Get the Scoop!       October 2018 Edition

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  Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
Sport Taping and Sport First Aid Clinic
Southeast Connection in conjunction with the Sports Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan (SMSCS) is hosting a Sports Taping and Sport First Aid workshop. This two day workshop is a great opportunity for participants (coaches, teachers, parents) to gain the knowledge and first-hand experience dealing with minor injuries to help keep athletes performing at their best!

The Sport Taping workshop is a practical course requiring participants to understand situations that require taping. Such as, ankle taping and wrapping, taping wrists, thumbs and fingers and tensor bandaging.

The Sport First Aid Course is a 7-hour classroom course with content that deals with sport specific issues. This course is taught by a Sport Physiotherapist certified by Sport Physio Canada or a Certified Athletic Therapist certified by the Canadian Association of Athletic Therapy.

Clinic Facilitator: A.J. Tabin
Location: Carnduff Education Complex, 506 Anderson Ave
Date: October 20-21
Cost: $30 (Sport Taping + Sport First Aid) OR $20 to attend a clinic.
Pre-registration required by the deadline of: October 12
Seeking Funding for Programs? Look no Further!
Southeast Connection has the GROW Your Community Grant available! A grant that helps cover the deficit of programs that meet at least one of our grant program streams: sport development, physical activity and recreation development, arts/culture development and equipment.

If you are seeking funding for programs and activities happening between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, apply for our November 1 DEADLINE! Planning some winter events or activities and need support? Apply now!

Apply for our grant to help you offer a sport, culture or recreation activity this winter!

Not sure if your program fits? Then give us a call to chat! Contact Dallas Cossar, Administrative Coordinator, at 306.842.4023 or email.

Also, visit our GRANTS GARAGE on our website - it's full of tips and tools to help you write successful grant proposals!
Spotlight Story: Recreation Professional Profile
Why did the community of Oxbow create and hire a Recreation Facilities Manager? 
When we worked through the process of developing our Recreation Board, we identified three critical risks for our recreation facilities – financial and governance risk, facility and operations risk and human resources risk. Our first action item saw us hire a Finance Officer to coordinate the finances of each facility and create appropriate checks and balances from an audit perspective. This position is contract, and bills out her time to each of the facilities and to the Recreation Board.  
A year later, the Recreation Board recruited a permanent, full time Recreation Facilities Manager to help mitigate our facilities and operations risk. We found that we were in a position where, with aging facilities, there was not enough attention paid to capital asset planning nor with preventative maintenance programs. Everything was being done on an ad hoc basis by an ever changing group of volunteers. Appropriate OH&S programs were not being followed as required, and operating manuals were non-existent. 

What is the position responsible for?
Because of the size of our community, this position is responsible for both the management of six town-owned facilities as well as their maintenance and caretaking, with the assistance of part-time staff and volunteers. The facilities include the Oxbow Arena, Oxbow Swimming Pool, Oxbow Memorial Hall/Tennis Courts, Bow Valley Park, Ralph Allen Memorial Museum and Oxbow Branch of SE Regional Library. This position does not have any recreation programming requirements. 
What impact has the position had on the community thus far?
Jake started his position in May 2018, and was immediately busy working with the committees to get the park and the pool ready for the season. The biggest impact that we have seen is a long-term multi-facility perspective being taken, and work being looked after by qualified individuals. Jake is also very concerned with OH&S and has made recommendations to that end to the various committees. He has also looked after many tasks that had been left undone for quite some time (i.e. Library). In addition, off-season work at the Oxbow Arena has taken place versus other years where volunteers tend to forget what needs to be done when the facility is not open. Both the Recreation Board and the facility and club volunteers have been excited that there is a single point of contact and that things are getting completed!

How did you go about creating the position? What recreation structure changes were made when the position was developed, if any?
The Recreation Facilities Manager is employed by the Oxbow & District Recreation Board and reports to the Recreation Board Chairperson. Primary liaison is through the Rec Board secretary. He works directly with each committee to determine needs and requirements; if the committees have any concerns or issues, they are to contact the Rec Board Chairperson. As a result of the change, the Park and the Arena have only needed to hire part-time assistance versus full time contractors for their respective seasons. Those parttime workers, even though they are paid from the facility’s budget, are overseen by Jake. It seems to be working well so far.  

"My name is Jake Dyck. I was hired by the Town of Oxbow Recreation Board to fill a new position as Recreation Facilities Manager. This was a new full-time position and is being developed and fine-tuned as we go. I was pretty excited about this opportunity and dove right into my work. I oversee the swimming pool facility and that season started up in June. Most of my time this summer has been spent between the swimming pool and Bow Valley Park facilities, as they are the most active facilities in the summer. The pool committee has also been working hard on fundraising for the build of a new swimming pool facility and that construction is well underway with opening scheduled for July 2019!"  
"What is great about this job is not only the work that I love, but I have the privilege to get to know and work with so many people and volunteers in the community that have invested so much into what they do and are passionate about. My next phase of work will find me spending a lot of time at the skating rink, and I look forward to that. The other very rewarding part of my job is seeing my children and grandchildren enjoying these recreation facilities as well, so this work has become very personal to me," explains Jake.  
"My employer has been very supportive to me and gives me the freedom to do the job, while also ensuring I have what I need to get my work done - including sending me for training in the areas of my scope of work to increase my knowledge and competency. I have rediscovered what I already knew, that you are never too old to learn something new! I have a very diversified resume but this is my all-time favourite job that I have ever had, and I hope to stick around for a long time!" 
Submitted by: Tami Scott, Community Development Officer and Jake Dyck, Recreation Facilities Manager 
Cheer Stories
Check out our latest Cheer Stories profiling the amazing work that happens in communities in sport, culture and recreation.
Recreation Board Development
Deadline for the expression of interest is October 15, 2018.

What is it?
Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District supports and assists with skill development and ongoing learning of community leaders to manage their recreation boards, operate facilities and deliver programs. Communities have an opportunity to assess and re-organize!

Training & Education
RBD focuses on improving recreation structures, processes and boards by offering TRAINING and RESOURCES for groups on topics like Board/Municipal Roles and Responsibilities, Policy Development, Types of Boards, Effective use of Committees, Community Collaboration and Recreation Best Practices.

Communities can take it a step further and participate in a facilitated WORKING session to: discuss bylaw development, create mission and vision statements, assess current gaps and strengths, and/or develop a new recreation delivery model for the community.

For more information contact Tara Heslip, Community Development Consultant, by email at
KidSport Volunteer of the Month - Brenda Croft
The importance of sport was instilled in Brenda Croft by her family at a young age, and now, through her work with the Weyburn chapter of KidSport, she is helping kids in her community learn that importance, too.

As a teacher specializing in physical education and outdoor education, as well as someone actively involved in youth sports, Brenda was approached to volunteer with the newly formed Weyburn chapter in 1996. She is still a part of the organization 22 years later, working hard as the chapter’s Chairperson to ensure that all kids can play!

Having spent much of her own life either participating in or coaching sport, Brenda knows that sport is a “critical piece of the puzzle to shaping the life of a youth.” She has seen for herself how involvement and participation in sport can help kids to increase self-esteem, grow healthy social skills, improve academic performance and learn self-discipline and respect for others.

Knowing how important sport is to the youth in the community drives Brenda and her KidSport committee of volunteers to brainstorm new ideas for fundraising year round. The Goals for KidSport fundraiser presented by SaskEnergy will be back in Weyburn this upcoming SJHL season—where, in addition to a raffle and chuck-a-puck competition, every goal scored by the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Weyburn Red Wings will result in a $40 donation to the Weyburn chapter. Donations will also be collected during two nutrition breaks at the Weyburn Concert Series.

