Borden school holds awards night, United church holds last service

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Borden School Awards Night was held June 12, preceded by a burger and salad supper put on by the SCC with lots of sweets for dessert. MCs for the program were Levi Gough and Jade Matte. After O Canada, Brody Morris gave the principal’s address, thanking everyone who helped in any way with the evening, all those who attended and all the students for their artistic, athletic and scholastic achievements. The Governor General’s award was given to 2018 graduate Kirsten Szwydky, the Prairie Spirit Teacher’s Association Scholarship of $500 was awarded to Danika Pidwerbesky and the Community Service award went to Max Gader. Thanked for their community service were Ken Crush, Affinity Credit Union, Borden Co-op, parents, staff and students. Athletic Awards: Wyatt Dyck - junior volleyball, curling, badminton, track and junior male athlete; Danika - senior girls volleyball; Owen Dyck - junior badminton, and junior cross country; Brooke Brazeau and Colton Thiessen - senior badminton; Savannah Sutherland - senior track and female athlete award; Levi Gough - senior cross country; Sadie Funk - junior female athlete. Citizenship awards went to Max Gunsch for K/1, to Emma Kolosky for Grade 2/3, Alex Orchard for Grade 4/5, Katelyn Worona for Grade 6-10 and Danika for Grades 10-12. Most improved awards went to Milayna O’Toole in K/1, Anna Torrens for Grade 2/3, Karsyn Grasby for Grade 4/5 and Noah Braun for Grades 6-9. A special Arts Award for drama went to Jack Donegan. Thanks and a standing ovation were given to Sheri Sutherland who has worked as an Educational Associate at Borden School for 18 years, has been involved in all the cross-country and athletic activities that the students have been involved in, and who will be working at Langham Elementary School in the fall of 2019. Academic awards: On the Honor Roll (80 -90 per cent) were Wyatt Dyck, Colton Thiessen, Baeleigh Hinz and Kaleb Warren and on the Honor Roll with Distinction (91per cent and higher) were Savannah Sutherland, Danika Pidwerbesky, Sadie Funk, Brooke Brazeau, Levi Gough and Jade Matte. Students with highest averages were Sadie, Savannah, Kaleb and Danika.

Borden United Church held its final service in the church building on Sunday, June 10, with a full church to commemorate the occasion and hear memories of the church life over the years. The congregation have been holding their services at St. John’s Anglican Church in Borden at 1:30 p.m. and will continue to do so every Sunday. The June 10 service was presided over by Gayle Wensley, resident minister. During the service, Danika Pidwerbesky was baptized and Holy Communion was served. During the baptism, special music was sung by Gayle and Pamela Pidwerbesky. For the Litany of Thanksgiving, those taking part and speaking of past events held in the church were worship leader Gayle Wensley who spoke of baptisms, communions, ministers and lay people who have led worship, Sandra Long, board chair, who spoke of the pews and worshippers who have gathered for services, funerals, weddings and other celebrations, Robynn Anderson who spoke on behalf of Sunday school students and leaders, Daphne Pearce who spoke of the United Church Women and the meals and coffee served while working together and Helen Sutherland who spoke of having study groups for learning and the friendships forged as they met. Pamela Pidwerbesky and Gayle sang one verse of Breath on Me Breathe of God, which reminded Lorraine Olinyk of the congregations, choirs, organist, all musicians who have proclaimed their faith here in hymns and songs. Building committee member Stew Walton, with hammer and drill bits as symbols, spoke of the many hours men and women put in over the years to maintain the building, and Gayle concluded with stating that we come together with many good and treasured memories but with a strong sense of grief at saying farewell to this hallowed place. An offering of symbols took place as the congregation moves on to worship in St. John’s Anglican Church and handed on to Rev. Sheldon Carr from St John’s were the memoriam plaque of deceased members by Jean Sawchyn, Helping Hands banner made by Sunday school teachers and students by Danika Pidwerbesky, Voices United hymn book by Sandra Long. In declaring the church being closed, Gayle spoke of celebrating with thanksgiving the life and work or the faith community of Borden United Church. It has served as a witness to God’s presence for 107 years, providing refuge, comfort and challenges for God’s people and has served for generations the faithful people of this community. The building, having been dedicated and named Borden United Church, together with the land on which it stands and all objects remaining in it, we now commend to other purposes. We declare that it is no longer the place of meeting of a congregation of The United Church of Canada. God will be with us as we move on to serve and worship in St. John’s Anglican Church. After the service refreshment with fruit, cheese and dainties were served to those who present.

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June 23, Borden United Church will be hosting Speers United Church members for a potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a joint church service at 1:30 p.m., all in St. John’s Anglican Church. There will be no United Church service on June 30. July and August are holiday months and the first service in the fall will be Sept. 8 at 1:30 pm.

The Borden Community Centre Preservation Committee held a chili luncheon on June 10 in the centre, which was not well attended, but you got a great meal for only $5 and the proceeds went to improvements for the hall. They also held a Father’s Day raffle consisting of over $100 worth of tools and goodies for dad and this was won by Kasey Saunders for his dad Tristan.

On June 19, the Credit Union and Co-op are holding a barbecue by the Co-op grocery store and for $2 you get a burger or hot dog, pop and ice cream with the proceeds going to BCCPC for the hall.

A golf tournament in aid of Jim Pattison’s Children Hospital will be held at the Borden Golf Course on Saturday, June 22, starting at 10:30 a.m. Call Murray at 306-222-7038 for info.

The Borden Friendship Club hold their potluck supper and birthday cake on June 26 and local talent will be featured.

Radisson seniors host a pancake breakfast at their Goodrich Centre on June 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. and then in the afternoon the Borden museum is holding an Historic Walking Tour of Borden starting at 2 p.m. at the museum under the direction of the summer student Leah Williamson.


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