By Kevin Martin
On Saturday, May 14th, the Kindersley Elks Hall was the scene for the Kindersley Fire Departments Annual Ball. After a 2-year absence due to COVID restrictions, fun, frivolity and fellowship prevailed.
Fire Chief Jeff Soveran gave an inspiring speech as he reminisced about his beginnings in the Fire Department, recalling his very first call and the encouragement he received from his fellow firefighters, Ron Hope in particular. From that moment on, he knew he wanted to be a firefighter, never realizing how far it would take him.
Jeff was awarded his 1st bar for his Exemplary Service Medal for achieving 30 years of service. He was also recognized with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Award (CVFSA) with a medal for 30 years of service.
Retired Fire Chief Ron Hope was presented with his 2nd bar for his Exemplary Service Medal for achieving 40 years of service as well as his 2nd bar for the CVFSA medal. Ron also received a new driver which he promised to use on the golf course soon!
Deputy Chief Mitch Hope was presented a medal for 15 years of service.
Lieutenant Nathan Ward was presented with a pin and a plaque for his 5 years of service.
Lieutenant Tyler Barios was presented with a pin and a plaque for his 5 years of service.
Firefighter Ty Stevens was presented with a pin and a plaque for his 5 years of service.
Firefighter Adrian Palm was presented with a pin and a plaque for his 5 years of service.
There were many items on display that were donated for the raffle. Kudos to the following companies for their donations of prizes:
Teine Energy, Peavey Mart, Nic’s Barber Shop, Saturn Oil & Gas, Supreme Source For Sports, The Garden Gallery, Bumper to Bumper and Kindersley Wholesale, Camerons Clothing Company, TKC Trucking, and Tranquil Water Spa.
Dinner was provided and deliciously prepared by Jody Deiana and her expert team.
Comedian/Magician Matt Gore, aka the Ginger Ninja, entertained and dazzled all those in attendance and provided many laughs as well as his magical illusions!
All in all, it was a very entertaining evening and many many thanks were given by everyone to all the firefighters for the sacrifices they give for a job well done. Being a firefighter is a truly noble profession and it takes strong and dedicated people to help keep us safe during very trying situations.
We raise our glasses and salute you all. Thank you!