Summertime funtime in Saskatchewan

Brynn Rajczakowski, 5, had her face painted by her cousin Ana, 10, to celebrate Canada Day in Crescent Park in Moose Jaw on July 1, 2017. -- (Crystal Schick/Times-Herald)

MLA Greg Lawrence

Saskatchewan is a great place to be all year-round but I know that many of us especially look forward to events and activities each and every summer. Living in Moose Jaw, we have the tremendous advantage of not having to travel very far to find something to do in the summertime.
Thanks in large part to dedicated volunteers, Moose Jaw always has fun activities planned. Extra special this year was the Canada Day 150 celebrations. The organizing committee did an excellent job celebrating the anniversary of confederation and I was pleased to participate.
Sidewalk Days, Motif Multicultural Festival, the Festival of Words and Concerts in the Park are always popular and for good reason. The volunteers that coordinate these community events put in plenty of hours and effort to make sure we enjoy ourselves. I want to express my appreciation for all those who dedicate their time and talent to make Moose Jaw a vibrant place to live.
If you want to venture out of our fair city to experience some history and culture, Saskatchewan has a lot to offer, including Back to Batoche. Drawing visitors from all over North America, this Métis festival is celebrated each year on the third weekend in July. As a proud member of Saskatchewan’s Métis community, I enjoy attending every year. For me, it’s about reconnecting with my culture and celebrating where I came from. Back to Batoche is open to everyone and offers a variety of activities from square dancing and bannock baking to fiddle competitions, beading and much more. If you have a chance to attend next year, you will not be disappointed.
In my role as Saskatchewan’s military liaison, I have been fortunate enough to attend the annual Wounded Warriors Weekend in each of the past two years. Attendees are members of the military, police officers, firefighters, first-responders and their families. They all get to enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation with peers who have experienced trauma in the line of duty.
I can think of nothing more important than taking care of and giving back to the brave women and men who keep us free and safe. These are individuals who have sacrificed and dedicated their lives to helping others. I consider them heroes and am honoured and humbled to spend time with each and every one.
In Saskatchewan it’s important to get out and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather while we can. I am looking forward to meeting many of you at more community events in the coming weeks. Stay safe and – if I don’t see you – enjoy the rest of your summer!