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  JULY 15, 2007 – MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF OUR SECOND DECADE !!   AND WHAT A DECADE IT WAS !! We have provided hospitality, service and fabulous cuisine for thousands of events, some national, some international. We have provided spectacular surroundings for weddings, wedding receptions, seminars, conferences, family reunions, high school reunions, government workshops, retreats, respite and a whole host of various adventures. Additionally, we have served hundreds of thousands over the past more than 10 years with our food distribution program. We have served hundreds in drug and alcohol recovery inasmuch as we are a long term residential treatment facility when we are not otherwise fully booked. Individuals have come from as far west as Victoria, B.C. and from as far east as Prince Edward Island for treatment. Our amazing staff (all volunteers) provide the warmest hospitality and service bar none. And our kitchen staff!! They are unbelievable – home cooked meals that people come back for time and time again. We have faithful customers who book their events with us year after year and we have bookings into the year 2011. One such customer recently remarked after hosting two events every year since 1997 (our first year) – “… in ten years, you have not shirked in any area, you are just as friendly, just as efficient and the meals have not waivered, not one bit.” We want to thank our incredible suppliers, sponsors, donors and supporters, without whom these countless individuals would not have been served with our best efforts, services and supplies. Here are just a few of those – we are sure we will leave out some if not many. Please forgive us if we do and email us to include you in our list. Yellowhead Pizzas and Subs, Sobey’s (Safeway), London Drugs, Great Canadian Bagel, Great Canadian Superstore, Martin’s Produce, Star Produce, Star Egg, Family Pizza, Saskatoon Family Network Inc. to name a few. Over the years, our many tireless volunteers, many of whom have been with the ministry for more than these 10 years, with few vacations – Sandra Howarth, Linda Laird, Lee Hilton, Keith Hills, Sonia Hazen, Al and Audry Wersch, Rob and Georgia Van Doornum, Jonathan Wiebe, Richard Perras, Sandie McDade, Sheldon and Lisa Dyck, Casey Stokman, Helen Kvale, Dave and Lori Washington, Colleen Troesch, Doris and Joe Rubio, Cindy Kemp, Janet Sebelius, Rachel Laird. Without the help of these diehard troopers, there would have been no honors, no awards, no literary events … no wonder when the Premier invited me to his banquet, when I told him of their work of constant dedication, and that I did not do any of this alone, he told me, in that case, bring them all.  I believe there were 14 who attended the Saskatchewan Order of Merit ceremonies with me. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS, MANY OF WHOM COME OUT AND WORK WITH US SIDE BY SIDE WHILE WE CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, OUR PROVINCE AND OUR NATION. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Suzanne Claire Olaski, S.O.M.        

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