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.
District News
About Us Visual!
We often get asked, "what exactly does the District organization do?". In 2020, we created an About Us Illustration and Video to help others understand who the District is and what we do! Check out the full visual and learn more about us!
Did You Know? - Sask Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation 
Through an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, proceeds from Sask Lotteries are dedicated to sport, culture and recreation organizations to benefit communities throughout the province.
Proceeds from the sale of lottery products are placed in the Sask Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation (Trust Fund) for granting to eligible organizations as designated by the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport. Three volunteer-led non-profit organizations—Sask Sport, SaskCulture and The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association—are partners in the Trust Fund. Volunteer committees from sport, culture and recreation communities review and adjudicate all funding requests.

The funds are distributed to eligible Saskatchewan sport, culture and recreation organizations, including provincial organizations, Tribal Councils, Districts for Sport, Culture and Recreation, First Nation communities, Métis Communities and municipalities. More than 1,200 organizations receive direct funding, and through them, funds are distributed to more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups. The funding helps nearly 1,000 Saskatchewan communities, supports participation opportunities for approximately 600,000 registered participants and impacts many more.
South East District Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors
South East District is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to the volunteer Board of Directors - Amber Anderson of Estevan, Sheldon Watson of Ochapowace First Nation, Rhonda Lamb of Kronau and Tami Scott of Oxbow. They will join the 2021-22 board: Danielle Hoffman of Stoughton, Kristeen Cherpin of Radville, Sheila Guenther of Estevan, Ryan Dale of Weyburn, Tyler Hillstead of Weyburn, and Morgan Jones of Weyburn.
Facility Inventory Champions (FIC) Program – A Start to Asset Management – Deadline Extended until June 18!
The South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District would like to invite municipalities to apply to participate in our Facility Inventory Champions (FIC) Program. It is an awesome opportunity to begin the asset management process in your recreation and cultural facilities!

Aging recreation/cultural infrastructure is making it difficult to know what decisions to make for renewal, upgrades, operations, and replacement of facilities. Decision makers are not necessarily making informed decisions about infrastructure costs. Having a clearer picture of the current state of infrastructure can help communities make more informed decisions about facility operations, maintenance, and renewal.

Time and financial resources are challenges to creating asset management plans. Communities simply do not have the tools or knowledge and are not creating these plans. This program helps the community to “kick-start” the asset management process! Training, mentorship, tools and funding is available as part of the program.

We have extended the deadline to apply until June 18, 2021. Visit our website for more details including the FIC Guidebook! To learn more, check out this FIC video featuring some of last year’s community participants! 
Wondering How to Introduce Programming Back to Community? Focus on the Outdoors First!
We recently held a BUZZ session for recreation directors in May and had the Saskatchewan Outdoors Association join us! They informed us about some of their supports and programs including Get Outside! Kids Club, Lending Library, Winter Camping and their $500 Grants they provide for outdoor pursuits! CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE is one of the goals of the Framework for Recreation in Canada!

Canadians love nature, and recreation very often involves getting outside. Canada’s most popular recreational activities involve spending time with nature, such as camping, hiking, or gardening. Is your community seeking resources for the outdoors and outdoor programming and events?

Look no further. These organizations can help you out!
HIGH FIVE: Principles Of Healthy Child Development
A one-day virtual training that teaches front-line leaders how to enhance the quality of the programs they are delivering. It provides in-depth knowledge of 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.

When: Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spotlight Stories!
As part of June is Recreation & Parks Month, we are highlighting two 'recreation-focused' stories from our communites this month!
Planning for Recreation in Small Town Saskatchewan!
Ryan Reiss, Mayor of the Town of Vibank, recently presented at the South East District 2021 Annual General Meeting. He shared why and how their community focused on recreation planning in 2020. Vibank is located approximately 30 minutes south east of Regina down Highway 48. It is a growing, diverse community of just under 400 people.

