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Your guide to sports, arts, culture and recreation programs in and around Regina.



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LEISURE GUIDE LEISURE GUIDE CONTENTS FEATURED ACTIVITIES Thinking of a new hobby ..............................................................2 Long & McQuade makes learning music fun ..............................3 Plan to attend Regina’s first Frost Festival ................................ 4 Baseball Regina launches new all-girls teams .......................... 5 Saskatchewan Winter Games to celebrate 50 years ................. 6 Ideal hobbies for busy people ...................................................... 7 Proud of official bilingualism in Saskatchewan ...........................8 Sharing a passion for photography ........................................... 10 SUNTEP continues culturally responsive education degree program.......................................11 Ice fishing a fun activity for the whole family ............................ 12 Oxford Learning Centre ............................................................. 13 Dial in and join the fun: Seniors’ Centre without Walls .................................................................. 14 Mission Ridge Winter Park ........................................................ 15

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX Long & McQuade Musical Instruments .......................................3 Baseball Regina ........................................................................... 5 Cindy-Rella’s Quilting & Sewing .................................................. 7 Canadian Parents for French Saskatchewan.............................. 9 SUNTEP Faculty of Education .....................................................11 Oxford Learning Centre Regina................................................. 13 Mission Ridge Winter Park ......................................................... 15 Regina Youth Flag Football League ............................................ 16

Hobbies are worthwhile endeavours that can expand knowledge and build new friendships. PHOTO: GETTY

Thinking of a new hobby?

Consider these tips

DURING THE PANDEMIC, millions of people found themselves with more leisure time than ever before. Many made the most of that newfound free time by exploring new hobbies and interests. Hobbies are beneficial in various ways. According to Psychology Today, hobbies help structure time; promote flow, a sort of meditative state; foster new social connections; and give people interesting traits and things to talk about. A study at San Francisco State University found that employees who had creative outlets outside of the office were better at creative problem-solving on the job as well. Anyone looking to add a new pastime to their lives can consider these tips as they begin their pursuits. CONSIDER COST Consider financial constraints or even

the potential to make money when seeking new hobbies. For example a person who likes to fish may want to expand that hobby by buying a boat and selling deep-water fishing trips. Such individuals must consider factors like the cost of the vessel, fuel, licensing fees, and fishing bait/ supplies, among others. Learning to play an instrument involves the rental or purchase of an instrument and possibly a tutor. An individual’s hobbies may be limited by what he or she can or cannot afford. EXPLORE GOALS People should investigate what they want to get out of a hobby. Certain hobbies may help individuals get in shape while others may teach them new skills. Some people may simply may want to make friends, which is possible with any joint activity.

INVESTMENT OF TIME Individuals should determine how much time they need to pursue a given hobby and then consider if they have the time to do so. Some hobbies can start to feel like second jobs if they consume too much of an individual’s free time. Individuals should carefully consider the overall time commitment they’re willing to make to a hobby. DON’T FORGET INTERESTS No one should do a hobby just for the sake of having something to do. A person should carefully consider any and all interests, then pursue hobbies that align with their interests. A person enamored with animals may want to join a bird watching club. Someone who is an avid baker may want to push that interest to another level by taking a cake decorating class. (Metro)


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Long & McQuade makes learning music fun RYAN HALL Postmedia Content Works

The benefits of music education for young learners are countless. From boosting creativity and social development to improving vocabulary, math and reading skills, music education has a profound and lasting impact on students. For over 60 years, Long & McQuade has brought music into the lives of Canadian families. With over 90 locations across the country, Long & McQuade is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada. Located at 1445 McIntyre Street in Regina, Long & McQuade offers sales and rentals of most major brands of music instruments, music software and professional audio gear, a fully

As Canada’s largest chain of musical instrument retailers, Long & McQuade makes it easy for students to find the perfect instrument. At their Music Lesson Centre, students learn from highly qualified instructors. S U PPL I E D

equipped service department and a professional Music Lesson Centre. Music lessons are avail-

able for long-time favourites such as the piano, guitar, bass, drums, violin, and band instruments. Also growing

in popularity with students at Long & McQuade are the ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and hand drums.

Long & McQuade boasts one of the largest and most established Music Lesson Centres in Canada. The Regina Lesson Centre has over 850 students and close to 35 teachers. “Instruction has always been an important part of our company, as we want to help people experience the joy music can bring to their lives,” says Doug Beer, Regional Supervisor, Music Lessons at Long & McQuade. Long and McQuade is dedicated to providing a professional lesson experience whether in person private lessons, or our professional on-line video lessons. Lessons are conducted by highly qualified instructors, ensuring students receive topnotch instruction. Lesson center staff invite family’s questions and make sure

students are paired with the right teacher for their level and goals. Making music fun is also important to Long & McQuade. One way they do this is by offering small group music lessons. Students are welcome to sign up for a session with family members or friends, where they can play music together. On top of that, the Regina lesson centre also runs several other programs throughout the year, such as the summer week-long Music Adventure Camp, Preschool Lessons, Rock Skool, and many others. These allow students to experience the joy of making music alongside other people. For more information on music lessons and the p r o g ram s o ff e r e d , vi s i t www.long-mcquade.com/lessons/Saskatchewan/Regina.


