News & Donor Stories
July 14, 2017
Clint and Carole Forster called Saskatoon home from 1976 until 1991. They were busy years; raising their son and two daughters and growing their business “Saskatoon Telecable.” After selling the business in 1990, they moved to Victoria, B.C., but Saskatoon was never far from their minds. Their two daughters stayed behind and eventually married and had children of their own. With family still in Saskatoon, the couple continued to support many causes and fundraising campaigns.
“We are grateful that we have had the good health and the opportunity to achieve financial security,” says Clint. “Saskatoon has been good to us.”
Recently they donated $100,000 to the Kid Approved Capital Campaign to transform the iconic Mendel building into the new home for the PotashCorp children’s discovery museum. Visits with their grandchildren to the children’s museum in Palm Springs, California inspired them to get behind this project.
“The grandchildren enjoyed the hands-on displays where they could don a helmet and dig for fossils, paint an old Volkswagen, operate the cash register at a play grocery store, throw metal pots and pans at a magnetic wall, ride a cool, stationary motorbike, crawl through rope mazes etc.,“ says Carole. “It was a fun learning experience for children of a variety of ages.”
“We believe the experience has been important and memorable for them,” says Clint.
The Forsters are excited children here will soon get to create their own memories, once the doors open, in early 2019.
“The Children’s Discovery Museum will benefit children of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by exposing them to interesting concepts, ideas and maybe lifelong hobbies or careers by educating them in a fun, colourful, and exciting environment,” says Carole.
The couple see the museum’s location on the Meewasin, opposite PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park as ideal.
“The children can explore the museum, and then enjoy a picnic and activities outside in Meewasin Park and top the day off enjoying the rides and fun of Kinsmen Park,” says Carole. “The stars aligned when the Mendel became available.”
The Forsters are confident the community will step up to raise the remaining funds needed to open the children’s museum at the Mendel. They trust others will look for a way to help.
“Nothing is more satisfying and uplifting than to see people enjoying and benefitting from projects you support in your community either with your time and talents or your money,” says Carole. “I feel our philanthropic efforts are almost selfish as we get far more out of contributing to our communities than we ever give.”
May 27, 2017
Carla Loney-Tindall and her husband Joe Tindall are former Albertans who have proudly called Saskatoon home since 1995. They have raised two children here; their son Corbin (27) and daughter Alexis (25). The couple is now at a stage in their lives where they can focus on their bucket list. For Carla, she has the freedom to pursue projects that speak to her. Given her many years working for non-profits, she was lead to the capital campaign leadership team pursuing the transformation of the iconic Mendel Building into the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum.
“When I heard about the children’s museum I knew this was a winning project for our community and I wanted to be a part of it,” says Carla. “I was inspired by the opportunity to help build a unique place where hundreds of thousands of children will celebrate play, learning and creativity.”
She also loved the idea of repurposing the Mendel.
“I love the world class exhibits that are being planned throughout the museum,” says Carla. “The Discovery Mine and the Climber are absolutely incredible but so too is Toon Town, Little Bridges, Boxes of Fun, and Create Space. I can’t decide which areas I like more because it is all so amazing.”
Carla has taken her involvement one step further. Last fall she joined the Children’s Discovery Museum Board. More recently she and Joe became donors.
“Ever since we first heard about it I thought it was a fairly worthy cause,” says Joe. “It’s a project that is going to impact families in Saskatoon very positively. We get a lot of cold weather here and if you can take your kids somewhere for half a day, two or three times a year, it’s going to be pretty darn big.”
The couple has supported many important causes over the years, but their gift to the new PotashCorp children’s museum has been their largest to date. They have pledged $100,000 over five years. They strongly believe the new children’s museum will be the catalyst for sparking that desire to learn in kids of all ages and from all economic backgrounds.
“Kids are key to the future of this province, this country, and our world for that matter,” says Joe. “The children’s museum will be a launching point for really great hands-on learning opportunities.”
With the Kid Approved Capital Campaign on track to reaching its $10 million dollar goal, Carla and Joe are hopeful their story will spark that philanthropic spirit in others. They also want people to see that contributing to the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is a great investment in our city and in our children.
April 3, 2017
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!
March 28, 2017
Art and Janet Postle have a long history of supporting the Saskatoon community; from their long-standing involvement with the Rotary Club, to the Meewasin Valley Authority, St. Paul’s Hospital, Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre and Child and Youth Friendly Saskatoon, to name a few.
Most recently the couple added the new PotashCorp children’s museum.
It was the couple’s interest in Meewasin that motivated them to learn more about plans to transform the iconic Mendel building into a children’s museum. After all, the Mendel backs onto their beloved Meewasin trail. “We thought that’s something our children and grandchildren and all children would really benefit from,” says Janet. “With my career, inclusion, diversity, all of those things became very important and that’s how we got involved in different things in the community,” Janet is a retired special education teacher. Art left his post as CEO of Federated Co-op in 2010. They each have a son and a daughter and between them they have 5 grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 ½ years to 14 years. Some of the grandkids have visited the existing children’s museum, which currently operates out of a small storefront in Market Mall. “Josh, our 6-year-old grandson has more of that scientific, exploratory mind,” says Janet. “He has outgrown in some way the existing museum. It’s still great for providing what it provides but I think that we need something that will take it to the next level and also provide for more diverse interests in children.”
When the $10 million dollar “Kid Approved” Capital Campaign was launched in 2015, the Postles were quick to step up with a generous gift of $100,000. “If you aren’t committed, if you don’t believe enough in what you are asking others to support, then you shouldn’t be involved,” says Janet. Art adds another perspective. “I guess it’s giving back to a community that has given us a lot,” says Art.
But their involvement didn’t end with the writing of the cheque. Janet also got involved at the board level. “It’s engagement. It’s involvement. It’s relationships that make it fun, and make it worthwhile,” says Janet. “The number of good people we have met along the way; it’s because of our involvements. We have benefitted greatly. Our lives have been enriched as a result.” With the “Kid Approved” Capital Campaign getting so close to reaching its $10 million dollar goal, Art and Janet feel encouraged others will see the value in a new children’s museum too and do what they can to put the campaign over the top. “The greatness of this community is dependent on all of us being a part of it and sharing to the level that we can comfortably share,” says Art. “If that’s $100 dollars, that’s $100 dollars. If that’s $100,000 dollars, that’s $100,000 dollars. The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter whether it’s great or small. It’s all part of contributing to a wonderful community and another piece of the fabric of Saskatoon that fits in with all the other things.”
A piece of the fabric that will see Art and Janet’s grandchildren and, twenty years from now, their grandchildren’s children taking a stroll down the Meewasin to visit the PotashCorp Children’s Museum.
February 6, 2017