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Indian Head's Spray Pad Set for 2013.

Posted by on Thu, Jul 26 2012

This Year's Focus is FUNdraising!

The Town of Indian Head Dixon Park Revitalization's Spray Pad Committee (Spray Pad Committee) members have their eyes on the prize! They are determined Indian Head and area residents will have a state of the art spray pad next year. This year they're mixing innovation with variety and adding fun to fundraising for next year's spray pad.

 

From broomball tournaments and an outdoor movie night, to caberets and a medieval feast, then coordinating a local craft show and raffling one year of staples like weekly bread and milk sponsored by local businesses, raising spray pad funds is clearly bring in the dough.

 

"We're 60 per cent there!" says Jill Clark, vice chair of Indian Head's Spray Pad Committee.  "And our newest campaign is 100 for 100. We're asking one hundred families to contribute one hundred dollars each to the project. By next spring we hope to be ready to build it (spray pad)."

 

"The Community Initiatives Fund grant we received was our tipping point." says Clark. "At just the right time it gave us--and Indian Head's residents adn businesses--the confidence we needed. It somehow validated our project and bolstered our already solid community support!"

 

Through its Community Vitality Program Capital Projects grant the Community Initiatives Fund provided $20,000 in support of developing Indian Head's spray pad.

 

Indian Head is 70 km (44 mi) east of Regina along Highway #1.

Photos credit:  Town of Indian Head

 


 


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Back to Nature.

Posted by on Fri, Jun 29 2012

Meewasin Has Paved the Way!

The Meewasin Valley Authority’s Beaver Creek Conservation Area just south of Saskatoon has taken mobility access to a new level. They’ve installed a mechanical lift and hardened the viewing trail so those with physical limitations can also enjoy nature.

A mechanical lift now enables visitors with limited mobility to enjoy the SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room, filled with nature exhibits and activities, in the building’s lower level. And from there, the recently hardened 375 metre (410 yard) nature trail makes viewing and experiencing nature a breeze, even for those with physical limitation. And at trail’s end, a spectacular vista that overlooks the South Saskatchewan River awaits.

Meewasin’s plans for a lift and hardened nature trail were supported in 2010 through a $42,500 grant through the Community Vitality Program of the Community Initiatives Fund. Matching funds for this project were provided through private donors and Meewasin’s core funds. .

“Never before at Beaver Creek (Conservation Area) have those in wheelchairs or walkers been able to reach the crest overlooking the South Saskatchewan (River).” says Susan Lamb, chief executive officer of the Meewasin Valley Authority. “We’re thrilled to now offer everyone the experience of nature here … and year round, too!”

Much more than a nature trail, this accessible wilderness path affords wildlife viewing, a study of flora and fauna, outdoor recreation … perhaps can also be an inspiration for artists and photographers. The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is 13 km (8 mi) south of Saskatoon on the west side of Highway #219.

 

  

Opening the new nature trail.                                 SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room.

Photo credits:  Meewasin Valley Authority.

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In Northern Focus: Dreams to Recreational Reality in La Loche

Posted by on Thu, May 31 2012

Leonard Montgrand is taking his home town seriously. And personally. As executive director of the La Loche Friendship Centre and program manager for the local Sport, Recreation and Culture District, Montgrand speaks of plans for his town’s recreational complex and how the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has assisted.

 

Over sixty per cent of La Loche’s 3000 residents, over one-half under 35 years of age, now enjoy a state of the art skateboard park, games court and youth centre. More than fifty youth and adolescents use these facilities daily as they engage in basketball, volleyball and winter rink activities. The La Loche Friendship Centre is now planning an outdoor playground to add to its architecturally designed multipurpose recreational complex.

 

The La Loche Town Council, Friendship Centre, the Sport, Recreation and Culture District, Juex Canada Games and the Community School, along with the CIF and hundreds of resident volunteers, have contributed to this safe, supervised recreational complex in La Loche. Asphalt was poured, lighting added, and bingo fundraisers were held to raise matching funds for CIF’s grants since 2010.

