Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski ~TC Consulting   

  "COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH RECREATION"

Shelley grew up on a Mixed  Family Farm (Livestock and Grain) south of the community of Viscount, Saskatchewan. She is the fifth child in a family that is comprised of  Mom , Dad , and Six girls. ( That's right- six girls under the same roof did proved to be interesting at times  ) Through example , my parents taught me the importance of volunteering and contributing to the community in which you work and play. Furthermore , the community of  Viscount and surrounding rural district , provided me with the exposure tor what would become a personal passion ......  recreation ; this same community, ( and the people in it  ) most importantly instilled in me ,  a love for rural Saskatchewan and everything about it !  For this I am forever grateful. Upon completion of my elementary and secondary education - I furthered my studies in Saskatoon and not long after that , I found myself in the community of Foam Lake , Saskatchewan to embark on a career journey. Foam Lake not only provided me with work , but also with my life long partner and husband , Metro  and a family that consists of two stepchildren and four grandchildren , as well as our beloved English Springer Spaniel dog , who is our constant companion.

 I  have always felt very fortunate ............. I like where I am , and I love what I do , does it get any better ?


TC Education


  • Graduated with a Diploma in Recreation Technology-Kelsey Institute-Saskatoon (now Sask Polytechnic Saskatoon) - 1980
  • Certified in Facility Life Cycle Planning-SPRA - 2013
  • Community Development Certificate Program- Campus for Communities Training- (in progress) -2015-16
  • Horticulture Classes through University of Guelph - 1987
  • Swimming Pool, Playground Program and Ice Arena Operators Certificates - 1984
  • Tourism Ambassador Training and Host Training - 1990
  • National Active Living Ambassador Training - 1995
  •  Fundraising Workshop - 1994
  • Certificate in Safety Training and Supervision-Sask Occupational Health and Safety - 2009

      Occupational Health and Safety Training Certificates (WHMIS-Lift Op-Fall Prot for example)

  • First Aid/CPR and AED Training - 2010
  • Conflict Management Training-through Sask Recreation Society - 1986


TC Work Experience


  •  Full time employment as the Director of Leisure Services in 1980 and  retired from this position after 33 years in May of 2013
  •  Delivered numerous educational sessions on community recreation at local-regional/district and provincial events over the past  35 years

      (example topics include-fundraising, tips and work in a rural community, group organization and planning)

  •  Commercial/Retail Greenhouse Business and Tree Nursery - Owned and operated (with my husband) - 1987 to 2007
  •  Government of Saskatchewan Dept. of Culture and Youth –as a Research Officer-performing needs assessments for rural communities in the Saskatoon and North Battleford Regions-1980
  •  Cattle groomer and barn jockey for Saskatoon Auction Mart-1977
  •  Director of Provincial 4-H Summer Intermediate Camp Program-seasonal-1977-1978


 TC Volunteer Experience


  • Member on local Rec Board as a teenager in Viscount, Saskatchewan-representing youth
  •  Volunteered with Kelsey Student Association Athletics and Intramurals at Kelsey Campus
  •  Volunteered as On Air Disc Jockey- Kelsey Campus Radio Station
  • Zone 6 Saskatoon and Zone 4 Yorkton/Melville Sask Games Committees-1980-1987-served on committees and - Mission Staff  a
  • Served on the Sask Games Zone Advisory Committee representing Zone 4 for four years
  • Served on the Recreation Technology Program (SIAST- Kelsey Campus) Advisory Committee for two years
  • Served on the board of Directors of the Parkland Regional Recreation Association for over twenty years
  • Served on the board of Directors of the Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District for two years after the amalgamation of regions 
  • Served on the former provincial Sask Recreation Facility Association for five years as Director of  Membership and Treasurer
  • Served on various ad hoc committees for Sask Association of Rec Professionals and Sask Parks and Rec Association
  • Served on Saskatchewan In Motion Provincial Advisory Committee
  • Served on the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association’s committee to develop a manual resource for communities -   “Hiring a  Recreation Professional Toolkit”
  • Serve on Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals
  •  Volunteer coach for  Foam Lake Ringette
  • Volunteer coach for  Foam Lake Baseball
  • Volunteer coach for Foam Lake Soccer
  • Volunteer leader for Foam Lake unorganized Hockey program
  •  Served on Foam Lake Arts Council and Quill Plains Regional Arts Council
  • Served for a period of eight years as President of the Foam Lake Curling Club
  • Served as President for four years of the Foam Lake Ladies Golf Club
  • Served as President and producer for three years of the local adult theatre group in Foam Lake
  • Served as co-ordinator of news and info for the Foam Lake Wildlife Federation
  • Volunteer on the Foam Lake Recreation Combine Lotto Fundraising Committee
  • Volunteer Advertising and Marketing Co-ordinator for local Foam Lake Senior Hockey Club
  • Layout and groom local Cross Country Ski Trails for community of Foam Lake


TC Achievements and Recognition


  •  Saskatchewan High School Athletics Provincial Champion - Track and Field ( Athletics) -Javelin
  •   Saskatchewan Track and Field ( Athletics) Team - 1975-1977
  •  Jeux Canada Games Silver Medalist -  Track and Field ( Athletics) - Javelin - 1977 - St. Johns Nfld.
  •  Canadian Junior Track and Field Team (Athletics) - 1977
  •  Saskatchewan Volleyball Association Provincial Women's Team-Project 79
  •  Female Athlete of the Year - Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences (Polytechnic)- 1979-1980-Volleyball
  •  Female Leadership Award - Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences (Polytechnic)- 1979-1980


  • Recipient of various recognition and service awards for work done at all levels

  Most Notably:

 

  • The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Award of Merit for volunteer contributions-2002
  • The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Award of Merit for municipal service-2003
  • The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Presidents Award -for service and contributions to the field of recreation at all levels-2013



TC's Interests and Pursuits

Anything that involves the outdoors ,   and nature will suit me just fine, I have a wide variety of interests that includes  ,  but is not limited to:


  •  Nature Trail Hiking
  •  Nordic Walking / Snowshoeing / XC Skiing
  •  Fishing /Hunting /Camping
  •  Golfing
  •  Curling
  •  Skating
  •  Photography
  •  Landscaping / Flower Gardening
  •  Football- Saskatchewan Roughrider Football of course