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PROJECT CORNERSTONE AWARDS RECORD $100,000 TO FIVE COMMUNITIES


Cornerstone Credit Union is pleased to announce the recipients of Project Cornerstone funding

for 2023. Five community projects have been chosen to receive a share of $100,000 – the most

ever given out in a single year through the annual Project Cornerstone program.


The 2023 recipients are:

• Theodore & District Recreation Board – $45,000 for Theodore Recreation Complex

renovations

• Town of Arcola – $25,000 for kitchen upgrades at Prairie Place Complex

• Rose Valley & District Recreation Complex – $12,000 for safety upgrades and repairs

• Melville Curling Club – $10,000 for improvements to the curling club’s lobby

• Yorkton Minor Hockey – $8,000 for a dressing room expansion at Kinsmen Arena


“These facilities are vital to their communities, and we are happy to help fund these projects,”

said Cornerstone Credit Union CEO Doug Jones. “We look forward to following their progress

and celebrating with them as they complete the projects.”

Over 70 applications were submitted after Project Cornerstone applications opened in the

spring. Eligible community groups were invited to apply for up to $100,000 for capital projects.

Project Cornerstone funding is intended to build, expand, and upgrade facilities or develop the

quality of life in local communities.


Since 2006, Project Cornerstone has awarded $551,000 to 46 community projects across the

region. Applications for funding will open again in early 2024.

About the Projects


Theodore & District Recreation Board


Theodore & District Recreation Board will receive $45,000 for renovations to the Theodore

Recreation Complex. The project involves replacing the flooring in the main lobby, public

washrooms, and dressing rooms on the main level. Washrooms on the second level of the

complex will also be upgraded.


No updates have been completed to this area of the complex since it was built in 1990.


“Recreation board members and numerous others spend countless volunteer hours maintaining

the complex, hosting fundraising events, and ensuring there is recreation for all age groups to

enjoy in Theodore and surrounding communities,” said recreation board member Jerold

Sperling. “We pride ourselves in welcoming visitors and work hard to provide a clean and well

maintained complex.”


The Town of Arcola will receive $25,000 for kitchen upgrades at the Prairie Place Complex. The

renovations will improve both kitchens in the facility with new equipment, countertops, and

flooring.


These kitchens are used on a regular basis year-round, serving residents and visitors for

hockey, figure skating, lacrosse, weddings, fundraisers, and other events.


“The arena kitchen is one of the primary sources of revenue for the Prairie Place Complex and

is completely run by volunteers,” said Vanessa Dahl with the Town of Arcola. “Keeping this and

the kitchen on the hall side up and running keeps our building open.”


The complex operates mainly through volunteerism, so many community members will help with

labour to complete this project.


Rose Valley & District Recreation Complex


Rose Valley & District Recreation Complex will receive $12,000 for safety upgrades.

LED lighting will be installed over the ice surface and existing lights throughout the building will

be replaced. The hockey board kick plate around the ice surface will also be replaced.


“Local members of the community volunteer their time endlessly to fundraisers, maintenance,

and daily operations of the rink,” said Meghan Prosko. “As a winter-driven community, this

project will greatly increase the use of the rink, providing revenue for future projects and

improvements.”


Melville Curling Club


Melville Curling Club will receive $10,000 for renovations to the curling club’s lobby. Four lobby

windows and damaged ceiling tiles will be replaced. New LED pot lights will also be installed.

The windows and electrical work will be completed by professionals. Members of the curling

club and the community are volunteering their time to help with the project.


“Not only does our program provide entertainment for the general public, it provides physical

exercise, mental wellness, and fellowship for our curlers,” said the club's Gerri Martin. “If we

maintain our building and make necessary improvements, our facility will continue to be

available for many years to come.”


Yorkton Minor Hockey


Yorkton Minor Hockey will receive $8,000 to assist with a dressing room expansion at Kinsmen

Arena.


The project will reduce the size of the arena’s administration office in order to expand the size of

the dressing room, allowing more space for hockey players and recreational skaters.


“Our Under-7 players are currently dressing in the hallway. Expanding the room will provide a

more welcoming, roomy environment, especially for the smaller kids who require assistance

from parents,” said executive director Kristen Khadiken.


For more information related to this media release:

Doug Jones, Chief Executive Officer – 306.621.2039

Lori Walsh, Director, Strategy & Brand – 306.621.3471



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