SPFA Education Awards for member’s dependent family

The SPFA is once again pleased to offer education awards to support post-secondary studies of faculty family members. The Education Awards Committee is working with SaskPolytech’s Donor and Alumni Relations (DAR) office again this year to assist with the application and award distribution process.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association Awards are $1000 each and are awarded to faculty family members (as per the benefits package definition) who are enrolled for fall 2020 in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. Applicants from previous years who have not received an award, but are still in post-secondary studies, are encouraged to apply again. Previous recipients of SPFA awards are ineligible.

There are two categories:

INTERNAL AWARDS are for faculty family members attending any program 20 weeks or more in length at any Saskatchewan SaskPolytech campus. Application deadline for the Internal award is July 31.  If there are still awards available after that date, the next application period runs from September 1 to October 31 and then from March 1 to March 31. These awards can be found in the regular SaskPolytech student awards guide where applicants must complete the SaskPolytech on-line application. Selection for these awards follows the regular Sask Polytech award process.

Applying for an Internal Award:

  1. Go to Sask Polytech’s student awards website at: http://saskpolytech.ca/admissions/resources/scholarships-and-awards.aspx.
  2. Under “General Application and Information” Select “Online Application”
  3. Select “Apply now!   (online application will open in another window)
  4. In the “Award Name” box, type Sask Polytech Faculty, and complete in the Campus, Year, Program, Credential and Equity boxes.  Click the “Search” button. The award will appear.   
  5. Click the “Apply On-Line” button.
  6. The page opens to a “fuel to learn Inc” page where you can either create a personal profile that can be used for all award applications or log in to an existing account.
  7. Confirmation of creating an account will be sent to your email
  8. Once you have completed the profile, select the "Apply Now" button and a final "Proof of Membership" window will open where the applicant inserts their SPFA family member's name.  Be sure to insert your family member’s name (SPFA member) in the box or your application will be rejected.
  9. Complete and Student Declaration section and submit your application.


EXTERNAL AWARDS are for faculty family members attending any recognized Canadian post-secondary institution, outside of SaskPolytech. Recognized institutions are as defined in SaskPolytech Policy #116 and are listed on the Government of Canada website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-institutions-list.asp.

The application period runs June 1 – July 15.  External award recipients are selected on a random draw basis, by DAR; the Education Awards committee is not directly involved in the selection process.

Applying for an External Award:

  1. Go to Sask Polytech’s student awards website at: http://saskpolytech.ca/admissions/resources/scholarships-and-awards.aspx.
  2. Find the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association Award under the Additional Award, Funding and Scholarship Opportunities section of the webpage (in the bottom third of the webpage) under the “Awards Administered by Sask Polytech”.
  3. Select “Application Form” (the Word document “SPFA-application” will download to the bottom of your web page and can be opened from there.
  4. Complete the application online or print it and complete it manually. 
  5. Be sure to include the name of your family member who is a Sask Polytech faculty member or your application will be rejected.
  6. Either save and email or print and mail your application according to instructions on the application.


Please encourage your family members who will be in post-secondary studies this fall to apply. If you have feedback on the process, the committee would like to hear so it can be made even better.

After serving two years as committee chair, Barb Gustafson has stepped down, leaving Prince Albert’s seat vacant.  If you are interested in representing PA on the Education Committee, contact Andrea Jonasson.  Rick Caron will chair the committee for the upcoming year.  Thank you, Barb, for your knowledge and dedicated work to help get the committee and awards established; and to Rick for stepping up to ensure a smooth transition.

Committee members: Marissa Landry-Dixon; Graeme Drysdale and Erin Knuttila (EC Liaison). The Prince Albert and Saskatoon campus seats are vacant. Contact your campus VP if you are interested in serving on this committee.


Vice President, Moose Jaw Election Run-off Results

Good morning,

The election results for the Moose Jaw VP Election Run-off Ballot are inserted below. Jeff Galbraith got a majority of the votes, and is declared elected.

Thank you to the candidates and all those that voted in the elections.

You'll find a screenshot from the eBallot results below:















Wade Lahoda

Chief Electoral Officer - SPFA



2020 SPFA Election Results

The election results for the SPFA President are inserted below.

Bill Grosskleg has achieved a majority vote and is therefore declared elected. The transition of responsibility will occur, as per the SPFA Constitution, at the next scheduled Executive Council meeting.


Here’s the screenshot for the president’s report from eBallot.


The eBallot election results for Moose Jaw are inserted below.


The SPFA Constitution states on page 6 of 13:

Successful Election: Nominees for each position shall be declared elected when they have received a majority of the votes cast or they are the only nominee at the close of nominations. 

If, after the first ballot, no nominee for the position shall have received a majority, the list of nominees shall be reduced to those two nominees receiving the most votes on the first ballot. The run-off vote will occur within seven calendar days, in each case as may be required to identify a majority vote.

Given that no candidate has achieved a majority of the votes cast, a runoff election will be required for Moose Jaw Campus VP.  The top two candidates for Moose Jaw Campus VP will appear on an eBallot.  The eBallot will be sent to the Saskpolytech email address of Moose Jaw Campus members on Tuesday @ 9:00 am, November 24.  eVoting will remain open until Thursday @ 4:00 pm, November 26.  The results of the election runoff will be announced by email to the members on Friday, November 27.


We wish to thank all the candidates and all those that are voting in these elections.

For those in attendance at the AGM you would have heard incorrect election results announced. See the explanation below from Jane Zaleschuk.


Wade Lahoda

Chief Electoral Officer – SPFA


Dear SPFA Members,

I made a transposition error when preparing the results document to present during the AGM.  I transposed the number of votes for Jeff to Chad and vice versa. I had also provided my document to my co-electoral officer for his review and he concurred with the results. As such I did not realize during the meeting that I had made an error.  I can now confirm that Jeff Galbraith received 28 votes, 33% of the votes cast.

Subsequent to ending the AGM we noted my error. Which is why the SPFA is sending you this notification.

I apologize for my error and the inconvenience it has caused all parties.

Jane Zaleschuk, CPA, CGA

Manager, Virtus Group





SPFA Membership:

 A pandemic and now a cybersecurity incident.  There is no playbook for this.

 Since Saskatchewan Polytechnic IT Services have been and continue to be disrupted the Virtual AGM will be re-scheduled to Thursday, November 19, 2020; 12 noon – 1:30 pm.  The eVote ballot will remain open until November 18, 2020 @ 10:00 pm.

 Related documents on the SPFA website http://spfa.ca will be updated to reflect this change.

 A reminder that a zoom invite to the virtual AGM will be emailed to all members about 24 hours before the AGM.

 Please VOTE, your voice matters!


Greg Gardiner

Secretary Treasurer