Accolades and good luck to Elias Haukeness from Buena Vista who is headed off to the Maple Leaf Jr National Championship in Surrey BC at the Morgan Creek G&C on the Thanksgiving weekend in October. Elias finished the golf season with a string of wins throughout Saskatchewan. Read more in the sports section of the Last Mountain Times website.
Congratulations to the Davidson Public Library on earning The Mike and Edie Klein Branch of the Year, 2019. This award, established in 1981 to encourage the pursuit of excellence and to recognize a branch library for significant overall improvement in service to the community, was renamed in 2017 to honour Mike and Edie Klein and their dedicated service to Palliser Regional Library. The Bethune Public Library received Honorable Mention. These libraries demonstrated exemplary patron services through library statistics, improvements to facilities, active board members, community partnerships, fund-raising projects, library promotions, programming, and compliance with Palliser Regional Library policies. Read more.
Congratulations to the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council on being “selected as of one of the 2020 recipients of the Jays Care Foundation Field of Dreams Grant!” Read more on the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council facebook page. The Jays Care Foundation “Field Of Dreams program provides funding to design, refurbish and build safe spaces for children and youth to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models. In the last five years, Jays Care has committed over $8 million to 66 infrastructure projects across Canada.” Read more and check out the list of the other recipients of this great program.
Accolades for our Community Consultant, Crystal Longman
Crystal has been selected as one of two Vice-Chairs as part of the Leadership Team for the 2022 Saskatchewan Winter Games scheduled for February 20-26, 2022 in Regina. Crystal’s exemplary qualifications will provide excellent leadership. You can read the announcement of the Core Leadership Team here.
Crystal has also been selected to be part of the Team Sask Mission Staff for the Canada Summer Games in Niagara, ON from August 6-21, 2021. Updates on Team Sask can be found here.
As well, Crystal was recognized on the ‘Recreation Professional Spotlight’ as part of Recreation Professional’s Week June 15-21, 2020. “Across Saskatchewan, recreation professionals will be celebrated for the positive impact that they have on our province through their passion, dedication, commitment and hard work.
From the website: https://www.sarponline.ca/recreation-professionals-week/ you will read:
Crystal Longman is a Community Consultant with the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation. From the George Gordon First Nation, Crystal has been heavily involved in her community and the recreation profession for over 15 years.
Her passion for spreading the love of sport and helping community has benefited many. Since her convocation from the University of Regina in 2004, Crystal has held roles with organizations such as the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council. She also volunteered for 5 years as an English Teacher in South America and the South Pacific.
From a young age, recreation has had a positive influence. Crystal recognized the benefits stemming from recreation, which played a major role in her decision to become a recreation professional.
Participating in the First Nation Summer and Winter Games as a teenager, Crystal decided by the age of 17 that she wanted to help other First Nation youth have the same experiences she had. Fast-forward and Crystal found herself working as part of the FSIN and Tribal Council Game System doing just that.
Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 and recreation professionals across the province are having to adjust and adapt when helping clients live their best lives. Crystal encourages everyone to take care of their spiritual and mental health and understand that its ok to slow down during this transitional period.
“Recreation is vital because it adds to one’s quality of life. It encourages healthy living and provides a sense of belonging and community. After months of social distancing and the cancellation of many events this year, I know I have missed/am missing/and will miss my favorite activities like attending sport events and powwows. Recreation is such a large part of our social lives. While I appreciated being able to go out and do things before, I don’t think I understood how important it was to my overall well-being until I was housebound and couldn’t do anything. I imagine this awareness is similar to many Saskatchewan residents.”
Winners of Saskatchewan’s First Ever Virtual Heritage Fair Announced
Congratulations to all the participants of the Virtual Heritage Fair. Heritage Saskatchewan announced the winning projects from the 2020 Virtual Heritage Fair. three hundred and forty-five students, from grades 4 to 8, participated in creating two hundred and ninety-four projects on Saskatchewan and/or Canadian heritage-based topics. A full list of the winning projects can be found here, and all projects are available to be viewed on Heritage Saskatchewan’s website.
Congratulations to some of the top categories/winners from the Prairie Central District:
Historical Thinking Award (Virtual Fair): Euthanasia & Robert Latimer (Ava McIvor) (Gr. 8, Davidson)
SK Genealogical Society Family History Award: Schumacher Family History (Nick Schumacher) (Gr. 8, Delisle)
Top Ten (#3-10): #9 Canadian Currency: Reflections of Canada (Farrah Low) (Gr. 8, Davidson)
Congratulations to the various other category winners….read more