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APEGS Donates $125,000 to the new PotashCorp children’s museum

April 3, 2017 | All stories »

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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) is dedicated to improving community.

For the past 30 years, APEGS has regulated the practice of engineering and geoscience in Saskatchewan for the benefit and protection of the public, the environment and the benefit of society. Because they are deeply committed to strengthening communities, APEGS is making a $125,000 gift to the new PotashCorp children’s museum.

Council also agreed to a direct donation to CDM of $25,000 a year for 2016-18. As well, APEGS will match the donations that any APEGS member makes to the campaign up to a total maximum of $100,000. To donate go to http://www.museumforkids.sk.ca/, select the SEED Engineering Project and identify yourself as an APEGS member. APEGS Members, your donation will be matched by both APEGS and an Anonymous Donor. Your $1000 gift gives $3,000 to the future children’s museum.

“Having something like this would be a great destination to have in our city for families, friends and the community as well as helping our professions to grow,” says APEGS President Tara Zrymiak, P.Eng., FEC. “This is one of the best big projects going on in our community to help the children – it brings Saskatoon up another level in growing our community.”

Zrymiak sees the gift as a way of giving children the opportunity to be supported in exploring science – and to encourage young girls and indigenous children to get involved in engineering and geoscience professions.

Saskatoon’s engineering community has already been doing their part through an initiative called Saskatchewan Engineers Encouraging Discovery (SEED). In 2016, the children’s museum approached APEGS to make a capital donation.

“Not everyone can have a model of a working mine in their backyard but if you can make a day trip to the children’s museum and explore these kinds of things, you can see science and engineering in action,” says Ben Boots – Chair of the APEGS group that was tasked with defining the donation. As an engineer, Ben encouraged curiosity in his children – two of which grew up to be engineers. Looking to the future for his new granddaughter, Ben is excited about the opportunity being created with the future children’s museum. “It is important for kids to have the opportunity to explore their curiosity about how things work, are made, improved and developed so they can see the contributions people can make to improve their livelihood, their environment, their life.”

Thank you APEGS and APEGS members for investing in curiosity!