Florence Orchard’s about the Pioneers in Saskatoon
When I started working at Sasktel in 1984, I remember a short presentation by a Sasktel Pioneer member. Having not much of an idea who they really were, I signed up. Over the years I heard of the pioneers making “hug a bears”for the childrens hospital , collecting tabs from pop cans ,and collecting used glasses for an overseas project . I was lucky enough to be able to become a bigger part of the pioneers and have a bit more information now. The hug a bear project is still very active, so far this year 75 pair of glasses will go to the Saskatoon CNIB , which in turn will go to an organization that will ensure that they go to person, usually overseas that need them. Pop can tabs go to the Regina General Hospital where they are all collected and go towards wheelchairs for kids. A few other things the pioneers are involved in is the power packs for school kids (350) this year in Saskatoon , SaskTel/Pioneer backpacks filled with school supplies, loose-leaf pens, pencils, exercise books, rulers, glue, crayons, erasers in a new backpack . The Enchanted Forest where usually kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 gather at the schools and are picked up to see the lights ,many of them don’t speak a lot of English and the parents join us and are just as excited as the kids, after the fun trip and Christmas carols, the kids all receive a package with treats and coloring books and crayons. The pioneers often provide meals and necessities to the Saskatoon Friendship Inn, the Lighthouse , provide playground equipment , sell seeds for Save the Bees, and help with Camp Easter Seal. Computer Salvage repairs and donates , sometimes sell computers and computer equipment , have garden projects ,are involved with The Jazz festival, the Juno’s, starting volunteer week off by randomly handing out fresh flowers at Market mall, and many other projects too numerous to mention. For the first time Saskatoon Pioneers teamed up with First Book Canada this year, and the result was about 1,000 kids will have brand new books to take home. Covid has affected many projects this year but the Sasktel Pioneers have come through, as always, with hundreds , if not thousands of masks.
SaskTel Pioneers Covid-19 Response So Far
This will be updated as more information comes in. Updated July 3, 2020.
|Mask Extenders Donated||895|
|Computer Donations to Non-profits or Schools thru CFS||606|
|Monetary Donations for Masks||$1,848.16|
Regina TPAC – Closed – Pictures of Mask Making – SaskTel Pioneers Closings due to the COVID-19, until further notice
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Saskatoon Salvage Sales – Open
Saskatoon Computers for Schools – Open
Regina Computer for Schools (For Non Profits and Schools Only) – Pickup by appointments only
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