After a few failed attempts to get my club certified as a not-for-profit association, two executive members of the MHSEC had a 90 minute meeting with me, creating a blueprint for not only my club, but any other to follow. We have now submitted our paperwork, and are waiting on certification now!
- Jason Williams, Medicine Hat Water Polo

The Medicine Hat Sports Council has been a wonderful resource. Kara Brake has been extremely accommodating; helping us secure a venue for our upcoming provincial gymnastics event in April, as well as answering all our questions and putting us in touch with the right people. We have also made use of their resource library on their website. Overall working with them has been a very positive experience!
- Jamie Reid, Salta Gymnastics Club

We were pleased with the enthusiasm to assist the Cypress Hills Adventure Running Society efforts to establish first class running events in our area.
- Rita Pasiciel, Cypress Hills Adventure Running Society

The Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council has increased the City’s ability to connect event organizers with potential venues to host certain events. One example of this is the Alberta Compulsory Championships that will take place in April on the Stampede Grounds. I strongly believe without the involvement of the MHSEC this event may not have come to Medicine Hat. The knowledge that the MHSEC has regarding the City’s resources and capacities for Sport and Event is a huge benefit to anyone in our community who is interested in hosting. They have been able to connect the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede with the Salta Gymnastics Club which I am completely thrilled about. I deal with taking bookings for the Stampede facilities and many times people in our own community have stated to me that they weren’t even aware of all the facilities on the grounds. I am excited that there is a group such as the MHSEC to focus on making these connections and look forward to many more Sports and Events coming to our city.
- Natalie Weir, The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Company Ltd.

The Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council has been great so far. It’s very valuable knowing any questions you have will be answered with enthusiasm. Our groups rely on this much needed support to help spread the word and get more families involved. I am looking forward to growing the Medicine Hat Motorcycle Society. I know I can count on the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council.
- Jamie McDonald, Medicine Hat Motorcycle Society

In Spring of 2018 a small volunteer committee, normally tasked with assisting in the implementation of the CMH public art policy regarding acquisition and placement of public art, decide with enthusiasm and no small degree of trepidation to put forward our city as the next centre to host the annual Alberta Public Art Network Summit. The committee, with little event planning experience among its members, were quite concerned with how they might actually develop a successful 3 day summit attractive to delegates from around the province. What a relief to this small committee to find such excellent resources and knowledgeable counsel in the MHSEC. Kara and a team of experts met with us early in the process and gave us invaluable advice for forming a strong committee, helped us develop a clear framework for creating a plan and even supplied some template documents to use in our processes. Members of the Council continue to make themselves available any time we have questions around best practice and have helped point us in the right direction when seeking specific resources regarding logistics, such accommodations and transportation for our delegates. We are very excited to showcase our beautiful city to the 50+ delegates who will come here in September and are grateful for those who have done this before – who are willing to share their time, talents and good ideas to ensure our Summit’s success. Well done, MHSEC!
- Barbara Mitchell, Alberta Public Arts Network Summit

It has been a pleasure to work with the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council, especially Kara Brake and her team, over the past year. Right from the beginning, when we explored the possibility of holding a large convention in Medicine Hat, we were met with a welcoming and helpful spirit. Throughout our discussions, Kara and her team were diligent in working together with our representatives. Our experience has been very positive.
- Rod Sideroff, Regional Convention Representative of Jehovah’s Witnesses

During the past year we had the special opportunity to work with Kara Brake and the Sport and Event Council when hosting the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in November. What a pleasure it was! I have nothing but great things to say about the Council and Kara. The Council was very supportive of our bid. Many of their directors provided much needed expertise and were instrumental in first, helping secure the bid and secondly, advising myself and many others on the many different challenges we faced. They provided our group with an excellent support staff.

Kara Brake was in a class of her own! Her ability to multi task and still maintain a warm, friendly sense of humor was a unreal asset to our directorship. Her knowledge of all aspects of the inner workings of City, her relationships with their organizations and personnel allowed our group to find quick solutions adding to our success. Kara is incredibly organized and regardless of what challenge we through at her, she was able to respond and even enhance the solution. Her commitment was second to none in the hosting of this most successful event. Medicine Hat is very lucky to have Kara! She is so committed to making our community a better place to live in and come to visit.
- Terry Bartman, Chair, 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Throughout the lead up and execution of the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge hosted in partnership with the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council, Kara Brake and the Host Organizing Committee demonstrated great leadership, poise and expertise in delivering a world class event. Kara has developed a strong working relationship with Hockey Canada and given her role with the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council would be trusted to host and lead future Hockey Canada events. Kara demonstrates a positive attitude, a friendly demeanor and professionalism that would be a valuable asset to any future events hosted in Medicine Hat.
- Jeff Beck, Senior Manager of Events and Properties, Hockey Canada

The Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council is a true asset to the sporting community in Medicine Hat. Working with Kara to help put together economic impact statements for the Medicine Hat Pickleball Club has been invaluable! Kara was easy to work with and very efficient.
- Brenda Lea MacPhail, Medicine Hat Pickleball Club

It has been absolutely incredible working with the Medicine Hat Event & Sports council over the past year and a half. They were so accommodating when we were in the planning stages of applying for the 2020 ATB Financial Junior B Provincials which we successfully were awarded. Their knowledge and access to the local business community is by far a huge asset. We couldn’t have won our bid without their support. We continually look forward to the opportunities that arise and working closely with there outstanding staff for future events.
- Dave Kowalchuk, General Manager, Medicine Hat Cubs Junior Hockey Club

A huge thank you goes out to Kara Brake and the Medicine Hat Sports and Event Council. The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede asked Kara if she would help us to develop a economic impact study of our events and activities that took place on our grounds throughout the year 2019. The results of this study gave us the information that we need when talking to local, provincial and federal governments. It allowed us to present our financial and social activities to the business community and the importance of our organization as a major economic advantage to Medicine Hat and District.
- Ron Edwards, Past President, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede

Medicine Hat was selected through a formal bid process to host the Special Olympic Canada Summer Games 2022. Through the bid process they demonstrated not only incredible support from the City of Medicine Hat but their community rallied and demonstrated that they had a huge amount of pride in showcasing their City as a premier sport tourism hosting destination. In our initial months of planning before COVID caused the cancellation of the Games we had witnessed a overwhelming commitment to hosting an incredible Games. The passion and dedication of everyone involved indicated that this would have been a very successful event.
- Blair McIntosh, VP Sports, Special Olympics Canada

Working with the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council has been a wonderful experience. 2020 was a challenging year for all sport organizations and Kara has been amazing in assisting us navigate through the influx of information received by the GOA and the often-changing restrictions throughout the pandemic. The work they do is important for all local organizations and they are a huge asset to the community.

It was a pleasure to be a part of the Stakeholder meeting and COVID panel discussion in September. MHSEC continues to do an amazing job bringing the sport community together.
- Robert Cavicchia, Executive Director, Medicine Hat Soccer Association