© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Prince Albert Ducks Unlimited president Terry Lysyk and national manager of special projects Keith Mackintosh, from left, are seen while the 32nd Annual Prince Albert Ducks Unlimited Banquet is being set up on Saturday.
Those packing the Exhibition Centre full on Saturday were supporting more than ducks, Ducks Unlimited national manager of special projects Keith Mackintosh said.
âItâs not just for ducks,â he said while guests began arriving for Saturdayâs banquet. âPeople think itâs just about ducks -- itâs not just about the ducks.
Although ducks are an important part, the key goal behind Ducks Unlimited is with the preservation of wetlands, he clarified.
âWetlands are a natural filter for groundwater and itâs a natural habitat,â he said, adding that areas with more wetlands are less likely to flood, with wetlands serving as a giant water sponge.
âThereâs about 50 different projects going on within a 25-kilometre radius of (Prince Albert),â local chapter president Terry Lysyk said. âYouâll see a lot of those while youâre driving along the highway -- youâll see a âDucks Unlimitedâ sign by a slough or a pond.
âIf you go out further about 100 kilometres there are probably more like 200 projects.â
These projects and others like it throughout the province are overseen by a handful of staff and more than 600 volunteers.
Ducks Unlimited has about 1,000 quarters of land in Saskatchewan, making it one of the provinceâs largest holders of land, Lysyk said.
People think itâs just about ducks -- itâs not just about the ducks. Keith Mackintosh
Although the final numbers from Saturdayâs banquet had yet to be figured out by press time on Sunday, Lysyk said that early projections see them going over the $50,000 mark.
âIt was beyond my expectations,â he concluded.
All money raised at the 32nd annual banquet stays within the province, Mackintosh said.
âAll of the money raise at fundraising events can be matched through different government grants that we can apply for, so every dollar we raise today is about two to one,â he said at Saturdayâs event.
âAs far as the fundraising side, itâs hard to match what they do in P.A.
âThey run on the moniker that they run the best party in P.A., and they do. The fundraising side as far as the dollars we raise is just a byproduct of the fun weâre having tonight, so thatâs, to me, is the message.
âIf youâve never been to a Ducks Unlimited dinner in P.A., youâve got to come next year because itâs a lot of fun.â