Congratulations Tarin!

Photo courtesy of Everett Silvertips Hockey Club/Facebook

Having to miss his own high school graduation ceremony  in Porcupine Plain on June 27th due to the NHL Draft in Las Vegas, Tarin Smith’s classmates opted to have a separate graduation parade on June 22nd to ensure that Tarin could be part of their celebrations.  In a show of
support and well wishes, Tarin’s classmates adorned Porcupine Blues jerseys and residents of Porcupine Plain watched the parade from their homes and workplaces, or along McAllister Avenue, to show their support and wish Tarin luck in the 2024 Draft.

Spending his time in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips, Tarin was picked by the Silvertips after putting up six goals and 34 points in 43 games with the Saskatoon Blazers (U18 AAA), but was limited to only eight games in his WHL rookie season thanks to a shoulder injury that required surgery. He returned in 2023-2024 with eight goals and 44 points in 67 games, leading to Central Scouting ranking him 38th heading into the NHL Draft; among Silvertip skaters, Smith ranked eighth in points and first among defensemen.

It looks like all his hard work paid off because, in the 2024 NHL Draft, Tarin Smith was selected in the third round, 79th overall, by the Anaheim Ducks!  The community of Porcupine Plain extends its heartfelt congratulations to Tarin. This remarkable achievement reflects his dedication, talent, and hard work.  The entire town is proud of his accomplishment and looks forward to cheering him on as he embarks on this exciting new chapter in his hockey career.

PPCS Graduating Class of 2024 prior to parade held on June 22nd. Photo courtesy of Analisa Sibay Asis Samalla/Facebook
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Mobile Early Learning Program: Program Coordinator

Mobile Early Learning Program Job Description: Program Coordinator
June 2024

The “Mobile Early Learning” program will provide support for children 0-5 and their families to help strengthen knowledge and build skills to support family health and wellbeing. The project will promote the value of play, family time and the importance of early childhood development in the first 5 years. The programs will offer an opportunity to socially connect with others while building skills through play.

The “Mobile Early Learning” Program Coordinator will:
• Demonstrate skills and experience in working with, engaging and supporting a wide variety of families and parents or caregivers in respectful, welcoming and non-stigmatizing ways.
• Demonstrate a passion for working with children.
• Have detailed knowledge about child development, including how children acquire language, problem solve and develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.
• Create and maintain collaborative working relationships so that community partners can integrate their professional expertise into the programming offered through the “Mobile Early Learning” program.
• Have experience in developing and facilitating programming with children and adults.
• Demonstrate strong cultural competence and awareness and respect for family diversity.

Overview of responsibilities
The supervision and direction for this position is provided by the Tisdale and Area Community Action Cooperative Ltd (TACACL). The coordinator will have responsibility for the following areas:

  1. Programming
    1. Develop and deliver programming, with support by TACACL. Programming will occur in smaller rural communities in NE Sask (which may include Hudson Bay, Porcupine Plain,
      Star City, Arborfield etc.)
    2. Plan, organize and facilitate age-appropriate play based learning and sessions for children and parents that will enhance opportunities for children to experience playbased, holistic programming that supports skill development in the social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and spiritual domains
    3. Develop opportunities to support parent-child engagement and attachment and enhance parent knowledge about the sequence of child development including how
      they can support this development at home.
    4. Provide parents and caregivers with high quality information and resources to help
      them support their young children’s development across all developmental domains.
  2. Partnerships – Establish relationship with partnering agencies and their representatives.
    1. Work with partners to develop and deliver innovative programming.
    2. Build relationship with partners in order to promote “Mobile Early Learning” programs to other agency’s clients and to remain familiar with their services to facilitate referrals
      to outside agencies.
  3. Family engagement – Engage parents, caregivers and young children.
    1. Actively engage and welcome families in strength-based ways.
    2. Actively seek out new families to attend the programs, including through other community agencies or face to face contact.
    3. Seek out parent, caregiver and child voice, including through parent surveys, parent feedback forms and face to face engagement.
    4. Provide families with information and linkages or referrals to outside agencies when required.
  4. Administration
    1. Promote the program in a variety of ways, including social media, through partners and word of mouth, etc.
    2. Establish program registration processes, track and report on attendance.
    3. Track and manage financial expenditures in cooperation with TACACL

Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a combination of the following experience and training:
• Experience and training in the planning and delivery of programs and services to adults and children, both one-on-one and in groups.
• Knowledge of quality early learning environments
• Experience working in a collaborative environment with partners.
• Valid first aid / CPR.
• Valid Driver’s license and ability to commute to communities.
• Valid criminal record check and vulnerable sector check.
• The ability to work flexible hours, including regular business hours and occasional early evening and weekends.
• Experience using technology to facilitate reporting and parent and community engagement.

