© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Tracy Jennett and Ben Stanford from Red Ribbon Catering prepare food for Saturday’s fundraiser dinner at the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation building.
Through to this year, the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation’s focus has primarily been on their building, located in the RM of Buckland just north of Prince Albert.
Now that a strong business case has been reached and the building appears safely theirs, their focus can return to wildlife conservation efforts, president Doug Erickson said.
Taking a break from Saturday’s fundraiser dinner, Erickson said that he’s confident that wildlife conservation efforts will resume next year.
“Now, the club can once again regain its focus on trying to do things that a wildlife federation does, and perhaps raise money for projects that are wildlife related,” he said. “We haven’t even really established guidelines as to what we want get involved in.”
Catering Saturday’s fundraiser was Red Ribbon Catering -- a new company that’s signed a deal with the wildlife federation, in that the organization now gets a percentage of food sales.
“They now provide all the food service whenever the hall is rented for a function,” Erickson said, citing this is a win-win deal.
“We no longer need volunteers for cleaning up the kitchen or preparing meals or anything like that -- it’s all handled by Red Ribbon Catering.”
This is just one way in which the federation has managed to maintain its building, Erickson said.
In the past year, they’ve managed to rehire an in-house caretaker, remodel the caretaker’s suite, install gutters for the first time in 40 years, install a new commercial dishwasher and overall update the kitchen.
With all these things resolved, newcomers to the organization will no longer be frightened away by building woes, Erickson said, encouraging those interested in joining the organization to do so.
Currently, the bulk of federation goings on is handled by 10 devoted volunteers -- mainly members of the executive, Erickson said.
Those interested in joining the federation can phone the building at 306-764-8970.