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Skating at Iceville in Mosaic Stadium is just one of the many activities planned for Regina’s first-ever Frost Festival, taking place at four main hubs in the city from Feb. 4-13. PHOTO: REGINA EXHIBITION ASSOCIATION LIMITED.


WHEN LIFE HANDS you lemons, you make lemonade; so when you are dealt winter and snow for several months, you turn it into a great winter festival! That’s the thinking behind Frost Regina, a new weeklong winter festival being planned for the Queen City from February 4-13. The event is being orchestrated by 24 stakeholder groups and includes events at four main hubs: Evraz Place, the Regina Downtown Business District, the Warehouse District and Wascana Centre. “I think the programming that we will be offering is spectacular and world class. We want to create an event that 10 years from now people from across the globe who are looking for ways to celebrate winter will want to come to this festival. They’ll be able to experience a west-

ern Canadian winter and some of the very unique aspects of winter on the prairies,” said Tim Reid, Regina Exhibition Association President and CEO. Frost Regina will contain a mix of events for young and old, indoors and outdoors and both paid and free. As the city emerges from the pandemic and some travel restrictions remaining in place, Reid said it’s a great opportunity for people to come out, celebrate the city and embrace winter. “People will be able to go to any of the hubs and experience a passive or active engagement. If you want a passive engage, then you might go see a light-up display or an ice carving; we want to see about 60,000 engagements in a passive manner. Then

we’re also looking at about 60,000 active engagements, which means like going for a skate on Iceville or booking a time slot to skate downtown and watch a Disney movie,” said Reid. Most of the events will be free to attend, with a few paid events at Regina Exhibition Park. You can pay one very affordable price ($17/ adult and $10/child) for a Frost bracelet that provides

popular skating rink that was introduced last year. This year there will be up to 150 people allowed on the rink at any given time, so make sure you sign up your friends and family when the bookings start. There will also be special programGLOW is a family friendly ming on the ice inindoor light festival coming cluding shinny hockto the International Trade Centre, featuring more than ey games and special 1 million lights, food and music. PHOTO: REGINA EXHIconcerts. BITION ASSOCIATION LIMITED. Regina Exhibition Park will also be the entrance into concerts, clos- home of ice slides at Confeding ceremonies, skins game, eration Hill and there will be Confederation Park and concerts and a snow maze. Iceville. The fee also includes The other hubs will also GLOW, a family-friendly feature a wide variety of indoor light festival taking events. Downtown Regina place at the International will be home to crokicurl, Trade Centre. It will feature which combines crokinole more than 1 million lights, and curling in an exciting food and music in a 65,000 outdoor sport for all ages. square foot facility. The object of the game is to The playing surface at Mo- accumulate the most points saic Stadium will be flooded by shooting the rock into the again to recreate Iceville, the center button and position-

ing the rocks on the playing surface so they remain within the highest scoring circle at the end of the round. There will also be ice skating, snowman-making contests, and places to make smores and maple candy. The Warehouse District will be transforming the west parking lot of the historic Centennial Mall into an illuminated winter wonderland featuring signature art installations, horse and wagon brewery tours, an ice bar and snow sculptures. Several events are slated for Wascana Centre including dog sledding and Indigenous storytelling. Reid said Frost Regina is the culmination of efforts that began last spring when organizations initially began discussing a coordinated winter festival, based upon several festivals such as the Quebec Winter Carnival and Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg. The City of Regina also created a winter strategy that encouraged groups to come together to develop opportunities for the community to come together and develop programming that celebrates the city’s culture and heritage and creates new experiences. The City of Regina contributed $150,000 in support for Frost Regina which Reid said provided a tremendous boost for the organizations to develop the festival. “The city really augmented our efforts when they passed their winter strategy,” said Reid. “We made the decision to pull together as a group because we felt the event was bigger than us. I think that the leadership in the room of 24 agencies said we really need to make something happen because of the challenges of COVID and six months later we have a program and a few surprises. Get ready for your very first Frost Festival!”


