judgment

By Lisa Goudy

Almost 40 girls from Central Collegiate went to a Girls Leadership Camp at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp last week to boost self-esteem and to be better leaders. Submitted photo
When almost 40 Grade 9-11 Central Collegiate Institute students went to Dallas Valley Ranch Camp for a Girls Leadership Camp last week, they had no idea how much more self-confidence they would have afterwards.

Additional comment from Kirsten Clark

was really quite amazing to watch the girls and how empowered they became in such a short time,” said Clark. “It was really about building self-esteem and about teamwork.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Refugee shares his life struggles at World Refugee Day luncheon

Adhiero Omot, a refugee who came to Moose Jaw from south Sudan, shares his life experiences at the World Refugee Day luncheon at the Timothy Eaton Centre on Wednesday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Adhiero Omot has been struggling to settle into Canadian life ever since arriving in Moose Jaw on May 22, 2002.

Full quote from Omot about his first winter in Saskatchewan:
“Because it was summertime, the immigration was not ready to provide us a jacket and all that. All of a sudden when we flew from Toronto and there was a blizzard, there was a big blizzard in Saskatchewan, the plane couldn’t land in Regina. It had to land in Saskatoon. 

"We came by bus and it was my first time to see snow. It was very, very white and cold and I don’t know what to do and it was a shock. I will not forget about it,” said Omot.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Proposed SaskTel cellphone tower subject to city’s review

By Lisa Goudy

With SaskTel’s 4G network becoming congested, Rob Kaminski of SaskTel corporate services presented more information on a proposed cellphone tower to City of Moose Jaw executive committee during Monday's meeting.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Mosaic Place accessibility referred back to special needs advisory board

By Lisa Goudy

Almost no debate took place at Monday’s executive committee meeting before the executive voted in favour of referring the Mosaic Place accessibility report to the special needs advisory board for a response.

Photos: Entrances and stairways are shown at Mosaic Place on Monday. Executive committee passed a motion during Monday's meeting to refer the Mosaic Place accessibility report to the special needs advisory board for a response. Times-Herald photos by Lisa Goudy

Friday, June 15, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Northern rock paintings in travelling museum exhibit

By Lisa Goudy

Northern Saskatchewan is filled with red yellowish-brown images against a backdrop of rock cliffs along the Churchill River, but many people don’t get a chance to see them.

Thanks to the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, a travelling exhibit called Kiwetinohk: The Rock Paintings of Northern Saskatchewan at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw, people can view the rock painting pictographs until June 22.

Additional information

The exhibit opened on June 8 and closes on June 22.

The paintings show how the people communicated across Saskatchewan to Quebec.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Students advocating for classroom cellphone use for learning

Members of the Student Advisory Group are advocating for the use of cellphones and other technology in the classroom to enhance learning. From left: (Back) Thomas Spence - Central, Donavin Gunn - Peacock and Hudson Taylor - Peacock. From left (Front) Annie Riendeau - Central, Paige Hager - Central, Niko Wicharuk - Central, Emily Vargo - Peacock and Brett Ellis - Peacock. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Cellphones in classrooms might soon become an antiquated idea.

A group of 15 students from A.E. Peacock Collegiate, Central Collegiate and Riverview Collegiate have been preparing since November for presentations they made in June to staff at the three schools about how cellphones could and should be used in classrooms to enhance the learning experience.

The entire process is documented online here.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: The positive side of student loans

By Lisa Goudy

Logging into my Twitter account the other day, I noticed one person I’m following had retweeted U.S. President Barack Obama’s tweet: “I’m the President of the United States, and it was only about 8 years ago that I finished paying off my student loans. — President Obama.”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Knitting day a fun chance to knit in public

By Lisa Goudy

Knitters have a chance to knit in public.

Knitters or anyone wanting to learn more about knitting can participate in World Wide Knitting in Public (WWKIP) Day on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the zero block of River Street at the Farmers’ Market. The event is hosted by a small group of knitters and is sponsored by Stitcher’s Nook.

Additional comments

Adrienne Forsyth, event co-ordinator and owner of Stitcher's Nook, described WWKIP as:

“It’s really just an opportunity for us to get together and share our love of knitting and other stitchery forms and just have fun doing it and show people that here’s another thing you can do with your leisure time if you want to do that,” said Forsyth.

She said the hardest part was finding a location to hold the event, but once she came up with a place, everything came together nicely.

