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 South East District Events
Principles Of Healthy Childhood Development (PHCD)
A one-day training that teaches front-line leaders how to enhance the quality of the programs they are delivering. It provides in-depth knowledge of the HIGH FIVE® Principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met.


Saturday, June 15, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Kipling Legion Hall, Kipling
Take The Lead!® Youth Leader Training
Take The Lead!® Youth Leader Training - This workshop is designed to provide resources and training to youth 11-14 years who are interested in becoming Take the Lead!® Youth Leaders in their school and/or community organization. The workshop fosters leadership skills through concepts such as safe and active play, responsibility and respect for others and property, cooperation and team building.


Friday, July 26, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m., 404 Ashford Street, Weyburn
Host a Sport Science Course in Your Community!
Are you wanting to host a sport science course for your volunteers, coaches, parents, teachers and staff? If so, then this is for you! South East District will provide the facilitators and workshop materials for clinic, oversee registration and set up logistics. The host community will then be asked to provide the venue and assist with promotion for the course.

Check out our Expression of Interest to find out how to host a workshop in your community!
Triathlon at the 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games
Did you know that Triathlon is one of the sports featured in the 2020 Summer Games? If you have a youth between the ages of 12-15 as of December 31, 2020, then they are eligible to qualify.

On July 14, Echo Lake is hosting the Western Cycle Echo Lake Multi Sport Festival. The Kids Splash & Sprint will again be offered this year!

Kids of Steel Aquathlon (Swim-Run)
  • Age range: 4 to 15 years old.
  • Aquathlon Distances: Will be graduated based on age range categories - which will have similar swim/run distances as Kids of Steel races (like the Icebreaker).
  • Swim will be in Echo Lake along the beach shore (no deeper than standing depth) with multiple loops depending on age/distance.
  • Run will be within Echo Valley Provincial Park (on Echo Lake side only) doing multiple loops depending on age/distance. 

Cost: Kids Splash and Sprint: $10 or free for Sask Triathlon member!​
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2019
Spotlight Story: City of Estevan - Easy Stretch
The City of Estevan received funding through the South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District GROW Your Community Grant for their Stretch Class program.

The Stretch Class focuses on maintaining a balanced, healthy, and strong body. Diane Wenham, Events Managers, says “All too often stretching gets left out at the end of a long and tiring workout. This class helps fitness enthusiasts become mindful of stretching.”
Staff Spotlight: Aline Galarneau
What is your role at South East District? For how long? I am the Community Development Assistant for the summer and just started at the beginning of May.

Favorite quote in life? “If you are more fortunate than others, it’s better to build a longer table than a taller fence.”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? There are so many things I want to learn but as of right now, I have been looking into getting my Open Water Diving course - for scuba diving!

What do you like most about the South East District? The thing I like most about the South East District is how humble this organization is. They have (and are) continuing to do so much for sport, culture and recreation, yet they do not expect a lot in return. Another aspect I like is how the organization made me feel welcome in this position right from the beginning as I started my first day with 3 emails welcoming me to the team.

Hometown: Radville.
June is National Indigenous History Month
In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

On June 21, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Indigenous Peoples Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. This is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
Celebrate June is Parks and Recreation Month!
June is time to celebrate the return of summer programming, gather residents together, get children involved in fun outdoor physical activities and recognize employees and volunteers who contribute to the recreation and parks opportunities we all use.

In Saskatchewan, we are fortunate to have a variety of recreation and parks systems providing countless recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from around the world. Events are happening in communities across Saskatchewan! Find out when the next event is taking place.
Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program
The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program is a partnership among Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc., and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. The grant program assists in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs by providing funds to non-profit community organizations operated by volunteers.

Completed follow-ups can be submitted at any time during the grant year, but are due no later than June 30, 2019. The grant period is from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Need assistance? Contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Community Development Consultant, 306.695.2006, or by email at cdc@southeastdistrict.ca.
Culture Days Is Coming!
Mark your calendars! Culture Days will be held on September 27, 28, and 29. Culture Days has a new look in 2019 to celebrate their 10th anniversary!

Download the new logo to make sure your materials are up to date. Available in English, French, and Bilingual.
Cheer Stories
Check out our latest Cheer Stories profiling the amazing work that happens in communities in sport, culture and recreation. Looking for new ideas? These stories can inspire your community to try something new and fun!
New Horizons for Seniors Program
On May 15, 2019, the Government of Canada launched the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2019-20 call for proposals for community-based projects across Canada.

Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and up to $5,000 in small grants funding is available to organizations that have not received funding in the past five years.

The Program has 5 objectives:
  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors

The deadline to submit applications is June 21, 2019. If you would like to apply for funding or learn more about this funding opportunity, visit our website. We now have a simplified online form to make applying easier than ever. 
Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All
Check out this resource from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation! The purpose of the report is to assist the Parks Board to answer these questions:

• What are the barriers to equal participation for trans* and gender variant
community members?
• How do we reduce these barriers and build clear paths into our community
centres and parks for trans* and gender variant community members?
• How can expanding options in gendered services and physical spaces foster
more safe, respectful, and welcoming parks for all?

The report may spark some thinking and action for your group/municipality to begin making small steps to inclusion for parks and recreation in your community!
Policies and Pools... Making Your Pool Safe and Welcoming This Summer
Does your pool have established policies and procedures? And are your staff aware of the policies? Are the policies known by the general public? Make your pool safe this summer and check out these examples of Pool Policies to help you get started (these are just examples and your facility should consider local legislation and guidelines as you create policy):

Local Legislation: 
About the Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Created by Indigenous leaders, the Indigenous Innovation Initiative is an innovation platform that seeks to enable Indigenous innovators to identify and solve their own challenges, transform lives in their communities, and drive growth that works for all Canadians through social innovation
Triathlon at the 2020 Summer Games
Did you know that Triathlon is one of the sports featured in the 2020 Summer Games? If you have a youth between the ages of 12-15 as of December 31, 2020, they are eligible to qualify.

On July 14th, the Kids Splash & Sprint will again be offered at the Western Cycle Echo Lake Multisport Festival.

Kids of Steel Aquathlon (Swim-Run)
  • Age range: 4 to 15 years old.
  • Aquathlon Distances: Will be graduated based on age range categories - which will have similar swim/run distances as Kids of Steel races (like the Icebreaker).
  • Swim will be in Echo Lake along the beach shore (no deeper than standing depth) with multiple loops depending on age/distance.
  • Run will be within Echo Valley Provincial Park (on Echo Lake side only) doing multiple loops depending on age/distance.

Cost: $10 or free for Sask Triathlon members!​
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2019
Keeping Girls in Sport and Physical Activity
Last month, Active for Life shared an article focusing on the importance of keeping girls in sport and physical activity. 

Researchers and women's sport advocates agree that these four factors are reasons why girls leave sport and physical activity: 
• time commitment
• cost
• injuries
• and not having fun.

The research supports incorporating the following elements into sport and recreation to encourage girls to stay: 
• positive team dynamics (i.e., camaraderie and feeling a sense of acceptance and belonging) 
• trying hard (i.e., when girls feel valued, they try hard and perform well)
• positive coaching (i.e., creating a welcoming, supportive, and potentially inspiring sport and recreation environment)

For tips regarding helping girls stay enrolled and engaged in sport and physical activity, watch our Keeping Girls in motion video!
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Resources
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.
Grants & Funding 
Local Stories
South East District 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? South East District 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?
"South East District is a community driven organization for sport, culture and recreation in south east Saskatchewan. 
We help to build creative, active, and healthy communities. Join us!”
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