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2017-2018 Board of Directors

We would like to introduce you to the 2017-2018 S.A.R.P. Board of Directors:

Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski - Chair

Vickie Clarke

Francis Cashin

Crystal Clarke

Brenda Johnson

Linda Martin

Shelby Rushton

New Members!

To become a member of S.A.R.P., click on the Become a Member button at the top right hand side of this page to register online or access a paper copy of the Application Form here:

S.A.R.P. Membership Application

Completed applications can be mailed to PO. Box 583, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 4P2 or emailed to

Roy Ellis Bursary Presented to Brittani Duxbury

Brittani Duxbury and Vickie ClarkeVickie Clarke, S.A.R.P. Board Chair, presented Brittani Duxbury with the Roy Ellis Bursary at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Recreation and Community Development Awards on Friday April 7, 2017.

The Roy Ellis Bursary is provided annually to a student in at least their second year of a leisure-related post-secondary program.  It acknowledges the contributions made by Mr. Roy Ellis to the leisure services field in Saskatchewan.  Britanni is a graduating student in the Recreation and Community Development Program.  She has volunteered with multiple community organizations such as the Saskatchewan Association of Community Living as a weekly fitness instructor and the Special Olympics as a weekly aquatic instructor.  She has come to learn that her passion is in planning and developing  programs and events within the recreation industry.

Congratulations Brittani!  We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you!

Marketing Opportunity!

S.A.R.P. is pleased to announce the official launch of the inagural edition of the Annual S.A.R.P. Directory!  The finalized full color, gloss, 8 1/2 x 11 finished product will be sent to all of our members, major recreation centres and our partners all over Saskatchewan.  The exposure for this project will be very valuable as it will touch on both small and large communites all over the province.

The publication will include a detailed list of all active Associate, Affiliate and Professional members of S.A.R.P., their area of specialization and contact information, as well as contact information for municipal and rural recreation boards, departments and associations, non-profit recreation organizations and potential partners for Professionals in the Recreation and Leisure field.

This is a very valuable opportunity for organizations to advertise products, programs and services and to increase visibility throughout Saskatchewan.  Attached is the Advertising Servicing Agreement & Policies explaining the costs and size of the ads we are offering.  Please have a look and pass this information along!


Advertising Servicing Agreement & Policies

Award of Merit presented to Mike Schwean

Annually, S.A.R.P. seeks out deserving individuals to be recognized by their employers and peers for doing outstanding work within the Recreation and Leisure field.  The Award of Merit is presented to an indvidual who:

              • has been in the field for a minimum of 5 years;
              • is someone who has made a significant contribution at a municipal, regional, provincial or national level;
              • someone whose contributions will leave a lasting impact for future professionals; and
              • someone who has provided optimal recreation and leisure opportunity to their community.

The Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals strives to support recreation professionals who continue to make a difference within their communities and ensure that they are given proper recognition for the countless hours they put into providing a place to live healthy, active lifestyles and towards the wellbeing of all citizens.

S.A.R.P. is honoured to present the Award of Merit to one of our long time Professional members who has contributed so much - Mr. Mike Schwean!

Nominated by the Town of Moosomin Recreation Committee, the outline of Mike's contributions date back to 1988 in the field of recreation (1990 in this community) and these contributions are simply outstanding!  Mike is truly a perfect recipient for this award as it is very evident to see his community pride, his parternships and his ability to work with community members to achieve great success.

Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski, S.A.R.P. Board of Directors Vice Chairperson, presented Mike with his award on January 4, 2017 in Moosomin and had this to say:

"I have known Mike for many years and during my time working in my community, I relied heavily on Mike and his expert advice especially in the area of facility management and operations.  Mike has ALWAYS been more than willing to help his fellow professionals as well as neighbouring communities to be the best they can be and operate the best they can - I thank you for that Mike.  COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES IS THE RENT WE PAY FOR OUR TIME HERE ON THIS EARTH....well, might I suggest that Mike Schwean is NOT behind in this rent called community service, but literally lives and breathes COMMUNITY SERVICE and his fingerprints are on much of the success of your community.  You should all be very, very proud of Mike and his contributions.  And finally Mike, stand proud, you deserve this Award of Merit and MORE!!  One more thing, as a colleague of Mike's, I know the time away from home and family that is required for this work, so a big thanks to Mike's family for sharing him with the community!"