“When I was thinking of places to knit in public, I mean, obviously things like the mall came to mind first and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s kind of dull. What else could we do?’” said Forsyth. “Then I remembered about the Farmers’ Market. I’d read that they were moving down to River Street and I thought, ‘Well that would be a nice little opportunity. Maybe we could just go down there and create a little bustle down there too.” 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: 20 Questions with Della Ferguson

Della Ferguson. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Times-Herald recently sat down with Della Ferguson, continued care co-ordinator for W.J. Jones and Son Funeral Home and a funeral celebrant, to ask her 20 questions. Ferguson grew up on a farm six miles out of Mortlch and lives with her husband Del. They have two grown children, Vanessa and Gray.

1.     What do you like best about what you do?
“I love meeting with people and talking heart-to-heart.”

2.     Why did you decide to be a continued care co-ordinator?
“I actually felt called to it and then I was invited to come and join Jones Funeral Home and from that it just mushroomed and grew and I grew with it I guess.”

3.     What’s the hardest part of your job?
“I would say it’s extremely hard to observe the intensity of the pain that people are having to experience as a result of tragedies.”

4.     What do you do to relax after a hard day’s work?
“Nature is one of my great solaces. I love sunrises, find just I breathe that in and it fills me up. I have very special friends that I connect heart-to-heart with and can feel that support and my family is extremely open and communicative in support and music.”

5.     Do you ever find your work overbearing?

“It can get overwhelming especially if I haven’t taken the time to do the self-care that I need, but then I very intentionally regroup and find a way to process and work through the overwhelm.”

For more information, see the June 9th edition of the Times-Herald.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: A good dose of skepticism is needed online

By Lisa Goudy

Earlier this week when I logged into my Facebook account, I saw that one of my friends had posted a notice that anyone can infringe on your right to privacy.

Out of a favour to a friend and because of my journalistic curiosity, I did a little digging to see if there was actually some truth to it or if it was a hoax.

I discovered that is totally false. I think this hoax or any hoax for that matter should serve as a friendly reminder for people to not believe everything read on the Internet, including Facebook.

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Outdoor pool to open June 11

By Lisa Goudy

The outdoor pool in Crescent Park will stay open a little longer this year.

The Phyllis Dewar Pool, set to open on Monday, will stay open right up to the Labour Day weekend.

For more information, visit the city’s website at

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Fighting to beat stage IV cancer

By Lisa Goudy

When Kelly Churko was diagnosed and treated for stage IV colon cancer in 2010, he thought it was gone for good.

But seven months later, the cancer returned in his liver. Since then, Churko has undergone two more surgeries. While the cancer is gone for now, stage IV cancer has high chances of returning.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Youth-driven conference focuses on volunteer work

By Lisa Goudy

The Moose Jaw South Central Regional Intersectoral Committee’s Speak Out 2: National Youth Day conference Tuesday at Timothy Eaton Center marked the official launch of the volunteer bank for youth.

Description of the conference from Roxy Johnston, event co-ordinator from the Prairie South School Division

"Kids run it and make the decisions," said Johnston.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Degrassi star speaks out about youth volunteer work

By Lisa Goudy

Outreach speaker and former Degrassi star Raymond Ablack speaks at the Speak Out 2: National Youth Day conference on Tuesday at Timothy Eaton Center. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
If everyone changed his or her daily habits, achieving the Hakuna matata of The Lion King might be attainable.

That was a message keynote speaker and actor Raymond Ablack gave to a group of Saskatchewan youth and adult leaders during his address at the Speak Out 2: National Youth Day conference on Tuesday at Timothy Eaton Gardens, put on by the Moose Jaw South Central Regional Intersectoral Committee (RIC).

Additional comment from Raymond Ablack

“I just hope that my stories -  that they can find some part of any story I have that they can relate to that will catch fire and inspire,” said Ablack. “I don’t know how they’ll do that I’m just hoping they can relate to my stories because they can see that I’m so much like them. There’s nothing at all special about me. Anybody can do what I’ve done and more people could probably do way more than I’ve done.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Local Grade 12 student presented with volunteerism award

By Lisa Goudy
Mayor Glenn Hagel presents Grade 12 student Michael Minall with an award for his volunteerism on Tuesday at Timothy Eaton Center. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

His hard childhood lifestyle was what inspired Michael Minall to first start volunteering.

“By the time (I was in) Grade 9, I really had nowhere to live,” said Minall. “It really just progressed me to fight for houses that kids can actually go to and … when you’re experiencing things as you’re growing up that are really, really hard, you either find yourself or you lose yourself and you walk a very fine line between both.

“I was just one of the lucky ones that found myself,” he added. “I want to help more kids find themselves (as they experience the hardships of growing up).”

