60th Anniversary

On May 28, 2017 the Our Lady of the Prairies Foundation held their 60th Anniversary celebration! The Board of Directors along with the 60th Anniversary Planning Committee began planning this event several years in advance to ensure the impact was significant.

It was decided that to best involve the family, the blood lineage children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Founder J.P. Leier would have the opportunity to distribute funding to their preferred registered charity within Canada. A total of $178,105 was disbursed!

The celebration began with a social and lunch held at the Top of the Inn at the Sheraton Cavalier. Power Point presentations were running throughout the afternoon showing the history of the Foundation along with the many projects that have been funded throughout the years. Families were later introduced and provided time to outline the charities they chose to give money to.

The celebration turned out wonderfully and was not only an excellent chance to connect with family, but also a great opportunity to highlight so many impactful charities.

Below is a listing of the charities who were chosen to receive funding along with a few of the notes we received afterwards.

Donation Amount Charity
$3,000 Atira Women's Resource Society
$2,000 Bethany Assisted Living
$6,000 Blackstrap Youth Camp
$4,000 Canadian Cancer Society
$12,000 Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatchewan Division
$3,000 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
$3,000 Care & Share Saskatoon Inc.
$3,000 Child Find Saskatchewan Inc.
$1,000 Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan (Capital Campaign)
$3,000 Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
$600 Chrohn's & Colitis Canada
$1,000 Cold Lake Food Bank Society
$1,000 Creative Kids Saskatchewan
$8,000 CUPS
$6,000 Elizabeth Bagshaw Women's Clinic
$1,000 Empty Arms Perinatal Loss Support Services Inc.
$5,000 Flying Dust Youth & Disabled Wish Foundation
$3,000 Gordon Neighbourhood House
$2,000 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation
$1,500 Haying in the 30's Cancer Support Society
$1,000 Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
$3,000 Holy Spirit Parish
$6,000 Hope Restored Canada
$1,000 Jack Millikin Centre
$1,000 Kelowna Women's Shelter
$8,000 Kidsport Saskatoon
$3,000 Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitations
$500 Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan
$2,105 Medical Mission Sisters
$1,000 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
$1,000 Muscular Dystrophy Canada (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy)
$1,000 New Hope Dog Rescue
$1,000 OUTSaskatoon
$2,000 Parkview Place
$2,500 Prince Albert Community Meals Inc.
$6,000 Qu'Appelle House of Prayer
$1,000 Remai Modern Art Gallery (Capital Campaign)
$6,000 RM of Loon Lake
$1,000 Royal University Hospital Foundation
$1,000 Saskatoon Crisis Nursery
$3,000 Saskatoon Food Bank
$1,000 Saskatoon Friendship Inn
$2,000 Saskatoon Interval House
$4,000 Saskatoon Interval House - Adelle House
$1,000 Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre
$1,000 Saskatoon Services for Seniors Inc.
$4,000 Saskatoon SPCA
$1,000 SCAT Street Cat Rescue
$3,000 Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Inc.
$1,000 Shilo Military Family Resource Centre
$4,000 STARS
$5,400 STARS Fund a Flight
$1,000 The Children's Wish Foundation - Saskatchewan Chapter
$1,500 The Global Gathering Place
$1,000 The Lighthouse
$6,000 The Saskatoon Breast Health Centre c/o Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation
$3,000 Unity and District Food Bank Inc.
$5,000 Unity Community Resource Centre
$1,000 Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (Capital Campaign)
$6,000 Waskesiu Foundation
$2,000 Wilkie Health Centre - Activity Department
$3,000 YWCA


"Thank you for your generous gift to STARS. The Foundation's gift towards our mission and Fund-A-Flight program will have meaningful impact on our air medical crews' ability to serve patients across Western Canada in the year ahead. We sincerely thank the family members who graciously picked STARS as their charity of choice in honor of the Foundations 60th anniversary, we are so appreciative."


"We were overwhelmed to receive your donation last week! This donation is a huge blessing. Thank you for building into our organization and furthering our vision of creating a world where humanity is renewed and restored in healthy relationships. Your donation will go towards our efforts to get programs up and running for both Holistic Restoration, Outreach, Partnership, and Education."

- Hope Restored Canada

"Thank you for including our charity in your Foundation's 60th Anniversary celebrations. This support is deeply appreciated. The Leier Family continues to be a shining example of compassionate community builders. Thank you for giving the gift of creativity to a Saskatchewan child."

- Creative Kids

"Congratulations to Our Lady of the Prairies Foundation for celebrating your 60th Anniversary! Thank you again for choosing Global Gathering Place to commemorate the occasion. Your donation went towards extending our Learn to Camp program in Prince Albert National Park to include canoeing and kayaking instruction and equipment. This was a new Canadian activity for all 50 participants, and made for an unforgettable experience. Thank you for bringing this program to life!"

- Global Gathering Place

"Heartfelt thanks for the very generous donation to the House of Prayer. It is deeply appreciated. From the beginning of this small centre of spirituality in 1995, the Foundation has been a strong and essential supporter. It is no exaggeration to state the house would never have existed except for the generous support from the Foundation and family. With much gratitude and every blessing for the good works of the Foundation."

- Qu'Appelle House of Prayer

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