North Battleford, Saskatchewan, April 9, 2018: Last week, local REALTORS® had the opportunity to experience first-hand the new facilities at Battleford’s Trade & Education Centre (BTEC) and learn how a $5,000 grant from the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (ASR) Quality of Life Legacy Fund has contributed to the organization. On April 3, BTEC Executive Director Mona Leece, staff and participants opened their doors to local REALTORS®, ASR staff and Battleford’s MLA Herb Cox to show how the organization is making a difference in the lives of 67 participants, and the whole community.
BTEC provides support services to individuals with disabilities and assists them in their pursuit of independence and quality of life. While BTEC offers a variety of programs for its participants, including a book store open to the public, participant fundraising initiatives and a new CARE program (Community and Recreation Enrichment), funding from the Quality of Life Grant went specifically to a massage chair, which will eventually be part of a complete sensory room. To show how the participants feel about the REALTORS® contribution, one participant, when asked how she liked the chair, responded with a solid two thumbs up!
“It’s like winning the lottery,” says Leece of the community contributions that made possible the new facility and much of the equipment within. “We’ve been in the city for fifty years but moving to this location was great to bring awareness to the community.”
Says Bill Madder, CEO of the ASR. “It’s inspiring to see what can happen when organizations like BTEC work with the community. We’re proud to be a small part of their success!”
The Quality of Life Legacy initiative awards grants to six community organizations from different regions of the province on an annual basis. The Legacy Grant Program accepts applications in January each year. Any charitable organization in Saskatchewan supporting the Quality of Life’s principles is encouraged to apply. More information can be found at saskatchewanrealestate.com.