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March 02, 2010 09:00 ET

Moosomin Curling Club Takes Home Grand Prize in "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club Improvement Program Sponsored by Monsanto

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - The Moosomin Curling Club located in Moosomin, Saskatchewan is this year's $10,000 grand prize winner of Monsanto Canada's "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club Improvement contest. 

The 150-member curling club was established in 1950 but has a long standing tradition with the sport, dating back to "pond curling" in the 1800s. The Moosomin Curling Club was chosen as this year's winner due to their commitment to the sport of curling and an active membership that has put in a lot of volunteer hours and sweat equity to keep their curling club strong and viable. 

"We just couldn't believe it when we got the call and obviously we are extremely happy to have our local club chosen as this year's winner. We feel quite honoured to be recognized as a club with a future and one worthy of getting this support to help prolong our future," said Deanna MacDonald, president of the Moosomin Curling Club. "We plan to update some of our outdated equipment that is in dire need of replacement and just want to thank Monsanto Canada so much for the help!"

The 2010 secondary prize money of $5,000 went to the 2-sheet, St. Front Curling Club located in the tiny hamlet of St Front, Saskatchewan. St. Front – located about two hours east of Saskatoon - has a population of only 20, but the local curling club has been successful in drawing over 180 curlers to their leagues and bonspiels. And as is the case in most small communities, the curling club in St. Front also serves as an important social gathering place for people in town and those from surrounding communities.

Eight (8) other curling clubs from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta also took home cash prizes of $2,000 to assist with a wide array of improvement projects at their local clubs.

All applications received between Oct. 31, 2009 and Jan. 15, 2010 were reviewed by an independent panel of judges that included: Kathryn Larsen, account executive with ProMar Management Services; Resby Coutts from www.thecurler.com; Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada; and Shane Ray, executive director of CurlManitoba.

"This program is one that we are very proud of but it is always a challenge to pick out the winners. In reality, every single entry was deserving of some assistance," said Jordan. "The Moosomin Club has already done a lot of patching and fixing to keep their club alive and they had some great ideas for the future. They also have a lot of different leagues, bonspiels and programs that aim to appeal to a wide range of demographics. I think this level of activity and all the work they have put in on their own is what swayed the judge's in their favour!"

Monsanto launched its "Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club program in November 2008 with the aim of assisting small-town curling clubs in Western Canada with local improvement projects. Applicants were required to provide information about their club, the community in which it resides and why the curling club was in need of assistance. When this year's funding of $31,000 is combined with cash awards given out in 2008 and 2009, Monsanto has been able to provide over $190,000 in cash awards to 70 different rural community clubs across the Prairies.

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Note to Editors: The complete list of winning curling clubs is attached and will also be available online at www.monsanto.ca after March 4, 2010.

Monsanto Canada's
"Imagine a Better House" Community Curling Club
Improvement Contest
2010 Winners

Grand Prize Winner $10 000

MOOSOMIN CURLING CLUB, MOOSOMIN SK

$5 000 Winner

ST. FRONT CURLING CLUB, ST. FRONT SK

$2 000 Winners

BRUNO CURLING CLUB, BRUNO SK

CODETTE AND DISTRICT CURLING CLUB, CODETTE SK

CURLING CLUBS OF WAWANESA, WAWANESA MB

EMPRESS CURLING CLUB, EMPRESS AB

ERIKSDALE CURLING CLUB, ERICKSDALE MB

ETHELBERT CURLING CLUB, ETHELBERT MB

INNISFAIL CURLING CLUB, INNISFAIL AB

SNOWDEN CURLING CLUB, SNOWDEN SK

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries should be directed to:
    Monsanto Canada
    Trish Jordan
    204-985-1005
    www.monsanto.ca