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Farming for Health Committee presents $142,500 for the new Regional Hospital


The Farming for Health committee presented the proceeds of the 2016 crop year to The Health Foundation. The proceeds go into the fund for a new Regional Hospital. 

"This is a project that all of the participants believe in," said Larry Hilworth, Chair of the Committee. "There is a lot of work to farming this land; all of the businesses involved set aside their own business for a period of time to donate time, equipment or product to make this project successful. This project is a success because the people involved care and want to see the project succeed.” 

"This cheque we are presenting today is from the efforts of several businesses and individuals who believe in giving back to their community. Everyone working on this project understand we all have to work to make our communities better places to live work and raise our families," continued Mr. Hilworth. 

In 2016 Farming for Health grew 300 acres of canola. The committee is comprised of Maple Farm Equipment, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Yorkton New Holland, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Yorkton Co-op, AgraTactics Agronomy, Miccar Aerial, Dow Agro Science, Assiniboine Valley Transfer (AVT), Bayer Crop Science, BASF, Logan Steven’s Equipment, R&B Hail, Sharpe’s Soil Services and is chaired by Larry Hilworth.

This was the fourth year for the Farming for Health project. The project has raised net revenue of $747,500 in four years. The farming project will continue in 2017. 

TD Bank Financial Group and The Health Foundation announced the recipients of the Fall Education Awards for 2016 on January 10, 2017. Applications are considered twice each year and awards are given each spring and fall. There were 16 successful applicants and a total of $16,545 awarded. 

Annually, The Health Foundation’s Scholarship Fund awards at least $24,000 a year to help further the training and education of healthcare staff in east central Saskatchewan. The TD Bank Financial Group contributes $12,000 annually to fund 50% of the awards. 

This is the 16th consecutive year TD has partnered with The Health Foundation, making a very significant investment in local healthcare through this education program. This brings the total contribution of TD Bank Financial Group to $170,000 for the Education Awards. Since this education program began there have been 374 awards totaling $350,486. 

“TD Bank Financial Group is committed to investing in the future of this region by helping to ensure that nurses and other caregivers have access to funds to upgrade their skills and further their education,” said Les Arnelien, Branch Manager with TD Canada Trust. “We are pleased that TD Bank Financial Group is presenting seven awards today, with all of the awards going to people in various nursing programs. 

These awards will help the individuals pursue their education aspirations and improve their clinical skills and the knowledge they bring to their job working with patients.” 

The recipients of TD Bank Financial Group’s scholarship awards are: 

  • Cristina Bermejo, of Yorkton, nursing re-entry program;
  • Christine Bermejo, of Yorkton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Paige Fogg, of Invermay, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Kelly Gabriel, of Yorkton, currently an EMT, practical nursing program;
  • Tera Walsh, of Bredenbury, post RN Bachelor of Nursing,
  • Amanda Skiba, of Melville, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Arla Thompson, of Yorkton, post RN Bachelor of Nursing. 


The recipients of The Health Foundation’s scholarship awards are:

  • Loretta Erhardt, of Togo, Bachelor of Nursing;
  • Emma Kristjanson, of Foam Lake, Diagnostic Medical Sonography;
  • Candice Nelson, of Norquay, Social Work;
  • Bettina Sies, of Yorkton, CT Imaging;
  • Kyla Fraser, a speech pathologist in the Children’s Therapy program, taking an advanced speech pathology course, called It Takes two to Talk; 
  • Joanne Stromberg of Yorkton, Health Information Management Course; 
  • Lacey Barker of Yorkton was presented an award to purchase select papers from the 44th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.


In addition Health Foundation Awards were granted for: 

  • Therapeutic Recreation, to put on a workshop for all therapeutic recreation staff in the health region; 
  • Therapies Department to put on course called Introduction to Myofacial release. The course is for therapists throughout the health region and should provide benefit to both patients and practitioners.

16 receive TD bank and Health Foundation education awards

From left: Les Arnelien, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager; Suzanne Beck; Kyla Fraser; Bettina Sies; Kelly Gabriel; Christine-Lois Bermejo; Christina Bermejo; Lacey Barker; Brenda Mager; and Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation.

• Thank you to Cornerstone Credit Union, Grain Millers, the Yorkton Antique Auto Association and the Willowbrook Lions Club for their generous donations to the ICU campaign. Click here for details •

2017 events


​​​March 4: Casino Royale 
April 24 & 25: Radiothon
May 2: Learn to Run Clinics 
June 2: Early Bird Draw, House Lottery
June 8: Charity Golf Classic 
June 30: Final Draw, House Lottery
Ribfest: July date TBA
August 20: Charity Road Race 
October 21: Gala 
Bernie’s Journey Run: Date TBA


Thank you!


The following individuals, organizations and businesses contributed more than $1,000 in 2015.

A and W Yorkton Drive-In Ltd. | Access Communications | Alfred Achtymichuk | Dr. Praveen Ahuja | Doug and Terry Alberts | Atlas Aggregates and Construction

Bailey's Funeral Home Ltd. | Barbour Excavating Inc. | Bev Berger | John Bilokreli | Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer | RM of Buchanan No. 304 | Village of Buchanan | Kenneth Burch

RM of Calder No. 241 | RM of Cana No. 214 | Canadian Pacific Railway | Canadian Tire | Canadian Western Bank | Canora Hospital Auxiliary | Canora Wheatland Lioness Club | Cargill Limited | Charis Medical Inc | Chernoff Family Foundation | Christie's Funeral Home and Crematorium | Churchbridge Credit Union | RM of Churchbridge No. 211 | CIBC | City of Yorkton | Core Real Estate Inc. | Core-Tech Structured Cabling | Cornerstone Credit Union | Credit Union Manager's Association | Crossroads Credit Union Limited | Crusader Drilling Corp. | Culligan  of Yorkton | Custom Printers

D.R. Auto Extras Ltd. | Days Inn & Suites | Dick and Faye DeRyk | Done-Rite Autobody and  Painting Ltd. | Dr. C.A. Spies Medical Prof. Corp | Dr. Greg Trischuk Dental Professional Corp. | Dr. N.T. Swan Medical Prof. Corp. | Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd.

E.M.W Industrial Ltd. | Eecol Electric | Roy and Elsie Elsasser | RM of Emerald No. 277 | Energy Guard | John and Josepha Engel

Fair Court Asset Management | Farrell Agencies Ltd. | Fedorowich Construction | RM of Fertile Belt No. 183 | Town of Foam Lake | Leonard    Ford | Functional Rehab Inc.

G & M Excavating Ltd. | Gateway Co-operative Ltd | Dave Gerega | RM of Good Lake No. 274 | Harlow Gough | Ron Gough | Grain Millers Canada Corp. | RM of Grayson No. 184 | GX 94/Fox FM Radio | GX94 Community Support Fund

Harvest Meats | Highway 10 Homes Ltd. | Larry and Kathy Hilworth | Vi and the late Andy Hnatuk | Alice Hollinger | Don Hood | Peter and Barbara Hutzul | Hyas Recreation Board

RM of Insinger No. 275 | Integrity Builders Ltd. | RM of Invermay No. 305 | Invesco Canada | Town of Ituna | RM of Ituna Bon Accord No. 246

Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary | R. Bruce and Gwen Keith | Henry and Florence Kereliuk | Key Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac Ltd. | RM of Keys No. 303 | Raymond and Nancy King | Kinsmen Club of Yorkton | Ryan Kitchen | Donna Kitsch | Knights of Columbus #2031 | Gene and Gladys Krepakevich

Gerald and Helen Lamson | Leland, Campbell LLP | Logan Stevens Construction | Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy | Louis Dreyfus Commodities | Wasylina Lushney | M C Knoll School | W.Donald and Frances McLaren | RM of McLeod No. 185 | McMunn & Yates | Barry Mehling | Melrose Place | Melville Chevrolet Buick GMC | Melville Money Men | Miccar Aerial Ltd. | Morris Industries | Mosaic Canada ULC | Nestor Mykytyshyn | John and Anne Mysko

National Bank Financial | Newton Landscaping and Hydrovac Service Ltd. | Norenda Construction | Town of Norquay | Nykolaishen Farm Equipment Ltd.

RM of Orkney No. 244 | OSS (2002) Ltd. | James and Patricia Overend | Mike and the late Mary Ozirney

Painted Hand Casino | Painted Hand Community Development Corporation | Doris Elaine Parr | Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. | Diane Pask | Murray and Adele Pask | Penguin Refrigeration Ltd. | Edward and Agnes Perpeluk | Wayne Pochynuk | Prairie Co-operative Limited | RM of Preeceville No. 334 | Grant and Betsy Preston | John Prien

Neil and Tricia Rathgaber | RBC Foundation | RBC Royal Bank | Re/Max Blue Chip Realty | Thelma and the late Bob Ribchester | Richardson  Oilseed | Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 | Royal Canadian Legion #249 | Rusnak  Balacko  Kachur Rusnak

Sage Creek Developments | RM of Saltcoats No. 213 | Kris and Debbie Sapara | SaskTel | Schaan Healthcare Products | SeCan Association | SecurTek Monitoring Solutions | Wally and the late Helen Sedlick | SEI Investments Canada Company | Gerard Severin | Shawn Patenaude Legal Prof Corp. | Sherring Diamonds | Shyiak Enterprises Ltd. | June Skrepnick | RM of Sliding Hills No. 273 | Ruth Smith | Smith Steel Inc. | Solon Core Contracting | Sorgaard Ranches Limited | Town of Springside | RM of Spy Hill No. 152 | St. Henry's Rosary Sodality | St. Paul Lutheran Home Foundation | St. Peter's Hospital Foundation | RM of Stanley No. 215 | Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation | Town of Sturgis | John Sukenik | Sun Local #78 | Sunrise Regional Medical and Surgical Staff | Supreme Basics

TA Foods Ltd. | TD Asset Management | Terry Ortynsky's Royal Ford | TF Yogurt Yorkton Inc. | Travellin Outlaws

Sylvia Ukrainetz | Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood

Viterra Inc. | Bernie and Karen Vogel

RM of Wallace No. 243 | Roy and Nancy Werle | Western Financial Group | Willowbrook and District Lions Club | Ruth Wilson-Bigg

Yorkton Antique Auto Association | Yorkton Area Parents for The Milk Box | Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. | Yorkton Curling Club | Yorkton Hyundai | Yorkton Lions Club | Yorkton SaskTel  Pioneers Club | Yorkton Toyota | Yorkton Welding & Machine (1983) Ltd.

Improving health care in our region


The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.


Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.


The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.