Submitted by Chase’s mom – Rachel Kraynick


The Chase Kraynick Pay It Forward Splash Park !!

Ecstatic, excitement and overjoyed do not even come close to describing the feelings we experienced upon receiving the news that we were one of the Grand Prize winners of the AVIVA Community Fund Competition awarding our project with $90,000!!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!  We are happy beyond words, have been drying tears for hours, and really don’t know where to begin!  Congratulations to Riehl Skate Park in Ontario for being the $150,000 Grand Prize winners!!


I know how much work went into our submission and this entire competition journey … and it was definitely well worth it! Simply amazing!  This of course, is not just our own doing, it is the good hearted people of Saskatchewan and from accross Canada that supported our project and took the time to vote, pay it forward and make a difference that can share in our victory!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!  If you missed the official announcement on Canada AM yesterday morning please click HERE to see the video clip and Jeff Hutchinson reading the amount off of our $90,000 cheque.


We would like to take this time to express our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the following:

First and foremost we MUST say a huge THANK-YOU to every single person from this community, this province, and from across this country who registered with AVIVA to vote for our project idea!   It is because of you that we have won this National competition.  Thank you for believing in our project and showing your support and encouraging others to vote!  It is because of you that we take home this win for Canora!

Our closest Cheerleaders –ALL Family, friends, and “facebookers” who kept on reminding everyone to vote!  We love you all!

Our Supporting Brokers throughout the competition:

1.  Dave Nussbaumer and Jason Forwood at Farrell Agencies, Ltd. (Yorkton, SK and Foam Lake, SK) for helping us with our submission, campaign, video and all the extra coaching throughout the competition!!  I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with!  Thank you so much for all your guidance and helping get other brokers on board for their support!  You are both amazing!

2. Western Financial Group – Network (Yorkton, SK)

3.  Hub International (Chilliwack, BC and Edmonton, AB)

4.  Crawford and Danyluk Insurance Broker (Delaware, ON)

5.  Birkett-Hassard Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (Stouffville, ON)

My talented sisters Shawna and NaomiShawna posted our blogs daily keeping everyone informed on the competition details and events, as well as posting all the “Pay it Forward” Inspirational Stories . . . and Naomi for helping me with the Facebook page and accompanying me for moral support to my school presentations!!!

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The Canora Courier and Gary Lewchuk – For writing and printing articles and information informing the public about the competition, its rules and guidelines

Ken Kravetz, Terry Dennis, Julie Mireau – for helping us develop, shoot and produce the AVIVA video submission TWICE!!  Both videos ROCKED!!!

MLA for the Canora/Pelly Constituency Ken Kravetz and Assistant Carol Sleeva For making a member statement in the Legislative Assembly asking for the province to support our project.  Your sincerity and thoughtfulness meant the world to our family!  Also thank you for including the AVIVA voting information in the constituency newsletter.

Larger organizations who were a part of our voting campaign included: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Good Spirit School Division, Regina Public Schools, Christ The Teacher Catholic School Division, Canadian Military, RCMP, CanAM and DooTalk online subscribers, and The Regina Qu’appelle and Sunrise Health Districts.

Local Businesses who were a part of our voting campaign included:  Crumbs Diner, Mr. Mikes Restaurant, Walmart, Canora Children’s Center, Gabano’s Pizza, Canora Fitness Station, Zeke’s Bar and Grill, Canora Hotel, The Blend Salon, Community Insurance, D.R. Auto Extras and Canora Gateway Co-op

Our Twitter Master – Darla Webster

Media Coverage:

Radio:  Two live-on-location radio morning shows with 98.5FM The Rock and 94.1FM The Fox, all the promo spots and/or interviews – GX94, The Fox, The Rock, CBC Radio Regina – Afternoon Edition, News Talk 980 Regina and News Talk 950 Saskatoon
TV interviews: CTV News at Noon and a CTV Feature Stories


SupermanChaseWe of course must say a HUGE thank you to AVIVA for not only supporting and sponsoring this competition but … now for allowing us, a small town in Saskatchewan, to forever remember and pay tribute to our handsome, funny, caring, thoughtful, and loveable son, Chase Andrew Kraynick.  The AVIVA win ensures that our dream of building a Splash Park in his memory WILL come true.

Last, but not least, we say THANK-YOU to the Town of Canora and surrounding area for backing this project (win or lose).  With all of the moral support you’ve shown, we can’t wait to build this park for EVERYONE TO USE! 🙂

Words cannot express our appreciation to every single person who had something to do with our advancement in the competition.  The danger of listing our Thank-You’s at this time is that we don’t want to forget about anyone.  If we have . . . please forgive us.

Chase Made A Difference . . . And So Have ALL of You!!


All RACK’d Up at Ruth M. Buck


The ability to empower others to think or do things differently is a skill that many teachers have been blessed with.  Today’s story comes to us from Ruth M. Buck Elementary School in Regina, SK where two middle years teachers have given their students an experience we are sure will stick with them for years to come.  Thanks so much for sharing this story of generosity, learning, and kindness.  We are so very proud of you and your students!

