Get the Scoop!              February Edition

We've got a new look, but the same great content! 

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.

To learn more about the programs and services offered by and through Southeast Connection, check out our updated Programs & Services Guide.
Grant Writing Workshops in Estevan & Odessa

Grant Writing Workshops facilitated by Bob Friedrich. With grants becoming more competitive and difficult to attain, we want communities and groups within our District to gain knowledge and hands on experience on the best ways to get this funding. This workshop is for volunteers and professionals working in sport, culture and recreation sectors.

You will learn the essentials of putting together a successful proposal to key funding organizations. You will be trained to think strategically in the development of your project proposal, gain key insights into what funding agencies are looking for and be able to share your projects with the instructor and classmates for a hands on learning experience. Participants will have an opportunity to network with other community leaders.

Estevan - March 7, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Deadline for registration is February 28

Odessa - March 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Deadline for registration is March 15 (lunch is provided)

Southeast Connection Is Hosting A Community Cultural Gathering 

Our annual gathering will give individuals and organizations an opportunity to share, discuss and obtain information on cultural activity in the south east.  

SaskCulture, Cultural Exchange, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and Estevan's Artist- in -Residence will be on hand to provide information and share resources. Lunch is provided.

Thursday, March 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

The Happy Nun Cafe in Forget, SK

The Community Summer Play Initiative 

The Community Summer Play Initiative (CSPI) supports the development and delivery of rural community summer play programs and training of leaders to lead and implement quality and safe programs.

Successful recipients  may receive up to a maximum of $2000 in assistance to help cover the costs of program materials, program leader contracts and program leader training (HIGH FIVE®).

NEW FOR 2017 - Communities may apply under our Community Partners Program for CSPI with other communities.

This would be a partnership of two to three communities collaborating together and would allow the communities to share the recruitment and training process, expenses as well as the programming from shared leaders.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.
Partnership Resources from SaskCulture

Partnerships are essential building blocks in the non-profit sector. Strong partnerships enable organizations to do more than they could alone, become more diverse and innovative in their thinking and have the potential to reach a far wider audience.

In the Partnership Handbook, by Flo Frank and Anne Smith, “A partnership is defined as a relationship in which two or more parties, having compatible goals, form an agreement to share the work, share the risk and share the results or proceeds.” The idea of sharing of workload, risk and results is an attractive prospect to most non-profits; however, partnerships are often hard work, and require commitment, planning, nurturing and compromise to be successful.

According to Frank and Smith, “before agreeing to be involved in a partnership, it is important to determine personal readiness to participate, the organization’s interest and ability to be a good partner and the preparedness of the community in which the partnership will operate.” A clear, definite purpose for the partnership is important to ensuring all parties are on board for the right reasons
 February 20-26, 2017 is Heritage Week

The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the theme "My Canada!" for Heritage Day 2017. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, "My Canada!" is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy their own heritage places and spaces across the country. Celebrate your Canada during Heritage Week, February 20-26, 2017.

"In 2017, celebrate your roots and the places that tell your story," said the National Trust's Executive Director, Natalie Bull. "This milestone anniversary is a great time to recognize the places that matter in connecting each of us to Canada's past and future."

The National Trust's Heritage Day hashtag #mycanadais can be used to tell each story,and how each of us sees ourselves reflected in the mosaic that is Canada.

The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge 

The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge is a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country.

The goal is to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge will engage tens of thousands in making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Volunteerism is a movement to benefit community and serve the common good without financial gain. Volunteerism can be formal or informal

  Aboriginal Storytelling Month Celebrated in February

February has been designated Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month and the provincial government is once again pleased to be a partner in this significant cultural initiative.

Storytelling events will take place across the province this month promoting the rich oral history and cultural traditions of First Nations and Métis people. The main coordinator of the celebrations is the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples committee.

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month is in its 14th year and has grown significantly from its inception in 2004 when 2,800 people participated in events. Last year’s celebrations attracted more than 18,200 participants to nearly 400 storytelling sessions.
The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program Deadline is February 28 

The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program (SLCGP) is a partnership among Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. and assists in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs by providing funds to non-profit community organizations operated by volunteers.

The goal of this program is to get people involved in sport, culture and recreation activities by enabling communities to address the needs of local residents. 

