Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer was in our studio this morning to talk about Friday's launch of the city's new Safe Places initiative, and a screening of former Swift Current Bronco Sheldon Kennedy's new documentary "Swift Current" at the Sky Centre.
"Swift Current" premiered at a film festival in Toronto in the fall and aired across Canada on Global TV in November, and tells the stories of Kennedy and other victims of the abuse that came at the hands of former hockey coach Graham James. Schafer and Kennedy worked together to develop the Safe Places initiative, and the Mayor wrote an editorial piece in Monday's Globe and Mail to offer his apologies on behalf of the city to the victims of Graham James and their families.
The screening starts at 6:45pm, and will be followed by a roundtable with Schafer and Kennedy. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online or by calling City Hall at 306-778-2777.
Sheldon Kennedy will be back in Swift Current for a number of other events through the weekend... He will also be the keynote speaker for the United Way's sold out Kick-off Breakfast Friday morning, also at the Sky Centre, and he will receive the WHL 50th Anniversary Alumni Achievement Award before face-off of Sunday's Swift Current Broncos game against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Credit Union iplex, which will be broadcast live on Sportsnet as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey weekend in Swift Current.