Home is where the hockey is

The Huskies’ new home at Merlis Belsher Place will also provide opportunities for up-and coming community athletes, thanks to donors like North Prairie Developments.

Company partners (L to R): Tyler Williams, Angela Williams, John Williams (founder), Bernice Williams (founder) and Andrew Williams.

North Prairie Developments has been helping to build our community for thelast 30 years—one home at a time.

Starting from its humble roots in small-town Saskatchewan, it has now grown to become one of the largest development companies in the province.

To say thank you to the people of Saskatoon who have supported them for decades, the Williams family and their business have decided to give back in the most generous way—a $250,000 gift to the University of Saskatchewan Home Ice Campaign.

Their donation is helping us build a modern, multi-sport arena for Huskie athletes and minor hockey players to sharpen their skills and compete with pride.

Thanks to the Williams family and North Prairie Developments, our athletes move into their new home in October 2018, and our campus and community will be stronger for generations to come.

College of Law donor impact video: how your support changes lives

Donors to the College of Law are making a difference every day.  Through their support, our students have the encouragement and opportunities to make their dreams a reality and they go on to help make the world a better place after graduation.

Some of our law graduates have become household names on a provincial, national or international scale—including a prime minister, a governor-general, three Supreme Court of Canada judges, two premiers and a university president. Our alumni  have gone on to be mainstays of the legal profession across the country, as private and public lawyers, and as judges. There are also alumni who have sought careers outside of the legal profession as staff members of unions, as managers of worldwide corporations, as employees of international human rights organizations, as radio personalities and more.

It is through the generosity of donors that our students find the encouragement and support to pursue their career goals, whatever they may be.

Watch this year’s College of Law donor impact video, and hear students Lissa, Jasmine and Kwaku convey the personal impact of donor’s contributions.

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For more information, please visit the College of Law website.

Ground breaks on long-time dream for new ice

Soccer, basketball and hockey Huskie and Minor League athletes, with (l-r) Kohl Bauml, Bruce Bradshaw, Logan Hjelte, Lorne Wright, Mayor Charlie Clark, Ron Graham, Libby Epoch, President Peter Stoicheff, Merlis Belsher, Ken Cheveldayoff, Lawrence Rychjohn, Jack Van Norman and Gabriel Michael. Photo By Josh Schaefer/University of Saskatchewan/GetMyPhoto.ca

On April 28, a decades-long dream became a reality—the U of S started construction on Merlis Belsher Place, the replacement for 88-year old Rutherford Rink. Nearly 250 supporters, athletes, and community members turned up for the official groundbreaking ceremony to recognize the project’s many contributors and swift progress on the fundraising campaign.

Wright Construction will begin laying the foundation for the new multi-sport arena—located just south of the Saskatoon Field House—with piling work set to start in early May.

U of S President Peter Stoicheff noted the importance of the many community relationships which have facilitated progress on the project—including the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association and the campaign’s country-wide volunteer team.

“Developing strong partnerships has never been more important to us than it is today, and Merlis Belsher Place is a great example of the power and potential of these partnerships,” he said. “Thanks to our community’s diverse and generous support, I’m pleased this facility will make a real difference in the lives of our athletes and their families, and contribute to the health and economic impact of our city.”

Elder Fred Sasakamoose (left), with alumnus Sheldon Wuttunee, shared a traditional Cree blessing to honour the land before construction begins. Sasakamoose was the first Indigenous person ever to play in the NHL when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. He said he was pleased that four of his grandchildren will have the opportunity to play in the new arena, thanks to the community focus of the project. Photo By Josh Schaefer/University of Saskatchewan/GetMyPhoto.ca

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