Organizations that are eligible to receive funding include: municipal governments (city, town, village, organized hamlet or rural municipality), Indian band councils or northern settlements. These authorities distribute funds to local non-profit, volunteer, community groups to provide programs. 

Community Grants are determined by population with the minimum grant being $250 for southern communities and $500 for northern communities. Inter-community co-operation is extremely important in the development of effective programs. Funds can be allocated to another jurisdiction to enhance access to high-quality programs as long as no outstanding grant follow-ups exist.

Applications from communities must be postmarked on or before February 28. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information, please contact your local municipal government or band office.  Launched!

Learn more about the ParticipACTION 150 Playlist, the ultimate list of physical activities that define us as Canadian, and how YOU can challenge yourself, your friends and your family to check off as many activities as possible this year! The more activities you complete and check off the list, the more chances you have to win weekly, monthly and grand-prize draws.

Most importantly, we aim to be the most playful province in Canada. LET’S PLAY, SASKATCHEWAN!

Integrating Newcomers with Volunteer Opportunities to Add Leadership through Education (INVOLVE)

INVOLVE workshops are being offered through Southeast Newcomer Services (SNS) in partnership with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and SaskCulture.

The objective is to support newcomers to become equal participants in all the various dimensions of society including the local cultural, economic, social and civic/political systems, while preserving cultural identity; integration includes community welcome and recognition of contributions of all members, and reflection of all people and cultures in organizations, institutions, businesses and personal relationships. Integration results in a sense of belonging.

INVOLVE will be ideal for Newcomers and local Canadians alike, who are seeking information to get involved as volunteers and leaders. The program will place great emphasis on board governance and preparing participants for leadership roles in many types of community and civic organizations
Accelerating Community Change Workshop

The Tamarack Institute is offering this one-day workshop, A ccelerating Community Change at Campus Regina Public, in Regina, SK.

This workshop will:
  • Explore how Collective Impact is different from other forms of collaboration
  • Provide examples of collaborative efforts now underway
  • Advance your community's agenda with tools and techniques that move toward impact
  • Embrace the power of citizen engagement and collective impact
This is a great opportunity for you and other community change makers to learn from each other, ask your burning questions and provide feedback on what is and is not working in your initiatives.
 What is Family Volunteering?

Family volunteering involves more than one person in a household or extended family, from different generations volunteering together. Not only can families benefit organizations in terms of quantity of help, but children, youth, parents and grandparents offer diverse perspectives, experiences and skills.
Family volunteering also provides an opportunity to further connect families through shared activities.

When incorporating a family volunteering initiative at your organization, it is useful to acknowledge that families:

• Have busy schedules – it is challenging for them to find enough time since they are juggling their schedules to meet the needs of all the other family members, which can include babies, young children and teens and, increasingly, also aging parents.

• Value family cohesion – families perceive that volunteering together provides a thread to connect various members of a family.

• Feature generational differences – organizations need to recognize and handle the range of family members differently when trying to engage them in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

• Want to pass on values – parents often look for ways to involve their teenage children in volunteering in order to instil values, shift attitudes of entitlement and boost social awareness
Province Provides More Than $1.3 Million in Charitable Gaming Grants

Groups and organizations across the province are receiving more than $1.3 million in charitable gaming grants from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). Among the recipients were, Estevan and Weyburn and area charities: $62,821.

“Communities have minor sports programs, clubs for senior citizens, enhanced recreational facilities and many other vital programs and services thanks to the hard work of volunteers,” Minister responsible for SLGA Jeremy Harrison said. “Many of these groups and organizations rely on their own fundraising to provide these programs and as a government we’re pleased to provide additional support through the charitable gaming grant program.” 

More than 700 organizations across Saskatchewan received charitable gaming grants during the second quarter of the fiscal year. 
Chief Paskwa Pictograph Now On Exhibit at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) has launched a new temporary exhibit entitled  We Are All Treaty People.  This exhibit showcases the Chief Paskwa Pictograph, a two-panel graphite drawing that depicts the only known historical Indigenous perspective of Treaty Four.

The Chief Paskwa Pictograph appears to portray European and Aboriginal people engaged in treaty negotiations with a record of treaty promises and payments made between 1874 and 1883.  The  We Are All Treaty People exhibit also features a reproduction of the original hand-written version of Treaty Four.
Archives Week In Saskatchewan

The Province of Saskatchewan has proclaimed February 5 - 11 Archives Week in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists and its members will be celebrating with  events throughout the province.

