Never Give Up began as a “one time only” program nine years ago.
Once again this spring, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is bringing our Never Give Up educational program to students and schools in the province.
When Never Give Up debuted in 2011, the program targeted students in Grades 3-5 in support of the Saskatchewan Social Studies curriculum based on the objectives of community, our province, and heroes.
The program sought to answer the question: what makes a person a “hero”? When talking about the concept of a hero, the program strove to make the students understand that there are positive role models that could be heroes in our schools, at home, and in the community and that heroes are different for everyone. The program also recognized the special contributions that the presenters have made to Saskatchewan athletics and our society.
Elementary school students are at an extremely impressionable age. They are entering a point in their lives where they act, think and feel on their own while developing impressions of themselves and those around them. It is important that they are provided with positive people or “heroes” who they can look up to within their own community. As such, the program was originally developed around Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Ted Jaleta, and his personal story of never giving up.
Jaleta’s promising distance running career was put on hold in his native Ethiopia after he was shot, imprisoned and tortured during the Ethiopian Civil War in 1976. Jaleta was able to escape and flee the country, eventually settling in Canada.
Following an extremely successful debut, the Never Give Up program was developed into one that would be offered on a regular basis to locations throughout Saskatchewan. While the involvement of Ted Jaleta has been one of the hallmarks of the program, the involvement of other sports personalities from Saskatchewan has been essential to its success. All of these individuals have overcome obstacles and hardships and truly understand what it means to “never give up” and serve as positive role models. Past participants have included Fiona Smith-Bell (hockey), Heather Kuttai (Paralympian – shooting), Fred Sasakamoose (hockey), and Kia (Buyers) Schollar (canoe/kayak). Saskatchewan is a diverse province and this diversity is well represented within the student population. With this in mind, we have always looked to choose presenters who can speak to and represent these diversities.
Since 2011 Never Give Up has reached more than 18,000 students and been expanded to involve Grades 3-8. This year the SSHF’s mobile exhibit trailer is accompanying the Never Give Up program when it visits schools. This would not be possible without the support of our sponsors Hornoi Leasing and SaskTel.
The focus of the program is directed towards youth at risk and the formative years where the need for positive role models and the overcoming of adversity is paramount. What has never changed throughout our program delivery is the use of Saskatchewan sports personalities to engage the participants and share with them their personal stories about never giving up.
2019 Summer Programming
Creating Active Champions
Want something to do with your children this summer? Want to learn more about your favourite Saskatchewan Sports legends? For the cost of $1 per person you and your children will get a tour of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, activities on our multisport simulator, adaptive curling rink, and outdoor games in Victoria Park. Plus, each participant will leave the program with an awesome surprise to help them remain active champions!
* Some restrictions apply. See below for full details.
NEW for 2019!
Monday – Friday:
For individuals and groups ages 4-12
Up to 30 participants per time slot
Programming runs from July 2 to August 16, 2019
Cost is $1 per person. For ages 4-12, maximum 30 children per time slot
Adult chaperones must be present at all times
All individuals and groups must pre-register
To register please contact:
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- Outside activities will only proceed weather permitting. During inclement weather, all activities will take place inside the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF).
- All group leaders/parents/guardians/chaperones must ensure the child is dressed for the weather and outfitted with sunscreen, bug spray and water bottles. Refillable water bottles are fine as we do have a water fountain available in the building.
- Drawstring backpack’s are available while quantities last and only on first visit. Everyone will still receive a gift to help them remain active champions.
- An adult chaperone must be present at all times with groups and individuals. We encourage their participation as well!
- Programming fee for groups can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card. We do not have debit available at the location. Individual programming fee (i.e. $1) must be paid in cash.
- The SSHF reserves the right to cancel the program session if a minimum of 5 participants are not enrolled.
- Pre-registraton must occur a minimum 24 hours in advance while programming space remains available.
Introducing our New Communication Coordinator
Forty-five applications later we have found our new Communications Coordinator. We are thrilled to welcome Matthew Gourlie to our team.
Matthew brings with him a wealth of experience in the communications field. Having earned a BA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina, Matthew spent much of his career to date as a sports reporter with the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. As the face of the industry changed so did Matthew, embracing technology through website and social media applications. A sport fan himself, Matthew has had the opportunity to cover just about every sport imaginable throughout his career, and has a strong understanding of the Saskatchewan sport scene and those involved in it.
