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Congratulations to all 2018 Awards Recipients!

Lifetime Achievement Award 

The John P Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to John Parker, recently retired from Community Futures Southwest in Swift Current. John has been active in economic development most of his career working in Ontario, Nunavet and Saskatchewan. A former Chair of the SEDA Board of Directors, John has been a strong advocate for Saskatchewan and community development in particular.

Economic Development Awards of Excellence

Community Project Award Population Over 10,000 Sponsored by the BDC

The Prince Albert Downtown Culture Video was undertaken during the summer of 2017. It showcases the downtown district as a unique asset and destination for the community - a cultural and economic hub. This video project put a fresh lens on Prince Albert’s downtown district with its thriving business community, historic buildings and authentic public spaces – and illustrates the degree of diverse and vibrant activity that actually goes on at any given time!  Most importantly, it created a connection between residents and the people and places in the Downtown core and celebrates “what it means to be LOCAL”. An original song “LOCALS” was written and performed for this project by Prince Albert’s L J Tyson and the video was recently nominated for a 2018 Saskatchewan Country Music Award.

Marketing Innovation Award Population Over 10,000 Sponsored by Sask Business Magazine

This Saskatoon I Know promotional video was created by the team at the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority to instill a feeling of pride amongst local residents for the city they live in -- as well as showcase a contemporary Saskatoon to the world. Their focus was on creating a video that is raw, honest and captivating – unique like the city of Saskatoon itself. I’d say they succeeded!  Based on a poem written by SREDA President and CEO Alex Fallon, their video quickly hit their initial goal of 10,000 views on Youtube with a national and international audience from over 37 countries.

Community Project Award Population Under 10,000 Sponsored by Direct Energy

The Town of Spiritwood and their Main Street Revitalization Project was implemented in partnership with the Northern Lakes Development Corporation. The number of specific initiatives connected to this project are too many to reference but here are a few key impacts:

  • Over $70,000 of community investment was made in Main Street buildings and frontage upgrades – and four existing local businesses are now in the process of expanding with renewed confidence in the future of Spiritwood’s economy
  • Local youth were engaged in the project and their identification of the community’s cultural identity was translated into promotional materials and public signage.
  • A Main Street Art Gallery was established along with a gallery walking tour celebrating local artists.
  • Place making and beautification efforts resulted in new pocket parks, an expanded farmers market, hanging baskets and gardens, and outdoor seating at Main Street businesses.

The goal of Spiritwoods Main Street Revitalization to restore confidence in the downtown as a place to shop, invest, live, work and play has been achieved and the stage is now set for further economic growth.  

Marketing Innovation Award Population Under 10,000 Sponsored by Trusted Marketing Services

Discover a Sanctuary for all your senses…Discover Eastend Saskatchewan Campaign. In 2016, with a population of only 503 residents, the Town of Eastend recognised the need to attract visitors and generate new revenue streams to support local businesses. They undertook a marketing and rebranding initiative designed to bring to life every aspect of this unique community, and position Eastend as a must-see Saskatchewan tourism destination.

Their creative execution focused on the five senses, by inviting visitors to discover how each of their senses could be awakened on their visit to this ‘community sanctuary’ nestled in the far southwest corner of our province. Language and visuals were utilized to evoke a sense of peacefulness and wonder. Pictures of Teepee stones, a newborn calf, old-time dancers, a local band, and many others drew the viewer into the experience and the audience was guided to contemplate what they would Hear? See? Smell? Taste? Touch? on their visit to Eastend. With a relatively small budget, the community has leveraged an investment in brochures, social media and public relations to garner a 30% increase in visitations to the town and the T-Rex Centre. Eastend has been featured in national media Travel selected Eastend one of 20 global “Up and Coming Destinations Every Canadian Needs on Their Radar in 2018” beside well-established International destinations in Australia, Japan, Peru and Mexico.

Reconciliation and Partnership Awards sponsored by Affinity Credit Union

2018 Affinity Credit Union Economic Partnership Award to the City of North Battleford and the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs. Since 2016, the City and Tribal Council have built a relationship of collaboration, friendship and trust with the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.  During these two years, the partners have focussed on their common vision – to ensure an inclusive and representative workforce in the Battlefords Region. Last month, the partners proudly launched a joint Indigenous Employment Strategy.

The 2018 Affinity Credit Union Reconciliation Award was presented to  the Beardys & Okemasis Cree Nation in partnership with the Twin Rivers Planning District. In 2017, the first steps were taken to create multi faceted partnerships between the First Nation and municipalities situated between the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers.  These municipalities are now formalized as the Twin Rivers Planning Commission.  After initial meetings, a Friendship Agreement was signed in 2017 between the First Nation and the Planning Commission. This commitment to be good neighbours and friends has set the stage for the formal evaluation of potential infrastructure and economic development projects – as both parties aim to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities in this region.