South east events: The Whitewood Tourism and Heritage Association will celebrate Archives Week 2017 by holding an open house in their Archives building from Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.
  Making Room for Young People - Including Youth in Community Building

The Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (RABQ) developed a tool for enhancing awareness regarding the integration of young people into organizations. The tool is designed for boards of directors, executive directors and managers of volunteer resources—in short, any person interested in recruiting and benefiting from the vitality of young volunteers. 
BigFOOT Snowshoe Loans

Borrow snowshoes for your class, community group or even your neighbour. Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and enjoy Saskatchewan’s wild places during the winter months. Get fit, stay fit or just have fun!

SWF has hundreds of snowshoes ready to lend out each winter.

Employing “Young People” at the Beginning of their Careers

Winners of the 2017 "Canada's Top Employers for Young People" competition have been announced. If you employ or plan on hiring young people in the summer or in the future, this article is a great place to see what employers across Canada are doing to attract, develop and retain their youth workforce. This list, which includes non-profits and charities as well as some Saskatchewan companies, allows you to learn more about their best practices and see what you might be able to adapt for your work environment.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people at the beginning of their careers. The winning employers lead the nation in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations. 

Healthy Start/Départ Santé

Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS) is a bilingual health promotion initiative that increases healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in early years settings. This is done by providing directors, educators, teachers and cooks with in-person training sessions, resources and continual support. HSDS is one of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Innovation Strategy: Achieving Healthy Weights projects and it is led by the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan.

HSDS targets children ages 3 to 5 years old in early learning settings. To date, HSDS has trained over 250 sites in Saskatchewan and another 24 in New Brunswick. This initiative is available to everyone, but a concerted effort has been made to reach Indigenous, newcomer and underserved populations. 

EcoFriendly Sask Grants

EcoFriendly Sask provides small grants, usually $500, to support local projects that will improve the environment. Projects should benefit the natural environment and not just people.

Projects should be concrete and have tangible results. For example, the Saskatoon Friendship Inn used their grant to purchase reusable cups to replace the styrofoam cups they were using. The Carrot River Valley Watershed Association received a grant to provide area schools with mini watershed models and educational books so that learning continued after the Association’s presentations. Locals concerned about food security received a grant to establish the Saskatoon Seed Library.

Applicants should be individuals, schools, or community groups and institutions in Saskatchewan. You don’t have to have charitable status (but it’s good if you do).

Larger organizations and municipalities must demonstrate need and explain why the project cannot be supported through their own operational budget. Projects must have a community-wide impact.

Human Resources (HR) Boot CampTM

This event is happening during the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association's (SPRA) Spring Education and Training Symposium in Humboldt, SK on April 10, 2017.

HR Boot CampTM is meant to provide training and understanding to those that are new to or less experienced in HR and those that deal with HR matters besides their regular duties. 

At HR Boot CampTM you will be versed in and explore key areas of HR. Each of the four (4) one-day modules will provide information, training and exercises in key strategic areas. 

Bring the 150 Play List to Your Community!

Check out these great resources to get your community organization, workplace, or school, moving with the 
150 Play List.

Grant Intake Extended to April 1, 2017

The application intake for the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) First Nation Member's Recreation Grant and the motion Grant have been extended until April 1, 2017. 

SPRA extended the deadlines of these grants to give their members even more time to apply for these great funding opportunities. 

The Paralympic Sport Development Fund

 The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) invites Canadian sport organizations and clubs to apply,  for the 2017-2018 granting round of the Paralympic Sport Development Fund.

The Paralympic Sport Development Fund (formerly the System Development Fund) targets sport initiatives helping develop athletes, from playground to podium. Through this Fund, the CPC invests in sport development programming including recruitment initiatives, coaching, equipment, competition and more.

Funds can be used to support the creation of a new program or go towards the expansion of an existing successful initiative. Funding amounts of between $5,000 and $15,000 will be available.

The deadline to submit applications is February 17, 2017

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 Kirsten Regel, Community Development Consultant, at and you may be featured in our next Get the Scoop!

The next deadline is M arch 1, 2017. 

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