The South East District Community Recreation Plan Grant is now available for 2021 – more information can be found at Apply now!
Recreation Director Profile - Ghislaine Carter
People are an organization’s greatest asset! Effective recreation community services depends upon good leadership and our small, rural communities value the expertise and passion of municipal recreation professionals. These positions provide leadership and support to facility management, programs and operations,
community collaboration and development and much more! Arcola participated in South East District's "Recreation Board Development Program" in 2019-20, which led to the development of a recreation position in 2020.
ED Blog: How To Turn Policy From Zero To Hero!
Picture this…a little soccer player goes to the washroom and burns his bottom due to a chemical left on the toilet seat at the park. The new cleaning staff was not orientated and trained on proper cleaning and maintenance procedures…a carbon monoxide poisoning incident sends hockey players to the hospital, caused by fumes from the ice cleaning machine in use at the rink…there is suspected fraud within the organization, but no one knows what to do, and there are no internal controls in place to minimize fraud risks.
Sport Spotlight
Mental Health in Sport - Take the Free eLearning
Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. The Coaching Association of Canada’s Mental Health in Sport eLearning module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health.

This eLearning module will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, and is available free of charge in the Locker.
SHA Awards Winners Announced for 2020-21 Season
Following the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association announced the recipients of the 2021 SHA Awards. Each year through a nomination process, the SHA Awards highlight the outstanding volunteers from the North and South, outstanding Coach and Minor Hockey Association.

Congratulations to the three (3) winners from the south east! Volunteer of the Year, Mike Weger (Weyburn), Coach of the Year, Curtis Hextall (Balgonie), and Minor Hockey Association of the Year, Moosomin.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Art Alerts
Celebrate Culture Days in Saskatchewan! Register Now!
Saskatchewan is proud to be part of Culture Days, the national celebration of arts and culture that takes place each Fall.

Event registration is now open, easier to use, and contains more choices to showcase expression than ever before. The only thing missing is your contribution! Indoors, outdoors, or online, share the creativity that’s all your own!

Absolutely anyone and everyone can participate—there’s something for everyone!
Recreation Report
June is Recreation & Parks Month is Here!
Recreation provides personal, economic, social, and ecological benefits to our people, our communities and our Province. These benefits are significant and critical to the vitality of Saskatchewan.

June is Recreation & Parks Month Connection Grant!

This grant will support SPRA member programming, program materials and initiatives that create a connection to parks and recreation in the month of June.
The Bench - Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association's new online community is here - a place for the sector to meet, work and grow together.

The Bench includes discussion groups, a resource library and events page. You can join discussion groups on topics including reopening, parks and open spaces and inclusion and accessibility, among others. Members can post and subscribe to discussions to receive updates when new information is posted.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Volunteer Resource Hub
COVID-19 Resources
South East District has compiled COVID-19 updates and resources applicable to sport, culture and recreation on our website resources page. We also want to ensure communities and organizations in the District continue to stay informed regarding Re-Open Saskatchewan updates.
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.
Inclusion Insights
June is Pride Month in Canada!
Every year, during the month of June, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community celebrates in a number of different ways.

Pride month is an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.
National Indigenous History Month
In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is on June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis!
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Physical Activity and Play
Join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge - June 1-30, 2021
Did you know that everything gets better when you get active? Even communities! Participate in the challenge this June to get moving, connect with others and help your community get crowned Canada's Most Active Community.

At the conclusion of the challenge, one community will earn the top prize of $100,000 and title of being Canada’s most active. In addition to the national winner, there will also be prizing for the most active community in each province and territory.
Grants & Funding 
Apply by June 10, 2021
Apply by June 25, 2021
September 1, 2021
Spring - March 31, 2021
Fall - October 15, 2021
Apply by October 15, 2021
Please note deadlines may change. For up to date information, seek the funder for the correct dates.
Local Stories/Spotlight
Saskatchewan Lotteries - Everyone Wins!
Sask Lotteries funds over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups across Saskatchewan. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations in our communities. Subscriptions allow lottery players to play draw-based games – including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail, or on the Sask Lotteries website.
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"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!”