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Time for Citizen of the Year nominations

Once again it is time for nominations for the 2015 Citizen of the Year. There are many citizens who have contributed to our community and deserve to be recognized. If you wish to recognize  a citizen from our community who, by his/her good works and community spirit, has made Unity a better place to live, please print out the nomination form located here – Citizen of the Year – nomination form – Unity – and fill it out!

2015 Citizen of the Year header

Criteria for the award includes:

  1. He/she must be eighteen years of age or older.
  2. All nominations must be presented on the official nomination sheet available here – Citizen of the Year – nomination form – Unity – or at the Press-Herald office, 310 Main Street in Unity, SK. Any previous years’ nominees, submitted before 2008, need to be re-submitted with an updated write-up.
  3. The winner will not be eligible for nomination in future years.
  4. Nominees must be a resident of the Town of Unity and/or the Unity School District area.
  5. All nominations must be submitted to “Citizen of the Year, c/o P.O. Box 309, Unity, Sask. S0K 4L0” not later than April 30, 2015.
  6. Nominees will be judged for their willingness to give freely of their time and themselves for the betterment of our community.
  7. Presentation of the Citizen of the Year Award will be made Friday, May 22, 2015 immediately after the Unity Western Days barbecue supper.
  8. The nominators (he, she or them) must sign the nomination sheet, but may remain anonymous to the public if they so desire.
  9. The judges shall remain anonymous and their decision shall be final.

Residents are encouraged to sponsor the citizen of their choice. Imagine his/her delight in being chosen as Unity’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2015.

Citizen of the Year – nomination form – Unity

Western Days this weekend in Unity – something for everyone

There will be something for everyone, as usual, at this year’s Western Days event in Unity, Saskatchewan.

Tonight, leave the cooking to the Westen chefs and enjoy a roast beef supper – all ages welcome – and find out who Unity’s Citizen of the Year is. 5:30 pm at the Agroplex.

Later on, take part in, or at least watch, the spirited bidding for the hats of the Local Celebrity Cow Riders and relax – or dance – to the music of HillBilly Blunt Revisited and Lonely J.

Tomorrow, Saturday, come on downtown for lunch. The Unity and District Chamber of Commerce will be manning the barbecue on 2nd Avenue, just east of Main Street, from 11 am on. Have lunch, check out the stores and then stake out your spot on the sidewalk for the annual parade, scheduled to start at 1 pm from the Unity Community Centre.

Unity Western Days parade

(See the Unity Credit Union ad on the last page of the May 26 Press-Herald for the parade route, but please note the parade will actually follow the route in reverse order!)

After the parade, you’ll have time for a siesta, some yardwork or shopping before the rodeo itself starts out at the rodeo grounds at 5:30 pm. This family-friendly entertainment will include cowgirls racing at top speed, directing their horses around barrels,  cowboys vying for the fastest calf roping times and the heart-stopping spills and chills of both bull and bronc riding.

The rodeo will include your friends and neighbours risking … well, maybe not life and limb, but probably limbs! … as they try to last eight seconds on an angry, bucking cow, determined to see its would-be rider face first in the arena dirt!

Unity Western Days, 2013

Participating in the Celebrity Cow Riding event this year are last year’s champion, Jaylon Kuhn, Miners’ Bob Davey and Michael and Adam Shirley, lady rider Shelby Ordynas and Trevor Senger, Cody Bosch, Kevin Martin and Dan Feser, along with some more of the Kuhn brothers.

Later leave the kids with a babysitter and come kick up your heels to the music of Longshot at the Western Days Cabaret Saturday evening, 9 pm to 2 am.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets from one of the four girls running for Rodeo Queen.

You don’t have to cook much this weekend! The Unity Baptist Church is providing a free pancake breakfast out at the grounds Sunday morning. Entertainment starts at 10:30 am, followed by breakfast at 11:45.

The weather forecast looks wonderful for the weekend, so chances are you can bask in the sun Sunday afternoon as you take in the second day of rodeo events, including the finals for the local Celebrity Cow Riders. Grab supper at the booth and you won’t even have to cook when you get home from the fun Western Days weekend!

Unity SK Western Days




Nominate an outstanding volunteer

Like many towns, Unity each year recognizes a Citizen of the Year. Did you know that, for someone who truly does an exceptional job in serving the community, further recognition is available?

There are individuals in Unity and area who deserve to be nominated for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. Nominations are open until October 18. Here are the details as outlined in the government press release:

If you know an outstanding volunteer or someone who exemplifies exceptional community involvement, then please take the time between now and October 18 to nominate that individual for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.

“Our province is well known for our impressive volunteers,” Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said.  “I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving individual to receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, so that we can celebrate their tremendous contributions to our province.”

Any Canadian citizen who is a current or former long-term resident of Saskatchewan is eligible for nomination.  Nominations are not accepted for sitting members of Parliament, the Legislature or judiciary.  Groups or organizations cannot be nominated and posthumous nominations are not accepted.

The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal is silver, circular in form and suspended by a V-shaped clasp from a ribbon of green and gold, the provincial colours.  It bears the Saskatchewan shield of arms with the Crown and the motto Nos ipsos dedimus (We Gave of Ourselves).  Recipients also receive a circular silver lapel pin displaying the Saskatchewan shield of arms superimposed on a “V,” a certificate and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters S.V.M.

Recipient names are also inscribed on a board adjacent to the Athabasca Gallery on the main floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina.

The medal is presented by the Lieutenant Governor during an annual ceremony.

Since its inception in 1995, 156 people have received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.  Additional information, nomination forms and a list of previous recipients can be found online at www.ops.gov.sk.ca/svm or call toll-free 1-877-427-5505.