Rivers West announces 2021 awards recipients

The Rivers West District for Sport, Culture & Recreation has announced its 2021 Rivers West District Volunteer Recognition Awards recipients.

A number of awards were announced last week in 11 categories with several going to the Battlefords area recipients.

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Awards are as follows:

Sport –

Athlete of the Year: Robyn Hunter (Hillmond)

Coach of the Year: Boyd Wakelin (Battleford)

Event of the Year: Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony (Battleford)

Culture –

Development and Promotion: Walk 2gether Stand 2gether (Battlefords)

Artist of the Year : Azby Whitecalf (Gallivan)

Event : Battlefords Untapped Podcast Committee

Historical Preservation : Velma Foster (Bresaylor Heritage Museum)

Recreation –

Professional of the Year : Clay DeBray (Flying Dust First Nation)

Facility - Renovated or New Build : Kerrobert Library Board & Staff

District Dream Broker – Service Provider of the Year : Battlefords Gymnastics Club

Over-All Volunteer of the Year -

Mary Ramsay (Cut Knife) and Melvin Sawatzky (Cut Knife).

In a statement Donna Johnston-Genest, Executive Director, Rivers West District for Sport, Culture & Recreation, said:

“Over the past year, our volunteers have gone above and beyond to keep Sport, Culture & Recreation alive and thriving in our District. Thank you does not cover the immense gratitude we feel towards these individuals, organizations, and communities. Congratulations on your most deserved recognition.”

There will not be an awards banquet due to current Saskatchewan Health restrictions, with recipients receiving their awards by mail. Celebration of their accomplishments will be highlighted on Rivers West’s website and on social media.

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