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GET IN THE GAME Baseball Regina launches NEW All-Girls teams EXCITING NEWS! Baseball Regina launched its first-ever Girls in Minor League Baseball (GMLB) this past season for girls ages four to 12. We are pleased that for 2021 we had 44 girls and fielded four all-girls teams in Junior Rally Cap (ages 4 – 6); Senior Rally Cap (ages 7 – 9); and 11U (ages 9 – 12); and are excited to offer this program as an option to get into baseball. Baseball promotes health, sportsmanship, team play and good citizenship. A volunteer, non-profit organization, Baseball Regina works to achieve those goals by taking a competitive approach, similar to the one endorsed by Baseball Canada and its affiliate Baseball Sask. Placing people on teams with other players of similar age and skill level ensures that players

participate more, learn better and enjoy themselves. Coaches find it more productive and enjoyable to instruct youth when their team is composed of players with comparable skills, abilities and commitment. Teams only compete with similar teams (age and skill level) in league play. The age levels in each division are determined by rules established by Baseball Canada, the official amateur baseball organization for Canada. The age of the player on January 1 determines which division they play in. Baseball Regina organizes league play among the following divisions: - Junior Rally Cap (ages 4**, 5 & 6) (** requires division director approval and parent/guardian coaching) - Junior Rally Cap All Girls - Senior Rally Cap (7, 8 & 9*)

- Senior Rally Cap All Girls - 11U (9*, 10, & 11) - 11U All Girls (9 – 12 Overage allowed) - 13U (12 & 13) - 15U (14 & 15) - 18U (16, 17 & 18) (*depending on player skill) Except for Rally Cap, preseason evaluations are held in the Spring for most levels to determine a player’s skill level. Evaluations for 18U AAA and AA are held in the Fall. Then player drafts and team tryouts take place to ensure each player is playing in the level best suited for their abilities. The goal is to always create a positive, safe and fun experience. Team members benefit from Baseball Canada Certified coaching and instruction; umpires are also certified by Baseball Canada.

Baseball Regina organizes and equips the teams and coaches, and provides facilities to play the game, as well as scheduling games, tournaments and providing guidelines for player/team participation. Baseball Regina is excited and proud to have been awarded the right to host the 18U AAA Canadian Westerns Championship to be held in Regina, August 19 - 21, 2022. The highest skilled players are placed on AAA teams, followed by AA and A. Typically A level teams play in league games, with travel limited to teams 50 to 80 kms of Regina. AA teams engage in league games with travel within 120 kms of Regina. AAA teams will play regular league games against other province-wide cities, with 2.5- to 4-hour travel scheduled

Baseball Regina is dedicated to providing Regina youth with the opportunity to participate, learn and enjoy playing the game of baseball. Baseball Regina has now launched new All-Girls teams, for girls ages four to 12. SUP P LIED

on weekends. The season for all players starts in early May. Now’s the time to get in the game! Registration opens



January 2, 2022 for both Co-ed Ages 4 - 18 and Girls in Baseball Ages 4 - 12

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January 2, 2022. To register online, or for further information, visit baseballregina.com or call (306) 775-BALL (2255).


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For the first time in 50 years, the Saskatchewan Winter Games will take place in Regina from Feb.20-26. SUPPLIED

The Saskatchewan Winter Games showcases the province’s finest emerging athletes and prepares them for national competition. SUPPLIED

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FOR THOUSANDS OF Saskatchewan residents, February in Regina will bring a dramatic and welcome relief to yet another COVID winter. That’s when more than 1,800 athletes, coaches and officials will participate in the 2022 Saskatchewan Winter Games. To add to the excitement, the Games – to be held from February 20-26 – will be preceded by Regina’s first-ever Winter Festival and the Wascana Winter Festival. “We’re attracting athletes and families from every corner of the province, plus it’s an opportunity to showcase our city,” said Valerie Sluth,

chair of the Host Society for the Games. “February will be an exciting time in Regina!” The inaugural Saskatchewan Games, for summer sports, were held in Moose Jaw in 1972, with the winter sports featured in 1974 in North Battleford. As in the Olympics, the winter and summer events alternate every four years. All of the games up until now have been held in locations other than Regina or Saskatoon, in keeping with one of the objectives of the Games, to promote economic development throughout Saskatchewan. Holding the Games in Regina was driven by two principal and related factors.

