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MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Sheri Lerat - A Canadian Mixed Media Artist

"Sheri Lerat is a Canadian painter who works with mixed media and iridescent crystals. Her paintings are multifaceted with layers of depth that transform and shimmer as the light changes. Her work comes from a place of healing, and her story is as multifaceted as her work."

YMCA of Regina – Honouring the past, looking to the future

By Steve Compton - CEO - YMCA of Regina

The YMCA of Regina as a registered charitable organization has a rich history of serving our community for over 130 years, building mind, body and spirit for many generations.

During major world conflicts, times of financial depression and extended periods of crisis, we have been honoured to continue to provide a place where everyone belongs.

Even with the past strength of the Association over many years, the YMCA of Regina was faced with the challenging reality that if it were to remain a strong community presence for future generations, significant and critical decisions needed to be made. 

In November 2020, we made the extremely difficult decision to close both our Downtown and East locations and consolidate our Health, Fitness and Aquatics programming to our Northwest facility. 

Our childcare services located at our Downtown facility will continue at this location while we consider and explore future options.

We know that COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on many organizations and businesses in our community, and the YMCA of Regina was not immune to this. 

We were faced with increased expenses in delivering services within the expanded operational guidelines and restrictions, continued building and capital costs as well as total membership dropping to 53% from previous levels organization wide due to cancellations as a direct result of this pandemic.

Understandably and respectfully, these closures had a major impact in our community. 

Over the past weeks since the announcement, we have received heartfelt communications from many people about the impact the YMCA of Regina has had in their lives, as well as encouragement and support to ensure our important work continues in the community as the Y is so much more than just the buildings that our programs operate from.

Despite these challenges and changes, we remain committed to serving the community and growing our impact to those we serve through many important services and programs. 

  • 625 licensed childcare spaces supporting families in Regina and Moose Jaw through our 11 childcare centres
  • Before and After school programs including “Schools Out” day camps operating out of 16 elementary school partner locations in Regina and Moose Jaw.
  • 3 Moose Jaw Early Learning Centres working in partnership with Holy Trinity School Division.
  • A full offering of Health Fitness and Aquatics programs at our Northwest YMCA facility including swim lessons, personal training, drop-in fitness programs, child minding and so much more.

As a charity we support the community through many important community programs including:

  • Assisted membership to families and individuals that would otherwise not be able to fully participate in our programs and services
  • Youth mentorship programs in Regina and Moose Jaw
  • Beyond the Bell school-based programming in partnership with Arcola Community School
  • Youth leadership development through our YMCA Leaders program
  • Perinatal programming, pregnancy, and birth support

While some of these programs are on pause or are being delivered differently during the pandemic, we remain committed to serving the community in these important areas or to step up and serve in new areas where we will be needed in the future as we come through these challenging times. 

We will also continue to work with our community partners towards exciting new initiatives such a renewed childcare centre, the exploration of a new joint use facility and the potential repurposing of the Downtown property as a community service hub.

And as a part of the business community, we remain committed to our staff team of over 275 employees and to ensure our contribution to our local economies and communities.

Working to honour the past and understanding the future needs of the community the YMCA of Regina will be ready to serve as we have for over 130 years.  

With gratitude,
Steve Compton
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Regina

Lee Evershed/ Portrait Artist

Lee Evershed is a local portrait artist who works primarily in Pencil on Cold Press Paper. Each creation captures the spirit of his subject matter in a realistic style. All Commissioned Portraits are presented Framed and labeled.

Ken Danby, Norman Rockwell and Robert Bateman among others are cited as being an early inspiration and influence on his style. Aside from fine art, he makes use of his skills in graphic design and music.

Lee was born in Oakville Ontario and now resides in Regina Saskatchewan

www.heavylead.ca

Melissa Wright

Artist/Owner of Wright Ink & Artwork

Born in Thunder Bay, ON, Melissa grew up as a painter, drawing and dabbling in various art forms since she was 3 years old. Her interests dwell in fantasy, from which the lore manifests into everything she creates. Melissa is an advocate of the Law of Attraction, a lover of the moon, and a believer in one's own magic.

Wright Ink & Artwork is an ever-expanding collective of creators working in two shops: our flagship in Regina, SK, and a secondary location in Thunder Bay, ON. Our Regina location houses an eclectic group of artists; two apprentices, Nancy Nikolopoulou from Greece, Vineet Sharma from India, and Eric Escott from Ontario. Melissa frequently travels back and forth from each city for her clients, and occasionally in her travels, is accompanied by our Reiki Practitioner and Card Reader, Amy Hanyecz from Manitoba.

Amy, from Ebb and Flow Arts, practices Reiki; Holy Fire Level II. Along with her healing, she offers card readings to help redirect and ease a heavy mind. She is also the creator all of our milkbaths and soywax candles.

