WELCOMING VICKIE KRAUSS AS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
We are pleased to announce that Vickie Krauss has been promoted to full time employment as our Admin Assistant/Education Coordinator. Vickie joined our team at the beginning of September, 2014, in a part-time administrative capacity. Since then she has gone on to prove that she is an instrumental part of the team. With her background as an educator it was a natural choice for us to look at Vickie when it became time to re-hire for our education coordinator position. Vickie is thrilled to be able to use her skills in the development and implementation of our new curriculum based programming initiatives to support the new hardware being incorporated into the galleries, as well as the many exhibits featured annually.
Welcome to the team Vickie!
In addition to welcoming Vickie to our staff here at the Hall, there is plenty more going on. We invite you to come and see everything that is new and exciting within our walls. You can also find out more on our latest happenings by downloading the newest version of For The Record, right here:
It is my pleasure to announce that Laura Bewcyk Dahlstrom has joined the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame staff as our new Education Coordinator effective this past Wednesday on April, 24.
Laura’s previous work experience makes her the ideal person to fill this role, and we could not be happier to have her join our team. In addition to her most recent employment as a Sessional Lecturer and Research Assistant within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Laura has served as a Teaching Assistant with Montessori of Regina, a Program Leader with the City of Regina, and an Aquatic Director and Camp Counselor through the Lumsden Beach Camp. As an aside, Laura is also an accomplished UofR Track & Field athlete having competed nationally at the CIS level from 2004-9.
I encourage you to take the opportunity to stop by the SSHF and introduce yourself to Laura.
On Wednesday, February 7, Ted Jaleta and Fred Sasakamoose starred in Never Give Up in Prince Albert, SK, made possible through the financial support of SaskEnergy. The theme of ‘never give up’ is very prominent with SSHF inductee, Ted Jaleta, who not only is a world class runner, but an inspiration to people of all ages. As told in his book, Never Give Up, Ted has endured many hardships growing up in Ethiopia and arriving in Canada, but with a positive outlook, courage, determination and hard work, he overcame obstacles and made the impossible, possible. 400 students in grades 3, 4 & 5 listened to the life stories of Ted & Fred and embraced their message of never giving up on your dreams.
Fred shared with the students positive memories from his childhood including wearing bob skates that his grandfather made for him, while using a hand carved wood stick to play hockey on the lake. He also shared some of his childhood struggles including leaving home at 6 years of age to attend a residential school and the abuse that he endured there. He sees all of these episodes in his life as building blocks which helped him to achieve his dream of playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). The first treaty Indian to play in the NHL, Fred went on to play 11 games with the Chicago Blackhawks. While there he learnt of the need to accept diversity and he shared the importance of this with the Prince Albert students. Upon leaving the Blackhawks Fred has made it his goal to help give others the same opportunities that he received. He has worked extensively to build and develop minor hockey and other sports in his community. At 79 years of age Fred makes it a priority to talk to children and encourages them to never give up on their dreams.
Ted told the students about the challenges of growing up in Ethiopia; the need to leave home – against his parents’ wishes – in order to complete his high school education; and the civil war that tore apart his homeland and life as he knew it. Escaping from war torn Ethiopia, Ted and his family immigrated to Canada in 1982 to begin life anew. A successful long distance runner in Ethiopia, Ted used sport as a means to integrate himself into Canadian life. It became a means to meet new friends, learn the language, and establish himself within his new community. By 1986 Ted was once again long distance running and proving himself on the provincial, national and international level. In 1997 Ted was ranked 7th in the International Master’s Road Racers. Ted shared with the children the need to treasure their education, never give up on their goals, and always be willing to give back.
The SSHF’s Never Give Up program will be continuing in the communities of North Battleford (March 7) and Regina (March 14) with Ted being joined by Canadian sprint kayaker, Kia Byers.
Words & Photos by Sheila Kelly