 

“The Community Initiatives Fund has been the catalyst and fundamental for La Loche to attain its multi-purpose recreational centre,” says Montgrand. “CIF’s grant support has given our community the confidence needed to make this dream a reality. Our youth, all residents actually, now have a state of the art recreation centre with many options for participation … and we’re setting a standard for nearby communities!”

 

The CIF has once again contributed through a recent grant under its Community Vitality Program, offering support for an adjacent outdoor playground.

 

Montgrand also expresses his personal gratitude. Video games have become a distant second choice for his young family who now enjoy basketball and skating.  La Loche has never been so vibrant!

 

  Photos credit:  Leonard Montgrand, La Loche Friendship Centre      

                                               

 


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Building a Legacy of Leadership: School Children Take an Active Lead

Posted by on Mon, Apr 30 2012

Considerable pride and self-esteem among youth and adolescents is being fostered through the Take the Lead program and this pride is growing in each of four volunteer schools in the Moose Jaw area.

 

Led by the South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport in Moose Jaw and supported through the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), students in these four elementary schools experience leadership as they demonstrate physical activities, encourage belonging, train and mentor others, and have a great deal of fun just by getting involved!

 

Grade 7s and 8s from Avonlea, Glentworth, Lindale and St. Mary schools, along with their adult coaches, lead and guide students’ physical activities and play at recess, school assembly, at noon and after school hours. With only one day of instruction from the South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport, these students and their coaches actively encourage physical activity, respectful group behaviour, and lead by example. To them, being active has never felt this good!

 

Elaine Oak, principal of St. Mary School in Moose Jaw, explains. “We’re seeing enormous value by participating in the Take the Lead Program. Those in older grades are learning how to lead and guide those younger. These young leaders are proud of their ability to help others, benefit from the exercise, and learn about mentoring, leading and working together. Those in younger grades have great role-models, too.”

 

“Everyone benefits!” says Marian Campbell, community development coordinator for the South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport in Moose Jaw. “The teachers see uncommon involvement among students not easily engaged and observe increased self-esteem among those leading the activities.”

 

“Even parents are volunteering to coach these after-school efforts, and more schools and now communities are showing interest in adopting the Take the Lead program as an after school training initiative for youth. The breadth and impact of delivery is far exceeding our expectations.” says Marian.

 

The Take the Lead program is supported through CIF’s Physical Activity Grant Program, designed to contribute to active living and physical activity programs throughout Saskatchewan.

    

       Photo Credits:  St. Mary School, Moose Jaw             

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Saskatchewan in motion's re:activity!

Posted by on Mon, Apr 02 2012

Saskatchewan in motion has recently launched its newest multi-media campaign to encourage Saskatchewan families to become more physically active. The campaign is called re:activity and is directed to parents and their families. Saskatchewan in motion is part of the Community Initiatives Fund’s programming to support active living and physical activity through local, regional and provincial initiatives.

 

This campaign includes short videos for parents and their children, together, learning of the benefits of more physical activity each day. The first in a set of five-minute webisodes is posted here. It features one family’s journey to reduce screen time and increase physical activity. The webisodes include complementary tools and resources to help busy Saskatchewan families become more active.  

 

“Your kids aren’t as active as you think they are,” says Cathie Kryzanowski, general manager of Saskatchewan in motion. “Less than 15 per cent of Saskatchewan children and youth are getting the physical activity they need every day to be healthy and productive.”

 

Almost everything counts. Dancing and swimming, canoeing or walking—even yoga or gardening—all contribute to physical activity. Sound easy and a bit like fun? Find out more by visiting Saskatchewan in motion

 

Physical activity and healthy living go hand in hand. Why not gather your family, plan for some fun, and mix up your activities for about 60 active minutes a day?  Visit re:activity today for ideas to get you moving. 

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