Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of

Saskatchewan – North Chapter Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Association of Sask. North
c/o Laurel Scherr
351 Kenderdine Road,
Saskatoon, Sk S7N 3S9
(306) 249-1362


Message from Our President

President’s Message: Laurel Scherr

We have had an incredible summer with lots of sunshine! Our summer began with the 3rd Annual Hope Classic Walk/Run/Wheel Event held with our Family Barbeque in June at the Forestry Farm.

Swimming lessons were offered twice this year, during the fall and winter sessions, and the next session will begin September 11 at 6 pm. We’d love to see more members get involved in this great activity, so please call me if you’d like to participate. We are grateful to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund and the City of Saskatoon who approved us for a grant which was used towards the cost of swimming lessons.

In December, our Christmas Party was enjoyed by all in attendance. The event was held at St. Luke’s School with great food, games, visiting and the Silent Auction was a lot of fun! Santa’s visit rounded out the evening. We participated in the Virtual Tree Campaign that SBHAC organized, and they are hoping this will be an annual fundraiser.

In February, the Physiotherapy Department at the Kinsmen Children’s Center offered a “Power Kids on Wheels” day camp during the school break. A few of our members took part, and our Association sponsored a lunch for the group on the last day.

I am excited about the SBHAC 2011 AGM and Conference which will be hosted by the Northern Alberta Association in Edmonton in October, and we will have strong representation from our Association. The program is full of wonderful information and great speakers. Check out the information at www.sbhana.org.

We continue to support the wheelchair dance groups, wheelchair basketball teams, disabled ski group, day programs, camps and the new wheelchair curling program. We are fortunate to have so many programs available to us, and invite everyone to get involved and share their information. Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association is hoping to get an active sledge hockey group going in or near Saskatoon, as well as one in Regina, so that will be exciting. We work closely with SWSA to get information about their programs, and I attended their AGM in Regina this spring. Our newsletter as well as our website are very useful tools to keep everyone informed, and we invite all members to make submissions.

I would love to hear from our members if they have ideas for our Association or would like to get more involved. I’d also like to see some new families get involved with our Association and have been in discussions with the staff at the Kinsmen Children’s Centre to gather ideas on how we can achieve this.

In closing, I’d like to thank Shawn Scherr, our bingo captain, for his efforts. Our bingo revenues support all the programs and activities that we provide, as well as funding for families. Thanks to all the Board Members, Cinnamon, Shelley, Gene, Linda, Jackie, and Brenda who serve our members. Special thanks to Bev Turgeon for her work on the newsletter and to Dave Elder for maintaining our website.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you!

Fall 2011 Activities

Please check out the following websites for details about fall activities:

  • Our Association will be running a swimming program at Lawson Pool on
    Sundays from 6 – 7 pm, beginning September 11 through November 6 (no class
    Thanksgiving weekend). Contact Laurel at 249-1362.
  • CLASI(Community Living Association Saskatoon Inc.) Fall/Winter Programs: Kids, Teens,or Young Adult – call 652-9111 or email: programming@clasaskatoon.org
  • Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports -website http://www.swsa.ca/
  • University of Saskatchewan – dance programs and PAAL program website http://kinesiology.usask.ca/community-programs/activities-guide/

*Remember to submit registration cost receipts to our Association for funding support!

Bingo Report


We will start our Bingo Report with many thanks to those members who do their best to come and work when asked.

SBHAS-N is scheduled once or twice a month from 12 – 6 pm at Club West Bingo hall located at 15 Worobetz Place in Saskatoon. It is a Come-and-Go format, which allows volunteers to work shorter shifts if required.

The Teen Program has helped us with workers as well. The teens gain work experience to add to their resumé, and bingo players really enjoy seeing the teens out working for their charity. Keep up the good work!

We are struggling at times to put a full team of bingo workers together and have been forced to hire. Please let me know if you’re interested in working any bingos. I will be emailing out a list of upcoming bingo dates so if you can help out please call me (Shawn) at 249-1362.

Once again, thanks to all of you who do your part in our fundraising. If you enjoy the programs offered by our Association, please try to come out and work a bingo this year.

Submitted by
Shawn Scherr

June – Spina Bifida Month – Hope Classic/BBQ

The North Chapter of the Spina Bifida Association of Saskatchewan celebrated Spina Bifida Month with a couple activities. At the June 1st Spinal Cord Clinic our Association provided treats and a “thank you” bouquet to our Spinal Cord team at the Kinsmen Children Centre.

The combined annual June BBQ and Hope Classic were held at the Forestry Farm on June 11th. There was a great turnout, everyone enjoyed the scenic walk around the park and the excellent culinary talents of Master BBQ’er Shawn Scherr.

A fun time was had by all!!

Celebrate! Participate! Awareness!

Saskatoon’s First Disability Fair December 3, 2010
Thank you
to Shelley Elder for Representing Us!