Pinterest has become the next big thing, and unfortunately I succumbed to its interesting pictures and mouth-watering recipes.  I noticed a lot of posts for ‘random acts of kindness’ in my many hours of scrolling.  These posts became a bit of an inspiration for me and led to several classroom discussions.  After consultations with my colleague, Rulene Gilroy, we decided to embark upon a mission to bestow Random Acts of Christmas Kindness on our community with our grade eight students.  We called this our RACK’d project.

LetterToSantaOne of the first things we did was act as elves from the North Pole and the grade eights answered letters to Santa from the Grade two and three students at our school (our reading buddies).  We also made each child a bag of home-made play dough and a bag of magic reindeer food (Complete with poetic instructions).  These letters and gifts were dropped off mysteriously to our reading buddies.  Coincidentally, the grade eights showed up a few minutes later to sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas!” and then stayed to help the little ones read their personalized letters from Santa’s elves.  They were very excited!

BakingTraysOur next task was for the grade eights to bring baking from home.  This baking was organized into trays of various sizes.  We also received a donation for our project of 30 boxes of sour gummie worms!  The baking and the worms along with cards written by the grade eights were delivered to teachers in our building and the Catholic School across the street.

The students thought that, in light of the tragedy in Connecticut, we should thank our emergency services employees who work long hours and would be working through the holidays to keep us safe.  A care package was dropped ReginaPoliceoff at the fire hall in our area, EMS Central Station, as well as the Police Station.  Each care package included baking, candies and a letter written by the students thanking them for all they do.  At the police station, the Chief of Police even came down to talk to the students who made that delivery!

The grade eight students at Ruth M Buck enjoyed this project.  They showed leadership, sympathy, empathy, compassion and the giving spirit of the season!  We were really proud of them.  They made a difference!  Our hope and theirs is that we inspired someone else to do a good deed for someone else.

Amie Sitter & Rulene Gilroy

Grade Eight Teachers

Ruth M Buck School

Regina, SK

What act of kindness will you do today?  Who will benefit from your generosity of time, talents, energy, and thought?

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?

In Case You Missed It . . .

GlobalTVWe want to take the time to say a HUGE thank you to the wonderful folks at Global TV who kindly helped to support us in our quest as the only Canadian finalist in the Time for WaterPlay online voting campaign that we are currently competing in.  The story ran NATIONALLY this past Friday during the 6pm and 11pm Global TV news spots.  We are so grateful for the exposure they provided us across this great country.  In case you missed it please check it out on the Global TV Saskatoon website by clicking HERE.

CTV Saskatoon also ran promotional spots live at 6:30am 7:30am and 9:00am on CTV Saskatoon Morning Live! and information can be found on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/CTVMorningLiveSaskatoon?fref=ts.

We would also like to say thank you to the folks at CBC Radio Saskatchewan who ran audio interview spots throughout the weekend as well as posting voting information on their website.


The following local radio stations also ran spots of support throughout the weekend and we are grateful for their effort in doing so.

  • GX94 Radio
  • 94.1FM the Fox Radio
  • 92.1FM The Rock Radio

We cannot say Thank-You enough to our media supporters both locally, provincially, and nationally.  We could not have gotten this far without your help.  Regardless of the outcome of the AVIVA or the WaterPlay competitions we say “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

If you haven’t voted yet, you still have until 7pm this evening to help us win 25% off the final cost of all of the components for the Chase Kraynick Pay It Forward Splash Park.  You can cast your vote from every device you own by simply clicking HERE.

Thank you for all so much for ALL of your support!!!

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?

Gabora Electric You LIGHT Up Our Lives!

Jerry Gabora has been a certified journeyman electrician since 1975.  He started Gabora Electric Ltd. in Canora in 1982 and has never looked back!  Gabora Electric provides interprovincial journeyman electrician work for residential, commercial and industrial projects.   They specialize in electrical repair. Jerry employs 3 full time electricians.  Roxy and Kyle Roberts are full time journeyman electricians and Matt Sleeva is completing this third year apprenticeship.  This summer Jerry has hired a full time summer student Brody Steciuk.  This crew of hard working, community minded, and quality service workers have found a way to “Pay it Forward” for their community.


Jerry contacted us this past week indicating that they want to help out with installing the Chase Kraynick “Pay it Forward” Splash Park.  He has kindly volunteered their services to complete all the projects wiring and electrical permits free of charge and have indicated that all the materials would be supplied at cost for the project!  We are so grateful and excited to have them part of our project!

This means that every trade that is needed to complete the installation of the splash park has volunteered their time and expertise to make this project a reality for Canora!  How AWESOME IS THAT????  This show of heart is indicative of the kind of community we live in.  These folks not only care about their community but reach out to volunteer and make a difference for what matters to the people who live here!  Thank you Gabora Electric from the bottom of our hearts!

If you are looking for quality electrical work from folks with a lot of heart please contact:

Gabora Electric

Box 1688 CANORA, SK  S0A 0L0

Work: 563-4344

Cell: 563-7761

Fax: 563-4840

Email: gaboraelectric@sasktel.net

Chase Made A Difference … Will You?