SSAIC is made up of knowledgeable and compassionate individuals who are committed to serving the survivors of sexualized violence in our community in the most exemplary way. We are joined by countless volunteers, including our Board of Directors, without whom we could not do what we do.
Reagan Conway (she/her)
Executive Director, B.A. Women and Gender Studies
I was born and raised in Saskatoon and am passionate about community work and giving back. I enjoy spending time with my husband and stepson, gardening, and being outside. My dog Oscar enjoys being out there with me and will helpfully dig holes; my cat Maymont just likes laying in the sun. Football is also one of my favorites, and I force my husband to watch every Rider game with me.
Prior to coming to SSAIC, some of my work experience includes counselling with Meewasinota CRF Ltd, coordination work at the Youth Wellness Centre, Street Outreach Worker with SHA, Addictions Counselor for Alberta Health Services, and a Program Manager at the Oak Hill Boys Ranch. Most recently, I held the position of Program Manager at Quint Development where I supported residents, managed staff, and looked after the daily operations of two transition homes.
I am looking forward to being able to align my education and work and finally return to my first passion of gender equity. I’m svery excited to work with the team at SSAIC to address gender-based violence in our community.
Client Services Coordinator
I am a Registered Social Worker and have been working at SSAIC since 2011. I previously worked in a residential setting for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and was initially hired to develop specialized programming for survivors of child sexual abuse. I have experience in public education, prevention work, and individual and group counselling.
I’m passionate about creating and providing services that are trauma informed, client-centered, and serve all people who have been impacted by sexualized violence in our community. I find self-care in my garden, good books, and time with family and friends.
Education & Outreach Coordinator
I started at SSAIC in 2018 as a social work practicum student, and was (very luckily) hired that spring to the counselling team. I have now doing our education and communications work since February 2020. I connect with the land I grew up on as a settler person, and honour the original peoples of Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Metis that called this land home long before me.
Working at SSAIC gives me the gift of making a difference in my community, whether that’s on a one-on-one basis in counselling, or on a bigger scale with groups and public education. Seeing the “light-bulb” moment in people’s eyes when they ~realize something~ is magical. The minute I walked through the doors at SSAIC, I felt home. I knew then that I wanted to stay after my practicum, as the clients and staff were all one in a million. I feel so grateful to work at an agency that is actively survivor-focused, sex-positive, anti-racist, feminist, anti-oppressive, and committed to consistently improving on these at all times. These values show through in all of the work we do.
Something that not everyone knows about me may be the beginning of my love story: my now-husband and I started our romance on our high school travel club trip to China and have been together ever since! I also LOVE to play with makeup, fashion, and design – I treat my personal Instagram page as a Pinterest board and an expression of my art / the things I love. I want to say thank-you to every single client, participant, and attendee that has crossed my path during my time at SSAIC – you have all taught me more than you know!
I joined the SSAIC counselling team in August 2019. I am a registered Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina. I was employed as a research and teaching assistant at the U of R, and was included in seven publications. I am certified in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory and am also trained in Motivational Interviewing.
I have done a great deal of front line work with vulnerable folks living in poverty and struggling with addictions. I have worked as a Family Therapist with the Ranch Ehrlo Society, sessional instructor at Sask Polytechnic in the Victim Services program, and as a Caseworker at the John Howard Society. I managed the Diversion and Outreach Program at Parent Aide prior to joining the team at SSAIC.
I was born and raised in Melfort, Saskatchewan. I called Regina home for 15 years until love brought me to Saskatoon. I’m currently trying to work my way through my list of restaurants to try, and going birding. I spend a lot of my free time with my three dogs and two birds. I’m really interested in starting yoga and am planning on taking some ceramics classes this winter. I also LOVE to travel.
I started working at SSAIC in November 2020 as an Intake Counsellor and became a full time Counsellor in June 2021. I’ve always enjoyed working in the helping professions; I had done a lot of informal counselling in previous employment roles and when I saw an opportunity to move into a formal counselling role I was very excited.
I am now living on Treaty 6 Territory, but grew up on Treaty 4 Territory. Although I miss the quiet open spaces of rural living, I have definitely come to appreciate all of the amenities of the city. I love working in such a warm and caring environment at SSAIC. Everyone here is so kind, welcoming, and compassionate. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a great team of individuals.
Three of my most favourite things are:
- My bulldog, Gunner: I love coming home to his squishy face and wiggly butt each day! Cuddles with him are my favorite selfcare activity.
- Fall: I love the colours, the smells, and the crisp air. Drinking a coffee or reading a good book on the deck in the fall is my jam.
- Seeing and hearing the growth of our clients. When someone says “I did ‘x’ today which is something I wasn’t able to do before” it makes me so happy.