His knowledge of Saskatchewan sport will serve Matthew well especially since he has to “hit the ground running” as we announce the Class of 2019 in less than 2 weeks. We have a very busy summer and fall season planned here at the SSHF and we are look forward to having Matthew as part of our team.
Announcing our New Curator
Having received 17 curator applications from across Canada and 2 from Europe, we ended up finding our successful candidate pretty close to home. Effective April 1st Bryann Seib will take over the position of curator.
Involved with the SSHF since 2017, Bryann continually impressed the interview committee by outperforming the other short-listed candidates through a multi-interview and candidate assignment process.
Bryann’s education includes a BA in Humanities from Briercrest College, alongside courses in support of the Certificate in Community Museums Studies (in progress) through the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. She will be continuing her education in a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program in Heritage Resources Management which transfers directly into a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies while she works at the SSHF.
While familiar with some facets of the SSHF already (such as being team leader for our mobile traveling exhibit tour and several outreach exhibit projects), Bryann still has a lot to learn about the SSHF operations and our 16,000 item collection. She is definitely up to the challenge!
Welcome to the team, Bryann!
Autumn McDowell is Moving On
It is with regret that we announce the pending departure of our Communications Coordinator, Autumn McDowell, on March 22.
Autumn’s next adventure will begin at Evraz Place where she has accepted the position of Marketing & Communication Strategist. Autumn joined the SSHF in July 2015 and has been an integral part of our growing provincial awareness including the 50th Anniversary celebrations, being named Tourism Saskatchewan’s 2016 Business of the Year (Under 20 Full Time Employees), and the development of our partnership with Global Television (Regina & Saskatoon). The attention paid to our website and social media platforms during her tenure ensures that Autumn has left a strong communications portfolio for her successor to step into.
The board and staff join together in wishing Autumn all the best in her new career and look forward to her continued engagement with the SSHF through social media.
A Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) membership is a great way to get connected and stay informed about exhibits and special event programs. Becoming a member helps to support the celebration and preservation of Saskatchewan’s sport heritage.
Choose the membership type that is right for you
- Individual $35
- Family $50
- Provincial Sport Governing Body $60
- Corporate $100
For a complete list of member benefits, please visit our website.
Save the Date
May 9 – Whisky Night hosted at Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar, Regina. Tickets go on sale April 1st.
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) is looking for Part-time Assistants
This opportunity includes the following responsibilities:
Opening & Closing procedures for the Hall of Fame exhibit galleries on weekends for regular operating hours, and on a casual basis for after hour special event bookings including, but not limited to:
- Assisting with the delivery of SSHF guest services
- Supervising the multi-sport simulator and adaptive curling interactives
- Assisting with some curatorial activities based on training
- Assisting with the development and delivery of SSHF education & special event programming (in house and outreach), including setup and cleanup, as required
- Light Housekeeping
This position is perfect for individuals looking for casual and/or
regular part-time employment
We are looking for team members who have:
- Interest in, and knowledge of, Saskatchewan sport
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong communication skills
- Strong inter-personal skills
- Reached 18 years of age or older
The new members of our team will work with us at the Hall of Fame, located at 2205 Victoria Avenue, right here in Regina or at outreach locations throughout the city.
The position comes with salary of $12.00/hr. Not to mention all the great experience you will get working with one of Saskatchewan’s most interesting historic attractions.
If this sounds like you, please submit a resume, along with cover letter to:
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
Attn: Executive Director
2205 Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0S4
Resumes with covering letter may also be submitted via email to [email protected]
Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019
For additional information:
Sheila Kelly, Executive Director
Spend your holiday with the
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame!
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm
Monday, December 24 – Closed
Tuesday, December 25 – Closed
Wednesday, December 26 – Closed
Thursday, December 27 – 10:00am – 4:30pm
Friday, December 28 – 10:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday, December 29 – Noon – 5:00pm
Monday, December 31 – Closed
Tuesday, January 1 – Closed
Regular Gallery hours resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019
From all of us at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Do you know someone that belongs in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame? We need YOU to nominate them!
Since 1966, the SSHF has honoured outstanding Athletes, Builders and Teams. With 519 inductees currently being celebrated, the deadline is quickly approaching to recognize more outstanding products of Saskatchewan for induction in 2019.
