Community Futures Sagehill

515 Mayer Street, Bruno, SK - Phone: (306) 369-2610

About Community Futures Sagehill

 

Sagehill Community Futures Development Corporation Staff
Every business is important. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our region and we’re pleased to provide answers to your questions, to lend a compassionate ear, to listen and to support you on your journey to small business success. Our staff has more than 50 years of experience working with small business owners and look forward to speaking with you about your business idea. We can help! Call us.

Dianne Olchowski, Chief Executive Officer

Susan Wehage, Small Business Specialist

Jenny Glessman, Office Coordinator


Our History/Our Volunteers

In 1984 the federal government made a decision to close several stations located along what was known as the Northern Pine Tree Line. For our region that meant that the Canadian Forces Station Dana Tower CFS Danawould close. That closure meant an immediate loss of 400 people in the region, 42 civilian jobs and millions of dollars that would no longer be spent in our local economy.

The communities most affected included Bruno, Cudworth, Prud’homme, Vonda, Meacham, Colonsay, Viscount and Wakaw.  In an attempt to counteract the negative impact on the local economy of the closure of CFS Dana the federal government invited the local communities to use a programming tool called a Labor Market Adjustment Strategy. 

Representatives from the Towns of Bruno, Cudworth, Colonsay, Vonda and Wakaw as well as the Villages of Prud’homme, Viscount and Meacham joined the Rural Municipalities of Bayne, Hoodoo, Grant, Colonsay, and Fish Creek to begin a planning process to address the closure of CFS Dana, described by most as a ‘catastrophic’ event.

 The members of the original formational committee included:

Name                            

Home Community    

Start Date    

End Date    

Francis Yungwirth

RM of Bayne

1985

1990

Sam Borsa

RM of Colonsay

1985

1988

Helen Roslinski

RM of Fish Creek

1985

1990

Joe Hyshka

RM of Grant

1985

1990

Lloyd Wedewer

RM of Hoodoo

1985

1990

Derby Reid

Colonsay

1985

1990

Leona Weixl

Cudworth

1985

1987

Walter Badowsky

Vonda

1985

1987

Raymond Bussiere

Vonda

1987

1989

Robert Michayluk

Wakaw

1985

1987

Michael Skakun

Alvena

1985

1987

Ervin Lowe

Meacham

1985

1987

Steve Sopotyk

Prud’homme

1985

1992

Dianne Olchowski

Bruno

1985

1987

Through the 12 months that followed, our local municipal representatives completed a study to determine what strategies might be best implemented to ensure that the local economy could stay strong after the closure of CFS Dana. One of the strategies was to make application for Community Futures status.  This program was administered by Employment & Immigration and provided funding to regions that met certain stringent requirements one of which was that they were experiencing a traumatic labor market event and consequently had an unemployment rate higher than the provincial average.  

At the time only 1 region in Saskatchewan had been accepted into the Community Futures Program - the area around Broadview.  Our local committee arranged to have a community person from the Broadview region talk with us about the benefits of the program.  On the strength of that presentation and the ideas raised in the study our local municipal representatives made application for Community Futures status.

Sagehill Name

 

The name 'Sagehill' was chosen for our 

 Committee to honor the important 

contribution CFS Dana made to the region.

 

 

The Sagehill region was awarded Community Futures status in 1985.

Being awarded Community Futures status meant the municipal members of the Sagehill Community Futures Committee were permitted to source specific government contributions that would provide the seed money to start making their plans to encourage positive communtiy development.  The municipal representatives, of the day, dedicated countless personal unpaid hours to the job at hand knowing they had been given an incredible opportunity to make a difference.

There were two major outcomes of the Sagehill Community Futures Committee work:

  1. to engage positive community development strategies to assit local municipalities to help grow our communities, and

  2. to establish a business development center.

The members of the committee felt that historically our region was very entrepreneurial and given some additional tools would rise to new opportunity.  The business development center was a component of the Community Futures Program that if established would be able to provide financing, counseling and training for potential as well as existing business owners. 

The members of the Sagehill Community Futures Committee were successful in their bid to create a Business Development Center and the doors opened, December 13, 1989 with a staff of two.

Between 1989 and 1994 two boards operated.  One was the Sagehill Community Futures Committee (18 boards members) while a second board managed the Sagehill Business Development Center (7 Members). 

 The members of the Sagehill Community Futures Committee included:

Name

Home Community     

Start Date     

End Date     

Melvin Strasser

RM of Bayne

1987

1991

Pius Steckler

RM of Colonsay

1987

1989

Lionel Diedrich

RM of Grant

1987

1989

Louis Kolla

RM of Hoodoo

1987

1989

Jerome Strasser

Bruno

1987

1994

Jack Campbell

Colonsay

1987

1989

Floyd Lingel

Cudworth

1987

1989

Robert Lalonde

Vonda

1987

1989

Morris Boychuk

Wakaw

1987

1989

Dwayne Biccum

Wakaw

1987

1991

Hank Von Niessen     

Aberdeen

1987

1990

Natalie Marushak

Alvena

1987

1990

Marion Carlson

Meacham

1987

1989

Alois Helgert

Bruno

1989

1994

Rose Yaworski

RM of Bayne

1989

1991

Garry Joynt

Meacham

1989

1991

Noreen Johns

Zelma

1992

1994

Gayle McMartin

Watrous

1992

1994

Joan Lindgren

Watrous

1992

1994

 

  The members of the Sagehill Business Development Center board included:

Name

Home Community     

Start Date     

End Date     

Rick Kindrachuk

RM of Fish Creek

1987

1990

Lyle Kleiter

Cudworth

1987

1989

Henry Hauber

Cudworth

1988

1992

Kevin Pulvermacher     

Bruno

1989

1992

Peter Krebs

Prud’homme

1989

1996

Joyce Brennan

Young

1989

1994

Francis Yungwirth

RM of Bayne

1989

1994

Ray Sielski

Cudworth

1990

1992

Jim Johnstone

Birch Hills

1992

1994

Lloyd Wedewer

RM of Hoodoo

1992

1994

Kelly Braaten

Birch Hills

1992

1994

 

The Directors for both Boards were appointed by the 13 municipal members. Through those four years the Boards realized that their paths were crossing continuously.  The two Boards met several times to determine whether the current structure was appropriate to move forward and to utilize the resources we had in the best possible manner. They also considered a number of requests they had from neighboring municipalities to join the region. 

