In 2015 the Prairie Central District launched the re-vamped Volunteer Recognition Program. This program is targeted at community volunteers who have volunteered with several initiatives over an extended period of time, and have made a meaningful impact on their community. The purpose of the program is to demonstrate the importance and value that volunteers provide in the areas of sport, culture and recreation through public recognition.
The program will feature two nomination deadline dates per year of April 15th and September 15th. There will be one award recipient for each nomination deadline. The award recipients will receive a grant of $1000, to be utilized in the area of that person’s volunteering efforts (within sport, culture and recreation) while following the guidelines (ex: An individual who has been volunteering on a community Arts Council receives the award and uses the grant funds for an initiative such as art classes for seniors.)
If you are interested in nominating a volunteer in your community, the nomination form and guidelines can be found below. Please read through the guidelines prior to filling out the nomination form. For more information on the program email Jaret Dezotell or phone 306.726.2087 ext. 2.
September 2017 Winner- The Original Humboldt Committee
On Tuesday November 14th, 2017, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented the Original Humboldt Committee with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
The Original Humboldt Committee was formed in 2008 with the goal of securing, preserving, and developing the Original Humboldt site. Since that time the committee members have taken an 80 acre parcel of prairie land and developed it into a fascinating living heritage site.
Some of the committee’s volunteer accomplishments include:
- Work on several different art installations at the site, including replicas of the original Telegraph Station, Ducharme House, a Military Camp where Chief Whitecap was captured during the NorthWest Rebellion, two Tipis, and a Red River Cart.
- Creating a public access area, and walking trails for visitors to tour the various art installations
- Archaeological work; including hosting two archaeological field study projects in 2017. One of these was targeted at youth, and have over 285 students excavate at the site during one week in June.
- Raising funds to purchase the land where the site is currently located, returning the area to natural grass, landscape maintenance, fence construction, providing tours, creating printed publications, and more.
This project is inspirational for the thousands of small city museums across Canada that strive to harness the passion and conviction of volunteers and community to create an inclusive and imaginative world-class site. When this project began, there was nothing but a field with some proposed archaeological material beneath the surface and potential stories. Through the volunteer committee’s passion and hard work, thoughtful and professional research, the stories have emerged, the connections with communities developed, and the interpretation derived through creative presentation.
Along with the VRP award, the committee received a $1000 grant which was utilized for landscaping equipment to help maintain the outdoor heritage site.
The Prairie Central District would like to congratulate the committee members Dennis Korte, Edward Novecosky, Reynold Fortowsky, Rev Alvin Hingley, and Garry Jenkins on being recognized as outstanding community volunteers.
Photo: L-R: ‘Original Humboldt Committee” members: Dennis Korte, Rev Alvin Hingley, Reynold Fortowsky, Edward Novecosky, & Garry Jenkins with Jaret Dezotell, PCD Community Consultant
Original Humboldt Site – Public Entrance
April 2017 Winner- Edie Thompson of Coteau Beach
On Saturday September 2nd, 2017, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented Edie Thompson of Coteau Beach with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
Edie’s volunteerism efforts as President of the Coteau Beach Community Club include:
- Helping to spearhead fundraising efforts for new playground equipment
- Starting a community newsletter
- Instrumental in organizing to have the tennis court resurfaced as well as having a basketball net installed
- Attending grant writing workshops and taking the lead on successfully obtaining a $25,000 grant to replace the roof at the Community Centre
- Organizing a project to install underground sprinklers at the Clarke Pavilion, Community Park, and mini golf.
- Organizing a project to install new turf at the park, along with benches and picnic tables
The District has also worked a lot with Edie and the Coteau Beach community over the years. In 2010, with assistance from the District, Edie started up a children`s summer youth program which has now grown to 2 days a week and 4 youth helpers. She has received several grants from the District over the years, for initiatives such as; Swimming Lessons at the lake, Junior Golf clinic and tournament, bricks 4 kids program, Family Day in the park, Children’s summer programming, and more.
Along with the VRP award, Edie received a $1000 grant which was utilized for a Summer Fun Program at Coteau this past summer. The four leaders of the program also attended a High Five & Play Leadership workshop which was hosted by the District and the Town of Outlook.
The Prairie Central District congratulates Edie on her many contributions to the community of Coteau Beach and surrounding areas.
Picture: Edie Thompson with Jaret Dezotell
September 2016 Winner- Watrous & Area Arts Council
On Thursday December 8th, 2016, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented the Watrous and Area Arts Council with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
The Council formed in 1979 and has been involved in many initiatives in the community and surrounding area over the years. Some highlights of their volunteerism efforts include; opening “The Gallery on 3rd” which serves as an arts and cultural centre for Watrous and area, forming a partnership with the “Saltwater Players” theatre group, offering an artist in residence program which has led to the creation of two murals in the community, hosting a juried art show, offering a scholarship to a grade 12 student who will be furthering their education in the fine arts, and many more initiatives. The Council is comprised of two sub groups; the “visual arts” and “performing arts”, who serve the communities of Watrous, Young, Imperial, Simpson, Colonsay, Meacham, Nokomis, Plunkett, Davidson, Lanigan and Allan.
Along with the VRP award, the Council receives a $1000 grant which they have chosen to use for a series of arts classes at the Gallery in January/February and a performance by “Red Sky” in March at the school.
The Prairie Central District congratulates the Watrous and Area Arts Council on their many contributions to the communities of Watrous and surrounding areas.
April 2016 Winner- Casey Lawford Of Lumsden
On Monday, September 5th, 2016 the District presented Casey Lawford of Lumsden with the Volunteer Recognition Program Award for April 2016. Casey has volunteered with the Lumsden Valley Hockey School, Lumsden Bethune Minor Hockey Association, Lumsden Soccer Program, Lumsden Monarchs, the Lumsden Duck Derby, and the Pablo Open Charity Golf Tournament. The $1000 grant will be used towards a foosball table for the hockey arena; as well as a television display for the arena, which will showcase photos of minor hockey players, and be used as a communications board for upcoming games and tournaments. The District congratulates Casey on his many contributions to the community of Lumsden and the surrounding areas.