Executive Director - Parkland Valley Sport, Culture, and Recreation District
Sheila Hryniuk’s recent visit to her alma mater resulted in a fresh piece of hardware for her trophy case. Hryniuk, Executive Director with Parkland Valley Sport, Culture, and Recreation District, received the Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Regina (U of R) in April 2018.
Sheila’s volunteer focus in physical activity started with Girls on the Move in the late 90’s in Yorkton. It evolved to become the Yorkton in…motion Committee when Saskatchewan in…motion was established provincially. Once her children started attending school, her volunteer focus narrowed to Active Transportation which now includes School Travel Planning.
She has varied work experience in sport, culture and recreation and has held several employment positions & contract roles from Program Development Coordinator, Trans-Canada Trail Coordinator, Fitness Instructor, Youth Outreach Worker, Performing Arts Coordinator, Recreation Coordinator, Games Manager for the 2000 Saskatchewan Summer Games and her current position of Executive Director with the Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District out of Yorkton.
Her passion for physical activity grew out of her love of dance. As a Ukrainian dancer and instructor in her early 20’s, she understands the health benefits of being physically active but also the team work and social benefits that are derive.
Hryniuk studied Kinesiology at the U of R, graduating in 1997. She’s dedicated herself to promoting healthy living, which caught the eye of Saskatchewan in…motion (SIM). SIM nominated Hryniuk for the Distinguished Alumni award. “Sheila really stood out in making a contribution to her community,” said Cathie Kryzanowski, Executive Director with SIM. “She has been a strong champion for active forms of transportation.”
Hryniuk delivered a keynote address for a U of R graduating class. She discussed her career and the importance of physical activity, highlighting how technology makes sedentary lifestyles more attractive. “The challenge ahead is how we can make movement valued,” she said.