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Critical condition: Davidson nurses say staffing levels unsafe

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — The loss of a full-time relief nursing position at the Davidson Health Centre last month was a blow, but it was more than that. For the remaining nurses, it was the last straw. “We’re just in crisis out here,” said registered nurse Lyndsay Cross, speaking to Davidson town council

Kenaston welcomes new households at village barbecue

By Joel van der Veen KENASTON — Village residents rolled out the red carpet for recent arrivals to Kenaston at a welcome barbecue held in their honour on Wednesday. Hamburgers, hot dogs and cake with ice cream were served at the annual event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Kenaston Place. About 60 people

VBS program sees jump in attendance

By Joel van der Veen DAVIDSON — Being overrun with local children was “a good problem to have” for organizers of this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Davidson. Liza Dahl reported that 72 kids showed up for the first day of VBS last week, up to 78 the second day. Last year, by comparison,

Hit ’em with your best shot

    Family, friends and neighbours gathered at the home of Don and Deb Suttie northeast of Hanley on Friday morning to watch proudly as their daughter Taryn competed for Team Canada in the shot put event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Taryn (shown in inset) made all three

Further delay granted in Craik fraud case

By Joel van der Veen MOOSE JAW — The lawyer representing Craik’s former administrator has requested another month’s delay as they continue to review the dozens of fraud charges laid against him earlier this year. Jeffrey Todd Murray, who worked for the Town of Craik between 2010 and 2014, faces a total of 33 fraud

Critical condition: Davidson nurses say staffing levels unsafe

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By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — The loss of a full-time relief nursing position at the Davidson Health Centre last month was a blow, but it was more than that.

For the remaining nurses, it was the last straw.

“We’re just in crisis out here,” said registered nurse Lyndsay Cross, speaking to Davidson town council at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

She and colleague Krista Alexander visited as a delegation to voice their concerns. Joining them was Audrey Hamm, who is both the senior registered nurse (RN) and a town councillor.

They told council that they learned the week of July 19 that a vacant, full-time relief position at the Davidson Health Centre — used to accommodate planned absences for other nurses — would not be filled.

“They abolished that position, so it’s completely gone,” said Cross.

This reduces the number of nurses working in Davidson by one, and according to the nurses, it will make a bad situation even worse.

The nurses said staffing levels at the facility are insufficient, to the point that they are concerned for the safety and health of patients and themselves.

“We’re trying to keep our heads above water,” said Cross. “It’s not even safe. . . All of us are burnt out.”

Since July, Davidson’s health centre staff is comprised of five full-time nurses and two part-time (0.71 FTE) nurses.

Cross said the nurses are routinely working overtime, stretching 12-hour shifts to 14 or 15 hours, trying to ensure a more even workload, and not wanting to abandon their colleagues or patients.

“Every shift, we stay overtime, because we’re helping the next guy out,” she said, noting that the nurses collectively logged roughly 300 hours of overtime in May, June and July, for which they were paid double.

Cross said this will only increase since the relief position was cut in July, and that the nurses end up working far more hours than they want.

She said she and her colleagues are mentally and physically exhausted, adding that they don’t expect the situation to improve.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 22 edition of The Davidson Leader, or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Kenaston welcomes new households at village barbecue

Carolyn Moser and her kids — Hattie, 7, and Augustus, 4 — enjoy their first few bites of cake and ice cream during the community welcome barbecue at Kenaston Place on Wednesday.

Carolyn Moser and her kids — Hattie, 7, and Augustus, 4 — enjoy their first few bites of cake and ice cream during the community welcome barbecue at Kenaston Place on Wednesday.

By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — Village residents rolled out the red carpet for recent arrivals to Kenaston at a welcome barbecue held in their honour on Wednesday.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and cake with ice cream were served at the annual event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Kenaston Place.

About 60 people attended the event in total, which was open to the general public as well as newcomers.

“We hope you don’t mind if we take this opportunity to shake hands and say hello,” Mayor ML Whittles said during a brief address.

She told the guests of honour she hoped they found the village peaceful, friendly and welcoming, and encouraged them to get involved with their new community.

Organizers had identified 14 households that had moved to town since last August — including families, couples and singles — and sent invitations to all of them. Of those, five attended the event.

Susan Anholt, the chamber’s secretary-treasurer, said they understand people are busy, adding that they appreciated the response and being able to attach names to faces.

“It was good to be able to do that,” she said. “Any time you get community together, it’s a good thing.”

For the full story, please see the Aug. 22 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe.

VBS program sees jump in attendance

Children play an outdoor game involving a giant parachute, a large ball and lots of water at Vacation Bible School in Davidson on Tuesday.

Children play an outdoor game involving a giant parachute, a large ball and lots of water at Vacation Bible School in Davidson on Tuesday.

