News & Donor Stories
Nutrien Wonderhub celebrates the completion of the KidApproved Capital Campaign with a $250,000 gift from Leslie and Irene Dubé!
March 8, 2019
Nutrien Wonderhub is thrilled to announce the completion of the KidApproved Capital Campaign thanks to a gift of $250,000 from our Honorary Campaign Chairs, Les and Irene Dubé. Through their charitable leadership and community involvement with a variety of educational and community service organizations, Leslie and Irene have long been inspiring examples of philanthropy.
Both Les and Irene were born in Saskatchewan and have deep ties to the province through their entrepreneurial enterprises as well as their family connections. They attribute their success to hard work and being socially conscious, but agree their greatest achievement is the ability and privilege to give back to a community that has given them so much.
That Nutrien Wonderhub’s design supports intergenerational play and independent discovery spoke to Leslie and Irene, as the pair place great value and importance on interpersonal connections. They both love that Nutrien Wonderhub is a safe space for children of all backgrounds and abilities to explore, experiment, and interact with the natural and built world.
Nutrien Wonderhub will recognize the Dubés’ generous gift at the North Woods exhibit, a space that truly encapsulates northern Saskatchewan. The exhibit is surrounded by trees and features a log cabin children can help construct as well as a lake complete with boat. Nested inside the North Woods is the Gathering Place; here, children and their adults will enjoy an immersive storytelling experience that encourages sharing and role-playing.
“We are honored to be a part of showcasing the diversity of our province by bringing the experience of the North into Nutrien Wonderhub,” shares Leslie. “The idea that every child coming through the doors will feel welcome and see something that they can relate to is important to us.”
The staff and volunteers at Nutrien Wonderhub would like to thank Leslie and Irene Dubé not only for their generous donation of $250,000, but for their leadership as Honorary Campaign Chairs. The closing of our KidApproved Capital Campaign is an important step towards welcoming guests through our museum doors and into a place of discovery, imagination and exploration.
“As Honorary Chairs, we want to thank the community for the support they have shown to Nutrien Wonderhub. We feel grateful to be a part of encouraging curiosity and creativity in the next generation,” says Irene.
Thank you, Leslie and Irene Dubé, for your generous donation of $250,000!
March 1, 2019
For more than three decades Lazer Autobody has provided reliable, timely and exceptional service to the people of Saskatoon. Their goal has always been to deliver an experience that not only leaves the customer satisfied with their vehicle repairs, but in doing so makes the customer feel valued and appreciated.
It’s about providing a “wow factor” every time people trust Lazer Autobody to fix their vehicles. A lot of that has to do with it being a family-owned business, rooted in loyalty, honesty and respect.
Established in 1987, Lazer Autobody has established a positive team and family spirit that extends into the community. The owners have always believed in giving back to the people of Saskatoon. Now in continuing with its community outreach initiatives, Lazer Autobody is stepping up to support the Nutrien Wonderhub.
Nutrien Wonderhub is excited that Lazer Autobody has chosen to support the Outreach Vehicle with a donation of $102,500, as well as lending their painting expertise to our Admissions Desk. Nutrien Wonderhub is so much more than a building and the Outreach Vehicle will bring the joy of learning through play to children in Saskatoon, as well as rural and outlying communities in our province. Outreach programs will include kits like the Rigamajig, that lets kids design and build everything from an airplane to a windmill and Octoplay, colorful large format building tools that allow kids to express their creativity. Programs will enable artistic expression for children through the mobile Create Space which can include all types of creations from coding to art to science experiments.
“We know that the outreach programs that Nutrien Wonderhub is offering will get kids up and active in exploring just how far their curiosity can take them. They are all about helping children think big and dream even bigger. The outreach activities will bring these experiences to children and families all over Saskatchewan,” says Jennifer Heroux, owner of Lazer Autobody.
Lazer Autobody is proud to be a part of supporting the children of Saskatchewan to let their dreams soar as they experience programs focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning principals. The iconic Mendel building, with its long legacy of enriching the community, is the perfect home for the Nutrien Wonderhub.
“At Lazer Autobody, we are all about innovation and being experts in the services we offer. We’re honoured to be a part of fostering this same innovation in the leaders of tomorrow,” shares LZR BOB.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign nears its completion, Lazer Autobody is excited to see how the community has come together to support Nutrien Wonderhub. Nutrien Wonderhub will be a place of discovery, imagination and exploration. This is where the children of Saskatchewan will show us who they will become. Keep an eye out for the Outreach Vehicle to be a part of the fun!
Thank you Lazer Autobody for your generous donation of $102,500!
February 15, 2019
Nutrien Wonderhub would like to thank our donors
Orano Canada is a leading producer of uranium concentrate at its McClean Lake operation in northern Saskatchewan. Orano has been exploring, mining and milling uranium in Canada for 55 years. The company employs over 450 people in Saskatchewan, including about 130 in Saskatoon. As a sustainable uranium miner, Orano is committed to safety, environmental protection and contributing to neighbouring communities.
