The Plewis name has been synonymous with business in Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan for decades. It started off with L.E. Plewis who was affectionately known as ‘Barney.’ He had a trucking and bulk fuel business in Pennant. In 1940 he moved his family to Swift Current and bought Standard Motors, a GM dealership that has been in existence since 1910.
Barney’s son, Leon, joined his dad when he returned from serving his country overseas in World War II.
Leon and his brother Morris bought the Dealership from Barney in 1956, and in 1980, Jim bought the Dealership from dad Leon and his uncle Morris. He ran the Dealership on his own until 2014. Jim’s sons Ryan and Mark are now the fourth generation of the Plewis family to own and operate Standard Motors.
A good business sense was not the only thing that was passed down from generation to generation. As a young boy, Jim learned from his grandpa, Barney, and his dad, Leon, the importance of giving back to his community...... to ‘give where you live’. Our family has called Swift Current home for 5 generations and it is here that we continue to live, work and play.
This donation to the Meadows long-term care facility is a good fit for Pam and Jim. Pam worked her entire professional career as a Registered Nurse in Swift Current. She recognized the need for a place that would meet the needs of our long-term care population while treating them with dignity and respect. A place they can call home.
We believe to whom much is given, much is required. As a family, we feel honoured and blessed to have a hand in building the Meadows.
We dedicate our donation to the Prairie Pioneer Women whose role in the kitchen supported the growth and development of the Southwest. This role was critical and yet so unrecognized. We hope those who enjoy the meals prepared in these kitchens can feel the gratitude we wish to show these women for their selfless contributions to the Prairie family.
The Heinrichs and Smith families donation has helped to equip kitchens in The Meadows - long-term care.