This is a contract position (Term August 1, 2024-Mar 31, 2025) with possibility to extend.
Wage dependent on experience.
Hours per week will be flexible, 10-20 hours per week.
Mileage will be paid for travel to rural communities.

To apply, please send resume to: heather.turcotte@saskhealthauthority.ca by 4:00pm June 19, 2024
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email.
Heather.turcotte@saskhealthauthority or 306-873-8278

5th Annual Community Garage Sale

Our 5th Annual Community-Wide Garage Sale will be held on Sunday, June 9th.  Click the image below to see the map of participating households — Happy shopping!  And don’t forget to head down to the ball diamonds/sports grounds to take in Minor Ball Day — they’ve got ball games happening all day starting at 10a.m., along with a food booth to keep your tummies happy, 50/50 draw and bucket draws!!

***ONE LATE ADDITION: 206 2ND AVENUE***

Coach Dan Bloski | #4 Medrick Alibaya | #5 J.R. Antazo | #6 Luis Sabayton | #7 Gavin Henry | #8 Jeremy Konchakowski | #9 Earl Santiago | #11 Trayce Mathieu | #13 Kayden Wasylyk

CAUTION – YOU’RE IN BEAR COUNTRY!

The Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School Sr. Boy’s Bears Basketball team worked their tails off all season and, this year, were ranked #1 in Saskatchewan! While SHSAA cancelled Hoopla (Saskatchewan’s high school basketball championship), the association held a one-day provincial basketball championship in Moose Jaw on Saturday, March 23rd for teams that had qualified for Hoopla.

Spearheaded by Johnston Agencies, businesses showed their Bears Pride by hanging posters in storefront windows. And, on March 22nd, residents lined Main Street wearing blue and yellow, and holding Go Bears posters, to cheer on the boys as they departed town, led in a small parade by RCMP, EMS and the Fire Department.

Porcupine Plain played at 5:15p.m. at Vanier in Moose Jaw. The battle was extremely close, with the Bears ultimately losing 87-85, earning Silver at the provincial championship.  The Sr. Boys Basketball team played their hearts out and our community is bursting with pride for their achievements.

 

 

 

U18 PARK POSSE NEHMLCHAMPIONS!

Congratulations also to the U18 PARK Posse team — comprised of players from Porcupine Plain, Archerwill, Rose Valley, and Kelvington — who clinched the NEHML Championship in a thrilling overtime win on Sunday, March 24th.

 

Larwood Shaw Memorial Swimming Pool

The Larwood Shaw Memorial Pool, located in Porcupine Plain, is currently recruiting Senior Lifeguards/Swimming Lesson Instructors and Assistant Lifeguards for the 2024 season (June-August). The application deadline for these postings is March 30th, 2024.

Senior Lifeguards/Swimming Lesson Instructors

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise swimming and other pool-related activities
  • Teach swimming lessons (if certified)
  • Enforce pool rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone
  • Monitor the pool and deck for safety hazards. Put away equipment when necessary.
  • Regularly assess the safety of the equipment and water
  • Administer first-aid and life-saving actions in the event of an emergency.
  • Cashier duties: operating the cash register, documenting memberships
  • General cleaning and upkeep of the facility

Education, Experience and Certification(s):

  • 15 + years old
  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification
  • National Lifeguard-Pool certification
  • Lifesaving Standard First Aid CPR C & AED training (preferred, not required)
  • Lifesaving and Swim for Life Instructor (preferred, not required)
  • Proof of certification and Criminal Record Check
  • If you do not currently possess these certifications but have plans to do so, please still apply.

Salary:

  • Hourly rate will be contingent on experience and qualifications.

