The annual SaskAbilities Christmas Party shined a spotlight over the weekend on four individuals for their long-term participation.
For the first time in two years, the organization gathered with community members in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 for the event on Saturday night.
Jada Watson, the program manager for SaskAbilities, said the party is always a highlight of the year and the countdown for the next one is often started right after the night ends.
“This year we had over 200 guests attend,” she said. “There are clients of our program, staff and community members. And it's been a great time.”
The awards recognize members of the SaskAbilities Quality of Life Day Program, starting at 10 years of engagement.
This year’s recipients were Justine Jonkman for 10 years, Diane Sloan for 30 years, Glenda McMillan for 40 years, and Barry Smid for 55 years.
A dinner was catered by the Buffalo Brew Pub, and live music buzzed the stage thanks to Bakersfield.
Chris Martens, community relations coordinator for the organization, expressed the power of the program having multiple long-term members.
“I think it speaks volumes,” he said. “When you can have an individual that can make it that long in their time with SaskAbilities in whatever variety of ways that they have been involved with it, it obviously shows that SaskAbilities is a versatile organization that can appeal to anybody of any abilities in any variety of ways.”
Martens added that it felt fantastic to watch the hundreds of people come through the doors to celebrate the four award recipients and SaskAbilities as a whole.