Record-breaking Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic raises $28,500 for scholarships

Thanks to the support of hundreds of individuals and businesses across Saskatchewan, the eighth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic stands as the most successful in Parkland College’s history.

The golf tournament, held June 21 at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, raised an estimated $28,500 for the Parkland College scholarship fund. It’s a new record for the event, surpassing last year’s total of $25,840.

“Every year, Dollars for Scholars gets bigger and better, and we are delighted to have so much support from so many people,” said tournament co-chair Brendan Wagner.

The Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic is the college’s largest scholarship fundraiser. Proceeds from the event have helped Parkland College award over $100,000 in scholarships in each of the last two academic years.

“The scholarships are big difference makers for many of our students. When we set new records like this, it means more students will have the opportunity to 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. Banquet sponsor R H Electric Ltd., Platinum sponsors Farrell Agencies, SaskTel, and RBC Financial Group, and media partners GX94 and Fox FM played key roles in the success of the tournament.

Parkland College also thanks the 19 Gold Sponsors, 27 Silver sponsors, 130 Bronze sponsors, and three hole-in-one sponsors for their donations of cash and prizes. The event was almost sold out; 128 golfers participated in this year’s tournament, supporting the scholarship fund with their entry fees.

The ninth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic is tentatively scheduled for June 20, 2014, at Deer Park Golf Course.

Results from the 2013 tournament are as follows:

Straightest Drive Men (Hole #4) – Angus Vincent
Straightest Drive Women (Hole #4) – Brenda Pries
Closest to the Pin Men (Hole #8) – Keith Seidler
Closest to the Pin Women (Hole #8) – Karen Fransishyn
Longest Drive Men (Hole #13) – Mike Parobec
Longest Drive Women (Hole #13) – Bev Bielinski
Longest Putt (Hole #18) – Brett Franklin
Winner of the Putting Contest – Tom Seeley
Winner of the Chipping Contest – Bill Sinclair
Lowest Scoring Team – RBC Commercial Banking: Fred Schrader, Lorrie Ulmer, Murray Yung, Brett Franklin
Fun Hole #9 – Randy Hrywkiw

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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

Melville event marks Parkland College’s 40th Anniversary

Melville, SK – All year long, Parkland College is celebrating 40 years of providing training and education options to the people of the Parkland region. A highlight of these celebrations will be a special anniversary event in Melville on June 20.

“I’m inviting everyone to join us for coffee, tea, and cake as we celebrate the college’s 40th anniversary,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “We’re proud of this region, and this is one way for us to say thank you and share the festivities with the community.”

The event is Thursday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chocolate Bean Café on the corner of Third Avenue West and Main Street in downtown Melville. The first 40 people through the door will receive a limited edition Parkland College 40th Anniversary mug.

Parkland College was the first regional college in Saskatchewan to open for business on June 20, 1973. The original board of directors chose Melville as the site of the head office. Under the name Parkland Community College, locations were soon established in Yorkton and several towns in East Central Saskatchewan.

In 1988, the name changed to Parkland Regional College, bringing a new mandate and extended boundaries, allowing the college to deliver more skills and university training. Two decades later, the college shortened its name to Parkland College and introduced a new logo and colours.

Today, the college offers a wide continuum of training opportunities including Master’s and undergraduate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, industry certified training, adult basic education, literacy programs, and English as an Additional Language. Parkland College is also expanding to engage in international development projects, applied research opportunities, and online distance delivery.

“It’s quite a milestone seeing how much things have changed over these 40 years,” Dr. Myers noted. “The future holds a lot of promise. We’re always looking forward, and we’re committed to finding the best ways to meet the education needs of the region for many years to come.”

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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

Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic tees off June 21

Yorkton, SK – A fixture of the summer golf season in East Central Saskatchewan is back for another year. Parkland College is pleased to announce the eighth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 21 with a 1 p.m. shot gun start at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton.

The event raises money for the Parkland College scholarship fund through golfer entry fees, business sponsorships, a silent auction, and games and contests. Thanks to the generous support of local businesses, community groups, and individuals, last year’s event raised a record $25,600 for local students enrolled in a wide variety of programs at the college’s five campuses.

“Each year we’ve raised more money than the last,” said Dollars for Scholars co-chair Brendan Wagner. “It’s awesome to see the continued support from everyone in our region. Our golfers really enjoy the day, and knowing that the proceeds go to such a worthy cause is a big bonus.”

The 1 p.m. shot gun start is new for this year’s event. Past events had started at 11 a.m., but Wagner said the later start time will allow more people to get away from work for an afternoon of golf. Team registrations are filling up quickly as a result, he noted, but a few spots remain.

Entry is $100 per person or $400 for a team of four golfers. The fees include 18 holes of golf, power cart rental, barbecue steak supper, and prizes. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Dollars for Scholars event page. Businesses can sponsor the event with either cash or prize donations.

For more on the eighth annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic, call Parkland College at 1.866.783.6766, email dollarsforscholars@parklandcollege.sk.ca, or visit a campus in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, or Esterhazy.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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

CIBC invests $12,500 in Trades and Technology Centre

CIBC Yorkton branch manager Candace Tendler poses with a symbolic brick after making the $12,500 presentation on behalf of CIBC.

Yorkton, SK – CIBC announced Wednesday its support of the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre with a donation of $12,500.

The contribution is part of Parkland College’s first ever major capital campaign, the first of its kind carried out by a Saskatchewan Regional College. The campaign target is to raise $5 million as part of a partnership with the City of Yorkton, the Parkland region, and the provincial government. With CIBC’s donation included, Parkland College has raised over $2.25 million to date.

“At CIBC, we’re committed to helping kids and young adults build a better future and providing increased access to education is a large part of that commitment,” said Tom Weber, Region Head, Central Canada at CIBC. “We are proud to partner with Parkland College in supporting the Trades and Technology Centre.”

“We know that CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to their customers and employees,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We are very pleased that CIBC is giving more momentum to our campaign as we work to sustain the economic boom in East Central Saskatchewan.”

The Trades and Technology Centre will bring new program offerings to students in the region and will not take training away from any other Parkland College location. The new facility will allow the college to offer instruction for such high-demand careers as power engineering, electrical, heavy duty mechanics, and machinists. 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.

The Trades and Technology Centre will be located in Yorkton, just south of York Road and west of Highway 9. It will have the capacity to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

To learn more about the Parkland College campaign or to contribute, visit the college’s Giving website.


About Parkland College

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About CIBC
CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations.  You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca