Information is key to success in today's sport, culture and recreation environment. In Get the Scoop, you will find the latest news, funding and resources from the South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
District News
Check out our Special Guest Speakers for our 2023 AGM! Learn from the BEST! These local success stories will get you super pumped, leave you with invigorating ideas and inspire you to explore new strategies for your own community!

Guest Speakers:
Mike Schwean, Director - Parks & Recreation, Town of Moosomin
Moosomin is known for its’ public space strategy for outdoor recreation with many successful projects including its skate way and pump track. The benefits of outdoor recreation have been proven time and time again to consist of improved overall health and individual well-being. Join us as the Town of Moosomin shares why and how they have invested in these vital places!

Kathy Schaffer and Brian Easton, Pilot Butte Arts
How do you bring an art culture to a community with none? Pilot Butte Arts is a group of arts-minded individuals who organize art classes and creative activities. Join us as they share their story of development, as well as the benefits of bringing art to the community. They will highlight best practices in programming, artist collaborations, and event planning.

Registration and Networking - Big Bear Room: 5:45 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Special Guest Presenters: 6:45 p.m.
Annual General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

Mileage Expense Claim – Community Travel (One vehicle per community will be reimbursed for their travel costs to and from this meeting.)
Walk in the spirit of reconciliation!
The South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District is pleased to present a Walk for Reconciliation Guide. This guide aims to provide sport, culture and recreation groups the information and resources needed to host a reconciliation walking event. Every community and situation is different, and we invite you, as the expert in your own community, to use this guide in a way that is appropriate, impactful and safe in your respective environments and situations.

It is important to note that each municipality and/or organization will be at a different point in its journey to support reconciliation and that this guide should not be considered as the only option, but a resource of suggestions for those groups that are starting out. It is a tool meant to help share and grow reconciliation efforts!

Why host a reconciliation walking event?
  • Helps to build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
  • Is an opportunity to work with community partners, and Indigenous communities and organizations to learn and build.
  • Can happen anytime; or can be held in June in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), or in September {Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on September 30}.
Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)
This one-day training will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12) 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, gain knowledge, tips & resources to enhance their programs and their relationships with the participants and staff.

Date: Tuesday, June 13
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, 118 4 Street, Estevan, SK S4A 0T4
Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $30
Coach Resources: Optimizing the Sport Experience at Every Level!
As the “spring sports” are off to a start, community volunteer managers and coaches are busy bees leading practices and games, and mentoring youth. Please share these awesome resources and upcoming workshops with your community coaches!
Sport Injury: Prevention and Care
This hour-long webinar will focus on common injuries within sports and explore warm-up and cool-down techniques, stretching exercises, and other preventative measures.

Who is it for? It is designed for coaches & parents of athletes.

Facilitated by: Rhonda Shishkin

Where: Zoom Platform
Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Emotion Coaching Workshop
Emotion coaching is a universal strategy for supporting the well-being of others and strengthening relationships.

It can be used as a "in the moment" technique to connect with the athlete, redirect behaviour and de-escalate stressful situations.

Presenter: Dr. Trista Friedrich, Registered Doctoral Psychologist

Date: Wednesday, May 17
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Cheer Story: Let's Get Physical with Wheatland Senior Centre
Resource Feature of the Month!
Let’s Get Physical is a new senior-focused exercise program developed in collaboration between Wheatland Senior Centre and Saskatchewan Health Authority, in partnership with Weyburn Caravan Society and the City of Weyburn which began in
February 2023.
Steps to Starting a Sport or Recreation Club: this month’s featured resource outlines key steps to starting a new club in your community with checklists and volunteer job descriptions! Check it out!
Sport Spotlight
May is KidSport Month in Saskatchewan
It's KidSport Month in Saskatchewan as proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan.
KidSport Saskatchewan is proud to have the support of the province So ALL Kids Can Play!
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Art Alerts
Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Workshops
The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is pleased to announce that registration is now open for two online workshops. These free workshops provide training in heritage conservation tools that will be of interest to anyone who owns, uses, manages, interprets or regulates heritage buildings.
The workshops are designed so that they can be taken on a standalone basis, but attendance at both is recommended for maximum benefit.

Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Recreation Report
Join the Celebration in June!
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) invites all Saskatchewan communities, First Nations and Lottery-funded organizations to recognize Parks and Recreation Month this June!

Designating June as Parks and Recreation Month is one small way to celebrate the benefits we get from parks and outdoor recreation spaces.

Please sign the invitation below to celebrate, send it back to SPRA, and share the key messages in the invitation on social media and at your programs and events, signifying that your community or organization supports Parks and Recreation Month! More resources to help you promote Parks and Recreation Month are coming soon!
Play Leadership Virtual On-Demand Training
Play Leadership training is designed to ensure Play Leaders have the knowledge and skills needed to plan and coordinate safe, accessible and fun play for children across Saskatchewan. Learners can now register and complete SPRA’s Play Leadership On-Demand training at a time, place and pace that is convenient for them.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Job Opportunities
Many communities in the south east have posted job opportunities for permanent, summer and seasonal positions! Take a look!
Lifeguard (Summer) - Town of Whitewood
Recreation Director - Town of Grenfell
Volunteer Resource Hub
The Volunteering Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Volunteer Canada’s ultimate goal is to enhance the participation, quality, and diversity of volunteering. What does that mean within our current context? Volunteer Canada’s expertise is in volunteer engagement and we are only at the beginning of our own journey to understand diversity and its relationship to volunteering. But here we begin….
South East District Resources
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.

Inclusion Insights
Community Engagement & Diversity - May 18
Join SPRA and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan for an inclusive and interactive webinar.

We want to answer your questions about community engagement. What challenges have you faced when engaging with diverse populations in your community? Tell us what barriers or challenges you’re dealing with, and our session facilitator will do their best to find solutions.

Send your questions to Kristin Bialobzyski, Inclusion and Access Consultant, by May 8, 2023.
Pathways: A Wanuskewin Experience
Join Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association at Wanuskewin Heritage Park on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an opportunity to learn and experience teachings from Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and storytellers.

Attendees will participate in morning and afternoon education sessions, such as Tipi Teachings and an outdoor Native Plant Walk, and have the opportunity to browse Wanuskewin’s interactive exhibits, Indigenous art collection, interpretative trails and ground-breaking archeology.

Registration is free for SPRA Members.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Physical Activity and Play
How to become Canada’s Most Active Community and win $100,000!
The ParticipACTION Community Challenge returns this year to award Canada’s Most Active Community with $100,000 to support local physical activity and sport initiatives.

The challenge runs from June 1 - 30, 2023.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Grants & Funding 
Funding Alert!
👉Improve the quality of your grant applications by accessing our on-demand grant writing recorded webinar.

👉Can’t find the grant you need? Check out the SPRA Grant Guide to research more funding opportunities or reach out to our staff by email at for assistance in your grant search!
Please note deadlines may change. For up to date information, seek the funder for the correct dates.
Local Stories/Spotlight
Saskatchewan Lotteries - Everyone Wins!
Sask Lotteries funds over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups across Saskatchewan. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations in our communities. Subscriptions allow lottery players to play draw-based games – including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail, or on the Sask Lotteries website.
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