Building healthy, active and creative lifestyles through sport, culture and recreation.
November 2020
Lakeland District - Keeping you Up to Date!
Spotlight on Recreation in the Community. 
In March of 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting our province, many communities saw a dramatic shift of day to day life and their recreational activities moved toward a "cease and desist" status to support quarantine life. 

The City of Melfort and their Community Services Team saw the challenges presented by COVID-19 as an opportunity to expand their already existing Summer Recreation Program and created the Community Ambassador Program. "Recreation is needed now more than ever!" said Shannon Marshall, Pool Manager and Recreation Programmer for the City of Melfort.

The City's goal was to provide 8 weeks of programs for children and youth. They expanded their parameters and reached a greater target market in the community that included families, adults, older adults and seniors. The City engaged people from the end of March until the end of August and had no plans of slowing down. 

Check out the Blog to see all the great and innovative things the City of Melfort accomplished!
City of Prince Albert's Rotary Trail Receives the 2020 SPRA Parks and Open Space Award
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) has selected Prince Albert's Rotary Trail as their 2020 Parks and Open Space Award recipient. The award recognizes excellence in the planning, design and development of a private or public park or open space in Saskatchewan.
Mayor Greg Dionne, Dave Fischl, Rotary Trail Committee Chair and founding member of the original fundraising committee accepted the award November 2nd on the Rotary Trail on behalf of the project from Jody Boulet, SPRA Director for Cities and City of Prince Albert Director of Community Services.

"The completion of the Rotary Trail last year was a major milestone for our community. It is an incredibly popular, free and accessible recreation space and I'm proud of the role the City was able to play in support of its construction and maintenance." said Mayor Greg Dionne. "I would like to thank the SPRA for recognizing what a significant achievement this was and of course to Dave Fischl and the Rotary Club for championing the project over the years."

The Multi-Use Recreation Trail Committee started the project in 2001 with the Rotary Club joining as the main sponsor and steward of the Trail. The 10 foot-wide paved trail now encompasses the city after it was completed in October 2019. Thousands of Prince Albert residents on a year-round basis use the Rotary Trail in a variety of activities including fund-raising events.

The Parks and Open Space Award is part of the SPRA's RECognition Program that pays tribute to those individuals and communities who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the parks and recreation industry in Saskatchewan.

In this Issuetop
LDSCR's Wonderful Winter Spot Contest
Let's Check In!
Social Media Frame Workshop
Discovering our Differences
How to organize your own Kids Club Webinar
Activity Kits
Jays Care Foundation - Play Ball Indoors Program
Take the Lead! Games and Activities
Give the Gift of Creativity
SaskSport Website

WWSLDSCR's Wonderful Winter Spot Contest
Does your community have an outdoor space or place that embraces the winter season? Do you think it is so amazing that it could win Lakeland District's Wonderful Winter Spot Contest? Starting January 11th, we will be having winter spaces and places competing against each other in a bracket elimination-style tournament, thus we are calling all communities within the District to nominate their "best" outdoor ice surfaces, hills, trails or ice fishing locations - and all you must do is fill out the following nomination form.
Let's Check In!checkin

We will continue to host Zoom Check in meetings through the fall on the following dates:

December 2 - 1:00pm
December 16 - 1:00pm    
January 6 - 1:00pm
January 20 - 1:00pm    

Contact your Community Consultant, Crystal Clarke or Helen Obrigewitch to register for these meetings!

Register Here!
Activity Kitsactivitykits
Lakeland District created a variety of activity kits this summer to help our members facilitate and sustain sport, culture and recreation opportunities in their communities.
We are able to continue supporting Lakeland communities with the following activity kits: Snow Much Fun, Art, Culture, Sport, Be Fit & Adventure.

If your community is interested in having one or more of these kits please fill out the Expression of Interest Form
Our Youth Consultant, Julia, will follow up with respondents as soon as possible. Feel free to contact her directly if you have any additional questions.

The application process is short and due by Monday November 30th. Apply Here!
ttlgamesNEW: TTL! Games & Activities - Options for Physical Distancing Manual

A new Take the Lead! resource that compliments existing program materials has been launched by Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association! It contains ideas for games and activities that are low-touch and promote physical distancing.
Whether or not you are currently involved in the Take the Land! program, you can access this manual by filling out this request form. It supports active and safe play for youth - and it is one more resource for your toolbox during the COVID period.

Give the Gift of Creativity this Holiday Season
Creative Kids Holiday Campaign is back! Starting November 16, Creative Kids is giving people the chance to give Saskatchewan children the opportunity to access creative activities during its 12 Days of Giving Holiday Campaign. 100% of your donation goes directly to helping kids in your community. All donations receive a beautiful bookmark you can use as a keepsake or as a gift. 
Sask Sport is excited to unveil its newly redesigned website.
The updated website includes several features that will help Sask Sport to better serve the amateur sport community, including:
  • Mobile-friendly design for use on tablet, cellphones and other mobile devices
  • Enhanced accessibility and improved, more intuitive navigation for users 
  • A search bar for quickly locating important items
  • A comprehensive Resource Library featuring documents, guidelines, links and other documents of interest to amateur sport organizations
You can view website today at

MAS Community Chat
Upcoming Chats:
  • Nov 25, 2020 10:00 AM
  • Dec 9, 2020 10:00 AM
  • Jan 6, 2020 10:00 AM
  • Jan 20, 2020 10:00AM
  • Feb 3, 2020 10:00AM
  • Feb 17, 2020 10:00AM
Meeting ID: 844 8461 8865
Password: 829340

If you have any questions or for more connection info, please contact Em Ironstar at

MAS Fall 2020 Online Courses & Programs
MAS offers a range of learning opportunities. We design our training and resources to support museum staff and volunteers of all kinds, from board members to student workers, and from emerging to established professionals. 
Our courses are open to everyone-no membership is required! Our instructors are experts in their fields, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do your job better.

