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
JOIN US for a Lunch & Learn ZOOM Virtual Event
Have you ever been to a meeting and thought, “That was completely a waste of time”? If you want to become better at leading productive meetings where your board is engaged, goals are met, and people walk away with actionable items, this webinar is for you.

Every small town has several committees and groups that require volunteers to lead meetings and fulfill the Chairperson role. Join us over the lunch hour, as we learn about Robert’s Rules of Order, taking a deep dive into motions and decision-making (voting). Participants will learn when to apply rules informally and when to use formal meeting rules. The webinar will include how to plan and prepare for meetings, deal with conflict and difficult situations, and tips on successful facilitation. 

WHO IS THIS FOR? For anyone who chairs and/or wants to gain confidence to lead meetings!
Presenter: Shari Hildred, Valmore Consulting
Date: Thursday, March 21 
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. followed by a short Q & A session
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: March 13
Coming to you this spring!
The South East Summit is a one-day, in-person event for all individuals interested in cultural vitality. It is a day to network, learn, engage, share, break bread, and create through an itinerary of activities that includes table talks, break-out sessions, a panel discussion, roundtables, and features celebrated speaker and cultural advocate Cadmus Delorme as a closing keynote speaker. The Summit is meant to be an incubator for innovation and inspiration and a forum to celebrate the South East District's arts, heritage and multiculturalism sectors.

The sky’s the limit at the South East Summit!

Keep an eye on your inbox and socials for exciting event announcements and registration details. Don't miss out on the latest updates!
Farewell and Thank You to Outgoing Board Members
We wish to express our profound gratitude and heartfelt thanks to both Ryan Reiss of Vibank and Ryan Dale of Weyburn for their service on the board of directors of the South East District.
Ryan R has the ability to ask those critical questions and always see the big picture. He also volunteered as a mission staff member for the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games for Team South East.
Ryan D is a passionate leader and served as a huge advocate for the district, promoting our services wherever possible and, most recently, acting as a financial signor for the organization.
Both of these individuals are leaving the province and are starting new adventures elsewhere! Best wishes and keep in touch!
Celebrating 14 Years of Service!
We are recognizing our Executive Director, Joni Hagen, for 14 years of service to the district. Joni works out of Weyburn and is responsible for leading the organization in fulfilling its mission to serve south east communities.

Cheers to 14 years of dedication, passion, and invaluable contributions! Thank you Joni for everything you do!
Take advantage of our on-demand training modules and learn at your own pace!
We are excited to launch this new year of 2024 a series of free online modules for sport, culture and recreation board and committee volunteers! Choose to complete all modules or just those of interest to you!

Look what we have to offer:
  • Policy & Procedure: Be Proactive, Not Reactive!
  • Secretary On-Demand Bootcamp!
  • Board Orientation
Join the Strong Boards Movement!
We have created a super easy assessment tool based on five fundamentals of strong boards. Join the STRONG BOARDS movement! Local boards and committees can use the tool to determine areas that they wish to improve upon – whether it is policy development, volunteer recruitment or more effective meetings! Volunteers can then access the many supports available from South East District.

Download our STRONG BOARDS document today and be on your way to a stronger board!
Cheer Story: Weyburn Arts Council Bringing The Arts Outdoors!
The Weyburn Arts Council's commitment to community engagement has taken a refreshing turn by embracing the outdoors in its programming initiatives. The initiatives feature local artists turning public spaces into dynamic canvases that celebrate local talent. The Weyburn Arts Council has successfully transformed the outdoor landscape into an inclusive gallery. By involving both local artists and community members in these initiatives, the council has not only showcased artistic talent within Weyburn but has also fostered a strong sense of connection.
Sport Spotlight
Coach at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games!
If you are interested in being a coach or manager at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games, please contact the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) responsible for your sport of interest. Each PSO is responsible for naming the coaches for each District team. For more information on the level of certification required to coach, review the technical package for your sport available here.

Current Opportunities:

Additional Coach and Manager applications for each sport will be linked on the Saskatchewan Games Coaches and Managers page as they become available!
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Art Alerts
Culture Days Saskatchewan 2023 Highlights
In 2023, Culture Days witnessed an incredible turnout. Over 3,000 events and activities brought together a record-breaking audience of 4.4 million participants across Canada! Culture Days was a huge success in Saskatchewan, bringing together over 100,000 people from across the province to participate in more than 295 arts, culture, and heritage activities.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Recreation Report
Now is the Time to Sign Up for Communities in Bloom!
Registration in now open for the 2024 provincial Communities in Bloom program. SPRA is proud to invite your community to be part of this economic and community development program.

Build community pride, create an attractive community and make your community a great place to live!

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2024
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Job Opportunities
Volunteer Resource Hub
Mark your Calendars! National Volunteer Week is April 14 - 20, 2024
South East District celebrates National Volunteer Week every year! We encourage communities to get involved! The contribution of volunteers to the sport, culture and recreation sectors is vital to the success of programs, facilities and events! Thank you to every volunteer – your dedication, enthusiasm and time is what makes sport, culture and recreation happen!

Learn how your organization can take action during this week-long event.
Celebrating Everyday Heroes in Sport, Culture & Recreation
South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District is celebrating Everyday Heroes in sport, culture, and recreation as part of the 2024 National Volunteer Week.

People who go above and beyond in the community often go unnoticed, and we have decided to change that. We are asking communities, groups, and individuals to send us their sport/culture/recreation Everyday Heroes who serve their community daily. We will bring their passion and dedication to light through a Cheer Story during National Volunteer Week {April14-20}.

Our cheer stories are shared in our monthly newsletter, social media and website.

Send us your inspiring stories and celebrate these Everyday Heroes with us. To recognize a hero, send us an email at by March 31 describing:

1. What groups or committees is the volunteer a part of?
2. What makes the individual a volunteer Everyday Hero?
3. Are there specific projects or activities this volunteer has lead recently?

Please provide a photo (if possible) that demonstrates their volunteerism.
South East District Resources
For more resources, visit our retooled 'Resource' section on our website.
Inclusion Insights
March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Rise Against Racism. March 21 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

It’s a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony. The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against apartheid.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Physical Activity and Play
Physical Literacy Saskatchewan
Explore the world of physical literacy with Physical Literacy Saskatchewan! Your go-to hub for fostering physical well-being and unleashing your potential. From engaging activities to expert insights, discover the keys to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Grants & Funding 
Mark Your Calendars: South East District Grants Open on April 1st!
We are thrilled to announce our next uptake for grants begins April 1st. Now is the time to start planning and preparing your applications. Don't miss out on the chance to make a positive impact – get ready to turn your ideas into reality!

We have two grants available:
  • GROW Your Community Grant
  • Training Fund

Our grant cycle is April 1, 2024 – March 1, 2025 (funded activities must fall between this timeframe)
👉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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