“It allowed us to better celebrate the 50th Anniversary, such as having the opening ceremonies at the Brandt Centre, which is a much bigger facility than we’re used to. Also, the athletes will all be housed at residences at the University of Regina,” explained Sluth. “Facilities like these were necessary because of COVID conditions; it’s enabled the Games to proceed.” In addition to the teams from all nine provincial districts, the Games are expected to draw more than 5,000 spectators, involve more than 1,000 community volunteers, and inject over $3 million into Regina’s economy. Sixteen sports will be on display, with everything from

alpine skiing to table tennis, to showcase Saskatchewan’s finest emerging athletes. Ever-changing COVID conditions have had an impact, with requirements that may change before the Games begin. Currently, all athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators must be fully vaccinated to participate. That meant that athletes under the age of 12 had to be excluded when the rules were established, which impacted gymnastics, for example, where some events had to be cancelled. “Now that children under the age of 12 can be vaccinated, that might change,” said Sluth. Judo was also cancelled, because of the close-contact nature of the sport, which

severely limited the opportunity for athletes to train for the Games. Despite the limitations, the Saskatchewan Winter Games are a “bright light” in the shadow of COVID, according to Sluth. Sports numbers have dropped significantly in the past 18 months because of training limitations. “The Games give athletes something to look forward to.” The Games play a critical role in the development of amateur sports in the province, which is central to its purpose. In addition to inspiring athletes and encouraging community development of quality facilities, the Games also provide essential experience in competing at a

games event, to better prepare athletes and coaches for competition at higher levels such as the Canada Games and North American Indigenous Games. The 2022 Saskatchewan Winter Games will celebrate not only a 50th anniversary, but also a triumph of the Prairie spirit, the will to carry on despite the hardships that come our way. “It’s a celebration of congregation — an opportunity to get together and have fun, while giving our youth the opportunity to participate in their sport,” said Sluth. For more information on the Games, including tickets, events and volunteer opportunities, visit saskgames/winter.


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Ideal hobbies for busy people

Scrapbooking is just one hobby that doesn’t require too much of a time commitment for busy people. GETTY IMAGES

CARVING OUT SOME time for personal pursuits can provide a sense of achievement and a break from the daily grind. Hobbies also can improve physical and mental health in a variety of ways. People with tight schedules may think that they’re too busy to engage in hobbies. In such instances, individuals should look for activities that don’t require too great of a time commitment. HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS: • PHOTOGRAPHY: Photos can be snapped just about anywhere and at any time, making photogra-

phy ideal for busy people. Thanks to advancements in mobile phone cameras, individuals do not even need a high-tech or expensive camera to snap great shots. • COOKING: Everyone needs to eat, making cooking a very useful hobby. Many people who cook for pleasure also note how relaxing it can be to prepare a delicious meal. • CURATING MUSIC PLAYLISTS: People with a love of music can take advantage of the many music streaming services

to curate their own archives. Discover new music or find old favourites and then make digital playlists for the activities of everyday life, such as backyard barbecues or commutes into work. Various streaming sites allow users to make playlists public so they can be shared with others who enjoy the same musical genres. • READING: The benefits of reading are numerous. Reading bolsters readers’ vocabulary, can teach them about current events, provides an escape, and also serves as

exercise for the brain, potentially delaying age-related cognitive decline. Reading can be a solitary venture done in short or long periods of spare time. It also can be shared with others through book clubs and other reading groups.

• SCRAPBOOKING: Photographs are now routinely relegated to the cloud, where they linger in a sort of digital limbo. Scrapbooking inspires people to not only print their photos, but to get creative putting them to-

gether with designs, sayings and other mementos. Busy individuals do not have to pass up on hobbies because they feel they’re short on time. Plenty of activities don’t require much time but still provide a host of benefits. (Metro)


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Support for everyone in the French-Second-Language world... we are parents just like you! Programs for Youth

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Proud of official bilingualism in Saskatchewan: Canadian Parents for French “Learning French helps students to build confidence and grow their independence.” ELIZABETH IRELAND Postmedia Content Works

According to the BBC, more than half of the world’s population speaks at least two languages. As a result, being bilingual is a huge advantage for many Canadians. Here at home, the organization Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan (CPF-SK) is celebrating 42 years of providing opportunities and experiences for young Canadians to learn and use the French language. CPF-SK strives to embrace our country’s official bilingualism through programs, events, resources and partnerships. Based in Saskatoon, Karen Pozniak is Executive Director of CPF-SK. She notes that, in the 2016 census, 4.7 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population self-identified as bilingual in English and French and 1.3 per cent self-identified as French-first language. In terms of education, French immersion is offered in the province as a second-language program for students in kindergarten through grade 12. French is the language of instruction for most of the courses for a large part of the school day. “Our non-profit is passionate about providing supports to French-second-language (FSL) children and their families on the journey to bilingualism. French immersion programs have been in our province since 1968 and demand continues to grow every year. People might not know that French immersion has been a reality for more than 50 years in Saskatch-

For 42 years, Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan has provided opportunities and experiences for young Canadians to learn and use the French language. S U PPL I E D

ewan and learning French helps students to build confidence and grow their independence,” says Pozniak. With its national office in Ottawa, CPF is a pan-Canadian network of parents, volunteers and advocates dedicated to promoting and creating FSL learning opportunities for students. The vision of the CPF network is “a Canada where French and English are an integral part of daily life.”

