The Deputy Minister of Education Rob Currie and Assistant Deputy Ministers Susan Nedelcov Anderson and Clint Repski visited SIGN on April 2, and Social Services Deputy Minister Tammy Kirkland came for a tour on April 3. All received a comprehensive tour of the Family Resource Centre at SIGN on Broadway, with staff and clients explaining various activities provided for children and parents/caregivers, and talking about their personal experiences at the Centre. Ryan Meili, Leader of the Opposition, came for a get-aquainted visit to SIGN in March.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is hosting a series of free group sessions this spring in Kamsack, Melville, Fort Qu'Appelle and Yorkton. Sessions are for parents and caregivers of children age 0 to 10, and for those age 10 to 16. For more information, visit Triple P at www.signyorkton.ca.

Walk-in mental health counselling programs in Saskatchewan received a much-appreciated boost in the provincial government budget brought down in March. SIGN, a member of Family Service Saskatchewan, has been providing the free counselling service two days per week since February, 2018, primarily through its self-generated funding sources. The province announced that it has allocated $1.2 million for 11 agencies to provide walk-in counselling in 23 communities across the province. SIGN is expected to receive $96,000 to support its program. "That will allow us to expand the service from its current two clinics to five clinics in a week," SIGN executive director Andrew Sedley said following the announcement. "We have found, since we started the service, that there is a huge need for this type of walk-in, unscheduled counselling." More about this at www.signyorkton.ca .