Information is key to success in today's sport, culture and recreation environment. In Get the Scoop, you will find the latest news, funding and resources from the South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
Upcoming Free Virtual Workshops!
Community Chat (click the title to register)
Wednesday, September 16th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a chat about re-opening rinks! This virtual session will focus on Re-Open Saskatchewan as it pertains to curling and skating rinks. A time to share and learn with other volunteers and facility operators in SE Saskatchewan.

Please use the link to register and you will automatically be sent the link to the session.
Things To Do Today For Success Tomorrow (click the title to register)
Thursday, September 17th - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

What has impacted our "New Normal"? Can we develop a strategic approach for moving ahead? Is there a need for flexibility & adaptability? A step by step plan for how and where to start. Celebrate innovation, creativity and capacity to change.

Brenda Robinson
Heritage Talk (click the title to register)
Wednesday, September 23 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn about:
  • An education/overview on heritage properties including the heritage designation programs and the benefits.
  • What designation means and what is does not mean: dispelling common myths and misconception around preservation.  
  • Community stories – municipal and provincial designations. 

  • Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Humboldt
  • Royce Pettyjohn, Maple Creek
  • Rhonda Lamb, Kronau

Event Poster (click the title to view)
Wednesday, October 7
Morning Session:10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Are you wanting to become more confident in chairing your board or committee meetings? Or have you thought about the chairperson position, but are too scared to try? Then this session is for you! Learn about: Robert Rules of Orders, Running an Effective Meeting, How to Deal with Conflict, and more!

  • Wendy Plandowski
Introduction to Grant Writing Virtual Workshops
An interactive virtual 90-minute session to help you build confidence in writing grant proposals! Designed for sport, culture and recreation groups and organizations. Participants will learn how to get started, key elements of a successful proposal, common mistakes, and winning tips. You will take home tools and templates to implement in your own community. This is a FREE workshop!

Register in advance for these events:
Chairperson Toolkit - Fundamentals of Chairing Meetings
South East District recently compiled a Chairperson Toolkit to help strengthen local leaders knowledge and skills who are taking on these important positions within boards and committees. "I don't ever want to be a chair - that is too scary!" "I do not want to be the boss?!" "I just don't have the confidence to chair meetings." - these are some of the rumblings we hear, and this toolkit provides tips, tools and best practices that can help you to lead productive and effective meetings for your board or committee! Check it out!

Also, consider hosting our Effective Meetings mini workshop at your next board meeting - we can offer it virtually over our zoom platform! Contact Joni Hagen, ED, at for more information.
About South East District!
South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District works with community leaders, organizations and municipalities to build healthy, vibrant communities across south east Saskatchewan. We offer consulting services, learning and networking events, and resources. Our services are funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries and are provided free of charge where possible.

Check out our About Us video to learn more about who we are and what we do!
South East District's Town Tour!
Introducing South East District’s #TownTour. This summer, our staff hit the road to visit communities in the south east!

Our "Town Tour profiles" highlight the important and valuable outdoor and indoor spaces and places that our communities have available for children, families and individuals to enjoy! You may be surprised of some of these hidden gems including pools, parks, arenas, museums and heritage sites! Take a peek at some of our current Town Tour profiles!

To learn more about these communities, click the link to check them out!
Women and Leadership Online Workshops
Rivers West District for Sport Culture & Recreation is partnering with Canadian Women & Sport to provide 16 free Women and Leadership online workshops through September and October.

There are two sessions available for each of the eight topics and you must register for each workshop individually.

Treaty 4 Gathering September 14-20, 2020
The Sport, Culture & Recreation Districts located in Treaty 4 (South East, Prairie Central, South West & Parkland Valley) have been collaborating to contribute to the online student activities for the Treaty 4 Gathering.

