an e-newsletter issued by Parkland Valley every month

December 2016

Read All About It!

Box 263, Yorkton, S3N 2V7

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Government's Plan to Reduce Deficit Impacts Parks, Culture, Sport & Recreation

On November 22, the Government of Saskatchewan released its measures to address a forecasted deficit of $806 million. It includes major restraint measures and savings of up to $217 million that will impact almost all government ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
According to the government report entitled Restraint Measures, Parks, Culture and Sport will see $4.7 million in reductions as follows:
  • $2.0 million from various arts, culture and heritage grants, including: $200,000 from the suspension of granting through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, $800,000 from other heritage and culture grants including $400,000 from Culture on the Go program (impacting both Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Arts Board; and $1.0 million decrease to various arts and culture organizations;
  • $1.67 million as a result of the suspension of the Community Rink Affordability Grant program;
  • $776,000 in reduced operating subsidy for provincial parks;
  • Administrative savings within the ministry of $250,000.
The government's restraint measures were across the board, resulting in reductions to the budgets of many different areas including health, education, justice, highways, social services and more. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport at

Active Toy Guide

Saskatchewan inMotion’s Active Toy Guide has arrived just in time to give Santa a hand this holiday season! This virtual guide is filled with lots of great gift ideas to help kids of all ages burn off steam, chart an active outdoor adventure and experience the joy of movement. Click HERE to view the guide!

Creative Kids Holiday Campaign

This holiday season give the Gift of Creativity with the Creative Kids Holiday Gift Catalogue. All donations support access to Arts & Culture activity for Saskatchewan Youth. Creative Kids connects children and youth to unique, life-changing artistic and cultural experiences in their community. The financial support allows all kids to have an opportunity to participate in creative activities like drama, art, dance, heritage and music. SaskCulture provides all administrative funding to Creative Kids, so 100% of all donations and sponsorship go directly to supporting kids. Click HERE to view the catalog!

SaskCulture Membership Renewal

SaskCulture is implementing a new online membership renewal system. Members will now be able update contact information online, as well as pay renewal fees with a credit card. If you have not yet received an email with instructions on how to access the new system, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Nichole Williams at or 306-780-9259.

Community Visitations

Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District is looking to come out to your next Recreation Board Meeting to discuss how Parkland Valley can help your community in regards to sport, culture and recreation opportunities. Upon request, a Parkland Valley staff member will attend your Recreation Board Meeting to provide an overview of the District, sport, culture and recreation opportunities in the area as well as the programs, grants and services that are available to your community. To schedule a community visitation, please call any Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District staff member!

Sheila Hryniuk 306-782-3353
Chelsey Johnson 306-786-6586

Community Grant Program 

Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program Reminder: Deadline for April 1st. 2015 - March 31st, 2016 follow ups was June 30th, 2016. If you did not submit your follow up report, please contact the Sask Lotteries Trust Office at 1-888-780-9344 (toll free) or for more information on how to follow up and close your grant.

Be on the lookout for the 2018-2019 Saskatchewan Lotteries Application & Information Packages, which will be mailed out to each community near the end of December 2016! Application deadline for the 2018-2019 grant year is February 28th, 2017.

Saskatchewan Cultural Organization Highlight 

Parkland Valley Sport, Culture & Recreation District would like to take this opportunity to highlight one non-profit organization per month in our Read All About It! To create additional awareness of non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan that are here to help the communities in the Parkland Valley District!

The Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG) was founded in 1969, the SWG is a provincial cultural organization that represents writers in all disciplines and at all levels of achievement. It operates as a not-for-profit provincial cultural organization, fosters excellence in Saskatchewan writing and promotes public awareness of our literature. It acts as an advocate to improve the status of Saskatchewan writers, encourages the development of writers of all ages and levels through educational opportunities and strives to improve public access to Saskatchewan writers and their work. Membership is open to writers and those interested in Saskatchewan writing.

Mission Statement
The mission of the SWG is to support writers by raising public awareness of the value of the work of Saskatchewan writers; to advocate on behalf of writers and work to improve their economic status; to foster a sense of community among writers; to promote excellence in writing; and to support and facilitate public access to and participation in writing.

The SWG is a not-for-profit membership-driven organization that strives to sustain and enhance an environment in Saskatchewan where writers and all forms of writing flourish; to promote the well-being of all writers; and to advocate on their behalf.

To visit the SWG's website or to learn more, please click HERE or call 1.800.667.6788

2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games

The 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games will be held in
North Battleford- February 18th-24th, 2018!
The following are the Sports that will be apart of the
2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games:
Sport Age Classification
Alpine Skiing U- 14 (2004-2005)
U- 12 (2006-2007)
Badminton U-19 (1999 or later)
Biathlon 11-15 years old (2003-2007)
Bowling 12 years old & U-17 at commencement of Games
Bowling- Special O 1978 or later
Cross Country Skiing Jr. 10-12 (2005-2007)
Sr. 13-15 (2002-2004)
Curling (Female) 2001-2006 Inclusive
Curling (Male) 2001-2006 Inclusive
Figure Skating January 1, 2002-January 1, 2008
Gymnastics 2005-2008 Inclusive
Hockey (Female) 2003-2004 (1st & 2nd year Bantam)
Hockey (Male) 2004 (1st year Bantam)
Judo 2003-2006 Inclusive
Snowboarding U-14 (2004-2006 Inclusive)
U-17 (2001-2003 Inclusive)
Speed Skating 2003-2007 Inclusive
Synchronized Swimming (Male & Female) 2000-2007 Inclusive
Table Tennis Jr. 18- 2000 or later
Cadet 14- 2004 or later
Target Shooting Born between January 1, 2000 & December 31st, 2006
Weightlifting 2000 or later
Wrestling 2004-2006 Inclusive
For more information regarding the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games, becoming a Coach, Manager or Mission Staff or Competing at the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games in North Battleford, please contact, Parkland Valley Sport, Culture & Recreation District at (306) 786-6585.

