- Museums Association of Saskatchewan
- The Navy League of Canada Saskatchewan Division
- Saskatchewan Soccer Association gets people in the game
- Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program opens the door to participation in Kamsack
- Football Saskatchewan
Saluting Saskatchewan Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Support Staff #RioBound
Saskatchewan Lotteries congratulates all of the Saskatchewan athletes, coaches, officials and support staff who are on the #RoadToRio for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil. Many #SaskAthletes have already qualified for the Games and several others are in the final stages.
We salute the athletes, coaches, officials and support staff for their dedication and commitment to excellence. They are an inspiration to many through their examples of strong work ethics, setting and achieving goals, and pursuing their dreams with passion and determination. Sport really is more than a game and we are #SaskProud of their efforts.
Learn more about the Saskatchewan athletes, coaches, officials and support staff for #Rio2016 through the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan and cheer them on - #SaskProud!
Saskatchewan Lotteries is the fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups in the province whose activities support more than 600,000 registered participants. As part of this funding, proceeds from lottery ticket sales provide grant funds to amateur sport groups that provide opportunities for athletes to participate and start their own roads to excellence.
Museums Association of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is full of history, from its noteworthy people to ancient landmarks to the famous stories of old that have shaped the province. As the umbrella organization for all of the public museums in the province, the Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) helps to preserve this history.
“A museum in many ways is like the memory of a person, both long-term and short-term memory,” said MAS Executive Director Wendy Fitch. “A person who can’t access their memories for any reason isn’t able to function fully. A community isn’t really complete unless it’s able to access those memories.”
Fitch adds that museums contribute to the quality of life in a community in numerous ways. “If a museum is doing its job well, it’s going to reflect whoever comes to visit. If that visitor is a young person, an Indigenous person or someone from a visible minority, or a newcomer, they should be able to see themselves reflected in what’s presented. On a practical level, museums are also a gathering place in a lot of communities.”
MAS is a non-profit, collective organization of over 250 member museums and a total membership of over 400, including individuals and associates. Their members span the nine sport, culture and recreation districts throughout the province and include flagship museums such as the Saskatchewan Western Development Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum and MacKenzie Art Gallery, all the way to small rural volunteer-run community museums.
To ensure people can access the memories of the provinces, MAS works at strengthening Saskatchewan museums through a variety of education, advisory, resource and networking programs.
One of the association’s main purposes is to provide professional development and training so its members can provide stewardship and access for the heritage community in the province. MAS hosts many training events, both in person and online. In 1988, MAS produced the first set of standards for museums in the province and is currently finalizing the fifth edition.
To be more accessible to visitors in this digital age, MAS is also encouraging its members to explore new platforms.
“More and more museums these days have an online exhibit. The Gabriel Dumont Institute has a wonderful physical exhibit on the history of the Métis in Saskatchewan and an accompanying online exhibit,” Fitch said. “It makes it so much richer. There are now so many ways of sharing the stories of Saskatchewan.”
Fitch said that without Saskatchewan Lotteries funding through SaskCulture Inc., MAS likely wouldn’t exist.
“All of my colleagues across the country are very jealous, because we have stable funding. It isn’t necessarily able to cover all of the expenses, but it means you have a baseline,” says Fitch. “The Museum Grant Program provides operational funding to over 100 museums. A lot of museums would not be able to do their job and provide the connection with who we are if it weren’t for the lottery system.”
For more information on the Museums Association of Saskatchewan visit www.saskmuseums.org.
SaskCulture - thanks to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation - provides funding to a wide range of cultural groups and activities in the province, including museums. Together, with organizations, such as the Museums Association of Saskatchewan, we are building a culturally vibrant Saskatchewan. Culture Builds Community! Learn more at www.saskculture.sk.ca.
The Navy League of Canada Saskatchewan Division
For children in Saskatchewan looking to develop unique skillsets and become more well-rounded individuals, a great option is to join the navy… the Navy League of Canada Saskatchewan Division, that is.
Partnering with the Department of National Defence and funding by Saskatchewan Lotteries through the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (S.P.R.A.), the Navy League of Canada delivers dynamic programming with a nautical theme to the youth of Saskatchewan through two programs: the Navy League program (ages 9-12) and the Sea Cadet program (aged 12-18).
“In both programs, youth can be part of a team dedicated to promoting the physical and mental fitness of young men and women in the cadet program,” says Provincial Executive Assistant Jean Landree. “Beyond the nautical skills, we educate our youth in leadership, citizenship, self-discipline and respect of others.”
The Navy League of Canada currently has seven Sea Cadet Corps and six Navy League Corps located in various towns and cities across Saskatchewan. The programs are reliant on volunteers, especially from parents. All of the corps meet weekly to practice skills such as sailing, biathlon, boating and parade marching. In the summer, Sea Cadets have the option to earn money as staff cadets at various camps across Canada or go on an exciting international exchange.
“We’ve had kids in troubling spots in their lives enroll in our programs and it truly makes a big difference in their lives,” says Landree. “A lot of the youth who come out of the program actually then come back when they’re older and teach the next generation. We have university students, members of the RCMP, nurses and a wide variety of other professionals that come back.”
Landree says that First Nations and Canadian newcomers are attracted to the Navy League because of the very affordable costs. The Prince Albert and Fort Qu’Appelle chapters in particular have a high number of self-declared Aboriginal people enrolled.
One aspect of the Navy League that appeals to minority groups is the organization’s level of acceptance.
