Our community partners are changing the lives of young people in our communities. K+S Potash Canada is proud to share the stories that demostrate the impact they’re having on these inspiring, creative, resilient, and talented young people.

Something Bigger than the Parts

Saskatoon’s Sum Theatre provides a platform for voices that have been traditionally held back, sending messages of hope and support to the next generation. Playwright Yvette Nolan talks about the theatre’s role in the community – and, in turn, the community’s role in creating art. 

Getting Space to Speak

How does a young Indigenous musician make their voice heard in a crowded artistic space? Composer Amanda Trapp found her answer by writing the words and music for an allegorical play at Sum Theatre in Saskatoon. The result? New discussions and new hope for youth and families in the community. 

The Support of Sport

Regina’s Hooplife is, ostensibly, a basketball mentorship program – but ask any of the attendees and they’ll explain how it is so much more than that. Two teenagers, Lilly and Gabrielle, talk about the impact that Hooplife has had on their lives as upcoming young women in sport.

More Than Just the Game

Hooplife, the Regina-based basketball mentorship program, is a source of great pride for founders Andrew and Habib. They sat down with two of their teenage players, Victory and Zane, to discuss the skills (both on and off the court) that their coaching has delivered to the next generation.

Helping a Province to Play

As an excellent outlet for activity and with a long cultural history in Saskatchewan, lacrosse is experiencing a new surge in popularity across the province. KidSport, present in 40 communities and influential in many others, is helping hundreds of kids get the opportunity to play.

Supporting Youth with Potential

Bringing positive adult role models into the lives of Saskatchewan youth is a key goal of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. As this touching story of 15-year-old Khailo and his mother illustrates, it’s also one of the best ways to make a lifelong impact.

Supporting Creative Kids

Jennifer Bauer has seven children – and a brain tumour diagnosed in 2018. However, thanks to grants from Creative Kids, her children have been able to continue their favourite activities through these difficult years.

A Haven for Families in Need

Brent Caswell, a single father in Saskatoon, turned to Haven Kids’ House for support after a debilitating accident – just one of many people whose lives were made easier in their times of greatest need.

Going for the Gold

Haley Kolenosky is a young BMX champion – and also one of the rare sufferers of congenital hyperinsulinism, affecting her blood sugar levels. Responding to her courage and positivity, in early 2020 Make-a-Wish Canada sent Haley and her whole family on a magical trip to Disneyworld.

For the Love of Lacrosse

Nine-year-old Kinlee loves lacrosse – and thanks to support from KidSport, she is part of the Queens Lacrosse team in her hometown of Regina. Enthusiastic, confident, and always ready to practice, the sport forms a foundation of necessary skills for Kinlee as she grows.

A Simple Wish Come True

Avery Andres has a rare genetic condition that affects her development – but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life, especially when she’s in the water. So, the Make-a-Wish Foundation made a special delivery: a hot tub to call her very own.

Creating Real Connections

Norinne and Dimercia met in May 2018 as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and have spent the last few years growing close and learning together. As they enjoy the mutual benefits of mentorship, they have created a connection that will last a lifetime.

Making Play a Priority

10-year-old Aariz is a Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardian – an initiative put forth that brings physical activity and play back to break times for kids. In the process, he has learned leadership, inclusivity, and the joy of teaching others how to have fun.

Improving Lives with Lemonade

Cassidy Evans is an 11-year-old living with cystic fibrosis – but rather than letting it hold her back, she has used it as a springboard for one of the largest non-profit CF advocacy and research organizations in the province. Her secret? A mobile lemonade stand and a funky pink-and-yellow logo.

Greater than The Parts

Saskatoon’s SUM Theatre has a little bit of something for everyone – and that’s by design. Bringing together Indigenous voices, different cultures, and young new artists, it all combines to create messages of empathy and understanding for the audience through theatre.

From a Photo Shoot to Friendship

Dana and Kiley met at a photo shoot for Indigenous mentors and mentees, run by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Saskatchewan. Before long, they were matched together and their journey of incredible friendship began in full.

Hooplife and The Lab

For Regina teenagers, Sunday evenings can be a time of anxiety and dread for the upcoming week. The Lab, a free evening basketball scrimmage, has become the perfect outlet for that energy – while delivering crucial life skills that work just as well off the court.

The Women of the Dawn

Even before the pandemic, the Women of the Dawn Counselling Centre in Regina provided 100 children a day with free lunches. That number has grown in the last year, highlighting the reality many low-income and Indigenous people face – but also strengthening the resolve of the group to make a difference.

Shakespeare Lives On in Saskatchewan

Some of English literature’s greatest plays were written in a pandemic – and now, 400 years later, actors and educators are still delivering the same timeless messages tailored to an online audience. 

A Truly Canadian Institution

The Saskatoon YMCA has been welcoming people through its doors for more than 100 years – and now, for new arrivals and lifelong citizens alike, it is a place of support, resources, and encouragement for an active lifestyle.

Moving Beyond the Hurt

The Canadian Red Cross’s Beyond the Hurt program connects teenage counsellors with bullied younger kids in need of mentorship and support. One of the counsellors, Emily, discusses the impact it has had on her life, and how she has in turn made an impact on others.

A Unique Bond of Friendship

Kaiden Dafoe, born with a heart defect and a chromosomal syndrome, found a best friend in Scarlet – a furry Cavachon puppy, provided by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, that offers unconditional love and an incredible bond of support.

Never Too Young to Help the Earth

Abigail Hynes is an Earth Ranger – part of a Canada-wide organization with more than 200,000 kids involved in conservation and environmental programs. In fact, she is a Super Ranger, and through her many other kids have become part of the effort, too. 

Living Through Literature

Daria and Jocelyn are two high school students who share a common love of Shakespeare. Through Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, they are able to enjoy his works again and again, bolstered by the enthusiasm of the community. 

Empowering Young Women

The Princess Shop is a non-profit organization in Saskatoon that mentors young women, building up their confidence and opportunities for success. Kayla Brien is a dedicated volunteer, who inspires – and is inspired by – the many people that she interacts with, every day.

A Dress for Success

Zoya immigrated to Canada from Pakistan at 17, without a social support network or a lot of money to spare in her big family. When she found out about The Princess Shop and their Dress Program, she suddenly found a place not only for fashion, but for friendship, too.

Conquering Cancer as a Family

Brooklyn Entwistle was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – bone cancer – in 2016. After countless rounds of chemotherapy and transfusions, a Make-a-Wish trip to Disneyworld is a beacon of hope that keeps her looking forward to the future.xt



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