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EXCELLENT BOARD/STAFF RETREAT

Thank You. Just want to say we had a wonderful Board and Staff Planning Weekend at your facility in January of 2013.   We needed to make some changes in the meeting room scenarios and your staff just made things happen!  I totally appreciate your flexibility and we look forward to a long term commitment at your facility. Everything was wonderful – food was amazing !! …and I think that our staff should connect sometime with your staff, as we would love to just come out and learn from your food decorators how to carve “lemon mice” and “love birds” from apples some day. I appreciate all that you do! We already re-booked for next year! Thank-you from the DSI Staff! Executive Director/Dance Saskatchewan Inc

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Blackstrap Lakefront Lots

www.livingskiesestates.com This 12 lot development is southwest but immediately adjacent to the 68 acres surrounding Cedar Lodge. There are 6 lots directly on the water and 6 lots rising above the lakefront lots with also magnificent views. There will be in the coming months and years significant reasons to become a part of this ‘exclusive’ subdivision, such as … A brief two minute walk to the  amenities available at Cedar Lodge. **  Superb cuisine by reservation only **  Health and Wellness Center coming soon Cedar Lodge Amenities will be Available to all in the development with Private Membership also offered which will provide specific benefits for Members only. Watch for details as new renovations, upgrades, Health and Wellness Center including pool, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, exercise room and more become available.

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WOW!! WHAT A TEAM YOU ARE!

From the moment I stepped through the door I was made to feel so welcome. Keith bringing me coffee while Linda instantly helped me to feel at home and so comfortable while we talked about the possibilities for our event. Then to arrive and have Doris and Joe be so helpful in set up and hauling stuff and Sandra checking in to see if we needed anything else. Then the kitchen comfort team ministered to us through beautiful Sonia and delicious food prepared lovingly: Janet & Linda/butter tarts! Yum! It is no wonder amazing things happened! I thank you for your quiet service in caring for our group, me and all those who are fortunate enough to pass through your doors. Blessed by you all! Shelley

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WONDERFUL TIME @ CEDAR LODGE

We had a wonderful time at Cedar Lodge. The evaluation forms mention the excellent food, scenic setting and accommodating staff. I was amazed by all the beautiful touches that went beyond what anyone would expect, such as the table settings and decorative food display. I think everyone enjoyed the experience. We are planning to be back next year from Sept. 17-22 and will happily give a deposit. Once again we will have to give it in installments – October, March and July.  We would, however, like confirmation on the 2011 cost of facility use, meals and rooms, as we need this for our budgeting and planning in the coming year. There will likely be a similar number of students. We are prepared to book the same week every September for the next 10 or more years. Once again, thank you and the staff for all your kindness. Rita S