While our main business is tattoos, as well as some Spiritual Healing, we are always looking out for additional talent. Do you have a piece you'd love to show the world, or one you'd like to try and sell? Whether it be jewelry, paintings, prints, soaps, candles, books, ornaments, or anything in between, we would love to help you on your artistic pathway!

Space permitting, you can leave your pieces on display in the front gallery of our Regina location to take advantage of our foot traffic. Whether you're looking to display your piece or hoping to sell it, Wright Ink does not charge for space or take a cut upon the sale of your art. Your work will always be your own, along with any profit generated.

Our mission is too help artists grow, and as artists, we have all felt that centered calm when you're lost in your craft. We would love to be a stepping stone towards your path to creative freedom.

Thank you so much for your support, we are all in this together.

CAA SAYS: IT’S TIME TO WINTERIZE YOUR RIDE!

The arrival of snow and ice is a reminder for all motorists to adjust their driving behaviour and to also make sure their vehicles are winter ready.

Before you head out on your daily travels, check weather and road conditions. Be prepared to reduce your speed and drive according to the current conditions.

Allow extra time to safely reach your destination. Winter tires are recommended by CAA. The different rubber compound in winter tires allows for better traction and control.

Have your vehicle’s brakes inspected thoroughly and service them if necessary.

This will help with better braking power especially on icy, snow covered roads. What’s under the hood of your vehicle is just as important as winter tires.

The battery is your vehicle’s lifeline. Extreme weather weakens the battery so check it often and have it charged if necessary.

Make sure the block heater cord is not frayed and is in good working condition. Always plug in when the temperature falls below -15 C.

A roadside safety kit is recommended and available to purchase at CAA Stores. Kit includes a collapsible shovel, first aid kit, fabric blanket, booster cables, hand warmers, light stick, tea light candles with matches, signal flashlight with batteries, and a help sign.

Pack extra winter gear including mitts, toques, and boots. Take along a mobile phone with charger for emergency use only, or to call for CAA Roadside Assistance, available 24/7. Add non-perishable food, window ice scrapers, and a snow brush.

If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle for temporary shelter until help arrives.

Vehicle winter inspections can be booked at the CAA Car Centre . CAA members save 10% on labour. Need a battery?

Visit Regina Battery Depot which is owned by CAA Saskatchewan. CAA members save 10% on all regular priced merchandise.

www.caask.ca

PIVOT - Training Program

While the whole word is figuring out how to navigate a 'new normal' and just getting by, Pivot is an interactive training program to put you and your team back in the driver's seat by actually creating what you want your 'new normal' to look like (even with all the craziness).

Focusing on key skills in resiliency, you will learn how to quickly pivot and lead through both big changes and those small stressful moments we all encounter daily to thrive in your business instead of just surviving.

Learn more about PIVOT training.

For more information or schedule a complimentary call to see if the Pivot training program is right for your organization, contact us at:

Kate 306.530.5127 | kate@alportwoodconsulting.com OR Stacey at 306.537.1648 | stacey@aimcoachingconsulting.com 

 

Bromwich+Smith

Bromwich+Smith are committed to the health and protection of their clients and colleagues.

With the continued spread of COVID-19, and in order to reduce and respond to risks, they are now able to offer all client requests, consults and debt relief through email, phone and video conference.

Visit them for more information on their programs.

Stay Safe + Be Well!  

Contact Taz Ryan about booking the Bromwich and Smith experts for your next webinar, lunch and learn or panel event.
www.bromwichandsmith.com

Regina Airport Authority Update

By James Bogusz - President & CEO
Regina Airport Authority

I think the word “unprecedented” will go down as 2020’s most overused term when talking about COVID-19 and the adverse impacts that well-intentioned government measures have caused to businesses across Canada.

Admittedly for many Regina & District Chamber of Commerce members, that word has become all too real when facing such an uncertain future.

Along with many businesses in the travel, tourism, event, hotel and hospitality sector, the Regina Airport Authority has been severely impacted by the fallout of these restrictions and subsequent economic downturn, struggling to stay afloat.

We are a private, not-for-profit business that proudly operates the Regina International Airport, one of the shining jewels of the Queen City, whose mandate is to serve the 500,000 residents of southern Saskatchewan.

We are not a government agency and are 100% self-funded. We generate almost all our revenue from activities related to the airport and passengers using the facility.

We proudly pay our taxes to the city, create good jobs in our community, and, up until April, we had been paying the federal government over a million dollars annually in the form of rent.

Prior to the economic downturn, our airport community generated over $800 million a year of economic impact in the local economy.

This GDP impact is no small measure, but one that heavily relies on aircraft using the facility and passengers travelling.

The airport is also a critical hub for air cargo, medical service flights, and general aviation.

Recently, businesses like Canada Post and Kreos Aviation have made multi-million dollar investments to build amazing facilities at YQR.

Companies like the Regina Flying Club offer aspiring pilots the opportunity to start their career right here at your local airport.

