Yorkton City Council declared the week of May 5 to 11 to be Good Neighbours Week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of SIGN, and the work the organization has done, and continues to do in the city and east-central Saskatchewan. The proclamation was requested by SIGN board chair Jerome Niezgoda, who addressed city council during its meeting on April 15. SIGN will mark its 50th anniversary with a dinner and evening of celebration May 10, open to the public.
Photo: Board chair Niezgoda, left, and Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney.
It's the 50th anniversary of The Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN). Since 1969, it has provided valuable help and social services to residents of Yorkton and east-central Saskatchewan. To celebrate the occasion, a banquet will be held on May 10 at St. Mary's Cultural Centre in Yorkton. It is open to all who wish to support and celebrate the work of SIGN. Join us for roast beef, perogies, cabbage rolls and much more. Take part in the silent auction. A short program will follow dinner. Thanks to the generosity of our dinner sponsors, tickets are only $25 each, and are available at SIGN on North Street, and online.
A free clinic where people who don't have proper ID can get it for free will be held in Kamsack on Thursday May 2. The clinic, held several times a year by SIGN Outreach, is made possible through the financial assistance of Affinity Credit Union. It will be held from 1 pm to 3.30 pm at the Outreach office, 359 Queen Elizabeth Blvd East. Funding is available for 50 birth certificates and 10 SGI photo ID cards, on a first come, first served basis.
The Sexual Assault Outreach Program believes that education and awareness in our community is such an important factor in preventing sexual violence. The safety of our children, families, and community are the driving factor for the Outreach Program. At the bottom of the News page is a PDF file with a list of presentations available to you and our community. Most of these presentations can be adapted to your organization, client or group's unique needs and can be presented in a multitude of diverse settings, both large and small.
The Women's Circle, a new program hosted by SIGN's Sexual Assault Cultural Program, will meet the first Friday of every month starting May 3 at SIGN on Broadway, 345 Broadway Street West, Yorkton. The Women’s Circle is a safe place to share, tell stories, and share experiences while learning more about First Nations culture, sweet grass, traditional healing, traditional roles, and healing.
Looking for a meaningful career in the human services field? SIGN has openings in a variety of fields. Job postings are listed on the Careers page.
SIGN has been designated by Revenue Canada as a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. SIGN volunteer staff members will assist low income individuals and families ($25,000 annual family income and below) in filling out income tax forms on an appointment basis.
SIGN on Broadway not only houses our services, but is home to many community-based organizations.
Our administrative offices and a number of services are located on North Street.
SIGN services are provided at two offices in Kamsack, and staff also travel to other communities in east-central Saskatchewan to provide services.
The children at the SIGN Early Learning Centre (ELC) have been watching eggs hatch into chicks, something a lot of the children wouldn't otherwise have a chance to see. Patricia Kennedy, the ELC Co-ordinator, borrowed an incubator and lots of advice from a friend, along with 41 eggs which the children put into the incubator. It takes 21 days for the eggs to start hatching, and during that time they made sure there was water at the bottom of the incubator. The children checked the eggs every day, and marked a calendar to count down the days. There were many discussions about the colours of the eggs and chicks, and how it was all going to happened. Kaitlyn, one of the centre staff, brought in a peacock egg, peacock feather, and guinea fowl egg to show the children different types of eggs. April 15 was the 21st day and one was hatched when the ELC opened in the morning. The children got to see another one hatching that morning. On the second day, the baby chick that stayed in the incubator for a period of time to dry, were moved into a heated cage. As of April 18, 18 chicks had hatched, with more expected soon.
SIGN Housing Support hosted an evening on March 8 marking International Women's Day, with the theme Focus on Family Homelessness. A one and a half hour program about the evening and speaker was produced by Access Communications in Yorkton, and shown on Access7. The full program can be seen below.
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