Get the Scoop!       May 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.
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 August 1 and November 30, 2018, apply for our JUNE 1 DEADLINE! Planning a summer play program for August or maybe a football clinic for September? Apply now!

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

Also, visit our GRANTS GARAGE on our website - it's full of tips and tools to help you write successful grant proposals!
So you want to be a board chairperson? Chairing With Confidence
Is your group always challenged with recruiting volunteers to step into your Chairperson and Vice Chairperson positions? This three-hour workshop will help!

Description: Southeast Connection is pleased to partner with Community Futures Sunrise to offer this exciting workshop for volunteers and leaders within the south east! If you’re thinking about joining a board, are part of a board right now, or are considering a board chairperson position, join us for this informative workshop! Any board member position would benefit from this training - learn how to support your Chairperson as a board member and to be more productive! Space is limited so register early to guarantee a spot!

About the Presenter: Terri Parent is an experienced workshop and training facilitator from Saskatoon recognized for her ability to translate theoretical business concepts into practical, easy-to-implement techniques. Terri is an entrepreneur, operating her own business that offers business training solutions.

Anyone wishing to stay afterwards for the Southeast Connection Dinner & AGM will receive a $15 discount towards their registration fee!

BEAR CLAW CASINO & HOTEL - MAY 31 (Deadline to register is May 28); Fee: $30.
Join us for a Night of Networking!
Southeast Connection will be hosting its annual general meeting on May 31, 2018. The Southeast Connection AGM is a fantastic Night of Networking! Every municipality and non-profit organization (with a sport, culture/arts and recreation focus) in the south east is a member of our organization and is entitled to voting at the AGM. You can also attend as a guest! It is an opportunity for community leaders, municipal officials, volunteers and sport, culture and recreation professionals to learn about the work of the District and to meet with the Board of Directors and staff members. Whether you volunteer for a museum, art council, sport club or recreation/rink/pool board – you will enjoy and benefit from this event!

You can't miss out on our community presentations at our AGM! Come and learn how your group can fundraise and build a recreation facility by listening to two communities that have done it successfully! Ever wonder how other communities do things? This is your chance to learn!

And don't worry if you don't have budget to attend - the event is free and you can claim mileage (one vehicle per community) to attend! 
June is Recreation & Parks Month
With the support of national and provincial parks and recreation associations, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association supports June is Recreation & Parks Month to acknowledge the contributions leisure facilities and parks make to quality of life in Saskatchewan.

Across Canada, recreation service providers and park authorities dedicate the month of June to gather their communities together to celebrate the return of summer programming, recognize volunteers, get people involved in fun outdoor activities and gain local support for parks and recreation.

SPRA is offering a JRPM Celebration Initiative Grant. For more information click here.
Spotlight Story:
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
The Saskatchewan Division has young people from all over the province working on achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, and last fall they presented three young men from the South East District with their Silver or Gold Awards. 
Devin Matileg
Devin Bjola-Matileg, White City
Kieran Ricard
Kieran Ricard, Radville
Ethan Courteau
Ethan Courteau, Estevan
Silver Award Recipients:
Devin Bjola-Matileg, White City
Service: Regina Humane Society/Cadets 
Skill: musical instruments/glider pilot license
Physical Recreation: curling/biathlon 
Adventurous Journey: hiked 40 kms in Kildeer Badlands
“The highlight of my Duke of Ed program has been learning a new respect for what it means to dedicate myself to something. I had already participated in many of the activities required of the Duke of Ed award criteria, and this program turned ‘my everyday’ into a challenge."

Kieran Ricard, Radville
Service: coaching/teaching wrestling
Skill: billiards
Physical Recreation: martial arts 
Adventurous Journey: hiking
“The Highlight of my award was the opportunity given to me to go to LEAD 2016. I made many friends. I learned a lot of lessons in leadership. Those lessons have helped me become a better cadet and helped me to teach lessons to new cadets.”

Gold Award Recipient:
Ethan Courteau, Estevan
Service: Cadets
Skill: glider pilot license 
Physical Recreation: running
Adventurous Journey: cycled George Mickelson Trail
“The highlight of the program for me was the gold adventurous journey. One of the two things that make this adventurous stand out is that we joined up with someone from the United States that also wanted to bike the George S Mickleson trail with us which was very cool as we were getting involved with other Duke of Ed members from outside of the country."

For more information on how to get involved, contact

Article Credit to Marian Donnelly, Regina
Photo Credit to The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
This one-day training will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 – i.e. camp counsellor, coaches, swim instructors) improve the quality of programs.

It provides in depth training in 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. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members.

Topics also include bullying, conflict resolution, physical literacy, children’s mental health and moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Check out the video to learn more about the value of this training!

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!
Summer Program Resources
With the hot summer fast approaching, many of our south east communities are planning summer programs for kids! Check out these links to various ideas and resources for your summer program!
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.
"Southeast Connection is a community driven organization for sport, culture and recreation in southeast Saskatchewan. 
We help to build creative, active, and healthy communities. Join us!”
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Support Line for Sport, Culture and Recreation