Downtown Swift Current will soon be home to a safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. 

Southwest Saskatchewan Pride is in the process of moving to the heart of the city, after being located in the Dickson Community Centre since April of 2022

Board member Theo Houghtaling was at city council on Monday evening to share the exciting news and proclaim Pride Week.  

“One of our biggest successes has been the opening of the local Pride center ... having a physical space of our own has been phenomenal,” he said. “We've welcomed many faces familiar and new, young and old, to our space, and it’s been such a beacon for members of our community.  

“The opening of the Pride Center is also a prime example of the strong relationship our board has with the City of Swift Current. We are thrilled to have been able to achieve all that we have with your support hosting us in the Dickson Community Center. We have deeply appreciated access to that facility.” 

A grand opening is set for July 6 during Market Square, to welcome the community into their new space.  

Board chair Jesse Koethler is thrilled to show off the downtown location’s features such as natural light through big windows and accessibility thanks to a wheelchair lift.  

“We were approached by a daycare that shared our building and they needed more space, so we thought, we'll have a look and see what kind of spaces are [available], and we all really, really enjoyed this space that we found,” she said.  

Community members are encouraged to stop into the new Southwest Sask. Pride Drop-in Centre next Saturday at 201-234 1st Avenue Northeast.