The Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation (PSSF) Love of Learning Fundraising & Recognition Reception presented by Lakeview Insurance Brokers was held on Thursday, February 13th at Martensville High School. This was the third time a reception like this was held by PSSF, the first time organizing for Kari Dean, the new Fund Development Manager for the Foundation and the first time it was held in Martensville – a fabulous “venue” with overwhelming support from the amazing team and students at MHS! By all accounts the evening was a success! The event created awareness of the Foundation, raised valuable funds, and recognized ongoing partnerships as well as provided the ability to effectively demonstrate and showcase how the funds raised through the Foundation directly impact and ignite a spark in students throughout the Prairie Spirit School Division.
While it was a brisk Saskatchewan winter night, there were approximately 100 guests in attendance, including teachers, students, entertainment, parents, sponsors and volunteers. The evening provided guests with the opportunity to: view student initiatives, enjoy student musical performances; recognize and thank continued partnerships like – RBC Foundation and Con-Tech General Contractors, sample delicious student prepared refreshments, listen to an inspiring keynote presentation from David Conway, and hear first hand from Division students the Foundation’s impact on them.
“It is through the generosity of individuals and businesses in and around our community who do not hesitate to support the Foundation by contributing to our events through monetary or in-kind donations, our teachers, students, and leadership teams in the Division who work closely with the Foundation, our Foundation Board, and those in our community who graciously attend or volunteer their time at our events,” said Kari Dean, the Foundation’s Fund Development Manager. “The fact that our list of thank you’s is extremely long speaks volumes and shows the commitment and dedication others are making to the success of the Foundation but more importantly the mark they are making on the students in the Prairie Spirit School Division.”
A big thank you to those who have generously “made their mark on learning”: Presenting Sponsor: Lakeview Insurance Brokers; Keynote Sponsor: Graham; Keynote Speaker: David Conway, Conway Consulting; Media Sponsor: Saskatoon Media Group; Student Showcase Sponsors: Flynn Group of Companies & Kessler Insurance; Student Learning Grant Sponsors: Miller Thomson & PWM Private Wealth Counsel; Make your Mark on Learning Sponsors: Concept 3 Business Interiors, McDougall Gauley, Robertson Stromberg; SIGA, Live Auction Donors: SoulPower and Nourish; RW Art – Roxanne Willems; Silent Auction Donors: 306 Plumbing and Heating, Conway Consulting, Leask Community Business Club, Leopold’s Warman, Modern Closet, Passions Beauty Studio, Saskatchewan Rattlers, Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club, Sharon Wagner; Martensville High School – Refreshments, Venue & Event Assistance: Ms. Muench & Commercial Cooking 20 Class, Mr. Kaweski, Colby B., Tanner J., Kyran O., and Chelsea S., Ms. Wilson, Ms. Stoffel, Mr. Robinson, Ms. Cooper, Physical Education 30 students & Project Change students, Ms. Huckerby (MHS Royal Bean); Desserts & Decor: Student decorated centerpieces – Ms. Sander, Ms. Boyle & Warman Community Middle School Art Club students; Desserts – Rhonda Toth, SCC Chair, Valley Manor School (Note: Ms. Paquette and Commercial Cooking 10/20/30 from Leask Community School were unable to attend due to inclement weather); Student Entertainment – Resonate Showcase Performances: Hepburn Hit Machine, Mountain Ridge Band, Macy S. and Ms. Worman; Student, Teacher & Division event participants: Mr. Knowles, Ms. McKinnon & MHS Gay Straight Alliance Students, Ms. Antoniuk, Mr. Biberdorf, Mr. Zwarich, Ms. Heath, Ms. Fitzgerald, Mr. Neufeld, Mr. Stebanuk, Tyson O., Braydon B., Derek N. and Shayla T., Mr. Hannay, Mr. Lockwood, Lori Jeschke, Director of Education and members of the Prairie Spirit School Division; Event Volunteers: Deb Dean, Irene Dean, Jacquie Kowalenko, Rhonda Toth; Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation Board of Directors: Michael Collins, Sam Dyck, Bonnie Hope, Dallas Huard, Jolayne Rempel, Keith Wagner, Pam Wieler, Michael Wright; Live Auctioneer: Ken Crush.
The Foundation’s next big fundraising event is their Annual Golf Tournament being held on Thursday, June 4th at the Legends Golf Course in Warman! More details will be available on the Foundation’s website in March at www.prairiespiritschoolsfoundation.ca.