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Event recognizes Trades and Technology Centre donors

December 13th, 2013

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College welcomed friends of the Trades and Technology Centre to a donor recognition event Thursday at the Painted Hand Casino Parkland Room. The event, sponsored by Key Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Yorkton Toyota, was organized so that Parkland College could say thank you to the dozens of businesses, organizations, and community groups that have given to the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign in the past 18 months.

“We have made this journey with so many wonderful partners. It has shown us that, truly, colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

Parkland College is 96 per cent of the way to reaching its goal of raising $5 million in the community. The event also acknowledged the Government of Saskatchewan’s $10 million commitment to the project, which was officially announced in October.

The Trades and Technology Centre is designed to bring new programs and services to the Parkland Region to help sustain the economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The facility provides the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

The facility’s tendering process is nearing completion. Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2014, with an opening target of September 2015. The Trades and Technology Centre will be located on the west side of Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road. The City of Yorkton generously donated the land, which is valued at upwards of $3.5 million.

New scholarships were awarded Thursday to a pair of current high school students who are planning to train at the new facility in 2015. Tate Baron of Canora Composite School and Campbell Strongquill of Sacred Heart High School in Yorkton were presented with the inaugural Trades and Technology Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships. Both students are interested in pursuing careers in welding. Their $1,000 awards are conditional on their enrollment in a program to be offered at the Trades and Technology Centre (i.e. Welding, Power Engineering, Machining).

“I am pleased that Tate and Campbell want to get their training at Parkland College,” Dr. Myers said. “We know that people are more likely to stay and build a life here if they can learn here – and this is a fantastic accomplishment for all of us to mark.”

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.


For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595


List of Trades and Technology Centre donors

Parkland College has publicly announced contributions from numerous businesses, organizations, and community groups over the course of its capital campaign. Donations include:

Donor Contribution
Government of Saskatchewan $10 million
City of Yorkton 20 acres of land ($3.48 million value)
PotashCorp $1.225 million
The Mosaic Company $1.225 million
Anonymous $150,000
LEON RAM Companies $100,000
Parkland Credit Unions (Accent, Affinity, Churchbridge, Cornerstone, Horizon) $92,500
Grain Millers, Inc. $50,000
Logan Stevens Construction (2000) Ltd. $50,000
Painted Hand Community Development Corporation $50,000
RBC Foundation $50,000
Town of Canora $50,000
Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. $50,000
Rotary Club of Yorkton $45,000
Collins Barrow PQ LLP (formerly ParkerQuine LLP) $35,000
Harvest Meats $30,000
BMO Bank of Montreal $25,000
Drs. Ron & Bree Rogoza $25,000
Flaman Group of Companies $25,000
Leland Campbell LLP $25,000
Redhead Equipment $25,000
R H Electric Ltd. $25,000
Rusnak Balacko Kachur Rusnak $25,000
Key Auto Group $20,000
Kinsmen Club of Yorkton $15,000
CIBC $12,500
Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy Ltd. $10,000
Royal Auto Group $10,000
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5917 $10,000
Yorkton Concrete Products Ltd. $10,000
Fedorowich Construction Ltd. $7,000
SaskTel Pioneers $7,500
Yorkton Lions Club $7,500
Castleton Industries Ltd. $6,000
Crusader Drilling Corp. $6,000
Ungar Construction $6,000
Advance Engineered Products Ltd. $5,000
Farrell Agencies Ltd. $5,000
Nixon Electrical Service Ltd. $5,000
Ottenbreit Sanitation Services (2002) Ltd. $5,000
Parkland College (Staff) Family Campaign $3,830
Drs. Cottenie & Bowtell Dental $2,000
Roxanne Alstad Undisclosed
Bailey’s Funeral & Cremation Care Undisclosed
Juanita & Allen Polegi Undisclosed
Yorkton This Week Undisclosed
Yorkton Tribal Council $150,000 (for scholarships)
TD Canada Trust $25,000 (for scholarships)


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