News & Donor Stories
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
February 3, 2017
Investing in important community initiatives has been a longstanding tradition with the TD Bank Group and their $250,000 donation to the PotashCorp children’s museum continues that tradition.
“As a part of the TD family I knew getting involved in this project would make a difference,” says Robin Chapman, Vice President and Investment Advisor with TD and Chair of the Children’s Discovery Museum “Kid Approved” capital campaign. “This gift from TD is meaningful; it illustrates TD values supporting our children, our community and our province. This gift will move us one step closer to our goal of building a world class children’s museum and providing the necessary tools for our children to grow, play and learn.”
TD’s community investment is focussed in four areas; education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum touches several points within TD’s criteria for community investment and TD is proud to provide the financial support.
“Young people are our future, and at TD, we believe that every young person should have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential,” says Nicole Davis, TD Canada Trust Manager of Community Banking for the Prairie Region. “This includes a significant focus at TD on ensuring that children start out their lives with a good foundation in basic literacy and reading.”
This dedication to building stronger communities is imbedded in TD’s core values and is a source of pride at TD. TD enters a market, not only to serve the area’s financial needs, but also to play a part in bettering the community for years to come. It is this commitment that differentiates TD from some of its competitors.
“It’s incredibly important to us that we do our part to strengthen communities and positively impact the lives of the people who live in them,” says Davis.
The $250,000 gift to the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is in addition to the $6-million that’s already been raised. With the goal set at $10-million, the “Kid Approved” capital campaign is 60% of the way there.
Thank you TD Bank Group! Your generous gift will leave an incredible footprint on the new Children’s Discovery Museum.
The gift that keeps on giving!