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Assiniboia wins Saskatchewan Municipal Award

In only its second year of operation, the Southland Co-op Centre in Assiniboia has won a prestigious award.

ASSINIBOIA — In the 17th annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards, the Southland Co-op Centre located in the Town of Assiniboia was awarded top urban municipal initiative.

A media release outlining each of the four winners said, “The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards celebrate the excellent and innovative practices of Saskatchewan’s municipal governments. Four innovative projects from five municipalities are being recognized for the 17th Annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. This year's winners have shown excellence in municipal infrastructure, cooperation, and addressing community needs.”

Assiniboia’s Southland Co-op Centre is a winning practice. The replacement of the old rink with a new state-of-the-art recreation facility supporting health and wellness needs in the community has also increased tourism in the area.

The SCC contains a walking track, NHL-sized ice surface, a multi-purpose gym, climbing walls, simulator room and more.

SCC has served as an excellent event centre as well, also playing host, in its inaugural year of operation, to the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. SCC has also hosted both SJHL and WHL hockey games. 2024 will see two big ticket events coming to Assiniboia in both April and July, with brisk ticket sales already being experienced for Streetheart and Thunder Down Under.

The winning projects were selected by the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards Committee who reviewed 20 nominations, submitted on behalf of 28 municipalities.

Each year, the awards committee is made up of partners from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), New North, the Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (RMAA), the Urban Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS), and the Ministry of Government Relations (GR).