News & Donor Stories
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.
July 17, 2018
July 17, 2018 • Saskatoon, SK – The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum is less than a year away from opening a world-class facility in Saskatoon’s beloved Mendel Building. The Museum will be a place where children and their families can come together to explore science, culture, and art.
The new museum, with unique exhibits, educational programming and commitment to diversity and local heritage, will become a creative springboard for the children of Saskatoon and surrounding communities, fostering a lifelong love of learning.
One of the 11 permanent exhibits will be the Create Space and Create Space Workshop. Create Space is a highly changeable gallery for creators and makers. Located on the lower level, it is designed for collaboration as well as for individual or facilitated efforts. Taking advantage of the wall of windows overlooking the riverbank, the space will consist of bright, task-focused areas joined by shared work stations. Every part of the gallery will be filled with activities to inspire creativity, which really spoke to David and Janice Paslawski and their family, who were some of the earliest donors to support the Create Space Exhibit. At the Create Counter, children will be invited to dive into a project of their own or join with other visitors to make a shared vision come to life. Amanda McReynolds Doran, Executive Director of the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum, calls the Create Space Exhibit “the central hub for creativity in the Museum.”
Within Create Space is the Create Space Workshop, which is a secure area filled with more advanced tools and operations including drilling, soldering and sanding. By encouraging children to use tools they would not normally have access to, the exhibit allows them to explore new ways to learn and grow. “One of the things that I am most excited about is the 3D printer,” says McReynolds Doran. “We’re so pleased to have both Co-Op Community Spaces and North Prairie Developments supporting the Create Space Workshop. All of us can’t wait to see look of wonder that will be on the children’s faces as they get to try that technology for the very first time.”
The Workshop will also be a space where children can explore activities like coding and robotics. The range of programming that will be offered is extensive and appropriate for all elementary school grades. The Classroom located behind the Workshop will enable groups to have a space to discuss what they’ve experienced in the Museum and assist educators to relate it to their curriculums.
“The entire Museum will be a place where the children of our community will be able to dream bigger than they thought they could. They will have the chance to show us who they are going to be,” shares Amanda McReynolds Doran. “That transformation and growth in the next generation is a powerful thing to be a part of.”
The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum fosters creativity, curiosity and a lifelong love of learning in the children of Saskatchewan. Donations to the Kid Approved Campaign can be made online at www.kidapproved.ca or by contacting the Museum.
Amanda McReynolds Doran, Executive Director
July 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
North Prairie Developments has been in business in Saskatoon for over 30 years. This local, family owned and operated development company has a mission to always provide their customers with an innovative, quality product which they would be equally proud of as the customer. This commitment to the residents of Saskatchewan is also reflected in their belief in giving back to the communities they serve through charitable contributions and philanthropic work. “At North Prairie, giving back to the communities and the people who have supported us over the years is one of our top priorities – it’s part of our company culture,” says Andrew Williams.
Recently, North Prairie Developments donated $100,000 to the Kid Approved Capital Campaign for the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum. The Create Space Workshop within the museum was an area that was a natural fit for the company to support. This permanent exhibit located in the lower level as part of the larger Create Space Exhibit, is designed for collaboration as well as for individual and facilitated learning. As a highly changeable gallery for creators and makers, Create Space will contain bright task-focused areas joined by shared work stations. The Workshop area will be a secure space filled with more advanced tools and operations including drilling, soldering and sanding. It will even feature a 3D printer!
“The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum is an integral part of our community as it provides children with a place of imagination, inspiration, creativity and most importantly – fun!”, says Andrew. By allowing children to express their creativity by using tools they would not normally have access to, the Create Space Workshop encourages children to not only share their experiences from the world around them but be curious about new ways to learn and grow. The Williams family can’t wait to see the look of wonder on the children’s faces as they use the tools in the Create Space Workshop to bring their ideas to life.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign prepares to close this fall, the team at North Prairie hope that their gift will inspire other companies to support the project and get the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum over the finish line. They want everyone to know that large or small, every contribution to the museum makes an impact. When the doors open in Spring 2019, the museum will be a centre for child and family learning that is a vibrant and welcoming hub for all. North Prairie Developments is so proud to be a part of this vision of fostering curiosity, creativity and a lifelong love of learning in the children of Saskatchewan.
Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with their ongoing commitment to invest in the communities they serve, in 2018 Co-op has contributed $2 million to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share. This brings their total investment to $6.5 million since the start of the program in 2015.
The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum is so honored to have been chosen at a recipient for this year. The $150,000 gift will be recognized in the Create Space Workshop. With Co-Op’s vision to enjoy the spaces that bring us together, the Create Space Workshop within the museum was a natural fit. This permanent exhibit located in the lower level as part of the larger Create Space Exhibit, is designed for collaboration as well as for individual and facilitated learning. By allowing them to express their creativity, through the use of tools they would not normally have access to, children are encouraged to not only share their experiences from the world around them but be curious about new ways to learn and grow. In the entire museum, but especially the Create Space Workshop, kids will have the chance to show us who they are going to be.
To watch the entire gift announcement, please visit the Saskatoon Co-Op Facebook page here.
As the Kid Approved Capital Campaign prepares to close this fall, Co-Op Community Spaces hopes that this investment will be a catalyst for other community members to support the project and get the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum over the finish line. The imprint that everyone’s support will leave on the children of Saskatchewan will be long lasting. Thanks to supporters like Co-Op Community Spaces, the children of Saskatchewan will have a space to come together and dream big. The Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum can’t wait to open the doors in Spring 2019 and invite the children of Saskatchewan in.
December 18, 2017
The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is excited to announce a $250,000 gift from BMO Financial Group. This donation is a part of the capital campaign for the new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum, and takes the campaign to 70% of their goal.
The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum will open in the iconic Mendel building in early 2019. It will house nine permanent interactive exhibits including Airways, where BMO Financial Group’s gift will be recognized. Airways will be located in the North Gallery, a space that will include numerous interactive exhibits to challenge childrens ideas about movement, sound and space. At Airways, children will load and launch floating objects into a vacuum maze, watch them zoom through tubes up to 20’ in the air, and try to catch them before they float to the ground.
“We’re proud to partner with the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum, to help reach our shared vision of a better future for the children of Saskatchewan” said Donna Francis, Regional Vice President, Saskatoon Market, BMO Bank of Montreal. “This world class facility will encourage diverse styles of learning, and benefit the future generations of the community through innovative education.”
Executive Director of the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum, Amanda McReynolds Doran, thanked BMO Financial Group for their gift. “The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is so thankful to have the support of BMO Financial Group. With their support, Airways will help children experience science in a unique and artistic way.”
“This gift from BMO Financial Group will enable children to experience the partnership between science and art. It will help them to think and play outside the box,” said KidApproved Capital Campaign Chair, Robin Chapman. “The imprint that this will leave on the children of Saskatchewan will be long lasting.”