If you’ve heard me speak, then you know I’m passionate about rural life. I happen to think I have the greatest office there ever was – looking over the fields at our farm in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. As idyllic as it sounds, there are also challenges that come with rural living. Often, there are services, funding and “extras” that city kids receive, but rural kids may miss out on.
Our team at Hebert Group feels strongly about giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. That is why we’re launching a new charitable Foundation, called Deep Roots, which will help to fill some of the gaps in our communities. We’re asking for your help in bringing these projects, groups and organizations to our attention. I’m also really excited about the scholarship fund we’ve established with funds being awarded to students attending post-secondary education in five of our nearby communities.
You can read the full press release below – join me in celebrating this “win” for rural Saskatchewan and check out Deep Roots when you get a chance. Jeff Warkentin and Stephanie Lloyd will be leading this project for our team and I can’t think of anyone who knows and loves rural Saskatchewan more than these two!
Moosomin, SK – Jan. 9, 2023 – The Hebert Group will be making significant financial investments in several southeastern Saskatchewan communities through its new Deep Roots Foundation. With the goal of improving the quality of life for those living in rural communities, the charitable foundation has three priority areas including agriculture, athletics and community wellness.
To kick off the launch of the Foundation, all employees of the Hebert Group received $500 in December to donate to an organization of their choice.
“This is something that we have been wanting to do for a long time and is really important to our team. We all live and have kids in these communities and we want to see them thrive here – whether it’s a new rink, hospital equipment or a 4H Club. We love rural Saskatchewan and want people to stay here,” says Kristjan Hebert, President of The Hebert Group.
The goal is to make significant investments in the five rural communities and city where the Hebert Group operates. Those communities are Moosomin, Whitewood, Redvers, Wawota, Maryfield and Saskatoon.
The Deep Roots Foundation Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to post-secondary-bound grade 12 students pursuing studies in either agriculture or business. Annual scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded at each of the five local high schools.
Hebert says the Foundation will also work closely with the Community Builders Alliance on the new Moosomin airport expansion project. Hebert Grain Ventures has already committed $25,000 to the project.
“Having an upgraded airport in Moosomin has become critical for our region. A regional airport contributes to the local economy and supports vital public services such as air ambulance, law enforcement and fire suppression,” says Hebert.
The Foundation is welcoming requests from local groups and organizations. Application forms can be found on the Deep Roots website. Filling out this form is the quickest and most efficient way to apply for funding.