Saskatoon philanthropist honoured for community building

Saskatoon, August 14, 2017 – On August 28, at the READ Saskatoon Golf Tournament for Literacy, Miners Construction and Mike and Rhonda Stensrud will be presented with the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon’s Community Builder Award. The award honours local partnerships that are working to promote and support literacy in our city and province.

“Strong partnerships between community organizations, businesses, and supporters make our city a great place to live,” said Sheryl Harrow-Yurach, Executive Director for READ Saskatoon. “There is no greater example of this than the partnership between READ Saskatoon and Miners Construction. This is really a shining example of a business working hard to make our city and province the best it can be by ensuring free learning access is available to all citizens”.

Miners Construction’s work was pivotal in in helping to create READ Saskatoon’s new home, Central Park Common, a community space that also houses the Saskatchewan divisions of MS Society of Canada and the Arthritis Society.

“When we embarked on this project, we knew that we wanted to partner with an organization that would have a large impact on our community,” said Mike, President of Miners Construction. “We chose literacy to be the cornerstone of our community partnership – this was based on our belief that the opportunity to develop and improve literacy skills can enrich one’s life.”

“One of the most rewarding moments of my professional career was working with Miners and Mike to construct READ Saskatoon’s new home,” said Harrow-Yurach. “Miners Construction’s commitment to supporting community organization’s infrastructure ensures literacy and health supports are accessible to everyone. We applaud Miners’ commitment to healthy communities, and for recognizing the value of community work.”

Mike said that literacy as a skill “can be the foundation for many future opportunities in life, no matter what path we choose . . . Literacy plays an all-inclusive role in each one of our lives in different ways, and we have witnessed firsthand how improved literacy skills have touched the lives of so many people.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how an individual’s newly found literacy skills deeply impact their lives, opportunities, and hope for a better future,” Harrow-Yurach said.  “Miners Construction, and Mike and Rhonda Stensrud have demonstrated that our community is stronger when companies, individuals and community organizations work together to support our citizen’s hopes, dreams, and potential.”

The Community Builder Award will be presented at READ Saskatoon’s annual PGI Golf Tourney for Literacy on Monday, August 28th at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

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