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Small Sampler

CEDAR LODGE PATRONS / OLD AND NEW Fascinating groups, guests who leave as friends, innovative speakers, dynamic presentations and spectacular displays have brought countless hours of interest and joy to those who serve at Cedar Lodge. Below, one of the groups who spent some time with us … training in the freezing waters! … never a dull moment! Ice Rescuers Training at Blackstrap Lake Cedar Lodge boasts of a strong repeat business as well as ‘happy’ ‘happy’ customers constantly and fervently recommending our venue. Our business just keeps on growing as word of our great … service … hospitality … cuisine … spreads far and wide. Thousands of people from all over the globe, National and International Events, weddings, family reunions, retreats, conventions, conferences and seminars … have had the pleasure of our outgoing hospitality, friendly service and outstanding cuisine since 1997. …  providing a spirit of excellence  … THANK YOU to all of our very faithful customers, a few of whom are listed below, many who book every year, sometimes twice or even three times a year.  Some of our customers have been with us since we opened … they say they wouldn’t go anywhere else! They tell us over and over again how they ‘dream about’ our soups, desserts and our famous turkey and roast beef dinners. In return, our highest compliments to all of our guests … thank you for making our many years here the most exciting, fascinating and fun-filled trip we ever could have imagined.  To have received all of what you have given us immeasurably compliments our ‘first love’ … helping others along their sometimes winding road, and through that process witnessing … … many renewed hearts and restored lives. THANK YOU ! Although this list is by no means everyone who has ever been guests at Cedar Lodge (our memory sometimes fails us) if you do not see your name below but would like to, just give us a call and it will be our pleasure to include you. Until we meet again, thanks for the memories. Aden Bowman Collegiate Band All Nations Hope AIDS Network Agriventure Assemblee Communautaire Francaise Bethlehem Catholic High School Blackstrap Interagency Group (BIG) BST Tutor Retreat Cameco Canada Employment and Immigration Canadian Diabetes Association Canadian Wildlife Federation Christian Cowboys Christian Heritage Party Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Church of God Moose Jaw Young Adults Cloggers Community Living and Resources Cornerstone Christian School Corrections Dept of Highways Development and Peace Elbow Lutheran Women Environment Canada Erindale Alliance Ladies Retreat Faith Lutheran Youth File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council First Baptist Church First Nations Health Flying Dust 1st Nation French Parents Association George Vanier School Grain Services Union Biennial Convention Green Party Health Canada Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan Hepburn Youth Human Rights Commission Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research International Bible College Leadership Saskatoon MS Society NNADAP – Emotional Intelligence North Battleford Food Bank NSERC Ombudsman Open Door Prairie Pitch Adventure Race Prairie Therapists Public Health Saskatoon Quilters Guild Regina Urban Aboriginal Staff Retreat Rug Hookers Rural Development Institute SARC Sask Energy Sask Environment Sask in Motion Sask Justice Saskatchewan Association of Professional Aromatherapists Saskatchewan Bed and Breakfast Association Saskatchewan Career Work Education Association Saskatchewan Ice Rescuers Saskatchewan Organic Directorate Saskatchewan Orthodox Women’s Retreat Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Saskatchewan Prevention Institute Saskatchewan Soccer Association Saskatchewan Teachers Federation Saskatoon Children’s Choir Saskatoon Tribal Council Saulteaux’s 1st Nation SCSR Selective Mutism Canada Seventh Day Adventists Mens Retreat Sew Fun SIAST SIGA Silverspring School SSWG STEC Society for Aid to the Handicapped Spinners and Weavers Sunwest School Division The Calll The Redeemed Christian Church of […]

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SOMETIMES THEY DON’T MAKE IT

Hello Suzanne I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of my dad. He had nothing but good things to say about you and your kindness. You supported him unconditionally and I truly believe that if he were still here, he would continue on his road to recovery with your helping hand. I had faith in him to fight his demons and win, if he had more time on this earth, he would have. Thank You Sandra McLeod Vancouver B.C. Ross McLeod passed from this life on August 28, 2007 in Medicine Hat Alberta He was 42 He will be missed by many

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TEN YEARS AND COUNTING !!

