Thank you Clint and Carole Forster
July 14, 2017 | All stories »
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.”