The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation celebrates 25 years of supporting Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. The Start: In the early 1990s the Catholic Board of Education was searching for meaningful ways to engage the Catholic community and the larger Saskatoon community in the activities of the school system. This involvement was seen as essential to future support and growth.
At the same time the provincial government was facing a devastating financial crisis due to reduced transfer payments from the Federal level. This crisis resulted in school grants being cut by as much as twelve percent in one year. The Board, wishing to protect the system and its quality programs, sought creative ways to engage the community in assisting with solutions to the financial crisis it was facing.
The Foundation officially started in 1993 with the first board members being Morris Smysnuik as Chair, Father Len Morand as Vice-Chair and Margaret Schwab as Secretary. Also on the Board were Sister Juliana Heisler, Sharon Chicoose, Ed Werbicki, Phil Muench, Marie Weiss, Rene Poisson (Executive Director), Joe Kamermeyer, Gerry Weinkauf and student directors Lindsay Earle and Jason Zabinsky.
The goal of the foundation was to engage caring people in novel and exciting activities which would hopefully also provide additional funds for spiritual growth, leadership initiatives and enhanced educational excellence programs for students attending Saskatoon Catholic Schools. The primary goals of the Foundation were reached when it received a charitable number effective January 1, 1994 and incorporated status on May 30th, 1994.