Community Stories

Sask Lotteries is the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 volunteer-led sport, culture and recreation groups in Saskatchewan. These groups support a wide range of activities and promote opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities to play, create and grow. These are some of their stories.

Cheer on Sask for the Paris Olympic Summer Games

Following years of dedication to sport through the grassroots level to high performance, 23 individuals from Saskatchewan will represent the province at the Olympic Summer Games July 26 to August 11in Paris. The contingent will feature three support and mission staff, five coaches and 15 athletes with ties to the province. Humboldt’s Paige Crozon will […]

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For the past 34 years, Lisa Hodnefield was a valued part of the Sask Lotteries Trust Fund

For 34 years, Lisa Hodnefield has dedicated herself in a variety of capacities to communities across the province. After three decades with the Sask Lotteries Trust Fund and Sask Sport, Hodnefield will be stepping into retirement. In 1990, Hodnefield was hired in Sask Sport’s accounting department. A year later, she transitioned to work with the […]

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Saskatchewan Regional Parks

Regional Parks Are Uniquely Saskatchewan

As the days grow longer and the sun feels warmer, our thoughts inevitably turn to summer adventures. Whether you’ve carefully planned every weekend camping trip or prefer to let the prairie wind guide you, you can find a regional park to match your adventure style. The regional park system is unique to Saskatchewan. There are […]

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Sage Hill Writing authors homegrown success story 

Written by Ryan Flaherty for Sask Lotteries  When the Saskatchewan School of the Arts closed its doors in 1989, it left a void in the province’s creative landscape, but thanks to a dedicated group of writers the spirit of that artistic hub lives on through Sage Hill Writing, which marks its 35th anniversary this year.  […]

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The volunteers behind the North American Indigenous Games

Among the 12,000 sport, culture and recreation programs funded by the Sask Lotteries Trust Fund, the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) captures a unique combination of sport and culture. In 2023, Team Saskatchewan, compiled of more than 500 athletes and over 130 volunteers captured the championship title at the 10th edition of NAIG in various […]

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Métis local connects community through moccasin-making

Written by: Nickita Longman on behalf of SaskCulture | April 2023 Providing a moccasin-making workshop that eliminated barriers to participation, one that was delivered by a member of the local Métis community, and one that had volunteer and community support, was important to Carla Hope, activity organizer and president of Kinistino Metis Local #43. Last […]

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The importance of Big Brothers Big Sisters 

For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert has been changing the lives of local youth through the dedication of Saskatchewan volunteers.   The organization nourishes youth participants through developmental relationships with volunteer mentors. Children apart of the program are provided the space to try new hobbies and develop skills that […]

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Charlie Biemans dedicates himself to his community

This volunteer recognition story and photo is courtesy of the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation  Volunteers have the ability to adapt to the particular needs of an organization and situation. Charlie Biemans stands as an example of the diverse skills exhibited by Saskatchewan volunteers.  For 43 years, Biemans has dedicated himself Englefeld’s […]

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Two volunteers and a promissory note started it all

It is often noted that volunteers are the heartbeat of the sport, culture and recreation system in Saskatchewan, a sentiment that was never truer than in the 1970s.  Since 1974, Sask Lotteries has been operated by Sask Sport. Sask Lotteries is a one-of-a kind, longstanding fundraiser aimed at enriching the lives of Saskatchewan communities through […]

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National Volunteer Week April 14-20

Saskatchewan’s 330,000 volunteers are a vital part of the foundation that makes up Saskatchewan’s sport, culture and recreation system. From April 14-20, celebrated under the theme of “Every Moment Matters,” volunteers will be recognized nationwide for their contributions. For 50 years, Sask Lotteries has funded volunteer led sport, culture and recreation programs in the province […]

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