COLUMN: Dave Leaderhouse — Jan. 17, 2014

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Marvin Sanderson poses for a moment to watch the closing ceremonies of the Saskatchewan First Nation Summer Games. Sanderson, who served as games co-ordinator, played an invaluable role in staging the event.

As is often the case there are times where there is so much to talk about and so little room to get everything written. This is one of those times.

Before I delve into my first little rant, I have to pass on my thanks once again to the snow removal crews who worked so hard and so fast in getting the city streets and sidewalks cleaned after last weekend’s dump. We are so fortunate here to have a quick response to what Mother Nature brings us that sometimes we take things for granted. It was mere hours after the snow stopped falling that the main arteries in the city were cleared and I just want to make sure those who did the work know it did not go unnoticed. Great Job!

Now for the meat and potatoes of this segment!

A story that came out this week has a local man fighting to salvage his identity after another man with the same name had been charged with a significant crime. Since both apparently have the same middle initial there is no real distinguishing factor to separate them by name, but the Marvin Sanderson that came forward to try and clear the air is someone I know and want to defend.

I first got to know Marvin when he worked for Weyerhauser and then later at Wapawekka Lumber. Since I returned to the media I have been fortunate to have worked with him on promoting several projects and he is absolutely one of the best guys to deal with. He doesn’t pretend to know everything, but he most certainly will find answers to any questions I might have.

Last year when he was the sports co-ordinator for the Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games he asked me numerous times to include his middle initial in any reference to him because he said there was someone else with a similar name making things tough for him. As it turns out, that made little difference.

I had no idea what he was referring to, but now I know and anyone thinking this Marvin Sanderson could or would do something like what is presently going through the courts with his namesake then they are so very, very wrong.

I hope things settle down for him, but until the court case runs its course the Marvin Sanderson I know is unfortunately going to have a few more bumps in the road. I just hope people who read this will lessen the numbers who might be confused.

Next up is an update on another person from Prince Albert whose name won’t be confused with anyone as her moniker is very unique.

Dalyce Emmerson is a basketball phenom from this city who I have written a couple of stories about and during the holidays, and even for a while since then, I have tried to get in touch with her so that I could do an update feature on what she is accomplishing.

I did the same with several other local athletes during the Christmas break, but Dalyce and I just never caught up to each other. We talked briefly one night, but she was getting ready to board a bus and when I tried the next day at our agreed upon time, with me pulling over on the highway three different times while driving to Saskatoon, we just never clicked.

With that said, I do want to pass on some pretty impressive stats about Emmerson’s current season with the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team.

Through the first 10 games, in which the Huskies went 9-1 and shared first place in the Canada West standings with the University of British Columbia, Emmerson led the team in points with an average of 20.5 and steals with 11. She also had 29 blocked shots and 103 rebounds all of which were well on there way to becoming career bests for the two-time all-star.

The former athlete of the year at Carlton Comprehensive High School was the Canada West rookie of the year two years ago and a nominee for female athlete of the year last year at the U of S. The 6-foot-3 Emmerson is studying kinesiology and has the Huskies ranked fourth in the entire country.

She has received numerous other accolades, and deservingly so, but I just wanted to make sure Prince Albert fans were aware of how well she is doing this year. Congratulations Dalyce and keep up the impressive season.

Finally, I just have to lament a bit on this flu epidemic that is hitting Canada.

Health agencies are continually warning everyone that this H1N1 virus is deadly yet there isn’t near enough vaccine to take care of everyone. I’m not one for volunteering for needles, but now that the death toll in Saskatchewan is up to a dozen, it has my attention.

We have a couple of people at my other place of work who are off sick with the virus and it scares me that maybe, just maybe, it could spread to others, myself included. But, even if I wanted to take a preventative measure there is no way I can do that because I don’t meet the requirements set out for those who are eligible to get a shot.

Something is desperately wrong with our health-care system if they can sound the alarm, but have no means to put out the fire. Here’s to hoping everyone gets through this latest bout unscathed.

 

Dave Leaderhouse is a reporter with the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan First Nations, University of Saskatchewan University of British Columbia Carlton Comprehensive High School

Geographic location: Canada West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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