Knowing that 100% of fundraising proceeds is allocated to kids is just one of the reasons that Brenda continues to volunteer with KidSport and why she encourages others to do so as well, stating: 
Article and photo courtesy of KidSport Canada.
What is Creative Kids?
Creative Kids provides funding for Saskatchewan children and youth to participate in creative activities such as art, music, dance, theatre, and culture.

Creative Kids funding is:
  • Based on a family’s financial need
  • Open to Saskatchewan residents
  • Available for children ages 4 to 19
  • For activities that are primarily artistic and/or cultural

Creative Kids may provide up to $750 for a child’s activity. If an application is funded, Creative Kids pays the instructor or service provider directly. Families can apply to their local Creative Kids committee at one of several application deadlines.

Creative Kids works with hundreds of service providers who teach and mentor kids in artistic and cultural activities. Find some of the activities in your area.
Heritage Fairs
Calling all middle years teachers! If you want to bring heritage into your classroom in a fun and engaging way, Heritage Fairs could be the answer! Contact Katherine Gilks or visit the Heritage Fairs website for more information!
Investment of $2 Million for South East Provincial Parks
In 2018-19, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $2 million for facility and infrastructure improvements in provincial parks in the south east region.

“Our provincial parks are special places for many Saskatchewan families,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Park facility and infrastructure updates are a priority, so that we can meet the changing needs of our park visitors and ensure everyone has enjoyable trips to the parks for years to come.”

Read about the upgrades scheduled for completion prior to the 2019 camping season here.
October is Walk to School Month
Give walking a try during Walk to School Month! It's one of the easiest ways to get kids moving and more convenient than you think. We've got you covered:

Parents: Listen to Episode 1 of our #Mom2MomPodcast for some walk to school inspiration and tips for getting started.

Educators: Host a Walk to School Day (October 10) or week event with the great resources at

Community leaders: Share one of our Mom2Mom community tools to promote walking to school. 
Pickleball in South East Saskatchewan
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. In the last few months, pickleball clinics were held in Oxbow, Redvers, Whitewood, Broadview, Grenfell, Corning, Pilot Butte, Montmartre, and Oungre.

Have you tried pickleball? This is a game played by young, old, and everyone in between. In fact, the slogan of Pickleball Canada is, “A Game for All.” Give it a try!
The Provincial Results Are Here!
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association is proud to announce the 2018 Saskatchewan Communities in Bloom (CiB) results. We congratulate all participants and their hard-working volunteers for making Saskatchewan a better place to live, work and play!  
The 2018 Provincial Winners include Eastend, Eston and Melfort. CiB Communities will be celebrating their success at the 2018 SPRA Awards Gala on October 19 in Cypress Hills, SK.

South East Communities given special recognition...
Estevan: Community Tidiness
Indian Head: Representing Saskatchewan in the 2018 National Communities in Bloom Edition
Qu’Appelle: Impressive and Inviting Main Street
Wolseley: Community Pride
Weyburn: Heritage through-out the Community
For more information about the provincial results, including Bloom Ratings, please view the 2018 Media Release and Communities in Bloom Results.
Southeast Connection Wants Your Ideas!
Are you seeking specific training in your community or are you seeking certain resources or tools? Send us your ideas through our online suggestion box!
We Want to Meet with You!
Guess what? Southeast Connection staff are available to attend your next board meeting or can come to meet with members of your town council! We can give you a glance of different resources that are available. To set up a meeting, contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Community Development Consultant, at 306.695.2006. Don't know much about us? Check out our 2018 Year in Review video.
Share Your Story!
We would like to feature a monthly story about one of our communities, volunteers, recreation directors or a local event taking place in the South East District. Sharing these stories and tips will help build bridges and link communities together in our district, so we can learn from each other and highlight and recognize what we are doing well.

We are proud of what we do and where we live and we know you are too! 
Send your stories, highlights and information in monthly to Dallas Cossar, Administrative Coordinator, at and you may be featured in our next Get the Scoop!

The deadline is the 1st day of every month.
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