Sue Shepherd is the Chair of Pipestone Qu’Appelle KidSport, a chapter in southeast Saskatchewan that launched 20 years ago and has found great success through community collaboration.
When she attended McNaughton High School in Moosomin, Shepherd was involved in numerous sports including basketball, volleyball, skating, swimming (as a participant and lifeguard) and track and field. She also served as a volunteer junior recreation director for the Town of Moosomin.
“I really enjoyed participating in sports because it got me out the house and allowed me to meet other kids,” Shepherd said. “I was able to learn things all the time, such as how to respect other people who are volunteering.”
Shepherd has been the Chair of Pipestone Qu’Appelle since the beginning. She said the group formed through a partnership of the communities of Grenfell, Whitewood, Rocanville, Moosomin and Wapella, which weren’t large enough to carry out programs of their own. Almost all of these communities are still involved today and continue to work together to maximize their resources.
Shepherd has been active in spearheading many fundraising initiatives over the years. As an avid cook, she has set up cooking booths at farmers’ markets or events like the annual car derby in Preeceville, raising as much as $700 in one day.
One of her favourite events to organize was the community challenge, which was popular over a period of 10 years. Each community would field a team of a few adults and children that would compete in numerous challenges. This could involve challenges such as seeing how many hockey goals the teams could score in a certain amount of time or how quickly a supervised fire can be extinguished. The community challenge brought in around $600 a year.
Shepherd has enjoyed her time as a volunteer with KidSport and would encourage others to get involved.