There are several benefits to speaking French. For global citizens and world travellers, French is widely spoken in countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. As well, French speakers have an advantage speaking other Romance (or Latin-based) languages such as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Since Spanish is now considered one of the world’s super languages, the ability to learn it

more easily is a clear advantage. Plus, Pozniak points out that French is often selected as it shares almost 30 per cent of its words - in form and in meaning - with English. French Canadians or Canadian francophones living in the province of Saskatchewan are called fransaskois. The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises serves as the province’s francophone school division. Home to La Cité – the francophone fac ulty at

the University of Regina – Pozniak describes Regina as a hub for fransaskois and French education in the province. Pozniak says that new Canadians are keen on French immersion programs for their children. They are conscious that Canada is an officially bilingual country and look to provide future opportunities for their children through bilingualism. She

notes that challenges to French immersion programming in Saskatchewan include budgetary constraints and a shortage of teachers. One of the programs that CPF-SK sponsors is Concours d’art oratoire — an annual public speaking event taking place across Canada for students studying French. Due to COVID-19, S a s k a t c h e w a n’s s c h o o l and divisional finals were cancelled and replaced by classroom cohort-only competitions. Almost 4,400 students prepared and presented speeches in French across the province, and a grade 9 to 12 virtual Provincial Final, with 19 students, took place. Pozniak describes the virtual Concours d’art oratoire “as an example of how the Branch pivoted to change the delivery of programming so that children could benefit from a French experience during the pandemic, but still stay safe.” Another CPF-SK initiative is the Mary Joyce Booth Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides $1,500 a year for up to two FSL students entering the first year of a post-secondary French program. As a French professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Booth was a devoted educator and dedicated to supporting the efforts of CPF-SK. Find out more about CPFSK and its programs on the website sk.cpf.ca or email cpfsask@sasktel .net The organization welcomes Saskatchewan residents to become members, volunteer or donate.



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Sharing a passion for photography at the Regina

Photo Club


NOW THAT ALMOST everyone has a digital camera on hand nearly all of the time, many people have an immediate interest in creating better photos, and a passion for photography can even enhance the way that we perceive the world around us. “After I started getting into photography, I started seeing things way different,” said Lea D'Almeida,


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president of the Regina Photo Club. “I think that's what I love about photography: it opened my eyes to seeing things differently and finding newness in the ordinary." She joined the Regina Photo Club in 2017, and she’s been learning from the club’s collective skill and experience ever since. “These people, and their experience and their talent, I think, really helped me grow as a photographer,” D'Almeida said. “I truly enjoy what I'm doing. I truly enjoy the people that I've met. I've made some amazing friendships, and I think that has been phenomenal for me.”

The club currently boasts 85 members, and it welcomes new entrants (and more casual attendees) of any skill level. “Regina Photo Club does offer a lot to anybody, whether you're new and just starting, or whether you're intermediate, or whether you're advanced,” said D'Almeida. “We always try to be positive in our critiquing because it's important. You want to grow, and we want to encourage — we don't want to discourage.” Officially, the club is active between September and May. “We meet on the first and the third Tuesday of the month,” D'Almeida said. “Usually, the first Tuesday, we bring in a speaker, and then our second meeting, we do a photoshoot or an activity of some sort, whether it be a macro night, or a portrait with lighting night — just different things like that. “It's just like-minded people getting together and doing what they love to do,” said D'Almeida. “We've had balloon popping where a gentleman comes

in and he makes these balloons go really big, and then we have black lights, and the lights go out, and we try different activities — things that will appeal to our members to bring them out to join us in these activities. “The field trips are amazing — they're so much fun,” D'Almeida said. “This past weekend, we actually were in a gravel pit doing smoke bombs with two models … It's a very collaborative work in progress. We're always thinking. We're always trying to come up with something new.” Optional in-club competitions encourage members to stretch themselves and improve their skills. “We have a novice, an intermediate and an advanced group,” said D'Almeida. “I know that people who are coming in as novices are very hesitant to put their images in, but I always encourage people. You've got to start somewhere." The club also supports its members in external contests, such as the annual Saskatchewan Amateur Photography Competition, which can stoke the spirit of even

Field trips are just one of the activities offered by the Regina Photo Club to enhance members’ skills and encourage creativity. Here, member photographers use smoke bombs to capture imaginative images. PHOTO: LEA D’ALMEIDA

the most non-competitive photographer. “I really enjoy the competitions,” D'Almeida said. “I enjoy learning from that as well, because I see the people that are winning these competitions, and I think, 'Why can't I do that?', and so it makes me work a little harder, or makes me learn a little bit more or ask more questions.” Even after official activities have ended in May, the club’s Facebook group is a good way for members to seek out other photographers for information and opportunities year-round. “There's always something going on, and we're always encouraging members to put that out there on Facebook, so you don't have to shoot alone,” said D'Almeida. “If you want someone to go with you, just put it out there, because someone's always wanting to go with someone. "We've got a great group of people who are very supportive, so, even though it's been a difficult time with COVID, it's still been a very rewarding time.” For more information, visit reginaphotoclub.com.