SPEA Cross Saskatchewan Check-In
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm  
We are hoping that you can join us to discuss current topics related to teaching physical education and health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

2020 SPRA Conference - Together Towards Tomorrow
November 18 - 20, 2020; virtual experience of SPRA Conference
Registration closes: November 16, 2020.

2020 SaskFit Conference
November 20-21, 2020; virtual experience of SaskFit! immediately following the SPRA Conference
Registration Closes: November 19, 2020 for Student registrations and SaskFit Keynote. November 21, 2020 at 7pm for regular registrations. 

United Voices: Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit 
Saturday November 21, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (MST). 
They are moving the summit online, making it open to all youth ages 12-20 across Canada!
Get ready to experience inspirational stories from immigrant speakers, interactive break-out sessions, fun activities and prize draws! All this and more while learning how to battle the stigma surrounding mental health, something that is more important than ever in light of the global pandemic. 
Youth can register here to reserve their spot in this inspiring event. Participation links will be sent after registering. 
If you have any questions, contact Hanne at

Saskatchewan Coaching Academy Online
Complete all nine National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition-Development sport modules in three intensive weekend blocks with the Saskatchewan Coaching Academy, which is moving to an online format for the Fall-Winter 2020-21 term.

Each of the blocks begin on the Friday evening and run to the Sunday evening on the following weekends: Nov. 13-15, Dec. 11-13 and Jan 15-17.

The cost for the Saskatchewan Coaching Academy is $650. Scholarships for member Coaches Association of Saskatchewan members are available to cover up to 50 per cent of the registration cost through the CAS Development Grant.

Registration closes Oct. 31. Learn More

SaskOutdoors and the Canadian Wildlife Federation are hosting a fun and practical training session
aimed at introducing the Below Zero Activity Guide, which is an educational program designed to promote understanding of wildlife under winter conditions featuring 46 complete lesson plans that can each be adapted for any age, grade or subject.
Participants will engage in two online learning session and have the Below Zero Activity Guide mailed to them.
Dates: Thursday November 26 and Thursday December 3 (both from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Cost: $55/SaskOutdoor member, $65/non-member.

Fast and Female Virtual Summit 2020
The Fast and Female summit is back for its seventh year and this time it's going virtual. 
Spread over six weeks, there will be six sessions open to girls aged 8-18, as well as a seminar for parents, coaches and allies. The 1.5 to 2-hour sessions will run every Thursday from Dec. 1 - 17 beginning at 5pm.

Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan 
Online Virtual Education Sessions
- Sport Nutrition - A 1 hour workshop educating on basic sport nutrition, importance of fluids, weight issues, pre/post event nutrition, nutrition on the road, tournament & multi-event nutrition
- Mental Performance (Relaxation) - A 1 hour workshop educating on attention, emotional, & arousal control to deal with anxiety or stress
- Mental Performance (Imagery) - A 1 hour workshop educating on how to use mental imagery & visualization effectively.
- Mental Performance (Goals) - A 1 hour workshop educating on goal setting, setting realistic short term & long term goals, monitoring goals.
- Mental Performance (Routines) - A 1 hour workshop educating on how to use routines & practices effectively.
-Sleep & Performance -  A 1 hour workshop educating on Sleep quality and quantity, deprivation, effects on sleep through travel, nutrition, exercise and mental, medical considerations and how to sleep better.

If you are interested in hosting a session please contact your Community Consultant: Crystal Clarke or Helen Obrigewitch

The Coaching Association of Canada is offering monthly webinars from October 2020 to March 2021 that are
designed to be pertinent and useful in developing skills for coaches as they navigate a return to sport.
This month's webinar, Return to Modified Training in the Absence of Competition, will be held on Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. (Sask time).
If you missed the October session, you can watch the recording here .

Grants & Funding Opportunities


SPRA Forever in motion Grant - deadline November 15, 2020

Fund for Gender Equality - deadline November 30, 2020

Listen, Hear our Voices Initiative - deadline December 11, 2020

Documentary Heritage Community Program - deadline January 12, 2021


Canadian Tire Jumpstart - Receive funding for registration fees, equipment, travel, etc. 

Creative Kids Funding - Application info available online, Deadline Dec 4

Creative Sask Our grants help creative producers pursue commercial success.

KidSport Saskatchewan - Contact your local Chapter

SGI Community Grant - deadlines Feb 28 and Oct 31 each year

Six Rivers Fund - Committee adjudicates in May and November

Taking it Global - Youth-led Community Funding - dates vary with funding amount

Lyle Campbell | Executive DirectorEmail

Julia Frigault | Youth Consultant  | Email

Crystal Clarke Community Consultant | Email

Helen Obrigewitch | Community Consultant | Email
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