Note:Two corrections to Age Classification from November's Edition of Read All About It!
  • Badminton Age Classification should read "1999 & Later" 
  • Synchronized Swimming can have both male & female athletes

Give the Gift of Sport 2016

The 5th Annual Give the Gift of Sport fundraising campaign has launched and will run through to January 9, 2017!  Over 30% of Canadian youth under the age of 18 cannot afford to play organized sport. With the help of Canadians across the country, this campaign aims to get more kids off the sidelines, into the game, and experience the gift of sport! Every donation counts and will contribute to making a difference in a child’s life. To donate, please click HERE!

ParticipACTION 150 Play List

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION will be encouraging Canadians to get active with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – a challenge to all Canadians to try out 150 unique physical activities that define us as Canadian. In October 2016, Canadians were asked to help choose the 150 physical activities – across sport, recreation and the activities of daily life – that should be included on the list. It will be the ultimate play list created by Canadians for Canadians. To submit your ideas or vote, please click HERE

SaskCulture Community Engagement Animateurs

It is not too late to book one of SaskCulture's Community Engagement Animateur (CEA) to come to your community! Each CEA offers unique engagement practices designed to get people talking, sharing, discovering, having fun and identifying ways to work together to build more culturally vibrant communities. Please contact any of the CEA's for their availability to come to your community!

Click HERE to find out more about the CEAs and how to bring one to your community.

Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District encourages community groups and municipalities to book the SaskCulture CEAs and bring them out into communities within the District! Please let Parkland Valley know if you have booked or plan to book a CEA as Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District would like to help through partnership to promote CEAs in the District

Please contact, Chelsey Johnson, by phone: (306)786-6586 or by email:

SPRA Take the Lead!

Take the Lead!® is a program focused on fostering leadership skills in youth aged 11-14. Youth know how to play best! Utilizing Take the Lead!® resources and training, youth can practice leading active play opportunities, providing more physical activity opportunities for their peers. Because of Take the Lead!® training, SPRA is confident that these same youth will later draw upon these skills as they reinvest in our communities.

Take the Lead!® Outcomes:

  • Youth leaders (ages 11 – 14) demonstrate leadership qualities and self-confidence
  • Children are physically active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day in the school environment, to help achieve the goal of 60-90 minutes of physical activity per day
  • There are safe active play areas for children
  • Increased time dedicated to active, fun play during school recess, noon hour and the after school time period
  • Strengthened capacity of schools and communities to support physical activity for children

Click HERE for additional information on Take the Lead!®
Click HERE for a step by step guide to starting a Take the Lead!® Program
Click HERE for a Take the Lead!® Delivery Model

Please contact, Chelsey Johnson, by phone: (306) 786-6586 or by email:

HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Childhood Devleopment & SPRA Play Leadership

Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District will be offering HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Childhood Development (PHCD) and SPRA Play Leadership for Summer Programmers, Swimming Pool Staff or any other front line staff in late May or early June 2017! Watch for these training opportunities in upcoming editions of the monthly Read All About It!

PHCD is a one-day training that will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 - i.e. camp counselor, coach, swim instructor) improve the quality of programs. It provides in depth training in the HIGH FIVE®   principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child's social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members.
SPRA Play Leadership Note: HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Childhood Development (PHCD) Workshop is a pre-requisite for this workshop! This one day workshop will go over the basics of program planning. You will brainstorm with other program leaders games and crafts for your program.  You will leave with a variety of resources such as attendance sheets, waiver forms, program plan template, etc.
For more information or to request a training, please contact, Chelsey Johnson, by phone: (306) 786-6586 or by email:

Food, Literacy & Active Strategy for Healthy (FLASH) Kids Community Guides

FLASH Kids goals are to support communities and parents in providing opportunities for pre-school children to engage in active play, to learn language and communication skills and to develop healthy eating habits.

Click HERE to access the LEAP with ME Community Guide for a step by step guide to creating your own community program. Or for more information, please contact: Chelsey Johnson (306)786-6586 or email:!

Upcoming Events:

HR Bootcamp

Charity Village offers self-paced, online courses on topics such as board development, policies and procedures, grant seeking and sponsorship.  Check out their complete list of available courses.

Grants/Funding Opportunities:

Aboriginal Community Sport Development Grant
Deadline: ongoing

Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program
Deadline: January 15th, 2017

SPRA Leadership Development Grant
Deadline: February 1st, 2017

CIF- Community Grant Program-Summer
Deadline: February 1st, 2017

SPRA Metis Recreation Development Grant
Deadline: April 1st, 2017

SPRA Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant
Deadline: April 1st, 2017

SPRA Online Grants & Funding Guide

If you would like us to attend a meeting of yours, contact
Sheila at 306-782-3353.

Parkland Valley Sport Culture and Recreation District is a non profit voluntary organization working with communities building capacity and creating a strong network of support through sport, culture and recreation

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Sheila Hryniuk
ph: 306-782-3353

Chelsey Johnson
ph: 306-786-6586

Erin Sobkow
ph: 306-786-6585

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