The Grade 12 Riverview Collegiate student has been volunteering in Moose Jaw for the past four years. 

Additional comments from Michael Minall

"I want the people to love and respect each other," said Minall. "I want somebody to look at somebody who's a different colour and be like, 'Hey, you're my brother' and look at a girl who's a different colour and be like, 'Hey, you're my sister,' even though we're not."

He added that through his volunteer work, he wants to give youth something to do.

"What I've tried to do is make the lives of the youth in Moose Jaw from my generation onward to have something to do and almost seem like it means something," said Minall.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Glen McRitchie worked hard for the community

By Lisa Goudy

Glen McRitchie was known for his hard work for the community, his honesty and his love for his family.

“He was a business person, that’s for sure,” said his son, Derek. “He had lots of integrity and people trusted him … Whatever he was left do for work (everyone) just knew they wouldn’t have to worry about it because it’d be done properly and ethically.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A perfect day for the third annual Shriners’ Children’s Festival

By Lisa Goudy

The Moose Jaw Shrine Club’s Children’s Festival was once again a sellout.

“We had a great response from the community and it was a perfect day out and the kids had fun,” said event chairman Andy Ryba. “We had an overwhelming amount of people come through.”

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Decoration Day remembers those who gave their lives

Rev. Doug Shepherd, who conducted the Decoration Day service in Crescent Park on Sunday, stands by after Palliser Member of Parliament Ray Boughen placed a wreath on the cenotaph. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Jasmine Bigaouette places a flag on a grave at Rosedale 
Cemetery on Sunday morning, which was Decoration Day. 
(From left) Mary MacDonald, Marie Emond and Col.Marc Bigaouette 
stand by as the flag is placed on the grave. 
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Rosedale Cemetery holds special meaning for Col. Marc Bigaouette because his good friend and ex-Snowbird Cpt. Bryan Mitchell is buried there.

“Bryan and I flew together when Bryan was on helicopters so we had a tour together in Egypt in 1987,” said Bigaouette, the commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw who has served in the military for 32 years. “I get to touch his grave and get an appreciation for everything he’s done for his country, for the military (and I) get to see his wife and his children.”

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Heritage Home Tour shows off some of Moose Jaw’s history

Gladys MacDonald stands next to her 120-year-old doll in the Wakamow Heights Bed and Breakfast during the Heritage Home Tour Sunday afternoon. The doll originally belonged to her aunt who died at age 13 and MacDonald's grandmother gave it to her on her sixth birthday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy
Adorned in a handmade yellow and white dress, the same she wore for her daughter’s wedding in 1974, Gladys MacDonald spoke about the history of the Wakamow Heights Bed and Breakfast.

“They’ve been working hard ever since,” said MacDonald, mother of Lois Knowles, who has owned the house with her husband, John since 2006. “He’s been constantly renovating, changing rooms around. Every room now has its own bath and everything. It used to have a bathroom down the hall for the family.”

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Weekend extra - Jazz an important art form for Saskatchewan youth

David Dick says jazz is an important cultural aspect in Saskatchewan. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Moose Jaw native David Dick sees jazz improvisation as a musical outlet for all ages.

“(Improvisation is) another form of expression in music that’s really unique to jazz, that you get to compose on the spot. Most of the time I’m performing music that someone else invented and wrote and the artistry is more like an actor. I’m not creating the lines. I’m not writing the screenplay. I’m delivering the performance of it,” said Dick.

“But with jazz, you can actually be doing both at the same time,” he continued. “It’s like being an improv actor instead, where you know generally where the scene is supposed to go, but you don’t know exactly what the lines are going to be to get you there.”

Dick is mostly involved in classical music now, but he can’t wait to get back into jazz. Jazz music was his reason for getting involved in music growing up in Moose Jaw because of its high energy. Currently he plays principal trombone for the Regina Symphony Orchestra, gives private lessons and plays a little piano. He also plays lead trombone in the newly founded Regina Jazz Orchestra.

Jazz is an important part of Saskatchewan culture, but there are less opportunities in the province because of size. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Jazz is an important art form for people in Saskatchewan, Dick said. Because jazz has so many different styles within the genre, from swing to fusion, he explained pretty much everyone can find some sort of jazz they enjoy. However, jazz doesn’t have many followers and is underappreciated, but he said most of that is because of lack of exposure to all jazz styles.

He added many types of jazz education and involvements are available at universities in the province, such as jazz bands and theory.

“To have it in a university is sort of an affirmation that jazz is important enough that it’s being offered at the university in several ways,” said Dick, who is a sessional lecturer of a jazz appreciation entry-level music class at the University of Regina.