By Joel van der Veen

DAVIDSON — Being overrun with local children was “a good problem to have” for organizers of this year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Davidson.

Liza Dahl reported that 72 kids showed up for the first day of VBS last week, up to 78 the second day.

Last year, by comparison, the event drew between 45 and 50 children each day.

“We have quite a bit more this year,” said Dahl. “It’s been fantastic . . . We’re excited to have that many kids.”

VBS was held at New Life Pentecostal Assembly, running every afternoon from Aug. 15 to 19.

The annual summer program, for children ages four through 12, is a joint effort of the Pentecostal church and Davidson Community Bible Church.

VBS is an outreach program aimed at sharing the Christian faith with local children, using crafts, games and Bible stories.

This year’s theme is “Submerged,” with the subtitle “Finding Truth Below the Surface,” using materials from LifeWay Christian Resources.

For the full story, please see the Aug. 22 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe.

Obituary: Russell, Grant

Grant Russell

Grant Russell

Grant Russell
May 15, 1927 — Aug. 4, 2016

Grant Russell of Davidson, Sask., passed away peacefully at the Davidson Health Centre on Aug. 4, 2016 at the age of 89. Grant was raised on a farm in the Davidson/Bladworth area. His parents, Alexander and Jean (Scott), raised three children: Grant, Calvin and Kathleen (Loseth).

He received his education at Kipp School and Bladworth School. Grant and Calvin were employed at a bush camp in Red Lake, Ont., before returning to farm full-time. The Russell farm was established in 1911 and received the Century Farm award, which Grant was proud of.

Grant married Eileen Currie in 1952 when she was employed as a Practical Nurse in the local hospital. They raised two girls, Marilyn and Cheryl.

After retiring and moving into town, Grant enjoyed many drives into the country to check on the crops. He loved to garden and tinker in his workshop in town. He enjoyed his coffee outings daily, visiting with neighbours and friends.

Grant adored his family and spending time with them.

Grant is survived by his daughters Marilyn (Terry) Barros, Cheryl (Kent) Frank; grandchildren Calli and Kenley; Dillon, Raylene and Jordan; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Grayson and Jayde; also survived by brothers- and sisters- in law Leonore Porter, Evelyn Currie, Ruth (Gary) Gooch, Dick (Myrlene) Currie; nieces and nephews and extended family.

Grant was predeceased by his parents Alex and Jean, wife Eileen, brother Calvin, sister Kathleen; brothers-in-law Victor, Bill and Don.

The celebration of Grant’s life took place on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Davidson United Church with Rev. Mathias Ross officiating. Todd Lockwood of Hanson’s Funeral Home, Davidson was entrusted with arrangements.

Hit ’em with your best shot

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Family, friends and neighbours gathered at the home of Don and Deb Suttie northeast of Hanley on Friday morning to watch proudly as their daughter Taryn competed for Team Canada in the shot put event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Taryn (shown in inset) made all three shots with a top throw of 16.74 metres, but did not qualify for the final round.

(Leader photo by Joel van der Veen)

Further delay granted in Craik fraud case

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By Joel van der Veen

MOOSE JAW — The lawyer representing Craik’s former administrator has requested another month’s delay as they continue to review the dozens of fraud charges laid against him earlier this year.

Jeffrey Todd Murray, who worked for the Town of Craik between 2010 and 2014, faces a total of 33 fraud charges, representing more than $41,000 in misspent funds.

His lawyer, Gail Wartman, made the request during an appearance at the provincial courthouse in Moose Jaw on Aug. 3.

“We’re still getting some more disclosure,” she told Justice Margaret Gordon.

Crown prosecutor Rob Parker said he did not object to the adjournment, noting that other parties had agreed it could not be counted in any future claim of unreasonable delay. The judge granted the request.

No plea has been entered and the charges have yet to be read in court.

Speaking outside the courtroom, Wartman said they were waiting on disclosure from the Town of Craik itself, including minutes from past council meetings. She said she anticipated full co-operation from the town.

“It’s all public material,” she said. “I don’t expect there to be a problem.”

Wartman had previously appeared on Murray’s behalf on June 1, requesting matters to be adjourned until August. The accused himself was not present for either of the two appearances.

Murray, 41, has been accused by police of defrauding the town “by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means” to the tune of $41,079.81, according to court documents.

Thirty-one charges of fraud were laid against him in March, each of them related to personal purchases allegedly made using a Royal Bank Visa card issued in the town’s name.

Two additional charges followed in May, in which Murray was accused of overpaying himself for hours worked at the Craik Water Treatment Plant, and for his own salary as the town’s administrator.

Murray is scheduled to return to provincial court on Sept. 7.