The Swift Current Comprehensive High School is remembering one of their beloved staff members who passed away earlier this year, in a special way.
Sarah McDonald’s co-workers, loved ones, and friends have organized a donation drive for the Swift Current SPCA in her honour.
Mandy Herrick is an advisor of the school's Student Leadership Council initiative, which she worked on with McDonald.
“I am maybe not the most qualified to speak on her because she's loved by everyone,” Herrick said. “But as far as how she impacted the school from the SLC perspective, she was really just a doer and was very motivated, was respectful to students and so they really respected her back, and she was passionate about the SPCA and about helping animals and helping others who can't help themselves.”
The perfect nod to the previous teacher of the Functionally Integrated Program (FIP) encourages Swift Current residents to gather dog and cat food and treats, cleaning supplies, and pet toys for the shelter.
Multiple local businesses are involved as drop-off locations including Iron Office, MNP, Backstage Dance Studio, Urban Ground, and Optical Image.
Optician at O.I., Lisa Dyck, said McDonald holds a place in the hearts of their staff; they came to know her well over the years from her visits with good friend and optician Trent Tallon, her personal appointments, and bringing her students in when needed.
“Those were probably the luckiest students in the province, I would say, or maybe even across Canada,” Dyck said. “They were like her family, those kids. She made sure that everything was done to the nines for the kids to make sure they were looked after in every format.”
Dog and cat food, toys, and treats, as well as cleaning supplies, are just some of the things the shelter is in need of.
Donations will be collected until the 27th, with an opportunity for donors to enter in a draw for a prize basket.
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