There had also been a massive and sustained push to attract a non-stop United States hub flight to serve our city once again.

With many of the same travel restrictions and “stay home” messages still in place today, the airport is simply not able to recover in the short term.

We have had to lay off over 30% of our staff and slash our capital program and operating budgets.

Despite these efforts, we have been forced to request substantial financial aid from federal government, none of which has materialized so far.

We are operating with less than 20% of the usual passenger traffic due to lack of travel demand and our cash reserves are almost depleted.

I love Regina and was personally humbled when I was given the opportunity to lead the airport as CEO almost 3 years ago.

Never did I imagine that something like this would ever occur, but, regardless of the challenges before us, I believe that adversity in life often builds up more than it damages.

We have a long road ahead for recovery. However, all of us at YQR will do everything in our power to be here for our community and continue to act as a cornerstone of the region’s economic recovery.

The next time you are ready to travel, please remember that each time you use YQR, you are helping us to not only recover, but to also achieve even greater heights in the future.

Regina ranks on top in Municipal Benchmarking Study

By Stu Niebergall - CEO Regina and Region Home Builders

Regina ranked #1 in overall scorecard for planning features, government charges and approval timelines in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Municipal Benchmarking Study.

The study looked at the top 23 housing markets across Canada, and examined how municipal processes, approval timelines and fees contribute to housing affordability and supply issues.

This is the first study of its kind. Research was conducted in by Altus Group in late 2019 and early 2020, prior to the pandemic.

Regina’s number one ranking was followed by Edmonton, Calgary, and London. Regina was named the “top city” as far as approval timelines go, ninth for keeping government fees and charges affordable, and eleventh for the structures and processes available to developers.

On behalf of all of us at the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association, we are proud of these results and the collaborative approach we have developed with the City Administration and City Council.

Our joint commitment to work together, and address difficult issues, has often resulted in better outcomes for housing affordability and Regina citizens, while keeping the economic engine of residential construction moving forward.

While it is recognized that there are still areas of improvement, the results of this study demonstrate the great progress we have made in recent years.

Several individuals at the City of Regina have shown they are committed to improving outcomes for our industry, and they have worked with us diligently in the pursuit of those improvements by delivering on:
· Tools that allow applicants to track their applications’ status online
· A new online portal that will enable applicants to submit applications online
· Refining guiding documents, such as Neighbourhood Plans, to further clarify policy
· Focusing on growth-related engineering studies to support a growing city
· The continued collaboration with partners, including us at the RRHBA on Servicing

Agreements, Development Levy and Intensification Fee Policies
When asked to comment on the results of the CHBA study, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere stated that “this study confirms the impressive collaboration efforts between the City and the Regina and Region Homebuilders’ Association (RRHBA) in fostering our community’s economic prosperity.

It’s a good progress report for the continuous improvements the City has been making with the development industry.” Executive Director of City Planning and Development Services, Diana Hawryluk stated that “ensuring our services have a customer-centric focus is a top priority at the City. We have truly seen a transformational change within, which is reflective in the services being delivered to the development industry and residents.”

As we reflect on the results of this study, we cannot help but notice that in the communities where industry members have a strong working relationship with the municipality, housing tends to be more affordable and attainable, supply is much closer to demand, and the housing market is more balanced.

Together, the RRHBA and the City of Regina will remain committed to continuing the good work as we recover through COVID-19. We will continue to work together to improve processes and programs that impact the local residential construction industry.

Canadian Chamber
Western Executive Summit

The summit will be held virtually on November 24th,

This great networking opportunity for business leaders is free.

For more information or to register visit:

https://chamber.ca/event/western-canada-executive-summit/


The New “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program” Makes  Clarence Campeau Development Fund First Choice for Métis Entrepreneurs

The Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) is proud to announce the new “Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program (MEEP).  The new funding was received from the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association and the Government of Canada, which will provide qualified Métis entrepreneurs and Métis Communities access to equity in the form of a non-repayable contribution to finance a viable business start-up, expansion or acquisition.

“This new program will compliment our current package of offerings, ensuring CCDF remains the first stop for Métis entrepreneurs looking for affordable financing,” said Pam Larson, CEO of the Clarence Campeau Development Fund. “Funding programs like this one are pivotal to supporting and advancing economic development and opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan.”

For more information click here.


Avana Ranks No. 10 on the 2020 Growth List


"We are honoured to be recognized as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies and are proud to represent the top ten as a female-led company," says Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of Avana. "We are dedicated to continuing to break down barriers in the Canadian real estate industry and I could not be more excited for our next five years of growth and social impact."

Female-led real estate company drives growth and social impact asCanadian Business unveils annual list ofCanada'sFastest-Growing Companies

Canadian Business andMaclean'stoday ranked Avana No. 10 on their annual 2020 Growth List ranking ofCanada'sFastest-Growing Companies.

To read the full article click here

 

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