The Spirit of Fire: 2018 Nutrien Saskatoon Community Foundation Cultural Gala
NUTRIEN SASKATOON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CULTURAL GALA
Is there a more fascinating and powerful element on this earth than fire? It means food to some, fuel to others, it represents light to many and some equate it to warmth and comfort. It can symbolize passion, inspiration and spontaneity. The 2018 gala was a night to remember as we continued our journey of transformation and reconciliation by celebrating the Spirit of Fire.
On September 15, 2018, attendees were treated to a spark of inspiration to change Saskatoon for the better by building understanding among the people who call it home. The evening included an adaptation of renowned Métis Author Maria Campbell’s Little Badger and the Fire Spirit. Little Badger’s world is full of music, magic, and the beauty of indigenous culture. The quest to bring warmth to the community illuminates the interconnection of the human, natural, an animal worlds. Living Sky Tyko reminded us of the thunderous power of the drum, while the Confucious Institute embodied the Spirit of Fire through dance.
The Spirit of Fire was an unforgettable experience. Saskatoon Community Foundation hopes that all who attended took away a spark to ignite their passion for a more inclusive Saskatoon.
A portion of the funds raised from the evenings events will support the continuation of the Community Fund for Reconciliation, which supports the vital work of reconciliation in Saskatoon.
Sponsor Reflections on The Spirit of Fire
The companies who sponsored the Spirit of Fire Gala took part in the very moving performance of Maria Campbell’s Little Badger and the Fire Spirit. We asked them to share their reflections on inspiring change through their participation.
“The questions we ask ourselves at Nutrien are the same questions Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, asks of each of us in the reconciliation process: Where do we come from? Where are we going? Why are we here? Who are we? We have to answer these simple questions about our purpose, in the spirit of reconciliation. This means taking our blinders off, having difficult discussions, challenging the status quo, dreaming about what could be, and rising to the opportunity to define a sustainable future that includes us all. We have much to learn from each other and many strengths to find in each other’s diversity. For me, the aspirational part of reconciliation is: “What we can become?” Saskatoon Community Foundation is one of the vehicles to help get us there, and we are proud to support it!” Wayne Brownlee, former Executive Vice-President and CFO of Nutrien
“The Gala itself is not just an evening or an event; it’s an indescribable experience, one that reminds us of the importance of connecting, spirit to spirit, as a community. We are inspired and honoured to be a part of it, year after year.” Lisa Dunville, Partner, KPMG in Saskatoon
“Precision electro-Mechanical salutes Nutrien and Saskatoon Community Foundation for their eladership in responding to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. Community resources benefit everyone: the heath of the individual, the success of businesses, and the spirit of community. Unresolved trauma has many faces, often well disguised. Courage also has many faces. When the wisdom and resilience of a survivor is met with compassionate commitment, healing is possible. That’s why I serve on the Board Legacy Ridge Trauma Resource and Recovery Centre, which provides care for adult survivors’ of childhood sexual trauma. let’s all be inspired to join the transformative power of community, each finding our own way to answer the call.” Marc Taillon, CEO, Precision Electro-Mechanical
“At Park Derochie, the strength of our company is our people, and it does not matter who or where they come from. Today, with over 120 workers here in Saskatchewan, 25% are aboriginal, and almost 50% are either aboriginal, female, or a visible minority. through our dedication to all of our employees, our participation in the Saskatoon Community Foundation allows us to work with a group that supports exactly what Park Derochie is about: making a significant difference by playing a major role while giving back to our communities.” Doug Barker, President, Park Derochie
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The 2018 Nutrien Saskatoon Community Foundation Gala would not have happened without our Sponsors and Partners. With a shared vision of making Saskatoon the best city in which to live, we are grateful for their generous support. (View the recap of the evening in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix insert)
ALLAN CONSTRUCTIONASL PAVING
BOYCHUK CONSTRUCTION CORP.
FELESKY FLYNN LLP
NORTH RIDGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
ROBERTSON STOMBERG LLP
DES NEDHE DEVELOPMENT
NUTANA MACHINE LTD
VICTORY MAJORS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
JNE WELDING LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
KITSAKI PROCON POTASH
NORMANDALE HOLDINGS LTD.
In Kind Services Support
BLOSSOMS LIVING WANUSKEWIN
HANDY SPECIAL EVENTS HILLBERG & BERK
RSVP EVENT DESIGN LB DISTILLERS
SCOLES FINE ARTS & FRAMING
MISTER PRINT PRINTWEST
Matt Braden Photo