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
Attend this interactive workshop to develop a plan to fill some volunteer positions.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Redvers
Join professionals and volunteers in the cultural sector for a day of learning, sharing, fun and fellowship! Includes lunch, presentations and roundtable discussions!

When: Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Forget 
National Volunteer Week - #Unselfie
Show us where you spend your volunteer time in our #Unselfie Facebook Contest!

  • Share how you spend your time volunteering/ write it on a piece of paper and hold it up for all to see
  • Snap a pic or video showing us
  • Get Social and post on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter using #Unselfie #SEDistrict #NVW2019 to be entered into the draw. Post between April 1- April 13, 2019, to be eligible for the prize.
  • Win a prize pack from the District. $50 gift Card, Team South East Jacket & a South East District branded Laptop bag.
We're looking for a Summer Student!
South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District is seeking a student for the position of Community Development Assistant. The position shall work out of our Weyburn office.

The experience gained from this contract summer position provides the opportunity to acquire experience in the sport, culture and recreation delivery system in Saskatchewan. The position works in an office setting and requires some travel throughout the south east district (approx. three-four days per month). Apply by March 15, 2019.
Spotlight Story: South East Coach Profile, Derek Mercer
How long have you been coaching?
I have been coaching for approximately 25 years in a wide variety of sports depending on what need existed at the time and also in activities that hold a personal attachment. I have coached youth (boys and girls) as young as age 4-5 to age 19. I have been involved in community/club sport, provincial games, mostly school sports, and also my own children’s sports when the opportunity has presented itself.

I have spent a lot of time with golf, outdoor soccer, and hockey in the past. Hockey was likely part of the reason that lead me to Saskatchewan. I first starting teaching in Ile-a-la Crosse where coaching the high school hockey team was part of my interview, it was an excellent experience. I have always enjoyed soccer and started that in Ile-a-la Crosse, we started from scratch and quickly learned the game, now I coach my son.

Since moving to Regina and taking a position at Nakoda Oyade Education Centre (NOEC) on Carry the Kettle First Nation, I have focused on cross country running, track and field and really invested a lot of time in senior boy’s basketball and table tennis.

What do you love about coaching?
There are so many things:
• seeing young people learn, gain skills, build pride and confidence, enjoying participating in activity.
• fostering an attitude of working at something because they like, overcoming frustration, and surprising themselves when they have success whether that means mastering a skill or winning a medal. 
• the facing of stressful/emotional situations, developing life skills, handling and learning from failure.
• the social connections made with a wide range of people.
• having memorable experiences that often have nothing to do with winning and losing, but those too.
2018 Saskatchewan Municipal Awards
The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMA) celebrates the excellent and innovative practices of Saskatchewan’s municipal governments. The Moosomin Nutrien Sportsplex located in the Town of Moosomin won first place!

The Sportsplex is an advanced sports facility to offer dedicated space for community gatherings and diversified recreational opportunities for all ages.
Staff Spotlight: Joni Hagen
What is your role at South East District? For how long? I am the Executive Director. My role is to oversee the day to day activities of the organization including financial management, human resources, working with a board of directors (policy governance), and administration. I kind of have to be a “jack of all trades”, as I get to dip my hands into many different areas! I will be celebrating 10 years with the district in 2020!

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? I exercise everyday – running and lifting weights – being active keeps me balanced! I also love to bake and cook with my kids!

What chore do you absolutely dislike doing? Dusting! The dust never goes away!

What has been your favorite project at South East District? Just recently we created a refreshed look for the organization with a new logo and name – was exciting to participate in the process from start to finish! I also enjoy conducting community visits with all of the south east groups and organizations – you get to see first hand all the fantastic facilities, programs, and leaders who make things happen in sport, culture and recreation!

Hometown? Big Beaver
10th Annual Culture Days Weekend - September 27-29, 2019
SaskCulture announced planning starts now! If we know anything about our organizers, we know your gears are already in motion for planning your 2019 Culture Days events. Nearly every Culture Days event can fit within the theme of creativity, the arts, and well-being. If you need a little inspiration, check out these programs that we think exemplify this year’s theme:

•       Our #Culture365 blog post profiling the organization Artists in Healthcare Manitoba
•        Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Show in North Vancouver
•       Toronto-based Workman Arts produce multidisciplinary programs to challenge and advance perspectives on mental health.
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!
South East Athletes Compete in the 2019 Canada Winter Games
Men’s - Hunter Chipley, Estevan
Manager - Monai Wanner, Estevan

Men’s - Wayne Ducharme, Weyburn
Coach - Clinton Ducharme, Weyburn

Men’s - Brecklin Gervais, Kronau, Andrew Myers, Balgonie

Figure Skating
Women’s - Shallen Bear, Whitewood

Men’s - Kyle Bochek, Moosomin
Assistant Coach - Rod Dallman, Wilcox

Women’s - Allison Hayhurst, Wapella, Ashley Messier, Wilcox
Men’s - Stanislav Sheshnev, Indian Head
Women’s - Paige Irwin, Kronau

Women’s - Abby Corney, Emerald Park, Hannah Corney, Emerald Park, Briana Hess, Pilot Butte, Holland Kozan, White City, Anna Markwart, Emerald Park
Assistant Coach - Colleen Butz-Purdue, Edenwold, Kelly Markwart, Emerald Park
Manager - Kim Markwart, Emerald Park

Wheel Chair Basketball
Men’s - Tanner Bolianatz, Pilot Butte, Bryson Bolianatz, Pilot Butte
One Book One Province 2019: Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson
The Saskatchewan Library Association’s One Book, One Province program is back for another year! In March 2019, SLA invites everyone in the province to read Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson. Get ready for One Book One Province in March by grabbing your eBook copy of Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson with the Hoopla app!
Racism: Recognize it. Reject it! #MarchOutRacism
Every year, in recognition of March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) executes a provincial educational anti-racism campaign. This year’s campaign features the theme Racism: Recognize it. Reject it! and the hashtag #MarchOutRacism.

Challenge others to also participate in the Racism: Recognize it. Reject it! activity kit and post their content to social media using #MarchOutRacism.
Go Out and Play Challenge!
Saskatchewan Blue Cross and Saskatchewan in motion have challenged communities across the province to go out and play for a chance to win $10,000.

The community that moves most during the 10-day Saskatchewan Blue Cross Go Out & Play Challenge wins the $10,000 grand prize.

Visit Saskatchewan in motion to find your community and log your physical activity minutes!
Upcoming Training Opportunities
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? Check out our 2018 Year in Review video.
"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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Support Line for Sport, Culture and Recreation