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In Loving Memory: Honoring the Shand Power Station Tragedy Victims

On May 25, 1990, at 10:10 a.m., a devastating event unfolded, forever altering the lives of many and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of a community.

During the construction of the Shand Power Station, tragedy struck, as a 65 tonne crane toppled over backwards onto a trailer filled with workers. Today we remember and pay tribute to the souls lost and the survivors forever changed by this harrowing accident.

We solemnly remember and honor the following individuals who tragically lost their lives that fateful day: Walter Pasiechnyk and Clint McFarlane. These dedicated workers approached each day with unwavering commitment and a spirit of camaraderie, leaving an enduring impact on their colleagues and loved ones.

We also recognize and acknowledge those who suffered permanent physical injuries in this horrific incident: Larry Allan Marcyniuk, Cliff Sovdi, Ron MacMillan, Aaron Hill, Gordon Marcotte, and Orval Shevshenko. Their lives were forever altered, and their resilience in the face of adversity serves as a testament to their courage and determination.

A cairn, erected in May of 2000, stands tall and resolute, a symbol of remembrance and a tribute to the lives forever affected by this tragedy. It is a testament to the unwavering love and devotion of their families, who have placed it here as a gesture of eternal affection. Today, we join their families, united in our grief and determination to honor their memories.

To the families of the fallen, we offer our deepest condolences and support. Your loss has left an indescribable void, and we stand by you as you continue to navigate the journey of healing and remembrance. May you find solace in knowing that your loved ones will forever be remembered for their contributions and the impact they made on the lives they touched.

In dedicating the cairn in May 2000, the families express their sincere desire for the continued safety of all Saskatchewan workers, for generations to come. May this tragic event serve as a constant reminder of the importance of workplace safety, inspiring us to strive for a future where every worker returns home unharmed.

As we remember the lives lost, let us also embrace the resilience and strength of the survivors, whose determination and courage serve as a beacon of hope. May this stand as a testament to the enduring power of community, love, and unity, ensuring that their legacies remain etched in our hearts for eternity.

May the souls of Walter Pasiechnyk and Clint McFarlane rest in eternal peace, and may the survivors find solace and healing. May we, as a community, continue to honor their memory by striving for a safer and more compassionate world.

Dedicated this day, in remembrance and with deepest respect.

Saskatchewan Coal Transition Centre

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