Nutrien Wonderhub is honored to receive Orano’s support to the Kid Approved Capital Campaign. With their direct connection to the North, the Northern Lights Exhibit really spoke to Orano’s vision of acknowledging the natural beauty and culture of our province. Located in the Main Gallery, Northern Lights honours Saskatchewan’s signature skies with an interactive exhibit where colors shift in response to the children’s movements. Children are able to control how the lights cascade across the Main Gallery in a beautiful way that brings together science and art.
“We wanted to contribute to this new facility in Saskatoon, and the Northern Lights Exhibit was a perfect fit to acknowledge our company’s connection to northern Saskatchewan while providing a fun and innovative way for children and the young at heart to express their creativity,” explains Vincent Martin, President and CEO.
Orano’s gift will help give the children of Saskatchewan opportunities to learn in new ways through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning principals. The iconic Mendel building, with its long legacy of inspiring youth, is the perfect home for Nutrien Wonderhub.
“At Orano, science, technology, engineering and math are part of our everyday work, so being part of Nutrien Wonderhub is a natural fit as it fosters the interest of children for STEAM. These children may be our future workforce but for now we’re just happy to contribute to a fun facility to nurture their creative and innovative spirit,” adds Vincent Martin.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign nears its completion, Orano is thrilled to see the way that the community has come together to support Nutrien Wonderhub. It will be a place of discovery, imagination and exploration. This is where the children of Saskatchewan will let their dreams soar. Every donation, large or small, makes an impact that will help to get the doors open in 2019.
Thank you Orano for your generous donation!
January 18, 2019
Malcolm Leggett co-founded NuSalt Corporation in 1988 by focusing on three guiding principals: Commitment, Control and Communication. The company now known as NSC Minerals still honors his motto of “the customer’s requirements and goals are the company’s challenges and commitments” on their website. Currently happily retired, Malcolm enjoys spending more time with his wife Marilyn and their extended family.
Recently the Leggett’s donated $200,000 to the Kid Approved Capital Campaign for the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum. The Discovery Mine was an area that specifically spoke to them. This immersive exhibit allows for children to have the full mining experience including using machines and vehicles to figure out various mining challenges. This unique glimpse into the world of mining, especially the many bi-products produced such as salt, in an educational and creative scenario is something that resonated with both Malcolm and Marilyn.
“We are committed to supporting and growing young people as they journey through their lives. The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum is an ideal project that fits into our philosophy of how to challenge, enhance and expose young people to life,” says Malcolm and Marilyn.
Marilyn and Malcolm are so excited that families will come together to reconnect and experience new things in the museum. The iconic Mendel building, with its long legacy of art and culture, is the perfect home for the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum and it’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning principles.
“This project will give a new life to the Mendel Gallery Building that has served this city for many years, it will also continue to secure and help develop and rejuvenate the areas surrounding the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum,” shares Malcolm.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign nears it’s completion, Marilyn and Malcolm are so pleased that the community has come together to support the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum. This will be a place where the children of Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to dream bigger than they thought possible and show us who they will become. Every donation, large or small, makes an impact that will help to get the doors open in 2019.
Thank you Malcolm and Marilyn Leggett for your generous donation of $200,000!
August 10, 2018
Prairie Machine is a leader in the manufacture of heavy machinery
and equipment for the mining industry. They design and build the
heavy boring machines that mine Saskatchewan potash and the
battery powered electric trucks that transport people and equipment
in all mining environments. After 40 plus years, Prairie Machine
has become a local success story and are proud to call Saskatoon
Prairie Machine has donated $150,000 to the Kid Approved Capital
Campaign for the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum. With their
strong connection to the mining industry, the management team
was inspired by the Discovery Mine Exhibit. They see this Exhibit as
an opportunity for kids to learn more about the world of mining and
how it benefits our local community.
“When first approached by the Children’s Discovery Museum, we
understood what an amazing project this was for our city. It was also
an opportunity for our company to contribute to a meaningful and
far-reaching project. With Nutrien as the title sponsor we are honored
to play a part in this endeavor. It feels great to support something
that will have a positive impact on so many in the community,” says
Kipp Sakundiak, General Manager at Prairie Machine.
The Discovery Mine is an immersive mining experience where
machines and vehicles are kid-powered and kid-sized. In the
Discovery Mine, kids work together to figure out various mining
challenges. It provides opportunities to roleplay numerous mining
occupations like machine operator, mechanic, geologist, engineer
and more. Prairie Machine is not only contributing financially to this
project but will also provide the museum with a kid-sized
version of the electric vehicle for the Motor Pool.
“I’m proud to be associated with a project that will no doubt enrich
our community. For a lot of us in Saskatchewan, mining is what
supports our families and to have an opportunity to learn more about
this industry is important. As a father I feel fortunate that I’m involved
with the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum. Not only will my own
children benefit from this project, but many other children as well.
This will be a world class venue that will be enjoyed for many years,“
shares Todd Malcolm, Production Manager at Prairie Machine.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign completes this fall, the team
at Prairie Machine invites others in the community to do what they
can to get the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum over the finish
line. Every donation, large or small, has an impact and will help open
the doors in the Spring of 2019.
“From the Management and Staff at Prairie Machine, we are
thankful that we are able to contribute to this amazing project.
The Museum will be focal point in our community and a place
that will spark our children’s imagination and have a positive
influence on their future development,” says Kipp.