He went on to say that in his jazz appreciation class, there is usually a mix of students. Some are music majors who see the class as an opportunity to learn more or gain exposure to jazz. But about half of the students are not music majors or musically involved, but see the class as a fun or easy elective.

“It’s happened lots that students come out of it — having never listened to jazz before — but started buying jazz albums for themselves and listening to jazz regularly and they will become patrons of that art form afterwards,” said Dick.

Lecturer and jazz enthusiast Brent Ghiglione, also from Moose Jaw, said that in recent years, he has seen more young people become involved in jazz. He added younger groups are forming in the province, starting in elementary schools. In his experience, he has found that young people tend to find jazz easier to absorb.

“I think it talks to them. It gives them a form of expression or it gives them an opportunity to speak to this. It gives them a voice. A musical voice,” said Ghiglione.

For more information, see the May 26th edition of the Times-Herald.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Farmers’ market opens for the season

Vendors have mixed feelings about the new location

By Lisa Goudy

 Sherry Inglis (right) peruses Morley and Cathy McKechnie's set-up at the first farmers' market of the season on Saturday on the zero block of River Street West. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Cathy and Morley McKechnie have been setting up at the farmers’ market for the past eight years.

Returning for their ninth season, the couple from a Bethune farm were among half a dozen vendors at the first farmers’ market of the season on Saturday. The farmers’ market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 6. In July and August, it will also be at the same time on Wednesdays as well.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Relay for Life 2012 raises $85,844 for the cancer society

By Lisa Goudy

The 11th annual Relay for Life brought in a total of $85,844, a number that event chairperson Doris Dunphy wished had been higher.

“The only low point that I am a little disappointed in was the final numbers actually,” said Dunphy. “As a fundraiser, you’re always looking for more, but it’s satisfactory.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Palliative conference a major success

By Lisa Goudy

Sylvia Keall said she couldn’t have been more pleased with the palliative conference.

“I had many, many people come up to me and say that they’d been to a lot of conferences and this was the best as far as they were concerned,” said Keall, the local conference chairperson for the 2012 Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care provincial conference at the Heritage Inn that started on Wednesday.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Community Wellness Summit to focus on physical activity

By Lisa Goudy
Politicians, government officials, citizens and service clubs will be focusing more on physical activity.

Any interested parties are welcome to attend the Community Wellness Summit on Wednesday at Mosaic Place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the South Central Healthy Active Living Committee (HALC).

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Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Relay for Life considered another success

Cancer survivors walk the survivors' lap at the Relay for Life at the Moose Jaw Field House. (Back from left): Jackie Schaitel and Mandy Eirich; (Front) Emily Stillwell and Darol Joel. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

The Stone Cutters team has been coming to the Relay for Life ever since its inception.

“It’s kind of a tradition for us now,” said team member Al Rivers. “It’s giving back to our community and hope to help to cure cancer.”

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: No judgment at Relay for Life for young cancer survivor

Cancer survivor Taylor Froese, 18, stands next to the track lined with luminiaries at the Relay for Life before the survivors' lap. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Taylor Froese was almost three years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia.

“She spent her birthday in the hospital,” said Taylor’s mother Shelley. “At one point we were ready to give up because we couldn’t see ourselves putting her through anything more.”

After two years of treatment, the cancer went into remission. Now 18-year-old Taylor has been cancer-free for 13 years. She and her mother participated in the 11th annual Relay for Life that began Friday evening and lasted until Saturday morning.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Being there for one another is the best way to cope with death

By Lisa Goudy

Death is a curious paradox for most people. We all experience death at some point. While many people typically fear death, it’s also something we’re fascinated with because it’s the unknown. With the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care conference taking place since Wednesday, the topic has certainly been on my mind.

But I don’t think we have to be health care professionals or work in a profession that deals with death to be there for someone in mourning, including ourselves. From the point of view of someone who isn’t an expert by any means on the subject, I think our experiences are our best guide to how to cope with loss.

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Helping people find meaning in a time of death

By Lisa Goudy

David Kessler speaks at the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Provincial Conference on Thursday. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
David Kessler believes in people-centred care when caring for people on their deathbeds.

“We can’t take away the pain of death, but we can help people find a little more meaning in those tough, tough days of their life,” said Kessler, a leading expert on death and grief from Los Angeles and the founder of “It’s important to tell families and loved ones what they’re going to experience when they’re at the end of their life so that they’re prepared and realizing that what they’re feeling is normal and that they’re going to be loved and taken care of during that time of life.”