Familiar photographer will be missed

At events in the community, it was a common sight to see Peter Baran at different community events, photographing everything that was happening through the city. As he moves to Saskatoon for his retirement, people from across the community would like to thank him for his contributions to documenting life in the City of Yorkton.

“Words are sometimes limiting when expressing appreciation… but, for supporting our Department whenever we asked, for assisting at events and for your contributions to your community, we thank you, Peter! Your mark has been left in Yorkton with the countless photos you have taken of our children, our families and our community. We wish you well as you start another chapter of your life!” Darcy McLeod, Director, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, City of Yorkton.

“Peter has been great with his coverage of all the Yorkton Exhibition hosted events. Peter takes so many pictures that looking at the pictures of a cowboy get thrown from a horse is like watching a video! He once told me that he did not have a lot of experience taking photos of cattle and other livestock... he sure does now! The YEA will miss his enthusiasm and great coverage of our projects!” Shaun Morin, GM Yorkton Exhibition Association

Baran has volunteered to assist different sports teams through the years, whether it was high school football, hockey, baseball, or any other sport that had a need to be documented. Doing so on a volunteer basis, coaches from throughout the city such as Trent Cassan with the Yorkton Terriers, Jason Payne and Roby Sharpe with YRHS and Garret Karcha with Sacred Heart also express their appreciation.

“Peter has been the official volunteer photographer for the Maulers hockey program for several years. Organizations like ours cannot exist without people like Peter Baran. “Of course I can do it for you. How soon do you need it?” Someone should make him a t-shirt with that logo. He is always smiling like he was the one being photographed. He is a special guy, irreplaceable in our community,” Garth Simms GM – Yorkton RawTec Maulers.

Also an auxiliary RCMP member for many years, Baran has kept track of the many different events, both disasters like fires and floods, and happier events like the recent visit of the RCMP Musical Ride. Staff Sergeant Greg Nichol says the local RCMP detachment wishes to thank him for his years of volunteer work.

“On behalf of Yorkton Fire Protective Services I would like to pass on a HUGE thank you to Peter Baran.

His countless hours of dedication to Emergency Incidents was invaluable, both as a pictorial memory of almost every major event in the City and on occasion as evidence in the investigations of major events.  Peter was always respectful of any emergency scene, the people involved and of our Operations. The City of Yorkton and Yorkton Fire Protective Services is going to miss a great Ambassador in Peter Baran. Yorkton Fire Protective Services wishes Peter and his family all the best!” Greg Litvanyi, Deputy Chief Operations and Training  Yorkton Fire Protective Services.

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