Seasons greetings from our team

We love the holiday season at Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals, and all the many ways it can be celebrated. Most of all, we like the season’s spirit of giving. One of the things that has united our team over the years is our commitment to charities and causes that matter to all of us.

Building community

The Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals team has deep roots in Chaplin, the town it’s called home since the 1940s. Shannon Schmitz, Internal Quality Auditor at the plant, says, “We’re always open to hearing the needs of the community and lending a helping hand.”

The company provides financial and volunteer assistance to a range of community organizations, including the Chaplin swimming pool, the Chaplin Memorial Civic Centre, the Chaplin School yearbook and preschool program, and the annual Shorebird Festival. It sponsors hockey tournaments and curling bonspiels, contributes fundraising items for Chaplin School, and participated in the 2013 Chaplin Centennial & Homecoming Celebration Street Dance. Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals also offers a scholarship program to graduating students from Chaplin, which has been providing higher education funds to students since the 1990s.

Growing Mo’s

The Chaplin team has participated in Movember for the past three years. Matt Hetherington, Controller at Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals says, “We chose to take part because we feel that it’s very important to acknowledge men’s prostate cancer and raise awareness. We think it’s a great cause and have several employees who have had to deal with the disease in their own families. So it was a very easy decision to take part in the fundraiser.” Hetherington takes part in the drive and administers donations.“ In 2013 we had six employees participate. It’s become a big part of our culture at the plant, and it really gives us a sense of community spirit and common purpose.”

Raise-A-Reader and the Queen City Marathon

The Credit Union Queen City Marathon has become a favourite event for the team. The annual run is held each September in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals has sent a team for the last three years.

The Queen City Marathon supports the Leader-Post Raise-A-Reader charity, which raises funds and awareness for family literacy programs and initiatives in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals team contributes financially to the cause, in addition to running the marathon. According to Plant Manager and marathon participant Clayton Miller, this literary charity means a great deal to the team. “It’s a wonderful, local organization that helps individuals with a usually unspoken issue. We consider supporting Raise-A-Reader an investment in our community and our future.”

Next month: Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals President Rodney McCann shares the company’s goals and predictions for 2014, including a preview of an exciting new initiative.