Media Release: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Saskatoon, Canada - The new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum announced today a major gift from Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio. In recognition of the gift, The PotashCorp’s children’s discovery museum has named a prominent exhibit in the main gallery “C95 Toon Town”.
This donation is a part of the capital campaign for the new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum. The Main Gallery and C95 Toon Town are the first stop for Museum visitors and an integral part of the fun families will experience in the new museum.
C95 Toon Town will spark children’s creativity and engage them in open-ended discovery play. There will be numerous opportunities for play as children make connections between the real world and the role models in their lives. The design of C95 Toon Town includes movable carts, props and building facades that can represent what Saskatoon once was, what it has become today and allows for children to even plan what the future could look like. This flexibility will encourage children to experience different professions and dream big. As an example, they can dress up as a doctor and play in front of a physician themed facade.
Esecutive Director of the new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum, Amanda McReynolds Doran, thanked the Rawlinsons for their gift. " C95 Toon Town will be a flexible exhibit where all children will be able to collaborate and experience hands on activities in theatrical productions and a variety of programs in art, engineering and music.”
“We are proud to own and operate C95, Rock 102 and 650 CKOM for almost 35 years,” said Gordon Rawlinson. “The new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum is a world-class facility, and we are thrilled that our donation is helping create the C95 Toon Town exhibit where families will come together to create memories.”
KidApproved Capital Campaign Chair, Robin Chapman added. “Now is the time to present this amazing gift. The opportunity has arrived, it is not "if" there will be a children's museum but "when". Let's build a legacy for our children, our community and province.”
About Gordon and Jill Rawlinson
Gordon and Jill Rawlinson are well known for their philanthropy, especially in the areas of the arts, health and education. They made major donations to organizations throughout the province, including: Remai Modern; Persephone Theatre; the Rawlinson Centre for Aboriginal Students at The Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan; St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation; the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care at Regina General Hospital; the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts in Prince Albert; the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts in North Battleford; the United Way in Saskatoon and Regina; the Red Cross in Saskatchewan; and STARS Air Ambulance.
About Rawlco Radio
Rawlco Radio Ltd. Is a private, family-owned radio company that operates seven radio stations: three in Saskatoon, three in Regina, and one in Calgary. The Saskatoon stations include C95, Rock 102FM and 650 CKOM.
About the new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum
The new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum, a not-for-profit organization, aims to create a world-class facility in Saskatoon where children and their families can come together to explore science, culture, and art. The new museum with unique exhibits, educational programming and commitment to diversity and local heritage, will become a creative springboard for the children of Saskatoon and surrounding communities, fostering a lifelong love of learning.
The new PotashCorp children’s discovery museum continues to fundraise for the capital campaign, and anticipates opening in the Mendel building in 2019. More donor and supporter announcements will be forthcoming and listed on the campaign website. Donations to the Capital Campaign can be made online at www.kidapproved.ca or by contacting the Museum.
For further information, please contact:
Amanda McReynolds Doran
Children’s Discovery Museum
Phone: (306) 230-7814