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SUNTEP continues culturally responsive education degree program

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Become a Teacher with SUNTEP Pre-service student teacher candidate Paige LaRose interacts with students during a classroom experience in fall 2019. P H O TO: S U N TE P RE G I NA

For over 40 years, the Gabriel Dumont Institute has offered a four-year Bachelor of Education program: SUNTEP. This accredited program is offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the University of Regina. SUNTEP is a pre-service teacher training program in elementary education. Program specializations study cross-cultural education, reading, and language arts. There is an emphasis on Métis/First Nations’ history, the Michif language, and Michif culture. Foundational education theories embrace pedagogy of relations, culturally responsive education, and skills of teaching.

SUNTEP teacher candidates learn the Pre-K-8 provincial curriculum and explore societal issues in social justice, anti-oppressive and anti-racist education lenses. This knowledge bridges the elementary classroom experience. A significant amount of classroom time is spent in urban schools working with students, teachers, and the school community gaining invaluable experiences in education. The professional school placement requirement progresses in each year of the program, leading to the 16-week internship in the final year of training. The primary goals of SUNTEP are: to ensure that Métis citizens are adequately represented in the teaching profes-

sion, and to ensure SUNTEP graduates are educated to be sensitive to the individual needs of all students, most important, Indigenous students. SUNTEP has graduated nearly 1,400 student candidates province-wide who have gained exceptional reputations as teachers, advocates, mentors, role models, and leaders in Saskatchewan schools, across western Canada, and internationally. Contact us to learn more about our program and the application process. We invite you to embrace a rewarding community of practice that extends a career in education near and far. Want to make a difference? We are waiting for you!


Apply Today! The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program is a four-year, accredited Bachelor of Education program offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education and the University of Regina.

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Ice fishing a fun activity for the whole family

Gerald Vander Pyl Special to Postmedia Network

WHEN SASKATCHEWAN LAKES freeze over every winter it opens the great outdoors to the family-friendly sport of ice fishing, which has recently taken off in popularity. Greg Prokopetz, co-owner of Pokey’s Tackle Shop in Regina, says there are some people who only ice fish and don’t even bother fishing during summer. “We used to say that not a lot of people ice fish, but now it’s probably on the same level as our summer fishing in the amount of people that are participating,” said Prokopetz. He says many Saskatchewan lakes don’t have docks or long piers, so shore fishing is all that’s

possible during summer unless you have a boat, which can be an expensive investment. But once the lake freezes over, anyone can access all the best spots during a day of angling on the ice. “Heck, you can buy a hand ice auger for under $100, a rod and reel and some hooks and you can be out there fishing,” said Prokopetz. He says ice fishing is great for families, which is where a bit more investment in equipment such as a shelter and underwater camera will be beneficial to ensure that children have some success and don’t lose interest. “I’ve taken my grandson out when he was younger and put him in a flip-over tent, drilled some holes and put down the un-

derwater camera. He was staring at the fish on that thing, and one would take a bite at his hook and I’d hear him yelling and jumping up and down. I had to drag him off the ice at the end of the day,” he recalled with a laugh. For anyone who thinks that standing on a frozen lake fishing on a Saskatchewan winter day doesn’t sound like much fun, Prokopetz says that doesn’t have to be the case. “Yes, you can drill a hole, sit on a pail with your back to the wind and fish. Big old tough guys do that,” he said. Many people get much more creative with ice shacks and heaters to make things more comfortable. He says a popular thing is to find an old camping trailer, remove the beds, cut holes in the floor, haul

Ice fishing has taken off in popularity in Saskatchewan. To get into the sport, all you need is a hand ice auger along with a rod, reel and some hooks. A cosy ice fishing trailer or shack will boost your comfort level. PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/ ROB WEITZEL GRAPHIC PRODUCTIONS

the trailer out onto a lake and fire up the stove for warmth. One of Prokopetz’s buddies even has a trailer equipped with two 50-inch TVs, one connected to satellite TV and the other to the underwater camera; leather recliner chairs, and heaters. “It’s the Taj Mahal of ice fishing,” he said. From Regina, the most popular ice fishing destination is probably Last Mountain Lake, said Prokopetz, but there are many other spots to go including the Qu’Appelle Lakes of Pasqua, Echo, Mission and Katepwa; Round Lake; and Lake Diefenbaker. He says while an auger, rod, reel and lures are really all you need, there are advantages to having some of the latest technology, such as a fish finder with

GPS, “so you can mark your (favourite) spots and come back to them two weeks later when they’re buried under snow.” Prokopetz said with Saskatchewan’s long winters, it’s important that people find ways to embrace the outdoors. “In the last couple of years because of COVID, ice fishing has absolutely taken off. On some of our lakes with the old camper trailer fishing shacks, there can be 20 or 30 of them in an area. It looks like you’re at an RV park on the ice.” Prokopetz adds it’s important that anyone ice fishing should first learn about ice safety before heading out on a lake. Go to saskatchewan.ca and search for Winter Ice Safety to download an information brochure full of useful advice.