  JULY 15, 2007 – MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF OUR SECOND DECADE !!   AND WHAT A DECADE IT WAS !! We have provided hospitality, service and fabulous cuisine for thousands of events, some national, some international. We have provided spectacular surroundings for weddings, wedding receptions, seminars, conferences, family reunions, high school reunions, government workshops, retreats, respite and a whole host of various adventures. Additionally, we have served hundreds of thousands over the past more than 10 years with our food distribution program. We have served hundreds in drug and alcohol recovery inasmuch as we are a long term residential treatment facility when we are not otherwise fully booked. Individuals have come from as far west as Victoria, B.C. and from as far east as Prince Edward Island for treatment. Our amazing staff (all volunteers) provide the warmest hospitality and service bar none. And our kitchen staff!! They are unbelievable – home cooked meals that people come back for time and time again. We have faithful customers who book their events with us year after year and we have bookings into the year 2011. One such customer recently remarked after hosting two events every year since 1997 (our first year) – “… in ten years, you have not shirked in any area, you are just as friendly, just as efficient and the meals have not waivered, not one bit.” We want to thank our incredible suppliers, sponsors, donors and supporters, without whom these countless individuals would not have been served with our best efforts, services and supplies. Here are just a few of those – we are sure we will leave out some if not many. Please forgive us if we do and email us to include you in our list. Yellowhead Pizzas and Subs, Sobey’s (Safeway), London Drugs, Great Canadian Bagel, Great Canadian Superstore, Martin’s Produce, Star Produce, Star Egg, Family Pizza, Saskatoon Family Network Inc. to name a few. Over the years, our many tireless volunteers, many of whom have been with the ministry for more than these 10 years, with few vacations – Sandra Howarth, Linda Laird, Lee Hilton, Keith Hills, Sonia Hazen, Al and Audry Wersch, Rob and Georgia Van Doornum, Jonathan Wiebe, Richard Perras, Sandie McDade, Sheldon and Lisa Dyck, Casey Stokman, Helen Kvale, Dave and Lori Washington, Colleen Troesch, Doris and Joe Rubio, Cindy Kemp, Janet Sebelius, Rachel Laird. Without the help of these diehard troopers, there would have been no honors, no awards, no literary events … no wonder when the Premier invited me to his banquet, when I told him of their work of constant dedication, and that I did not do any of this alone, he told me, in that case, bring them all.  I believe there were 14 who attended the Saskatchewan Order of Merit ceremonies with me. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS, MANY OF WHOM COME OUT AND WORK WITH US SIDE BY SIDE WHILE WE CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, OUR PROVINCE AND OUR NATION. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Suzanne Claire Olaski, S.O.M.        

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The Miracle of Cedar Lodge

Over our ten year occupation of Cedar Lodge, there has been a steady unfolding of miracle after miracle. Hopefully one day I will have the opportunity to write another book about some of them. In the meantime, this is the story of how we came to be here and we hope it will bless you to read it. I am often asked to tell this story at conventions and conferences and so we decided it was time to share it here. Written by Suzanne Olaski. This part of the journey all began in 1990, when a prophecy was spoken over me that I would be a part of  the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. I was told that I would be in charge of a location that would include one large building with two side buildings and there would be about 240 people there. That evening a few of us searched the scriptures regarding the various things that had been spoken … we noted how Ephesians 4:12 speaks of this directly … we looked for 240 but there was no such number … but what did seem to fit was 120 … in several places … not the least of which was … about 120 in the upper room at Pentecost.  Two Hundred and Forty was DOUBLE 120! And we have all heard about the double portion that is coming. During that season of my walk with the Lord, although I was deeply involved in mission work in Oakland, California … (mostly street ministry in the heart of the ghetto) … I wasn’t very sure of what such a prophecy could mean for me and so, as had proven wise in the past, I put the prophecy on the shelf and determined that whatever the Lord wanted, I would trust that He would prepare me for whatever it was that He had in mind for me. In 1994, I was visiting friends in Saskatoon. A long time acquaintance called me and happened to mention about a property out at Blackstrap Lake that was for sale. This person knew nothing of the prophecy and quite frankly, when she first mentioned it, I took no particular notice. When I hung up the phone, Keith, who is with this ministry still today, asked “what property are they talking about?” I told him and he said “It sounds like that prophecy spoken a few years back. I think perhaps we should go to look at it.” Someone else said “yes, we’re supposed to.” This then confirmed in my spirit and everyone jumped up to get ready to go. But the Lord put His hand before me and asked that we WAIT … just a little bit … so I told everyone … “OK, we ARE supposed to go, but not right now.” Since most of my friends were pretty used to the fact that the Lord had purposed to train me to specifically WAIT … that the timing was always critical … they gave me no difficulty about this … and so we all sat down to WAIT, filling in the time with a variety of occupations. About an hour and a half later, the Lord made it clear that it was time to go to see the property … now. At that time, only Lee was available to drive me.  So, off we went. Cedar Lodge had been vacant for more than 5 years and so there would be no-one on the premises to show us around, but we went ahead […]

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