I started with SSAIC in January 2022 as a social work practicum student. I have since finished my practicum and must have made a fair impression as I am now a paid employee as of since April 2022! I am on my journey home, reconnecting with the land and learning the way of my ancestors before residential schools. My paternal side hails from Peepeekisis Cree Nation on Treaty 4 Territory and I presently live on Treaty 6 Territory.
I have always been drawn to people and in a loving capacity. Lucky for me, life happened in a way that my experiences have guided me with passion, patience, love and understanding into this field. My favourite aspect of our work at SSAIC is being part of the hope, watching clients come home to themselves, the privilege of bearing witness to the beautiful chaos healing can ensue, showing up authentically and giving my clients permission to do the same.
I love that there are always snacks and laughter at work, and I love that I get to remind my clients how badass they are and that I have the privilege of walking alongside these humans who are trusting me with their stories. I deeply love being an aunty, travelling, and making memories with my fiancé. I’m also a sucker for a sweet and salty – one of my fave combos is semi-sweet chocolate chips on a salty tortilla chips. YUM.
Education & Outreach Program Assistant
I set out to volunteer for SSAIC and became involved with the “I’m the Boss of Me” Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Education Program in 2019. I was the Program Assistant for the 2021 season and am now working at SSAIC as the Education & Outreach Assistant, which I absolutely love! As a settler person, I grew up on Treaty 4 and now live on Treaty 6 Territory, traditional lands of several First Nations and homeland of the Métis. With gratitude, I honour the land itself and the original peoples who have and do reside here.
I began to really notice gender issues and negative aspects of our culture in my early teens, and later recognized the impact on my life and how these harmful social norms are perpetuated, sometimes unintentionally, and sometimes even by me. I think that having a daughter was the catalyst that turned my interest in the relationship between dangerous masculinities, rape culture, and gender-based violence into a passion for change.
Something not everyone knows about me is that I experienced a health scare in 2018 that inspired me to, at 43, quit my job and go back to school to pursue a social work degree, something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m now in my 3rd year, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I feel I’m exactly where I’m meant to be in my life, and I love showing my daughter that it’s never too late to chase your dreams.
I have worked for SSAIC since November 2015, filling many different roles over my time here. I’ve taken some university classes towards a B.A. – Psychology, but took a long hiatus when I moved to La Ronge from 2006 to 2015. While in La Ronge, I worked as a tutor in a special needs classroom, then as an administrative assistant at Legal Aid and the Crown Prosecutors office. I also worked in the Victim/Witness Program with the Ministry of Justice as a coordinator from 2011 to 2015.
I have returned to SSAIC in yet a new role to me. My involvement with SSAIC started during a long recovery from a life-changing illness. I was looking for a way to still be involved with and feel connected to community. In 2009, I saw the Sexual Assault Crisis Line Coordinator at the time being interviewed on TV. She spoke about the upcoming volunteer training for the Crisis Line.
I immediately felt drawn to this cause and signed up for training. Since then, I’ve worn many hats at SSAIC, previously working as the Crisis Line Coordinator, receptionist, Crisis Line Assistant, and Luncheon en Vogue Fundraising Assistant. I also volunteered on our Crisis Line from 2009-2015.
My husband and I moved into the city from an acreage in 2015. We have two grown children (the elder works as a journeyman carpenter in the city; the younger is at Dalhousie University as a Ph. D. Student in Bio-Mechanical Engineering), as well as two dogs. In my free time I enjoy gardening, quilting, reading, and walking the dogs.
I started with SSAIC in August of 2022, and I’m so excited to be at SSAIC, as being of service and assisting people is what I do best! Much of my employment history has been in legal offices providing assistance and support to both the clients and co-workers, although I have worked in array of varying roles through the years. I am so pleased to have become a part of this fantastic group in providing a supporting role of administrative assistant.
I love being able to put our clients at ease with a friendly, easy smile to greet them when they arrive; and being that same presence when they leave. I’ve been told I’m an old soul – some of the music I listen to can attest to that, but my playlist is quite extensive. I adore nature, animals and wildlife; I ensure that my path takes me outdoors to experience the vastness of it. There’s so much to enjoy!
School-Based Education Program Assistant
I began volunteering with the “I’m the Boss of Me” program in 2018, and joined the Education & Outreach team in September 2022. I am a current University of Saskatchewan student and settler of Romanian, English and German Descent, living with gratitude, on Treaty 6 Territory. I believe knowledge is powerful, and my values closely align with the educational programs that SSAIC provides. I was actually pursuing Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan when I first volunteered at SSAIC. After being a part of ITBOM, I fell in love and changed my major.
I love the community I have become a part of as a result of volunteering with the SSAIC. I consistently feel seen and heard as a member as well as constantly supported. Even though we are tackling some tough subjects, it is done so in a very lighthearted, respectable manner that always ends up being a lot of fun to be a part of. I am very family oriented; I have a crazy schedule I specifically organize around my bonus child and niblings.
SSAIC Board of Directors
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I am excited about being able to return to SSAIC in this new role to make change with an organization that has a great impact on the community. The clients are often marginalized and unsupported in other areas, and SSAIC is the place that accepts and believes their story!
Linh Lê, Co-Chair
Member since 2020; B.A. Honours, J.D.
I am a Crown Prosecutor for Saskatoon Public Prosecutions in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. Through my work, particularly in northern communities in the previous four years, I have learned a great deal about sexual assault in the criminal justice system and about working with survivors as they go through the difficult process of telling their stories in court. I continuously strive to have a better understanding about the barriers they experience and to do my part in increasing their ability to access justice.
However, I’ve always believed that to truly address gender-based violence, there needs to be broader societal change outside of the justice system. This change must come from sustainable public educational effort and consistent public policies that address underlying power imbalances stemming from systemic gender inequality. This is why I joined the SSAIC board and hope to contribute to their important advocacy work in the community.
Prior to attending law school and then joining Public Prosecutions, I spent many years working in various non-profit organizations, both locally and internationally, including a safe home for refugee women in Ottawa and the United Nation Development Program in Swaziland. I have also served as a board member for Saskatoon Sexual Health, as an elected district council delegate for Saskatoon Affinity Credit Union, and as the vice president of the Prince Albert Bar Association. When not working or volunteering, I spend most of my time with my partner Chuk debating social issues and playing with our beloved husky Eric.
Shirley Kloeble, Co-Chair
Member since October 2016; CPA
My past employment has given me a wide variety of experiences with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the YWCA of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Soccer Centre, and to my current position at Autism Services of Saskatoon. Before joining the SSAIC Board, I participated on the Board of Directors for Autism Services and CMHA.
My reasons for joining the board are both personal and professional; I wanted to help SSAIC by contributing my knowledge and experience in a non-profit board capacity. Giving back to my community has always been important to me, and a family member of mine was a victim of sexualized violence so I have seen first-hand the need for services and education like those provided through the SSAIC.
I enjoy learning from SSAIC staff and fellow board members, and staying up to date on issues, challenges, and developments in the field; and I love to hear and share SSAIC success stories.
I am proud of the contribution the SSAIC community makes daily as they provide support to survivors and educate the public to prevent sexualized violence.
Blair Weimer, Treasurer
Member since 2020; B. Comm, CPA, CA
I am currently the financial manager at Winfield United Canada, and have been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 2007 having experience as a staff accountant for audit firms, Analyst, Financial Reporting Accountant, and the Operations Accountant for 2 mine sites. Through a personal family experience, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and quality of care provided by SSAIC staff, and I’ve been looking for a way to give back to this great organization. I am grateful to be able to utilize my connections to help SSAIC receive fundraising support in the community. I’m also interested in developing my knowledge and helping to find ways to support the organization and educate our youth.
I love spending time outdoors, especially anything in the mountains (cycling, riding my motorcycle, hiking, or skiing). I enjoy sitting around a fire pit and spending time with family.
Renee Breckner, Nominations Committee Member
Member at Large since June 2017; BPA in Criminal Justice
Throughout my 17 years of service with the R.C.M.P., I have seen the impact of sexualized violence on individuals and communities. Volunteering with this board is a personal commitment I’ve made. I am deeply passionate about creating communities free from sexualized violence and thankful for the opportunity to contribute my skills and service to this cause.
Member since 2020; MSW, BSW, BA, RSW
I currently hold two positions in the community: I practice private counselling full time as well as some casual work as a social worker at the YWCA. In both positions, I have the opportunity to work with diverse populations and advocate for them to receive services. In my private practice, I work a lot with perinatal mental health clients around infertility, pregnancy anxiety and depression, post natal anxiety and depression, as well as birth trauma. I was a long-time volunteer for the 24-hour sexual assault crisis line and am passionate about the work SSAIC performs in the community; I want to ensure it remains sustainable. For 5 years, I’ve occupied a variety of positions on the Saskatoon Women’s Community Coalition. When I’m not working or volunteering, I enjoy camping with my family and going to the dog park!
Member since 2020
I am a 10-year member with the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS), having worked in Patrol, with Vice, and am now currently assigned to the Air Support Unit as a Tactical Flight Officer. I was invited last year to become part of the [Police] Chief’s Indigenous Women’s Advisory Circle, and serve annually as an organizer with 100 Women Who Care YXE and Exxplore Emergency Services YXE. I also served with the RCMP through the Aboriginal Pre-cadet Training Program prior to joining the SPS, experiencing the challenges of serving a primarily rural-based clientele and the unique needs that are part of that type of service delivery. Prior to policing, I was very involved with Victim Services in Lethbridge, providing support and care on a call-out basis with the police service there.
While it seems that shift work and call-out never leaves enough time for family activities, the experiences we treasure and ensure to make time for include camping, downhill skiing, and travel to new locations. I also enjoy playing softball, volleyball, and recently took on the challenge of learning to play the game of hockey.
Through both work and volunteer experiences, I’ve seen first-hand the trauma inflicted on victims of sexual violence, immediately following the tragic event and the lingering aftermath in the years that follow. I want to be a part of an organization that is a pillar of support to survivors, as well as be a positive point of contact that maintains an important bridge between SSAIC and the SPS.
Member since 2021, Recipient of Commanding Officer’s Commendation and Commanding Officer’s Certificate of Appreciation
I retired with 20 years of policing experience with the RCMP which included general duty policing in rural, municipal and Indigenous communities. I am currently the criminal justice program director and one of the instructors at McKay Career Training. I also volunteer my time as the assistant basketball coach at the Martensville high school. As a police officer, I have witnessed first-hand the impact of sexual assault upon victims. I am very passionate about giving back to the community and I am excited for the opportunity to contribute my skills and service to helping SSAIC and the community.
I am a wife and mother of two small girls who love the outdoors and being creative with arts and crafts. I am currently enrolled at U of S to finish my bachelor of arts degree in sociology. I love to keep busy so in any spare time that I have, I am usually playing soccer.
Member since 2021
I have been the Coordinator for Sask Central Victim Services since 2018. In my current position with Victim Services, I have referred to and used the Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre as a resource for clients, staff, and volunteers. I understand the importance and need of community programs such as SSAIC. I have empathy for survivors of sexual assault and compassion for front line workers/volunteers who support those survivors. I hope to use my work experience to contribute in a meaningful way to the organization and the community.
Outside of work and volunteering, life with my husband and two young sons keeps me busy. Together, we enjoy travelling, sports, being active and spending time with family and friends.
Member since 2021
It is the women that came before me that impels me to continually ask questions about the systems that impact First Nation people. I’ve spent most of my career challenging the system and have come to the conclusion it’s all broken but the ever present North Star of the journey is the relationships she has developed along the way signal a real energy for change. Leaning and drawing from life experiences – personal & professional – I am on a path of finding a way that is inclusive, responsible, and respectful for all citizens.
I am a proud auntie and a member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, located in and signatory to Treaty Six.
Member since 2021, MSW, PhD, RSW, Assistant Professor, University of Regina Faculty of Social Work (Saskatoon campus)
For the past three decades I have worked in both practice and research contexts in the field of child and adolescent trauma. While the topic of sexual abuse has become more widely discussed and studied, it continues to be shrouded in secrecy and to have devastating impacts on the lives of many children and youth, which can persist into adulthood.
More recently, my research has focused on the neurobiological impacts of trauma; adopting resilience-, trauma-, and violence-informed practices within child-serving organizations; the importance of knowledge mobilization during COVID-19 (childtraumaresearch.ca); and practice and policy responses to intimate partner violence. I have worked on several university-community partnership projects through the McGill University Centre for Research on Children and Families, where I am a full faculty member. I am also a member of the RESOLVE Saskatchewan steering committee, and faculty associate with the University of Regina Child Trauma Research Centre. I hope that these experiences will allow me to contribute in helpful ways to the SSAIC and the areas of sexual and gendered violence in general.
I am beyond thrilled to join the amazing team at the SSAIC as a Board member!
Member since 2021
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Member since 2022
I am the General Manager of the Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan and have worked in arts management for years. With years of experience in running for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, my training is primarily in the performing arts, and I am currently working towards my masters in conflict analysis and management. I have been fortunate enough to have studied and worked in numerous countries but am thrilled to be back home in Saskatchewan with my husband and children since 2016.
I have witnessed the support SSAIC provides for victims of sexualized violence first-hand. As a new member to the SSAIC board as of 2022, I look forward to being part of an organization that provides victims a safe space as well one that focuses on education and prevention in order to be part of the collective change that needs to happen to end sexualized violence. I feel the importance SSAIC gives to not only the physical violence victims experience but also the mental and emotional harm victims experience is fundamental to survivors healing. I am tremendously grateful to share my work experience in furthering SSAIC’s work within the community.
When I’m not working, studying, or volunteering, I love to spend time with my three loves: my children, my husband, and our golden retriever, Lucy.