Local Organizations making Things Happen
It’s the end of the growing season, but the start of a new season for many organizations, clubs, and community groups. We are privileged to have many diverse groups serving our community in so many ways. Service clubs, sports groups, faith-based organizations, seniors associations, art and music involvement, youth programs: there is something for everyone to keep active, develop their talents, and help others.
Working together towards a goal is rewarding and gives meaning to our lives. Our service clubs provide this, as their members come together to improve the lives of youth and those in need. They raise much needed funds for those facing health, mental, physical or financial challenges. Their work allows youth to take part in sports, art, music, and travel opportunities.
The importance of keeping our youth active is becoming more and more apparent. Sometimes tight finances are an obstacle to keeping youth involved. Canadian Tire Jumpstart, the YWCA, and the Canadian Cadet program provide some low cost opportunities. We are fortunate to have Air Cadets, Army Cadets and Sea/Navy Cadets in Moose Jaw. I am always impressed by the leadership and skills on display when I attend the end of the year Annual Reviews for these organizations.
From my experience growing up involved in the Air Cadet Program; I know the pride established through these organizations, along with the sense of fulfilment and confidence it builds. The commitment of volunteers and sponsor organizations deserve a huge thank you for their unselfish part in developing interest, talent and skill in our youth.
In appreciation of the commitment of these organizations, the Government of Saskatchewan is accepting nominations for the 2018 Premier’s Service Club Award now and until September 30, 2018. The Premier’s Service Club Award recognizes the dedication and charity of the province’s service clubs. Eligible groups are voluntary, non-profit service clubs or fraternal organizations where people meet regularly to fundraise for other need-based organized programs. This award does not recognize individuals, and service clubs cannot self-nominate. Groups selected to receive the Premier’s Service Club Award will be presented their awards at an event in their home communities in 2019.
It goes without saying that these valuable organizations are made up of some exceptional individuals. Recognizing these individuals is also important, as it inspires all of us to strive to contribute to our community. Nominations are being requested by the Lieutenant Governor’s office for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. The Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes excellence, achievement, and contributions to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the province, either through a career or volunteer involvement. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal is a means to formally acknowledge the selfless devotion of an individual volunteer, and as a way to present role models to Saskatchewan citizens.
Please consider nominating one of our outstanding Moose Jaw service clubs or individuals for one of these awards. For a nomination form, or more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards or drop by the constituency office at 326 High Street West. We encourage you to get out and be active this season; for your own benefit, to assist others and to make our city a better community.