1994 was a significant year for Sagehill.

In 1994 the Boards were amalgamated into one organization called the Sagehill Development Corporation. The mandate of the amalgamated corporate was to encourage positive community and business development. 

In 1994 an inaugural 7 person Board was selected by the 13 municipal members to lead the Sagehill Development Corporation.

 In 1994 that inaugural board made two fundamental structural changes to the Corporation:

  1. Individuals would no longer be appointed but elected to the Board from a membership base and that those individuals would serve two-year terms that could only be repeated once. Later modified to a max of three two-year terms.
  2. They adopted a modified ‘Carver’ model of governance. In its simplest form that model of governance subscribes to the philosophy that members of the board should focus on the bigger picture rather than the day-to-day operations of the organization. They created the Chief Executive Officer position for the Corporation so that individual could manage the day-to-day.

 

In 1994, the Sagehill region

Sagehill Map

expanded from the original 13

municipalities to 72.  The expanded region

created in 1994 remains the same today.

                One other significant

development in 1994 was that the

federal government made a decision to

change the responsibility for the

Community Futures Program from

Employment & Immigration to the

regional agencies.  The regional agency charged with responsibilities for the western provinces is Western Economic Diversification.

 Many years have passed since that first meeting in the Officer’s Mess at CFS Dana. And certainly programs, services, and circumstances have changed as well. What has remained constant is that Sagehill has been extremely well served by each of the volunteers who committed their time and energy.  Each of them has a special spot in their heart for that place we call home. It matters little how big or how small our communities are when we make a decision to volunteer.  And when others ask us why we would go to all that trouble most of us would answer “because it’s my home”.

The Sagehill region is large and it is diverse. And while each corner of our region is different, one from the other, we all share that sense of ‘place’ that we call home.  For each of the Members of the Sagehill Board it is what’s important.  We all have a duty to be good stewards; to take responsibility for creating appropriate and effective programs and services that provide the people of our region with the critical tools and support they require to achieve their dreams.  We help nurture and grow communities by working to develop local and lasting solutions.  

The men and women who volunteer their time, their experience and their energy to Sagehill Community Futures Development Corporation by serving as members of the Board occupy a very special position within the Corporation.  They have a unique challenge to lead, to counsel and to serve.  Those good folks include:

 

Name                          

Home Community      

Start Date     

End Date     

Dave Wight

Aberdeen

1995

1997

Calvin Herman

Lanigan

1996

1998

Larry Korsberg

Lanigan

1996

1998

Dean Norman

Prud’homme

1996

1998

Marion Carlson

Meacham

1996

1998

Kim Sanderson

Quill Lake

1996

1998

Calvin Martin

Lanigan

1997

1999

Shelley Bull

Bruno

1997

1999

Audrey Bender

Humboldt

1997

1999

Gord Rorhke

Humboldt

1998

2000

Ed Kidd

Wakaw

1998

2002

Flavian Desmarais

Viscount

1998

2000

Ray Lepitzki

Cudworth

1999

2001

Max Gantefoer

Humboldt

1999

2001

Blaine Frederick

Watson

1999

2003

Sheryl Boettcher

Domremy

1999

2001

Brenda Sawchuk

Quill Lake

1999

2001

Kevin Grieman

Humboldt

2000

2004

Connie Roth

Rosthern

2000

2002

Mike Mierke

Watson

2000

2002

Cindy Wright

Colonsay

2001

2005

Dianne Medernach

Cudworth

2001

2005

Kathy Loessl

Humboldt

2002

2004

Bill Charlton

Middle Lake

2002

2006

Maurice Draude

Wakaw

2002

2006

Miles Jorgenson

Humboldt

2003

2007

Carol Eaton

Humboldt

2004

2008

Ardean Bregenser

Pilger

2004

2008

Shirley Kunz

Annaheim

2005

2009

Kevin Grieman

Humboldt

2005

2009

Andy McAnally

Humboldt

2006

2010

Wes Kirk

Nokomis

2006

2008

Jacques Pelletier

Vonda

2006

2008

June Vogelgesang

Meacham

2007

2013

Janet Hering

Bruno

2008

2014

Carol Marriott

Fulda

2008

2010

Alfred Washburn

Humboldt

2008

2014

Ray Fidler

Batoche

2009

2009

Jerome Pratchler

Muenster

2009

2011

Tyler Brett

Bruno

2010

2013

Cecile Pajot

Carlton

2010

2011

Blake Peters

St. Benedict

2011

2014

Courtney Skrupski

Rosthern

2012

2017

Janine Hart

Humboldt

2013

2013

Melissa Chegus

Quill Lake

2013

 

Loa Titman

Colonsay

2013

 

Floyd Lueke

Fulda

2013

 

Patty Boychuk-Kidd

Wakaw

2014

 

Lomesh Patel

Humboldt

2014

2017

Paul Kneeshaw

Humboldt

2014

 

Denis Boyenko

Aberdeen

2017

 

Mary Campbell

Annaheim

2017