The first step for all of our inductees to be honoured in the SSHF is, besides having an outstanding sport career, to be nominated. There is a common misconception that it is the job of the SSHF staff to nominate and select inductees; however, this is not the case. Staff members are not allowed to nominate Athletes, Builders or Teams. Therefore, all nominations that are brought to the Hall of Fame are from the public – that means you! Nomination forms can be found here.
The Board of Directors would like to officially remind nominators that the annual deadline for nominations into the SSHF is Wednesday, October 31st.
Induction 2018 was a great success thanks to our sponsors, the Class of 2018, our volunteers and the many parade inductees who joined us for the celebrations. Events got underway with numerous family members, friends and media joining us Saturday afternoon at the SSHF for the Inductee Open House. This was an opportunity to grab a few autographs, check out the individual exhibits within Dedication to Sport, and visit with those about to enter the Hall of Fame.
Our formal induction celebrations were hosted at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK as we recognized the contributions and achievements of the Class of 2018 comprising: Kimberly Bergey Kaip (Judo & Wrestling), Lisa Franks (Athletics & Basketball), Johannes “Johnny” Gottselig (Hockey), Robert “Bob” Haver (Rowing), Richard Melville “Dick” Nash (Rodeo), David Pagan (Baseball), and the 1984 Randy Woytowich Mixed Curling Team. To each of the inductees we extend a heartfelt thank you for the privilege of working with you over the past few months. We certainly look forward to having you as part of the Hall of Fame family.
Special thanks are also extended to our Master of Ceremonies, Carlyle Fiset from Global Regina and Saskatoon, who also had the task of moderating a hotstove panel featuring four members of our new Induction Class. This was an opportunity for everyone in attendance to get to know our new inductees a little better, and it turned out to be a highlight of the evening! Thank you as well to all of our sponsors who helped to ensure that the induction events were a great success.
Fire Cube Video
Barker’s Trophies Awards & Gifts
Bruce Vasselin/Designer Photo
Images on Ice
Conexus Arts Centre
Finally, thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Induction Weekend a success. We look forward to another fantastic year ahead.
*Event photographs coming soon!
Don’t miss your chance to win these fantastic prizes!
1ST PRIZE: Jewelry designed by Olson Goldsmiths
– approximate value $1,000
– Sponsored by Olson Goldsmiths
* Pictured below
2nd Prize: Private Wine & Cheese Reception for 20
at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
– featuring wine from Over The Hill Orchards and Winery
– approximate value $600
3rd Prize: Regina Pats Game Day Package
(6 tickets & food package)
*some restrictions may apply – approximate value $300
– Sponsored by Western Pizza South Albert & Glencairn restaurants
4TH Prize: Saskatchewan Roughriders Game Day Package
(4 sideline passes & 4 game tickets for Saturday, October 27, 2018)
– approximate value $200
– Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Draw date: September 29, 2018
Tickets are $5 each.
Please visit the SSHF, 2205 Victoria Avenue, to purchase your tickets.
Any remaining tickets will be available for sale at the Induction Dinner.
*CASH preferred* Only 600 printed so get yours now!!
On behalf of Rankin Jaworski, President of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, we would like to remind everyone of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame which will be held at the following date and time:
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Boardroom – 2205 Victoria Avenue, Regina
The agenda will include Annual Reports, presentation of Financial Statements, and reports on the election of Board Directors. All members of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in good standing are welcome to attend and vote at the AGM.
You are welcome to view our Financial Statements and Annual Report in advance of the meeting.
Job Title: Interpreter
Job Duties: Assist with the development and implementation of curriculum-based education programs including “Never Give Up” which are hosted in-house and through outreach opportunities. Assist with the development and implementation of summer programming including “Creating Active Champions” and “Exploration Days” in conjunction with partner organizations. Conduct research to support current and future exhibits within the hall of fame. Participate in special event activities which will include our mobile traveling exhibit.
Period of Employment: June 4 – August 17, 2018 (with the possibility of extension)
- 30 hour work week
Location of the Job: Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (2205 Victoria Avenue, Regina) and outreach by appointment
- Current Field of Study:
- Arts – Museology
- Social Science – Anthropology, Archaeology, Heritage Interpretation, History or Social Sciences-General
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Applicants must be returning to school as a full-time student in September 2018
To Apply: Please submit a resume with three references to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (address below) or via email to [email protected]. Deadline for applications in Friday, May 11, 2018.