“Our vision is to make the Navy League a place where there are no social or economic barriers for children to join,” says Landree. “Everybody wears a uniform and therefore everyone is equal. They are there to learn self-discipline and respect for others, since they are functioning as a team.”
According to Landree, without Saskatchewan Lotteries funding the Navy League’s junior program simply wouldn’t be able to continue functioning.
“We wouldn’t sail without the Saskatchewan Lotteries funding,” says Landree. “The money helps us pay for instructors to travel around the province. We have a lot of dedicated parents out there, but we’re all vying for the same dollar.”
For more information on the Navy League of Canada Saskatchewan Division’s programs and services visit www.nlcsd.ca.
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association provides leadership, facilitation, programs and services to enhance the impact of recreation for the quality of life in Saskatchewan. To find out more about how recreation works for and you and your community, visit www.spra.sk.ca.
Saskatchewan Soccer Association gets people in the game
Soccer is, first and foremost, a team game. In Saskatchewan, it’s a sport that draws thousands of people together from all walks of life who share a passion for the game. Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA) represents around 45,000 participants from 60 member organizations throughout the province.
“All participants are given the opportunity to achieve their goals through participating in soccer,” says SSA Executive Director Doug Pederson. “Soccer, naturally, is played throughout the world, so we are a sport that a lot of new Canadians gravitate to. Often the one thing they have in common with people in Canada is their love of soccer. The sport is truly bridging gaps so that newcomers can feel more at home by playing the sport they played in their own home country.”
The SSA’s mission is to be a dynamic and innovative organization, enriching lives through the development of strong relationships and the delivery of soccer programs and services of the highest quality.
“We aim to provide leadership and support in the delivery of first-class soccer programs and services in
Saskatchewan, developing individuals, creating community and supporting life-long participation in the sport,” explains Pederson. “We provide healthy, positive experiences for people to interact through soccer. The higher the quality of the program, the closer we are to achieving our mission.”
Pederson noted that the diversity in soccer throughout Saskatchewan can be seen in the World Cup soccer events hosted annually in Regina and Saskatoon. Each team represents a country and in some divisions there are at least 12 players of that particular heritage on the team. As Pederson explains, it’s a chance for people from all ethnic origins to interact, learn more about other cultures and, of course, enjoy competition.
Pederson says the SSA also has a great partnership with many First Nations groups across the province. Soccer is a sport that always plays a big part in First Nations Games and North American Indigenous Games. SSA works co-operatively with First Nations groups to provide more soccer opportunities and is currently in conversations with Île-à-la-Crosse about becoming a member.
Needless to say, the size and scope of the SSA makes the availability of Saskatchewan Lotteries funding through Sask Sport Inc. of vital importance.
“The availably of lottery funds makes a lot of our work possible. It has a tremendous impact and that impact spreads across to all our participants, indoor and outdoor,” says Pederson. “Whether these players are involved on the recreational level, are grassroots participants, are pursuing the national team, or are playing the sport for life, there is an opportunity available for them. I want to say thank you to lottery retailers. We take every dollar seriously and use it to benefit thousands of participants across the province. I couldn’t underestimate the benefit of lotteries.”
For more information on the Saskatchewan Soccer Association, go to www.sasksoccer.com.
Sport is more than a game. Visit the amateur sport federation’s website at www.sasksport.sk.ca for information on amateur sport in Saskatchewan and the many benefits of participating in sport.
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 speciality 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.
It's about teamwork, protecting the person next to you and trusting they'll do the same. It's about getting knocked down and standing right back up. Football is about more than scoring touchdowns, and according to Jeff Yausie, that's why it's important to bring sport to as many people as possible.
"We are a province of hard workers and people who look out for one another, and that's what football is all about. That's why I think it's so important for everyone to have a chance to play," said Yausie, Executive Director of Football Saskatchewan, an organization responsible for developing and promoting amateur football in the province.
Football Saskatchewan is a volunteer driven non-profit organization made up of all levels of amateur football in Saskatchewan, everything from university to community football and their goal is to promote and grow the sport within the province.
"Through the passion and dedication of our volunteer network providing opportunities for participation all across the province, we've experienced growth in the past ten years. I believe the growth in the last few years is because we've really started focusing on bringing football to Aboriginal communities and encouraging more women to play," Yausie said.
In 1999, the organization had less than 8,000 members. Today, that number has more than doubled and Yausie attributes this growth to initiatives like The Northern Touchdown Program, which sent two university football players to communities north of La Ronge for the summer.
"It started with the guys just playing beach football with the adults, but then it caught on and three years later there is a six team league of young boys and girls playing tackle football that really just grew from nothing."
It's result like this and the impact they have on the communities that Yausie says encourages the organization to continue its work.
"It's really neat watching high school provincials. They're in early November, and it's getting cold and you go out to Humboldt or to Hanley and the fields are lined with cars, snow machine are zipping around. It just brings the community together.
"The funding through Saskatchewan Lotteries is crucial because it provides a stable base to build upon and as a member of Sask Sport we benefit from consulting, tools and resources that help us build capacity."
Football Saskatchewan has been able to help leagues across the province with coaching, skills development, improvements to their football fields, and funding for tournaments and league development; and its work Yausie believes will make a lasting impression on both the players and the province.
"Football teaches teamwork, selflessness and the ability to care for somebody else. As soon as you have that in football, you have a good team and what better life lesson is there than that," Yausie said. that receive financial support from the Lotteries Trust Fund, made possible by the sales of products such as LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX.