Media Release

Innovation Credit Union's "iDress Down for SIDNE

May 28th 2014

Innovation Credit Union’s “iDress Down for Charity Program” donates to “Prevents Makes Cents” Matching Program for SIDNE®


North Battleford, SKInnovation Credit Union Battleford branch, North Battleford branch, North Battleford Agencies and Battleford Agencies staff contribute a portion of their paycheque each pay period, as part of their “iDress Down for Charity Program,” with all proceeds going to a local charity chosen by the staff.  This year Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation was one of those charities selected and will receive $1,100.  “We are grateful to everyone for this generous and thoughtful gesture and it is very much appreciated,“ stated Brenda Sparrow, BUH Foundations Board of Directors Chair. 


The staff wished for their donation to be directed to the “Prevents Makes Cents” Matching Program for SIDNE® which will be matched by Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC of North Battleford as part of a fundraising drive for the P.A.R.T.Y. program.  Walter Houk, owner and manager of Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC, was on hand to acknowledge the donation.


For further information on SIDNE® or to learn more on how you can be a part of the “Prevents Makes Cents” matching program for SIDNE®, please visit or call 306-446-6652.


SIDNE® is a battery operated go-kart and will provide a hands-on, engaging lesson about the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs and the dangers of distracted driving through a visual, hands-on experience with the P.A.R.T.Y. Program.  The P.A.R.T.Y. Program has been operating at BUH since 2009 and has had over 350 students take part, from The Battlefords and surrounding communities.  The Program is run in collaboration with the volunteer efforts of BUH, the RCMP and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the support of North Battleford Fire Department to promote injury prevention and enable youth to recognize risk, make informed

choices, and identify potential consequences about activities and behaviours while driving.  The youth are brought to the hospital to see firsthand what happens in emergency and trauma

situations with presentations from the RCMP on what happens when they are arrested, EMS showing on the scene accident care, and the Emergency Department demonstrating trauma care provided. 




Featured in the photo from left to right: Innovation Credit Union Staff: Verna Swiftwolfe, Sarah Heit, Melanie Boyd, Cheryl Cook, Laurie Carriere, Jennifer Schmidt, Tyson Poitras, BUH Foundation’s Chair Board of Directors Brenda Sparrow, Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC owner and manager Walter Houk, and Cheryl Bulmer, also with Innovation.



For more information, contact:


Mike Van Stone Health Educator/ACP/PARTY Program Coordinator
Ph. 306-481-3544


Claudette McGuire

BUH Foundation Executive Director

Ph. 306-446-6652


Jill Ahrens-Gruetzner, AVP of Marketing & Strategic Intelligence

Innovation Credit Union

Ph.  306-778-1754


Walter Houk, Owner and Manager

Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd

Ph. 306-445-3300



About Innovation Credit Union:

Innovation Credit Union believes in community and that part of creating exceptional value is giving back to the communities and regions they serve.  In 2013 Innovation provided donations and scholarships totaling $415,000.  In addition their staff members not only contributed $13,200 to local charities but donated 10,410 hours of their time to various community organizations.  Innovation serves approximately 50,000 members across Saskatchewan and is accountable to their members through a local board of directors who establish policies and report on results.  For more information about Innovation Credit Union visit


About Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.:

Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. is a premier GM vehicle dealer in North Battleford.  Operating since 1976 Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. offers a selection of new and used Chevrolet, Buick and GMC cars, trucks, and SUVs to The Battlefords and surrounding area.  They are proud supporters of their community, giving back in a variety of ways to various organizations including Battlefords North Stars, United Way, Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts, and BUH Foundation.  For more information about Bridges Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. visit


About Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation:

Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation is dedicated to enriching patient care through responsible stewardship of community contributions and volunteer resources.  BUH Foundation, operating independently of other healthcare organizations, is the main fundraising agency of BUH and Battleford Region Home Care and provides funding for the purchase of capital/non-capital equipment and staff education.  For more about BUH Foundation visit


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