Training and Leadership Development

A strong contingent of local leadership is required to fulfill the sport, culture and recreation needs in communities. Whether it is the recreation director, community coach, artist or parent volunteer, the sport, culture and recreation sector relies heavily on these leaders to develop and deliver programs and events as well as manage facilities.

It is a priority for Southeast Connection to support community leaders to leverage their existing assets while also developing their skills and abilities, so that they become better equipped to address the needs in their own communities. We offer a variety of training opportunities to support community volunteers and leaders including:

Programs and Services Information


Workshop Series

There is a need in the south east to offer education and training to individuals in communities to provide opportunities for them to grow as community leaders. The purpose of the Southeast Connection Workshop Series is to reduce financial and transportation barriers by providing workshops in communities to address multiple issues within sport, culture and recreation. Grant writing, fundraising, rink board and pool board workshops are just some examples of training opportunities that we can deliver!



Annual General Meeting
Will be held on May 31, 2017 in Estevan.
(2015-16 Annual Report)

Community Consultations
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff team is available to meet with your community organization to inform you about the latest funding, resources and support which can assist with sport, culture and recreation endeavours.

We help boards and volunteers find the information they need to succeed in any project, whether you are fundraising for a playground, starting a soccer program or recruiting volunteers, we can help!

Call us now and we can attend your next board meeting or come for a one on one visit!

Recreation Practitioners’ Meeting
The meeting is a great opportunity for people in the Sport, Culture and Recreation field to come together to collaborate, share successes and challenges as well as interact with District staff, provinicial organizations and other Recreation Practitioners.

Next meeting is Thursday April 6, 2017  in Moosomin. MContact Kirsten Regel at 780-9814 to register to attend!


iGNITE Youth Event

iGNITE Youth - April 26, 2017 in Weyburn SK

Join us for this day-long networking and learning event for practitioners and leaders, who provide programs to youth and teens, to connect with like-minded peers!

This event is for municipalities, agencies, organizations and centres who provide programs and services to youth and teens in south east Saskatchewan.

Programmers, decision makers, and leaders come to the event to learn how to increase the impact of their youth programming and enhance community partnerships.

Space is limited, so register early!

Event Brochure          Register Here   


Optional Pre-Event Workshop on April 25 in Weyburn

HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development

Presented by: Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

When: April 25, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Church of Christ in Weyburn, SK
(same location as iGNITE Youth Event)

This one-day training will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 – i.e. camp counsellor, coaches, swim instructors) improve the quality of programs. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members.

Register Here  


Coach Development

Coaches are mentors, motivators and leaders that have a profound impact on the future of our children. A variety of workshops and clinics including Fundamental Movement Skills, Sport Taping, Making Ethical Decisions and National Coaching Certification Program courses are offered which provide development opportunities to south east coaches.

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Community Board Development

Southeast Connection, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, is pleased to offer south east communities an opportunity to participate in Recreation Board Development. The growth, development and changes in our society that have transpired over the last five decades have had an enormous impact on how we manage our resources. The recreation community, from an organizational development perspective, needs to work to keep up with these changes. Many rural area municipal Councils and their recreation boards are facing the challenge of self-examination and re-organization.

This process of Recreation Board Development is a large task that requires tools and resources to complete.  We offer this service for free, and look forward to working with you!

Contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Consultant at 306.695.2006 for more details.

Inter-municipal Collaboration in Recreation
Hiring a Recreation Professional
Arena Log Books



HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6-12. Through HIGH FIVE® training, front line recreation, sport and after school leaders learn how to incorporate the Principles of Healthy Child Development into their everyday programming.


Take the Lead!

Take the Lead! is a resource focused on leadership skill development and increased physical activity in youth, primarily ages 11-14. The purpose of the program is to train and mentor young people so they can lead active play at noon hour, recess time and after school with positive behaviour and attitude. Youth ages 11-14 are taught leadership skills and games and are then asked to take these games and skills and use them to provide active safe play opportunities for their peers.

Community or school volunteers are trained as Leadership Coaches and mentor the youth through the process of planning these activities for their peers. To learn more, please contact us.


Community Initiatives

Southeast Connection continually works to support groups through various community initiatives to increase participation and access to sport, culture and recreation activities.

Volunteer Resources
Southeast Connection recognizes how valuable your time is so we have compiled several resources to help you continue to build and retain a strong volunteer base in your community and organization.

Interest in hosting a Volunteerism Workshop in your community?

Contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Coordinator- Community Development, at 306.695.2006 for more information.