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Feel confident about applying to university with Oxford Learning! Applying to university can be a daunting task for teens — a lot is riding on these applications, and teens want to feel confident that they are making the best decision for themselves and their futures. Taking this step can be challenging. Many students don’t know where to begin. With help from Oxford Learning’s University Application Support program, the university application process for any teen with post secondary education in their future can be straightforward. Not just for graduating students, this program can also help students who have not yet thought about college or university. It will help any student who is thinking

about taking the next step in their academic journey. The University Application Support Program offers teens a workbook they can work through on their own time balanced with in-class lessons for hands-on support. Students will cover specific university application touchpoints during each in-class session, such as: Reflection and Priority Setting. Students learn to take charge of their postsecondary goals and advocate for how they want to spend the next several years of their lives. Designed to empower students to understand what they want from their education, this session motivates them to continue exploring their options.

Evaluating and Ranking Universities. In this session, students complete Target University Evaluation worksheets to determine their target institutions and weigh the pros and cons of one university over another. Students thoroughly evaluate each school they are currently considering, so they will prioritize their time when they start planning their applications. Application Process Practice. Students complete an application plan for each school they are interested in attending. The process includes: learning about deadlines for submissions, budgeting for post secondary education, organizing academic requirements, learning how to prepare for

the interview process, and compiling references. Finances and the Application Process. Students develop an awareness of the financing options available to them and review basic information on entrance scholarships and the requirements needed to earn those scholarships. Thinking about university is a big step in students’ lives. Teens can feel overwhelmed by decisions and need that extra support to help them build their confidence about planning for their future, especially after everything they have been through the last two years. Oxford Learning’s University Application Support Program helps teens build the

Oxford Learning’s University Application Support program helps teens take the next step on their academic journey. The program helps teens strategize and organize their university applications, making the overall process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. GET T Y IMAGES

confidence they need not only to strategize and organize their university applications but to make the overall process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

For more information on this or any other programs available for all ages, call Oxford Learning Regina at 306-790-2000 or email regina@oxfordlearning.com.






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Dial in and join the fun: Seniors’ Centre Without Walls Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents age 55 and older can enjoy live musical entertainment, brain-stimulating activities, informative workshops and friendly conversations through the telephone-based programs offered by the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls. GETTY IMAGES


BEING AN OLDER adult living alone at home can be isolating and lonely at the best of times. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in even less opportunities for social interaction for people of all ages. Ronda Wedhorn is the program outreach manager for Saskatchewan Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW). Although based in Moose Jaw, the program is available to people across the province age 55 and older. Conference call-based programming is offered over the phone and no special equipment is needed – just

a telephone. Each phone session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and sessions are held from Monday to Friday. Wedhorn’s own experience with seniors includes being the primary caregiver for a parent with dementia. She is an avid supporter of the concept of aging in place and she advocates for more resources to be made available for older adults in the province. “This type of programming is a vital need in Saskatchewan,” says Wedhorn. Launched in September 2020, SCWW is a free interactive program and classes cover a wide range of social and educational topics. The November 2021 calendar, for example, included sessions on trivia, sewing, computers,

art and Christmas card making. Seated yoga classes are also offered twice a week. While the SCWW program was conceived before March 2020, it has become very timely during the pandemic. With the many restrictions of COVID-19, programming is geared especially for older adults who find it difficult to leave their homes to participate in regular social activities in their community. “COVID-19 sped things up for us with a Canadian Red Cross grant. Our aim is threefold: to decrease feelings of isolation, to increase physical movement and to create a strong sense of social connection. SCWW reaches out to older adults, low-income citizens, and to rural and

remote communities across Saskatchewan. We hold a wide variety of classes so there is something for everyone to enjoy,” says Wedhorn. Participants can listen to live piano music with Lorne Jackson, featuring a range of old-time country songs. For arts and crafts workshops, the necessary materials are sent out to participants at no charge ahead of time. There are a range of guest speakers who volunteer their time to the program. “Our participants tend to have rural backgrounds and enjoy interactive-type sessions. There are seven to 20 participants on each call and we have lots of regulars. The average age of our participants is 75 to 80 years old

