Southeast Connection is one of many partners involved in the Saskatchewan Games Program. Our role is to promote the Games, provide a team of volunteer Mission Staff to oversee Team South East during the Games, and to be a key communication link between sport teams (athletes and coaches) and the host community.
It is truly an experience that I will never forget, proud to be part of the team and see these young athletes strive to be the best they can be." - Mission Staff Member
"I would volunteer again because it's a rewarding and enjoyable experience and Southeast Connection staff and volunteers are great to work with." - Mission Staff member
The 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games took place in Estevan in July. Team South East consisted of 239 athletes, coaches and managers. In comparison with the 2012 Games, we had 201 participants.
We are excited to report that Team South East captured the Joe Griffith Trophy which is awarded to the District team showing the greatest percentage improvement from their final standing at the previous Games.
Southeast Connection hosted a pep rally and a series of athlete development workshops for athletes in order to prepare them for competition at the Games. 70 of the athletes took part in nutrition, mental training and strength training sessions.
"This was the best experience of my life, and I was so sad when it was over because I knew I would never ever experience something this awesome again" - Team South East Athlete, 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games
Southeast Connection connects a growing network of individuals and organizations interested in sharing, discussing and obtaining information on cultural development in south east Saskatchewan! A total of 22 volunteers, professionals and guests attended our 2017 Community Cultural Gathering featuring presentations from ARTFarm, Indian Head Theatre, Cultural Exchange, MultiCultural Council of Saskatchewan and SaskCulture!
When attendees were asked what was the most beneficial aspect of the Community Cultural Gathering, they responded: "the ability to make contacts with other small communities; resources and learning that we have support; the inspiration received through ideas that were shared; stories, ideas and examples we can use in our own communities; loved hearing from organizations and individuals in the area - the upcoming projects are so innovative and exciting; getting in a room with others - sharing ideas".
We also hosted two Recreation Practitioners' Meetings in the spring and fall. A total of 26 recreation directors, programmers, and facility managers attended these networking opportunities to discuss the latest trends in recreation service delivery and to chat about hot topics in the sector.
Southeast Connection supported 23 recipients for the 2016-17 Recreation Equipment Program (REP) allocating approximately $11,000 in total. The REP provides up to a maximum of $500 for the purchase of recreation equipment for the implementation and delivery of recreation programs. Through the purchasing of proper equipment a community can provide opportunities for safe and quality recreation programming. Preference is given to those applicants who demonstrate barriers to accessing safe and quality equipment for community recreation program delivery.
"This equipment will help our young skaters develop their skills, providing confidence as they learn ice sports. This equipment greatly enhances our public skate programming." - 2016 REP Recipient
"We are using the equipment to promote an after school program at the school. Our major barrier is proper equipment. You can't run effective programs without the proper equipment for physical activity." - 2016 REP Recipient
This year, Activity Assistance supported 32 projects focusing on arts, physical activity and sport programming. Groups can apply for up to $500 to assist with covering the deficit of sport, culture and recreation programs. There are four (4) deadlines per year to apply for.
Southeast Connection was pleased to be able to work with Cultural Exchange this year on a Arts Outreach Program, focused on community-engaged arts projects. This program is meant to increase access and exposure to arts and cultural experiences to communities in the south east. Five (5) communities participated in the program.
The Community Summer Play Initiative supports the development and delivery of rural community summer play programs and training of leaders to lead and implement quality and safe programs. Successful recipients of the Community Summer Play Initiative may receive up to a maximum of $2000 in assistance to help cover the costs of program materials, program leader contracts and program leader training (HIGH FIVE®). A total of 11 communities were funded with approximately $18,980 allocated in total with 39 youth leaders and 328 participants impacted by the programs offered.
"Participants ranged in age from 4 to 12 years. One of the participants was a recent arrival to Canada from the Philippines. The program helped this child to meet youth that will attend school with the child in the fall!" - CSPI Recipient
"Being able to offer training for the leader and assistant and knowing they will have the tools needed to manage a large group was fantastic." - CSPI Recipient
"Without the financial assistance from Southeast Connection it would not have been possible to offer the programs that were so diverse and creative." - CSPI Recipient
A new initiative this year was our Family Day Celebration Initiative which supports south east communities and organizations to coordinate accessible, low-cost or free active and/or creative family-based activities during the Family Day weekend February 18-20, 2017. Seven (7) community groups were supported.
Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District receives its core funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation (established in 1974). Saskatchewan's lottery system is built on a complementary relationship that exists between the Government of Saskatchewan and the volunteer-driven, non-profit sport, culture and recreation organizations (Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and Saskatchewan Parks and recreation Association Inc.).
Through an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, proceeds from Saskatchewan Lotteries are dedicated to sport, culture and recreation organizations to benefit communities throughout the province!