Community Futures Meridian

Box 2167, 125 - 1st Avenue East, Kindersley, SK - Phone: (306) 463-1850

About Community Futures Meridian

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Community Futures are Non-Profit Organizations guided by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals, who together are actively engaged in helping to develop and implement community-based economic development strategies.

Entrepreneurial development centres that provide business training.

Business development centres that control and manage investment funds from which they make fully repayable loans (up to a max of $150,000) to start or expand a business.

Are proactive, progressive community organizations dedicated to strengthening both their community’s and their community’s economy as a whole.

Community futures Meridian Region is represented by a group of local volunteers pursing regional economic development and employment by:

  • Providing an investment fund for new or growing businesses
  • Promoting the importance of youth entrepreneurs
  • Community Futures Meridian Region fosters community and regional partnerships through liaisons with local, provincial and federal groups to enhance rural service
  • Providing general, technical and financial assistance to new or existing business ventures

We provide the Services you need to launch, purchase or expand your business!

  • Loans up to $150,000
  • Business plan development and assistance
  • Connecting you to resources

Staff

General Manager
Vickie Newmeyer
gm@meridianregion.ca
(306) 463-1850
1-888-919-3800

Loans Manager
Jeanette Martin
loansmanager@meridianregion.ca
(306) 463-1851
1-888-919-3800


Board

Stacey

Stacey Wiechnik
Oyen, AB

Chairperson

Board Member Since
June 1, 2014

Q. In three words describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Q. Your favourite program that Meridian provides to the community or to it's clients. And why?

A. The Elevate program. Its helps to enable people with disabilities and show them that regardless of a disability you can still reach your goal of starting a business and being an entrepreneur.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. I'm happiest when I'm fishing with my husband in the summer.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. I love living in a rural community because it seems to have less hustle and bustle than the city. No matter where you go or how busy you are, you still have time to stop and say hi to your neighbour's.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. If I could travel anywhere it would be to Australia.

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Camping every summer with my family and swimming every minute possible the town pool was open.

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. A quote that I read once sums this up for me. " Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid to not try.".

Susan Grudecki

Susan Grudecki
Acadia Valley, AB

Vice Chairperson

Board Member Since
Oct 24, 2013

  • Retired-previously worked in the banking industry and the oil patch
  • Interests – sewing and walking

Lorne

Lorne Janzen
Kindersley, SK

Secretary/Treasurer

Board Member Since
Dec 19, 2013

Q. Any nicknames?

A. LJ

Q. Three words that describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Rural. Business. Development.

Q. Your favourite program that Meridian provides to the community or to it's clients. And why?

A. Start up loans. Some businesses would never get off the ground otherwise.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. Entertaining friends, family and grandchildren.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. Spirit of volunteerism.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. Mediterranean Cruise.

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Growing up on a farm and in a small town.

Q. What do you feel most proud of?

A. Family.

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. Do your homework, have good legal and accounting advice and keep within your financial means.

Gary

Gary Duffett
Provost, AB

Board Member

Board Member Since:
January 21, 2016

Q. Any nicknames?

A. Duff

Q. Three words that describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Opportunity. Interest. Futures.

Q. Your favourite services that Meridian provides to the community or to it's clients. And why?

A. Opportunity to start a new business or enhance a present one! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. When I am cooking for a crowd.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. The people.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. Caribbean’s.

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Swimming as a family of 10.

Q. What do you feel most proud of?

A. Fulfilling my father’s dream of becoming a police officer.

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. There are endless possibilities, and don’t quit!

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Tracy Johnston
Rosetown, SK

Board Member

Board Member Since:
October 22, 2015

Q. Any nicknames?

A. Trace

Q. Three words that describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Leadership, connecting, innovation.

Q. Your favourite program that Meridian provides to the community or to it’s clients and why?

A. Business Planning and Loans Assistance. It really supports and empowers people who are wanting to be entrepreneurs, but are not sure how to put all of the pieces together that are required for start up.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. My first cup of coffee in the morning, or at the lake.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. It is easy to get to know neighbors and families. There are so many opportunities, especially in such an increasingly global economy.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. Italy and Spain.

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Spending summers at the lake.

Q. What do you feel most proud of?

A. My family - my husband and 3 wonderful children.

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. Take advantage of any support or help you can get along the journey of starting a business. Business planning help, financing help, and any kind of mentorship. There are many people out there willing to share ideas and support.

Pat

Pat King
Coronation, AB

Board Member

Board Member Since:
April 1, 2016

Q. Three phrases that describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Interesting board, like to volunteer, make a difference in the community.

Q. Your favourite program that Meridian provides to the community or to it's clients. And why?

A. The Lemonade Stand Game. Gives our children an understanding of what it takes to run a business.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. When I am visiting with my grandsons.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. Peace and quiet. Neighbourly folks.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. Australia.

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Family gatherings, especially Christmas.

Q. What do you feel most proud of?

A. The Paintearth Adult Learning Team and the work we do in the community and our home based business as well. (KingWest Outfitters)

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. Be adventurous. You might be surprised at what you can actually do.

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Michelle MacDonald
Eston, SK

Board Member

Board Member Since:
April 1, 2016

Q. Any nicknames?

A. Mic Mac

Q. Three words that describe why you chose to be a part of the Meridian Board.

A. Learn, connect, shape.

Q. When are you the happiest?

A. After my morning coffee ;) . . . or seeing my little’s boys smile at the end of a good day’s work.

Q. What do you love most about being in a rural community?

A. The work-life balance it offers.

Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

A. I’d visit every country in the world if I could!

Q. What is your favourite childhood memory?

A. Family ski trips.

Q. What would you like to say to people thinking about starting their own business or looking to grow what they've already started?

A. Use Community Futures as a resource to help you get started!