and the majority live alone in their own homes. Often family members hear about the program and refer it to an older adult in their life who might be struggling with loneliness and isolation. The feedback we have received is really positive,” says Wedhorn. The SCWW conference call set-up is confidential and private, with first names only used on the calls. As well, all calls are moderated by Wedhorn or one of her colleagues. She notes that referrals to the program have also come from social workers and medical professionals. “Older people are dealing with a lot of loss with the pandemic. The loss of freedom to go out and see

friends and family. Then the actual loss of people in their lives and the inability to hold a traditional funeral,” says Wedhorn. SCWW is a program under the umbrella of the non-profit organization Age Friendly Outreach & Resource Network. Initial funding was provided through a Canadian Red Cross community organization grant. Current SCWW program sponsors are SaskTel Pioneers, the University of Regina Students’ Union and a federal grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Find out more about SCWW at scwwmoosejaw. com, email seniorswithoutwalls2021@gmail.com or call 306-631-4357.


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Learn to love winter again! Saskatchewan isn’t known for its endless mountain ranges and deep powder, but a local gem only 45 minutes east of Regina in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley guarantees to revive your love for winter! On opening day in 1972, Mission Ridge Winter Park looked much different than it does today. A quaint Daylodge looked out over two T-Bar Lifts and one rope tow servicing eight runs. The resort relied on 100 per cent natural snow that was loaded and hauled off its namesake ‘Mission Lake’ to be packed by a six-cylinder gas-powered snowcat. Modern day Mission Ridge began its evolution in 2001 with an addition to the Daylodge followed by the construction of the Lounge and Rental Shop in 2009.

The long-awaited Mission Ridge Tubing Park opened in December of 2019 and has quickly become a must-do winter activity for guests from across the province. Summer of 2020 saw the addition of a fifth tubing lane along with the construction of Mission Place which now houses Guest Services, rental shop, retail shop and daycare. The resort is now serviced by a triple chairlift and three modern conveyor lifts replacing the aged handle tow lifts and T-Bars. With 32 skiable acres, 15 marked runs, two dedicated beginner areas and two freestyle terrain parks, Mission Ridge offers something for all levels of winter enthusiasts. In addition to the multitude of structural improvements,

Mission Ridge Winter Park has grown to employ over 130 staff and teaches an incredible 10,000 lessons each season. Fort Qu’Appelle’s famous Bubba’s Pizza now resides in the Daylodge to create the ultimate dining experience – a far cry from the precooked burgers and fries you might be used to while skiing and snowboarding with the family. Don’t forget to stop in at The Red T-Bar Lounge to take in live music every Friday night or just to warm up by the wood-burning fireplace for après with friends! Whether you’re a seasoned vet or new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding – Mission Ridge Winter Park needs to be on the top of your family’s todo list this winter season!

Mission Ridge Winter Park now boasts an impressive 34 acres of skiable and tubing terrain groomed fresh each day. The park features two separate beginner areas, two freestyle terrain parks and a five-lane tube park to ensure everyone can enjoy a day at the resort. Amenities include the new Mission Place which houses Guest Services, rental shop, washrooms, daycare and more! SUP P LIED



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The Regina NFL Flag Football League is a program designed to give youth an opportunity to play organized Flag Football within their community. A co-ed, non- contact sport, Flag Football is an emerging game that provides a fun, active, and safe environment for participants to develop fundamental skills of running, passing, and catching. Flag Football has the skills and strategy of tackle football without the physical contact. Flag Football is a fast-paced and exciting game that provides a positive recreational activity for boys and girls ages 5 to 17 (as of December 31/2022). PROGRAM INFORMATION Start Date: May 6th, 2022. Two sessions per week consisting of one game and a practice session. All equipment is provided (jersey, flags, shorts, mouth guard). League Fee: $215 per player. Fees cover insurance, equipment, games, officials, facilities, administration, jerseys, shorts, mouth guard, pictures, subway, league gift, etc... Registration Date: January 3rd @7am at reginayouthflagfootball.com/spring Registration Deadline: January 16th (Registration will close before this date if the league is full. Once full, players are added to a waitlist within their age div) League Play: May 7th - June 19th (Every Saturday and odd Sunday) Time of Play: All games will be played between 8:30am-3:30pm. Games are 1hr (2-25min halves) Field of Play: All games are played at the U of R & Rugby Fields. Age Divisions: 5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/11, 12/13, 14/15, 16/17 (as of Dec.31/2022). League Refund Policy: - From the start of registration to the start of the season fees will be returned less a $70 admin fee. After game 1 fees will be returned less a $100 admin fee. There will be no refunds issued after the second game.



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