A new face to Wakamow, a familiar face to Moose Jaw.
Crystal Froese has joined the Wakamow Authority team as its new Director of Community Relations and Fundraising.
Froese said she is excited for the opportunity and thrilled to be working in the community she calls home.
Before coming to Wakamow, Froese worked in the provincial government’s communications department as a marketing specialist for the Saskatchewan Provincial Parks and Sport.
Having only been in her new position since the end of July, Froese said she definitely came in to the job and hit the ground running.
In her new role, Froese said she will be working with the community, local businesses and organizations to try and help promote both the park and its many wonderful events.
She will be engaging the community through social media and larger scale promotion, as well as working closely with her co-workers on the planning of events, how to make them bigger and better and ensuring they are fun for everyone who attends.
Froese said not only is fundraising in her job title, but a vital part of the parks survival.
“Wakamow really is a gem right here in Moose Jaw. It is an urban park but it is also a very active park, meaning that we have over 14 km of trail for people walking, hiking and biking. It is an all-season park because you can cross-country ski and skate in the winter and it is a very well used park.”
She said with that being said, keeping it up and running in prime condition takes time and money, which is where park events come into play.
One area Froese said she would love to focus on and knows has been in the parks long-term plans for quite some time, is the old Wild Animal Park.
“I know the community would love to see this space developed into something much more usable, so for long-term planning I will be working with the staff to come up with different ways (to utilize) that space.”
Although her time in the Wakamow office has been short, Froese said she is happy to be there and looks forward to becoming more familiar with all the park has to offer.
Two events Froese would like the community to keep in mind in the coming months, is the up coming Corporate challenge, which is raising funds to replace the washroom facilities in the park and the Harvest Moon Festival, a fun, family event for everyone.
For more on what is happening in Wakamow, visit www.wakamow.ca.