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A22 - PRAIRIE POST - Friday, April 20, 2012


Sports


Broncos make history with appointment of new female assistant general manager


BY MATTHEW LIEBENBERG — mliebenberg@prairiepost.com


The Swift Current Broncos broke the glass ceiling this week when they appointed Dianne Sletten as the club’s new assistant general manager-business operations.


A long-time Swift Current resident and Bronco fan with more than 20 years experience working in both the public and private sector, Sletten’s appointment was announced during a press conference at the Credit Union i-plex on April 17. The team believes it is making history by having the first female assistant general manager in the WHL and possibly even in the CHL, but General Manager/Head Coach Mark Lamb said that was not the reason they picked her. “Whoever was best qualified for the job, that’s who


we were going to take,” he emphasized. “As we started getting it drop down to the final candidates she started sticking out more and more like she was going to be the one.” She was the Broncos’ choice after a selection


process that started with applications from close to 50 candidates. Board of Directors’ Vice-Chair Trent McCleary felt she will definitely bring some new dynamics to the organization. “At the board level, we’ve talked about


diversification,” he said. “She was absolutely the best candidate, but it adds to the diversification to have a female in that position. It’s good for the


Badminton birdies will fly for Senior Rolling Hills sectionals


CONTRIBUTED


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School will host the Senior Rolling Hills Sectional Badminton Playoffs on Saturday, April 21. Teams attending include Swift Current, Gull


Lake, Herbert, Hodgeville, Ponteix and Vanguard Tournament Format: The tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The tournament will be a round robin play with


the Top 4 teams in each category advancing to Districts in Swift Current on April 28.


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league and I think it’s good for the Broncos.” Sletten, who is excited about the prospect of


moving from being a season ticket holder to playing a key role in the strategic direction of the Broncos, said she did not even think about being a groundbreaker. “I was actually quite surprised really when they said that could be the case because women are in sports in all kinds of areas,” she mentioned. “I’m glad as far as with Mark Lamb that gender didn’t really enter his mind. It didn’t enter mine when I applied at all but if it’s the start of something new that’s great.” She is from Prince Albert, but considers Swift


Current to be home. During the 1980s she covered the Broncos while working as a sports and news broadcaster for CKSW radio and she also had the opportunity to interview Don Cherry. After several years in Edmonton, where she


worked in sales and management, she moved back to Swift Current in 1991. She worked in different positions in the public sector, including in project management and economic development. Before joining the Broncos she was the regional


project lead with the Southwest Enterprise Region. She was with this organization since its inception in 2009 and in charge of their strategic partnership initiative. She believes her familiarity with the southwest will be a distinct advantage in her new position. “I can step in a little easier than somebody from outside the region just because of the people and the relationships that I’ve got already,” she said. As an avid hockey and sports fan, she has been thinking for a long time about working in the industry. That opportunity presented itself in February when Jordan Wall announced his move from the Broncos to work for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. This happened only a few days after she attended the Broncos’ first community interaction meeting, where she was impressed with the team’s new vision and strategic framework. “I knew right away I was going to apply for this position,” she said. “I just really felt it was a natural fit for me and then to be able to utilize my skills sets in a hockey environment was a dream comes true.” One of her first priorities is to implement a key


focus area from the community interaction meeting, which is to get the external team in place that will


Photo by Matthew Liebenberg


Dianne Sletten, the new assistant general manager – business operations for the Swift Current Broncos, speaks during her introduction to the media April 17.


allow Bronco fans to share their ideas with the club on making improvements to the organization. Another priority will be to work with the board on an operational plan for the next year. “I think it’s going to be a great year for Bronco


hockey in the southwest and we really want everybody to come check us out,” she said. “There’ll be some definite changes this year in the game day experience and what’s on the ice.”


Sask. MLA Report Bill Boyd


Kindersley MLA Phone: (306) 463-4480


Toll Free: 1-866-463-4480 116C - 908 Main Street, Box 490 Kindersley, SK S0L1S0


The Saskatchewan Advantage continues to be a strong story and the world is taking notice. I was recently in Japan for an energy and mineral investment mission and was encouraged by the interest in our province. Currently, Japan is Saskatchewan’s third largest export market for wheat, canola, potash, and uranium, which accounted for more than $1 billion in sale last year. While I was in Japan, I had the opportunity to promote further investment opportunities in rare earth minerals, oil, and gas. We have a long trading history with Japan, and missions like this send a strong message to the international investment community that Saskatchewan is a great place to do business.


C m m i At home, I am proud to say that we are to


date the only province to have a balanced budget. This is important because it signals to


the world our Saskatchewan Party government focused on both growth and sustainability - the hallmark of a strong economy.


The oil and gas sector continues to grow


in Saskatchewan; oil production in 2011 was the second highest on record. In real terms, that means approximately 33,200 jobs in the upstream oil and gas industry, an investment of $4.5 billion in exploration and development $12.2 billion of sales in 2011. Saskatchewan was also ranked by the Fraser Institute’s 2011 Global Petroleum Survey as the top jurisdiction in Canada for oil and gas investment. This industry is another example of a strong economy that will move Saskatchewan forward.


Saskatchewan’s growth is evident


everywhere. In March, we saw an increase in housing starts of 53.3 per cent over last March;


we currently have the lowest unemployment rate in the Canada and record high earnings for workers. As businesses grow, more people are choosing to make Saskatchewan home, and contribute to our communities.


It is through this growth in our economy and


population that we can provide sustainable services that improves the lives for everyone in Saskatchewan. Recently, our government announced an increase in funding to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, funding to the University of Regina for new student housing, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity for a home in Regina and two homes in Saskatoon to keep at risk mothers with their new babies. It is through programs like this that we can ensure that Saskatchewan is truly the best place in Canada to live.


That is not just my opinion. A recent


national survey revealed, those who live in the Prairie Provinces are the most confi dent about the future. Of those surveyed in the Prairie Provinces, 84 per cent believe that their economy will be stronger tomorrow than today. Further, it states that Prairie residents see their incomes increasing and are comfortable with job prospects; this is in stark contrast with the other areas of Canada.


Lyle Stewart


Thunder Creek MLA Phone: 1-306-693-3229 207-310 Main St. Moose Jaw, SK S6H 5S8


D.F (Yogi) Huyghebaert Wood River MLA Phone: 1-306-266-2100 306-642-4744 Box 187


Glentworth, SK S0H 1V0 Jim Reiter


Rosetown - Elrose MLA Phone: 306-882-4105 Box 1872


Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0


D. Wayne Elhard Cypress Hills MLA Phone: 1-877-703-3374 Box 308


Eastend, SK S0N 0T0


Brad Wall


Swift Current MLA, Premier Phone: 1-306-778-2429, #233 Central Ave, N Swift Current, SK S9H 0L3


It is through the hard work of the great people


of this province that we have created a strong economy and the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.


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