Shelley Elder and Chad Layton






Kin Spin Does It Again …

On September 25th, over 500 runners, walkers, wheelers, PAAL children, volunteers and the University community gathered in the bowl and participated in the 3rd annual College of Kinesiology KinSpin Run, Walk and Roll.
Highlights of the morning included a warm up led by the College’s Special Needs Programs and words of encouragement from Paralympic Athlete Colette Bourgonje!

The event raised close to $17,000 for the College of Kinesiology Special Needs Trust Fund. Thank you to Jared Carter and Sheri-Lynn Turgeon for participating and Michelle Weimer, Dance Coordinator for organizing another successful event.

This year’s event is planned for September 24th, register online at:

Way to go Ashley!
Congratulations to Ashley Baerg, member of the Canadian U25 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. Canada placed 4th at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship this July.

Halifax 2011
Canada Winter Games!

Congratulations to Chad Layton!
Our very own champion!
Chad Layton successfully competed at the Canada Games in Halifax placing an impressive 10th in the Paranordic Skiing event.
If you are interested in trying Paranordic skiing contact Chad or Gene Layton!

Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament
February 2011

The Kindersley Klippers Sledge Hockey Club won Silver in the Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament held in Leduc Alberta in February.
Jared Carter and a teammate proudly hold up their silver medals for a picture.
Congratulations also to teammate Braden Close.
If you are interested in more information on sledge hockey contact Jared, Brenda & Ted Carter
or Braden, Mike & Catherine Close!

CAOT Annual Conference
June 2011 Saskatoon
(Canadian Association for Occupational Therapist)

The Opening Ceremonies for the National Conference included a “stellar” performance by the Kids in Motion, Sr Dance Team under the direction of Michelle Weimer, U of S, School of Dance.

Congratulations to Sheri-Lynn Turgeon (left) and Christine Scherr(right), and stand up dancers Emily Humbert(left) and Gabrielle Charpentier(right)

Annual Christmas Party!
Thank you to Cinnamon Martell and family for once again organizing a “wonderful” evening of entertainment, great food and marvelous fellowship! Thank you to all of the members that were able to attend the function, see you next year!


On June 12th, Jared Carter received an Athletic Award (12 and under)at the ‘Yes I Can’ awards ceremony for his passion and dedication to sledge hockey. Kristin Karst nominated Jared for the award and Garett Soparlo introduced Jared at the ceremony. Both are teachers at Venture Heights School in Martensville.

Great Job Jared!

National Conference Edmonton


Mark your calendar and register NOW for the National Spina Bifida Conference in Edmonton!
Our Association is supporting the conference by
paying registration fees and banquet tickets for our members. (Keep your receipts for reimbursement)

Be involved,
Be informed,
Be Active!

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Saskatchewan – North

Executive and Board Members


Laurel Scherr , President
351 Kenderdine Road
Saskatoon , Sk
Phone/fax (phone first): 249-1362
Email: lscherr2@sasktel.net
Cinnamon Martell, Vice President
711 Beechmont Lane
Saskatoon , Sk
S7V lC9
Phone: 933-4501
Email: c.martell@shaw.ca
Mr. Gene Layton, Treasurer
22 Britnell Crescent
Saskatoon , Sk
S7H 3X8
Phone: 374-7438
Email: glayton@sasktel.net
Linda Renaut , Past President
215 Addie Crescent
Saskatoon , Sk
S7N 3S9
Phone: 249-0475
Email: lrenaut@shaw.ca
Bev Turgeon, Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 873
Martensville , Sk
Phone: 933-0427
Email: bturgeon@sasktel.net
Brenda Carter
P.O. Box 2426
Martensville, Sk
Phone: 382-5593
Email: tbjcarter@sasktel.net
Jackie Jewell
P.O. Box 214
Kenaston , Sk
Phone: 252-2867
Email: jewell_23@hotmail.com
Shelley Elder
114 Waterloo Crescent
Saskatoon, Sk.
S7H 4H5
Phone: 477-0819
Email: d.elder@shaw.ca
1 Our board is here to listen, learn and represent you and your family!
Please contact board members if you have questions, suggestions or are able to volunteer for any event or program!

Membership Form

Association Membership… Our Association is growing and new members are always welcome. We need to keep our membership current! The membership costs are: $25 per year or $65 for 3 years.

With your membership you also are registered with the SBHAC and receive our local newsletter, minutes, volunteer opportunities, voting privileges, funding opportunities, access to all programs, activities and social events. Please complete and return the following membership renewal today!!

To print a copy of the current membership form, click here.

Did You Know!

Spina Bifida Education Binder

If your child’s school needs a free Educator binder please contact:
Karen Baerg (306)254-2792 or Laurel Scherr (306) 249-1362

We are on the web!!
See us at:

Thank you to our webmaster: Mr. Dave Elder!!

Be sure to check out the
National Spina Bifida website at:

There are many interesting features from research to news items to informative useful links!

Spina Bifida Association of Sask.  – North Chapter:

c/o Laurel Scherr
351 Kenderdine Road,
Saskatoon, Sk
 S7N 3S9
(306) 249-1362

e-mail: lscherr2@sasktel.net