Thank you for your continued contributions to the field of recreation and leisure and for paving the way for future recreation professionals within the province!

Chris Exner named Outstanding Recreation Professional for 2016

2016-2017 Board of Directors

We would like to introduce you to the 2016-2017 S.A.R.P. Board of Directors:

Vickie Clarke - Chair

Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski - Vice Chair

Crystal Clarke - Secretary

Francis Cashin - Director

Brenda Johnson - Director

Linda Martin - Director

Shelby Rushton - Director

Anne Weisgerber - Director

Joaleen Unger - Director

We are looking forward to working as a team, highlighting all of our Board Members' skills, knowledge and background in the Recreation and Leisure field to move our organization forward!

Roy Ellis Bursary

The Roy Ellis Bursary is provided annually to a student in at least their second year of a leisure-related post-secondary program that includes recreation, sport, and culture. It acknowledges the contributions made by Mr. Roy Ellis to the leisure services field in Saskatchewan. The bursary amount is $500 annually. Each student member is eligible to win this bursary one time only.

The deadline to apply for the next Roy Ellis Bursary is April 28, 2017!

Click here for the Roy Ellis Bursary Application Form

New Website!

Hello and welcome to our new website!

We have built a new Members section.  Your previous user name will remain the same, however, all members will be required to create a new password.


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Kudos Korner

Doug CrippsDoug Cripps is currently the Associate Dean - Undergraduate Program in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina.  He's held this position since 2013 after having led the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the U of R for two years prior to that and has been a faculty member teaching Therapeutic Recreation for almost 20 years, including many of those years leading the Faculty's Fieldwork Program.  Prior to his arrival at the U of R, Doug had previous work experience as a Recreation Therapist at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford after completing his Graduate Degree in Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While at the U of R, Doug also had the opportunity to work for the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2009-2016 as the Provincial Coordinator.

Doug has a long history with S.A.R.P. having served on the Board of Directors for ten years in a variety of roles, including a stint as Chairperson in 1996-1997.  He followed that by serving as Chair of the Board of Regents for a seven-year span.  He's also served on the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Board of Directors from 2011 and just finished his term as Past President in May 2017.  He also had the pleasure of sitting on the Coordinating Committee for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability from 1998-2009 having served as Chairperson for his final two years on the Committee.  Volunteering has been a big part of Doug's past and he has valued each volunteering opportunity that has presented itself to him.  He strongly encourages others to get involved at local, regional, provincial, national or international levels.  He says "Those of us employed in the recreation profession, a helping profession, have been gifted with a number of tangible and intangible skills and abilities, that allow us to contribute in so many different ways.  Volunteering is one way we can use our expertise to lead and impact change in the environments in which we live, work and play."

Doug's family includes his wife Sandra (a former S.A.R.P. Member and Recreation Therapist) who is the CEO for the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health.  They have two daughters.  Jessica is a high school English Teacher in Moose Jaw who has had a long and successful Highland Dance career having competed nationally and internationally (including Scotland) and who now runs her own dance school.  Nicole is entering her final semesters of study in Engineering at the University of Regina.  She is an accomplished cyclist currently preparing to compete in the 2017 Canada Games and who also completed in triathlon at an elite level with one of her final races being PanAm Juniors.  It was Nicole who peaked Doug's interest in road cycling a few years ago and he now rides regularly, often doing rides of 100+ km, including a recent 205 km ride!

KUDOS to you Doug!