Our Work Is Driven by Your Needs

Who is the South West District?

We are a small, but mighty, team of 3 people located in Moose Jaw, Maple Creek, and Leader.

What does South West District do?

We work with people in southwest Saskatchewan to help them develop their community culture, recreation, and sport programs.

The most important work we do is meeting with you! From recreation boards to administrators, museums, band councils, and community groups, we want you to succeed, so we:

  • Help you navigate the world of community culture, recreation, and sport
  • Help you find funding
  • Suggest programs and partnerships that might be a great fit for your group
  • Offer the training you need

Each year we host gatherings for community culture and recreation people to get together for learning, fellowship, and fun (and to steal great ideas from everyone else!):

  • Community Cultural Gathering – anyone working or volunteering in community culture (arts councils, museums, festivals, theatres, recreation directors)
  • Rural Recreation Gathering – anyone working or volunteering in community recreation (recreation boards, recreation volunteers, recreation directors, community groups)

We’ve offered some great workshops in the past:

  • Forever ..in Motion – training fitness leaders to teach older adult fitness classes
  • Grant Writing – learning the tools and tips to write funding applications
  • National Coaching Certification– training coaches to lead sport teams
  • Sport Medicine Science – professional training in the science behind the sport
  • Bridging Cultural Understanding – understanding treaties and building a reconciliation plan
  • Valued Volunteer – developing community volunteers from all generations
  • Women in Sport – professional development for women working or volunteering in sport

..and partnerships, did we mention partners!

  • Recreation Board Development – for rec boards of any size or at any stage (partnership with Sask Parks and Rec)
  • Youth Drama Mentorship - mentorship to help groups explore and participate in drama activities (partnership with SK Drama)
  • Ally Affirmation – communities exploring racism, reconciliation, and conversation (partnership with Common Weal Community Arts)
  • Arts Workshop – workshops in your community with a local artist (partnership with SK Cultural Exchange)

How does South West District decide what programs to offer?

Most of our programs come from your suggestions! That’s why we try to meet with as many people as possible each year.

Here’s an example: You told us you want a grant writing workshop every year but didn’t want to drive a long distance to attend. So, we developed a grant writing workshop that travels TO YOU. No more long-distance driving; lots of time to pick up the kids from school.

We’ve got a lot of great ideas for the coming months that you suggested!

  • Planning for Effective Meetings
  • Understanding Financial Management
  • Welcoming New Citizens to Your Community
  • Running a Non-Profit Board
"The District is very informative, easy to talk to."
"Excellent workshop, very helpful and educational."
"Terrific, great to meet new people and make connections while learning."
"Great job, as always from any that I have attended."

How can people connect with South West District?

What does SWDCRS mean?

  • Those are our initials for our loooong name. South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport Inc. You can just call us South West, we’re friends now! 😉

We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to get to work!