Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic raises over $25,000 for Parkland College scholarship fund

Parkland College students stand to benefit from the most successful Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic in the college’s history.

The seventh annual golf tournament, held on June 22 at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, raised $25,785.86 for the Parkland College scholarship fund.

“We are thrilled that this year’s event was such a success,” said Dollars for Scholars co-chair Brendan Wagner. “Businesses and individuals in the Parkland region deserve so much credit for stepping up and supporting our students.”

The proceeds from the tournament contribute significantly to the college’s scholarship initiative. In the 2011-12 academic year, Parkland College awarded $107,000 in scholarships, exceeding $100,000 in awards for the first time.

“Those scholarships make a huge difference to a lot of our students. As the golf tournament grows, it will give more students the opportunity to stay and study close to home,” Wagner said.

The Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic would not be possible without generous contributions from hundreds of community supporters, volunteers, and sponsors. Media sponsors GX94 and Fox FM, banquet sponsor R H Electric Ltd., and Platinum sponsor RBC Financial Group played major roles in the success of the tournament.

Parkland College also thanks the 18 Gold Sponsors, 36 Silver sponsors, 153 Bronze sponsors, and three hole-in-one sponsors for their donations of cash and prizes. Nearly 100 golfers participated in this year’s tournament, supporting the scholarship fund with their entry fees.

The partnership between Parkland College and Deer Park Golf Course will continue next year. The eighth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic is scheduled for June 21, 2013, at Deer Park Golf Course.

Results from the 2012 tournament are as follows:

Straightest Drive Men (Hole #4) – Grant Harvey
Straightest Drive Women (Hole #4) – Lorinda Lemond
Closest to the Pin Men (Hole #8) – Mathew Alie
Closest to the Pin Women (Hole #8) – Shelley Nussbaumer
Longest Drive Men (Hole #13) – Jason Leclerc
Longest Drive Women (Hole #13) – Shelley Whitehawk
Longest Putt Men (Hole #18) – George Cote
Longest Putt Women (Hole #18) – Amie Zamonsky
Winner of the Putting Contest – Jaret Martin
Winner of the Chipping Contest – (tie) Colin Pattison and Jaret Martin
Lowest Scoring Team – TD Double Bogey Bankers: Ian Hack, Grant Harvey, Monte Taphorn, Amie Zamonsky
Water Holes #8 & #16 – Glen Brezinski
Fun Hole #9 – Bob Morrison

About Us:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic Co-Chair
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Cell: 306.621.8104
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

PotashCorp announces matching gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre Capital Campaign

Yorkton, SK – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced today that it will match community and industry contributions to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign to a maximum of $1.225 million. The expansion at Parkland College in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan.

“At PotashCorp, we understand that a skilled labour force is key to a sustainable future,” said Lee Knafelc, Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration at PotashCorp. “For communities across Saskatchewan, and companies like ours, a new generation of skilled talent will be needed to fuel growth and prosperity.”

Parkland College is in the midst of its first ever major capital campaign. This gift represents the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to Parkland College.

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will house training space and classrooms that will allow the College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

“This important gift comes at a critical time in the development of the Trades and Technology Centre, and provides the college and the region with significant momentum. We are grateful to PotashCorp for its vision, encouragement, and leadership,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“We know the demand for skilled tradespeople and technicians is expected to remain high in this province for a long time. We have a lot of support from the communities and industry partners in our region. They’re telling us this needs to happen. And a commitment like this from PotashCorp will go a long way to making it a reality,” Myers added.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland Region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

“Our strength as a province and a region has always been our people,” Myers explained. “Building a community where families are confident their children can receive a good education is vital to attracting and keeping our greatest asset.”

About Parkland College:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

About PotashCorp:
As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
President
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6588
Email: f.myers@parklandcollege.sk.ca
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

Rhonda Speiss
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy
PotashCorp
Phone: 306.933.8544
Email: cp@potashcorp.com
www.potashcorp.com