The third annual online auction in May raised almost $23,000 for the Yorkton flour mill capital campaign to build an interpretive centre.
Yorkton Tribal Council made a major donation Jan. 25 to support the Yorkton brick flour mill project. The donation of $100,000 will mean the green space surrounding the mill will be known as the Yorkton Tribal Council Gardens.
Chief Isabel O'Soup and many employees and volunteers of the YTC have invested their own time and labour over the past several years to rehabilitate the grounds surrounding the mill building.
Photo: Participating in the announcement were, from the left, YTC CFO Trevor Acoose, Mayor Mitch Hippsley, Chief O'Soup and Mill Capital Campaign chair Terry Tyson.
Legacy Co-op announced its donation of $100,000 towards Yorkton’s Historic Flour Mill on Feb. 3. “As part of our community donations and sponsorship programs, the Board of Directors approved sponsorship for the naming rights of the Event Centre in the new structure,” stated Bruce Thurston, Legacy Co-op’s General Manager. “We are very much a community minded business and this fits well with our guiding statements to build stronger communities,” continued Thurston.
In the fall of 2019, Yorkton City Council approved a grant program for the Brick Mill Society which will consist of matching donations to a maximum of $300,000.
All donations and fundraising will be matched by the city, making this is a good time to make a donation to the Brick Mill Society. Every dondation will receive a tax deductible receipt and be matched by the City of Yorkton.
Kenn Propp, President of Harvest Meats, talks about the importance of preserving Yorkton's heritage, and the mill's role in the long history of food processing in Yorkton. Mr. Propp announced a commitment of $100,000 by his company to the mill capital campaign.
Socially-distanced Brick Mill volunteers, including Yorkton Tribal Council Chief Isabel O'Soup and others from YTC, got together on August 19 to rake the grounds at the brick mill in preparation for grass seeding, and to look after the flowers and trees already planted. Chief O'Soup made a presentation of $2,000 to the Brick Mill Society to support the preservation and development of the mill site. Accepting the contribution was Board Chair Vern Brown.