The Sask Snowmobile Association held their 14th Annual Diamonds in the Snow Awards in Saskatoon over the weekend and local members and business were well represented by the Yorkton Sno-Riders.
Rick Bilous, nominated by the Yorkton Sno Riders, was named Outstanding Snowmobiler Volunteer of the Year. Rick has served on the Yorkton Sno Rider executive since the club’s inception in 1990 in many capacities and his contributions to local organized snowmobiling has been outstanding. Rick continues to introduce many friends and family to the sport every year encouraging them to become a member and to help with club activities.
Milton and Colette Melnychuk, nominated by the Yorkton Sno Riders, were named Outstanding Snowmobiler of the Year for their contributions to organized snowmobiling in the Foam-Lake-Fishing Lake areas. Their countless hours marking trail and maintaining warm up shelters is one of the reasons why snowmobilers have been able to enjoy the beautiful trails in the area.
Kailee Popowich ,13 years old, nominated by Barry Bradshaw chair of Yorkton Snowarama, was selected to receive the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association President’s Award. She is the youngest member ever to be selected for this prestigious award. She has been a part of Yorkton Snowarama as a participant since 2009 and over the years has raised over 13,000 in pledges to help send children with disabilities to Camp Easter Seals.
Yorkton Snowarama, nominated by the Yorkton Sno Riders, was awarded Outstanding Tourism and Development of Snowmobiling for the Year for their promotion of snowmobiling and attracting snowmobilers from all over Western Canada. Yorkton Snowarama is a family oriented annual fundraising event held in Yorkton that combines winter fun and community spirit in support of a great cause.
Edfield Motors Foam Lake nominated by the Yorkton Sno-Riders was named a finalist to receive the Outstanding Snowmobiler of the Year for their contributions to snowmobiling. They encourage club membership, snowmobile registration, and snowmobile safety courses to all riders.
DQ Grill and Chill Yorkton nominated by Yorkton Sno Riders was named a finalist for Outstanding Business Contribution to Snowmobiling of the Year for their support of the Yorkton club over the years.