SSCF anticipates over 50 Vital Community Conversations

Communities across southern Saskatchewan respond to the call

Members of SSCF’s Vital Signs Community Network (VSCN) gather for the announcement of the 50 Vital Community Conversations program.

(February 4, 2019) – The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) is excited to provide grants for more than 50 Vital Community Conversations anticipated in 19 communities as part of its 50th  anniversary year.

Conversations of health and wellness, education, sustainability, accessibility, and many more issues will take place in an area that extends from Davidson west to the Albertan border, east to the Manitoban border and south to the United States border encompassing all seven cities in southern Saskatchewan.

SSCF Executive Director Donna Ziegler says the response to the opportunity to host a Vital Conversation has been meaningful and encouraging.

“We are excited by the response as we celebrate this important milestone for SSCF,” says Ziegler. “Our preliminary estimate is that there will be more than 2,000 individuals involved. This anniversary initiative is about listening and getting to the heart of what matters most and finding solutions together to make our communities the best places to live, work, play, and belong.”

The successful recipients include:

Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan

Regina Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area Inc.

Regina Transition House
Canadian Mental Health Association –
Regina Branch

SaskAbilities – Swift Current Branch
Carmichael Outreach

Saskatchewan 4-H Council
City of Melville

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation and Righting Relations Regina
City of Moose Jaw

Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association
Civic Museum of ReginaSaskOutdoors

CNIB Saskatchewan

Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan
Estevan Humane Society

STARS – Shock Trauma Air Rescue Services
Hazlet Community Development Committee

Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbors
Heritage Community Association

South Central Regional Immigration Partnership
Ignite Adult Learning Corporation

Southeast Advocates for Employment, Inc.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc.
MADD Canada Estevan Chapter

Strasbourg Recreation Board
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished! Inc.
Munch Cafe & Catering Inc.

The Caring Place Regina Inc.
Nature Saskatchewan

The Nature Conservancy of Saskatchewan
New Canadian Integration Society

Town of Assiniboia
Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC)

Town of Gravelbourg
Oxford House Society of Regina Inc.

Town of Mossbank
Rainbow Youth Centre

Village of Frontier
REALM Foundation

YMCA of Moose Jaw
Regina & District Food Bank, Inc.

YMCA of Regina
Regina Early Learning Centre Inc.

Yorkton Women in Need Inc.
Regina Early Years Family Centre

Young Women’s Christian Association of Regina
Regina Open Door Society

Each of the $300 microgrant recipients are registered charities and will conduct their Vital Community Conversation between February 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019. All input from the Vital Community Conversations will be professionally evaluated by a research team with a report of findings to be released in October 2019.

Grant recipients are looking forward to the next steps:

  • Amanda Lewis, Executive Director of REALM Foundation Inc., says their conversation will give a voice to people with disabilities. “Overall, people with disabilities are more apt to live in poverty, are less educated, experience more isolation, are not included in decisions that affect them directly and indirectly, and experience high frustration in identifying and obtaining appropriate services.” says Lewis. “Being able to share our ideas about the type of community we wish to see and what is standing in our way supports full integration of individuals with disabilities into society. The opportunity to receive a microgrant to support REALM participation in a Vital Community Conversation is important because it will help us offset some of the costs of bringing people with disabilities together. Many people living with severe physical disabilities do not have a voice.”
  • Stephanie Kane Davis, Settlement Advisor for Southeast Advocates for Employment, says they will be hosting Vital Community Conversations in three Saskatchewan communities – Oxbow, Carlyle, and Carnduff. “Every month we notice more newcomers move to southeast Saskatchewan. We feel it is important to inform, prepare, and help newcomers who move to our area to feel accepted and integrated into their new communities. The opportunity to talk with these new Canadians through Vital Community Conversations will allow us to be the voice they need when working with businesses, city officials, and government.”

Congratulations to all of the recipients! For more details of some of the Vital Conversations, please visit SSCF’s calendar.

For additional information and media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Chmielewski

Communications Coordinator

South Saskatchewan Community Foundation