Melvin Sawatzky, Award Recipient

– content of post kindly shared from the Rivers West District Nomination form submitted by Bonnie S.

mel sawatsky receiving overall volunteer award of the year
Mayor Gwenn Kaye (left) presenting Mel Sawatzky (right) with the Over-All Volunteer of the Year Award

In 1971, Mel became the first Chairman of the newly created Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. For several years prior to this Mel, in his capacity as Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Chapter, actively sought to assist Elizabeth McLain in establishing a Museum which would house artifacts of great historical significance to Canada, associated with the settlement of the northwest and the events surrounding the 1885 rebellion.

Mel’s record of achievements include:

  • 24 years as a Volunteer Firefighter;
  • 20+ years involvement with the Cut Knife Colts hockey team in a variety of roles;
  • 8 years service as a Councilor, Town of Cut Knife;
  • Decades of involvement with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, including the Hunter Safety Education program;
  • Coordination of the 2005 RCMP Musical Ride in the Town of Cut Knife;
  • Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Lodge in the late 1960’s; and
  • More than five decades of continuous service including service on the Board of Trustees, Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. Melvin Sawatzky holds the distinction of Life Member of the Board of Trustees of Clayton McLain Memorial Museum.

“Spanning over five decades, Mel Sawatzky has had a long and distinguished record of service to the community and district of Cut Knife Saskatchewan… Mel’s service to Cut Knife has taken many forms. He has always been willing to help anyone who asks for assistance, and has shared his woodworking and maintenance skills freely.”

Congratulations to Mel Sawatzky, lifetime member of the CMMM Board of Trustees, on receiving the Rivers West District Volunteer Recognition Award for Over-All Volunteer of the Year!


Moga Madness 2012

A group of students came to the museum today and brought with them a willingness to do anything we needed to have done. What a gift and I took advantage of the offer!

We have over a dozen buildings and this often means that things need to be moved from one place to another. In planning exhibits, it is necessary and cost effective to use existing display cases. There is very little budgeting for ‘new’ in the small museum. Use and re-use is what we do. Our Church building is being used for a special Centennial Exhibit space this summer.

So the students and their teacher moved panels from one building to another and moved church pews out of the way.

Then furniture acquisitions were moved and outdoor picnic tables were re-located.
All in all, it was a lot of work in a short time.

I can’t thank them enough. Our young people make great volunteers for their community.

~ Lucille B.