Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program opens the door to participation in Kamsack
Located in the Assiniboine River Valley, Kamsack is a bustling town of nearly 2,000 people. Rain or shine, the people in this town like to keep busy. The town is home to over 20 sport, culture and recreation groups, ranging from minor hockey and karate to the local arts council and the Ukrainian dance club. It is activities provided by groups such as these that energize the community and improve the quality of life for people.
According to Kamsack Recreation Director Kev Sumner, “there’s always something going on.”
“With the proximity of Duck Mountain Provincial Park and the climate we have, it’s really a 12-month operation for sport, culture and recreation in Kamsack,” he continues. “In the summer, the pool is very busy and we like to bring in a lot of specialty events such as wakeboarding clinics. During the winter, people like to enjoy cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The Trans Canada Trail also comes through Kamsack and is enjoyed year-round.”
Thankfully, Sumner says, the town has access to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant program.
The grant assists Kamsack in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs by providing funds to their non-profit community organizations operated by volunteers. The Kamsack Karate Club, for example, is able to bring in an instructor from Yorkton, which has greatly benefitted their program. This past year, Kamsack was also able to put on a stained glass class for the first time.
“It’s great that they have the opportunity to do these activities in Kamsack instead of having to drive to Canora or Yorkton,” says Sumner. “We have good facilities. We have the tools to bring people in to coach or run an instructors course.”
The money also helps Kamsack keep its facilities like the sportsplex, skate park, swimming pool, playgrounds and community centre open to the public. The town is also able to put on a variety of special events: a Canada Day celebration, a Christmas concert and an indoor rodeo.
And as Sumner explains, the benefits to the participants in all of these events are truly endless.
“When people take part in sport, culture and recreation activities, they’re being active, they’re socializing, they’re winning, and gaining life skills,” he says. “There are opportunities to play from five years old to 95 years old.”
Sumner moved to Kamsak from Regina over two years ago. He says his family has fallen in love with the town and would definitely suggest people give small-town living a try. He notes that the opportunities provided through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant program truly help forge this close environment.
“It really helps give the community an identity,” says Sumner. “You get to know your neighbours because of all of the opportunities to socialize, whether it’s through an activity or at a venue such as the rink, coffee shop or grocery store. To see the benefits you get from selling lottery tickets and having this program available is incredible.”
When you buy a lottery ticket, you help Saskatchewan Lotteries fund more than 12,000 sport, culture, recreation and community groups. It makes life better for people across Saskatchewan, and that’s something to cheer about!
Learn about the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program.