We've also partnered to bring you three (3) videos and related crafts and reflections during the Treaty 4 Gathering. These three 15-minute videos are intended for a classroom environment and are accompanied by age appropriate classroom activities, but can be enjoyed by anyone!
COVID-19 Resources
South East District has compiled COVID-19 updates and resources applicable to sport, culture and recreation on our website resources page.
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
The Orange Shirt Day Society was formed in Williams Lake by the founders of Orange Shirt Day to encourage and support communities to recognize Orange Shirt Day and to support reconciliation events and activities. The goal is to create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of
Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Day activities.

Join thousands of Canadian youth on September 30 to honour Residential School Survivors, their families and communities at an extraordinary virtual event to support and encourage meaningful Reconciliation across Canada.
2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games - Learn how you can get involved!
The 2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games will be held in Lloydminster, SK from July 18 - 24, 2021!

Planning is underway and the Host Society, along with all its partners, is working hard to ensure the event will be truly unforgettable for all the athletes, coaches, managers, mission staff, officials, volunteers, sponsors, VIPs and spectators involved.

There are many ways to be a part of the 2021 Saskatchewan Summer Games, so have a look around the Saskatchewan Games site to learn more about those opportunities and about the event itself!
Culture Days: September 25 – October 25, 2020
Here in Saskatchewan, Culture Days will continue to be an opportunity to highlight cultural activities and engage people from all areas of the province in free, interactive cultural activity. It’s an opportunity to find out more about Saskatchewan’s dynamic cultural community – and inspire individuals and families to spend time, over the Culture Days, to find out how they can make arts and culture part of their lives.

In response to COVID-19, more and more artists and creatives are exploring the idea of going digital. Looking ahead to September, we’re also encouraging Culture Days organizers who can do so to plan for the possibility of pivoting from in-person to online events. To read more about the other sorts of programming we are supporting this year, visit the Participation Guide.
Spotlight Story: Capital Projects In Whitewood During COVID-19
What community projects/improvements have you been working on? We have done quite a few large projects this year, some of the highlights would be the dog park we built at the north west side of town. This was built from fundraising money, we had a proposal sent out to surrounding businesses and we were able to raise over $11,000.
Celebrate Coaches Week by saying "Thanks Coach" September 19-27!
National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. It’s an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach

Use social media to say thanks:
  • Use the hashtags #ThanksCoach and #CoachesWeek.
  • Send one of your coaches a ‘thank you’ message.
  • Post a video of you thanking your coach, and then challenge other teammates to follow suit!
  • Post your favourite photo of you and your coach, including a ‘thank you’ caption.

Host your own #CoachesWeek event
  • Organize a special practice where you say #ThanksCoach.
  • Host a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) workshop.
  • Have a special awards ceremony to say ‘thanks’ to all of the coaches from your club.

Be creative
  • Hand make a card, and list all of the ways that your coach has helped you.
  • Make a poster with your team and hang it in your community.
  • Download Coaches Week material to help celebrate
Paint a rock, hide a rock, find a rock!
Inspired by the popular Kindness Rocks movement, Saskatchewan in motion is launching OUTside Rocks! to get kids and families out having fun. It’s a great way to get moving outside and a distraction from these stressful times.

Saskatchewan in motion is inviting teachers and community leaders to register to participate. The first 30 groups or classrooms to sign up will receive a free rock-painting starter kit. You can learn more about OUTside Rocks! here.
SK Arts Micro-Grant Program
The Micro-Grant Program provides support to professional artists and arts organizations to achieve outcomes that respond to emergent needs; create access for first-time and undeserved applicants; contribute to professional practice and development; and advance the professional arts and artistic practices in Saskatchewan.

Deadlines: The deadline for applications is the 1st day of each month. You can start an application on the 10th day of each month preceding the deadline. (e.g.: May 1st deadline, applications accepted as of April 10th.)
Saskatchewan Lotteries - Everyone Wins!
Sask Lotteries funds over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups across Saskatchewan. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations in our communities. Subscriptions allow lottery players to play draw-based games – including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail, or on the Sask Lotteries website.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.
Grants & Funding 
Please note deadlines may change. For up to date information, seek the funder for the correct dates.
Local Stories
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