Assistant Lifeguards

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise swimming and other pool-related activities
  • Enforce pool rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone
  • Monitor the pool and deck for safety hazards. Put away equipment when necessary.
  • Regularly assess the safety of the equipment and water
  • Administer first-aid and life-saving actions in the event of an emergency
  • Cashier duties: operating the cash register, documenting memberships
  • General cleaning and upkeep of the facility

Education, Experience and Certification(s)

  • 15 + years old
  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross certification
  • Emergency First Aid certification
  • Proof of certification and Criminal Record Check
  • If you do not currently possess these certifications but have plans to do so, please still apply.

Salary:

  • Hourly rate will be contingent on experience and qualifications.

 

 

 

Contact Name:  Ben Hamelin
Contact Phone:  306-813-8140
Contact Email:  larwoodshaw@gmail.com

 

2nd Annual Unity in the Community Event

 

Brent Digness – MN-S ERII, with Dean Smith Band & Northern Prairie Dancers – Photo courtesy of Northern Prairie Dancers / Facebook

On Saturday, February 10, 2024 the community’s 2nd Annual Unity in the Community event was hosted by the Porcupine Métis Local, Métis Nation Saskatchewan Eastern Region II, and Town of Porcupine Plain.

After a short formal program including an address by each of Cathay Wagantall – MP Yorkton-Melville, Lisa McCallum – Secretary for Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Hugh Nerlien – MLA Kelvington-Wadena, Brent Digness – Regional Representative MN-S ERII, Nick Wood – Mayor Town of Porcupine Plain, and Dan Mielke – Principal for Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School, and a special reading of Lii Michif by Elder Rita Ducharme and the PPCS Grade 3 class, the cultural booths opened and the afternoon’s entertainment commenced.

This year — dubbed The Year of the Youth — all children were given a passport and, after collecting stamps from each cultural booth, traded those passports in for prizes and treats. Children took part in a number of crafting activities at each booth, and all attendees were able to sample several food items from each culture — from lefse and krumkake at the Norwegian booth, to bison meatballs and bannock at the Métis table. The Filipino and Ukrainian booths each offered a smorgasbord of samples, including pancit, spring rolls and cassava cake at the Filipino table, and perogies, cabbage rolls, sausage, and a variety of baking at the Ukrainian table.  It’s safe to say nobody left the Hall hungry that day!

Youth dancers with PP Filipino Community Group. Photo courtesy of Cathay Wagantall, M.P. / Facebook

The Northern Prairie Dancers kicked off the afternoon with some square-dancing lessons, followed by yet another show-stopping performance by the Porcupine Filipino Community Dancers.

Representatives from each culture booth gathered for the ceremonial cake cutting.  The cake – once again decorated by Koral Kriger in a way to mimic Métis beadwork – included the national flower for each of Norway, Ukraine and the Philippines, as well as a prairie rose and feather to honour our Métis and First Nations neighbours. After cake, the Northern Prairie Dancers returned to show off some more dance moves. The Dean Smith band accompanied the Dancers and provided an incredible soundtrack for the day’s events. The afternoon concluded with Robert Whitehead from Yellow Quill singing and drumming, accompanied by two young dancers — the youngest a ‘grass’ dancer, and the older boy a traditional dancer.

The community would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard to setup displays and serve food, as well as everyone who came out to partake in the day’s events.  Many hands pitched in to make the day go off without a hitch – the volunteers for the cultural groups who worked hard on booth displays and menus; the Porcupine Plain Air Cadets Squadron who helped with setup and cleanup throughout the day; PPCS & PPCS Art Club who provided beautiful artwork to display and decorate the Hall; the PP Economic Development Committee and Parkland Co-op who donated prizes for the children; Parkland Co-op staff who worked the welcome table; and the numerous businesses and individuals who donated bucket draw items.  Volunteers from the Porcupine Plain & District Museum and Health Care Auxiliary sold bucket draw tickets; proceeds from bucket draw sales were split between the two groups, with each group receiving $745.

Robert Whitehead and youth dancers. Photo courtesy of Capt. George Kays, 745 Air Cadets/ Facebook

We would also like to thank Sask Culture, Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, and Sask Lotteries for funding, without which we couldn’t host this incredible day for free to the public. 

We hope to see everyone again next year  — and, if you’re interesting in adding a new culture booth, get in touch with Debbie or Koral!