Get the Scoop!       June 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.
Southeast Connection Announces 2018-2019 Board of Directors
Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District hosted its Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2018 at the Bear Claw Casino & Hotel. 

We are pleased to introduce our new 2018-19 Board of Directors who will represent the communities of the south east district! Thank you to these committed volunteers for their contribution to sport, culture and recreation!

Back row (l to r):
Front row (l to r):

A big thank you to our outgoing members for their time on our board!
Want to learn more about what we accomplished this past year as an organization? 
Train Your Summer Leaders!
Southeast Connection is partnering with the City of Weyburn to host two valuable workshops for summer leaders in June - and at no cost!


These workshops are being offered for free! Send one, two, three or more of your summer students so they can learn how to make your summer programs safe and high quality - so kids will want to keep coming back!
Spotlight Story:
Sedley Spray Park
1. Why did your community choose to build a spray park (what do you hope to achieve)? Who are your intended users?

Our committee identified a need for additional recreational facilities in our growing community so we got together with the goal of building a spray park. With the help of the Rick Hansen Foundation, we extended that goal to make it a fully accessible spray park for the physically and visually impaired. Anyone will be able to use it: any age, any ability level. 

2. What key considerations did your committee have to think about in the planning process? How long did it take to raise funds?

In a broad sense, our main considerations were probably similar to other comparable projects: We needed land to build the park on, infrastructure (water/sewer/drainage, etc.), a contractor to actually build the park, and of course community buy-in, in order to raise the required funds. We spoke with a few other communities that had recently built spray parks to gather information on where to even begin. We then approached village council in Sedley, to run our crazy idea by them, and were met with full support. We hosted a multitude of fundraisers and tried our best to plan those around seeding and harvest considering we are a farming community. We also applied for a number of grants, and eventually made an appeal to our local business community as well. It took three years and a very dedicated committee to raise the funds. 

3. What made your project a success?

There are three things that made this a success story. One is the support from our local council and administrators who provided us with invaluable support and assistance from Day one. Second is having a committee that is willing to put in a lot of volunteer time to make things happen. We have 13 members and it's hard to imagine this project coming to life without a full team effort. Finally, and maybe most importantly, is the support from the people of Sedley and surrounding communities. If we didn't have the community support, we couldn't have done it. 

4. How did the project happen? And When?

After approaching a few different companies in our first year as a committee, we decided to go with a company called PlayQuest. They have been great to work with through the whole process: friendly, communicative, accommodating, and knowledgeable. They are currently in the middle of construction and will be done before school is out for summer! We still have a couple of the accessibility features to add once the park is constructed, so we hope to have everything complete by mid-summer. 

5. Any other comments?

As far as we have been able to confirm, this is the only spray park in Saskatchewan that is accessible to the visually impaired, so we are quite proud of that!

Back Row (l-r): Jana Leier, Cristalee Allan, Giselle Szczepanski, Leandra Strass, Leanne Haus, Stephanie Makellky, Tracy Brown
Front Row (l-r): Deanne Makellky, Lisa Selenski, Ashli Brick, Tara Nestman
Missing: Jennifer Deck, Nichole Leier
Culture Days in Saskatchewan
Since 2010, Culture Days in Saskatchewan has been coordinated by SaskCulture in a variety of ways, such as through the Culture Days Funding Assistance Grant Program, with support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. SaskCulture also assists Culture Days event organizers with the creation and distribution of promotional materials and advertising. Find out more

SaskCulture is proud to co-present with Culture Days Indigenous Cultural Programming in Saskatchewan, a webinar featuring Outreach Consultant Dominga Robinson. Dominga will share information, experience and insight about how to meaningfully and respectfully work with Indigenous people, communities and organizations. This FREE webinar is June 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm (CST) and space is limited - sign up today!

The Culture Days registration site is open and ready for you to add your Culture Days weekend events. Don't worry if you don't have all the details confirmed - you can edit or add additional event details at any point after registering up until September so go ahead and start registering your activities.
Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund Community Grant Program 
The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program Follow-Up deadline for municipalities is June 30, 2018. This grant period is from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Completed Follow-Ups can be submitted at any time. 

For more information, please contact:

Tara-Leigh Heslip
Community Development Consultant, Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District
Phone: 306.695.2006

Lisa Hodnefield
Trust Coordinator, Sask Sport Inc.
Phone: 306.780.9344  Fax: 306.781.6021
June is Recreation & Parks 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. Events are happening in communities across Saskatchewan! Find out when the next event is taking place.
Get Outdoors and Have Some Fun!
Family Picnics
Walking Clubs
Summer Festivals
Sports Days
Disc Golf 
The most successful volunteer programs use multiple means to promote opportunities available for volunteers. Once you understand the motivations behind why people want to volunteer for your organization, you will be better able to determine the best recruitment techniques.

Learn more about how to assess your organization's volunteer opportunities, the different types of volunteers and how to promote volunteer recruitment by visiting the Volunteer Recruitment area of SaskCulture's online Organizational Resources.
Let's Get Moving!
Canada's federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for physical activity, sport, and recreation recently released A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada. 

The framework is a first of its kind for Canada, encouraging all levels of government, private businesses, schools, service clubs, health promotion, community planners and others to work together to get Canadians moving more and sitting less. 

Our approach to addressing physical inactivity in the province is reflected throughout the new framework, but look forward to aligning our work with the Common Vision and helping communities, schools and families do the same. 

For ideas on getting started in your own community, check out our Community Action Workbook!
June is National Indigenous History Month
In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honor the heritage, diversity, contributions and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. On June 21, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. 

National Indigenous History Month allows us to recognize and reflect on not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, the ongoing consequences of colonial policies and practices, examples of resistance and resilience in the past and present, and the strength of Indigenous communities and their promise for the future.

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
The award is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24. From coast to coast to coast since 1963, we have helped motivate young Canadians to set goals and challenge themselves to take control of their lives and futures. The classroom is not the only place to nurture the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources – our youth. We strive to reach young Canadians in communities across the country and provide a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equips them with important life skills.

The registration fee for the Duke of Ed Award is increasing from $30 to $50 effective July 2, 2018. If you are currently in your Bronze or Silver Award and plan to move up to the next level, you can pre-pay for your next registration fee at the $30 price if you do so prior to June 30th. We encourage you to finish your current level as soon as possible! If you need an Adventurous Journey to complete your current level, read the previous article!
Building Welcoming Communities Toolkits
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) encourages every single hometown in our wonderful province to reflect their multicultural history and commit to ongoing inclusion and diversity. They have a Building Welcoming Communities Toolkit available on their website! The toolkit boasts a Saskatchewan perspective and multiple success stories taken from bigger centers to smaller municipalities in the province.
Key Considerations When Building A Spray Park
Is your municipality or non-profit group seeking to build a spray pad for your community? Spray parks/pads represent a natural evolution of the backyard sprinkler cool-down concept and represent a space where families can gather in the summertime! Communities looking to build a splash pad still have much to think about. 

Check out these links for tips, tools and articles of interest to consider:

Community Examples:
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.
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 Southeast 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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