February 19, 2002
The 2002 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games, was held in Prince Albert July 7-14. They received a $200,000 gift-in-kind from well-known Saskatchewan artist Glen Scrimshaw.
Assisted by Games spokesperson and championship swimmer Ryan Roznowsky, Scrimshaw unveiled a new painting, Shining Bright. The work, along with 150 artist’s proofs, were presented to the Games Committee for use in fund-raising and as gifts to sponsors. In addition, Scrimshaw offered a set of 1500 signed reproductions of the painting, to be presented to athletes and volunteers at the conclusion of the Games. In total, these gifts have an estimated market value of $218,000.
Glen Scrimshaw is a successful Saskatchewan artist and businessperson. Raised at Big River, he lives and works at Duck Lake, where his Northcote Art ‘n’ Antiques gallery is a local landmark. He also operates a gallery in Saskatoon.
Scrimshaw is well known for his generosity. Worthy causes that have benefited from his gifts include Children’s Haven, Canadian Cancer Society, SHARE, and Ronald McDonald House, as well as various health and hospital foundations, children’s festivals, and cultural and amateur sport initiatives. His contributions to this point are valued at well over $1 million. In the year 2000, Scrimshaw received the Saskatchewan Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Award for Community Involvement, in addition to a number of other awards.
Scrimshaw’s previous support of Special Olympics includes a gift of a thousand signed reproductions, valued at $140,000, in support of their 1997 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Prince Albert.
Special Olympian Ryan Roznowsky, who helped unveil the painting, is a 22-year-old championship swimmer from Prince Albert. He has recently won 4 silver medals at the 1998 Canadian Special Olympics, 5 gold medals at the 2000 Saskatchewan Summer Games, and 4 gold medals at the 2001 Saskatchewan Summer Games. Ryan participated in four events at the 2001 Canadian Summer Games, finishing out of the medals but scoring two personal bests. His list of medal-winning performances in swimming stretches back to 1993. Prior to that, Ryan won several gold medals in bowling. He has also participated in floor hockey, softball, and track and field at Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a worldwide program providing sports training and competition for people with a mental disability. The athletes’ oath states, "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." With the enthusiastic support of volunteers, and the financial help of generous sponsors and donors such as Glen Scrimshaw, the games are certain to be both a success for the participants and a credit to Prince Albert and Saskatchewan.
Background on the Special Olympics movement can be found at their website.
The Glen Scrimshaw Gallery Head office / Framing shop is located in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.
The Head office is housed in the Duck Lake Interpretive Centre (Museum) which carries a full display of Glen's Artwork in their gift shop and theatre.
If you happen to stop by the Museum Gift Shop remember to ask if Glen is around.
He will be happy to say hello and autograph a free year at a glance calendar for you!
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