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 (see below), without whom we could not do what we do.
Faye Davis (she/her), Executive Director, LLB
I have been with SSAIC as their Executive Director since 2015, and feel privileged to be living on Treaty 6 Territory & Homeland of the Metis Nation as a settler person. Through out my career I have been drawn to “cause-based” work, which brought me to SSAIC. I have committed my life’s work to contributing toward positive change in the world.
I love everything about working at SSAIC!! The staff team and Board of Directors we have here are extraordinarily talented and committed to their work. The most rewarding part of this work is when the brave survivors who reached out to us for help, tell our counsellors they are now doing well, and don’t need us anymore. The resilience and strength of sexual assault survivors is endlessly inspiring. The second is when we see change in the way that we as a society, and a community, choose to respond to either survivors or sexualized violence. Change can be so painfully slow…… but when it happens, it brings hope.
One of my passions outside of work is décor and design (although I have no artistic skill whatsoever). One of my favorite things is a good design magazine. I am definitely going to miss getting that IKEA catalogue! I find that I need to get out in nature to recharge my energy.
Megan (she/her), Client Services Coordinator
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Stephanie (she/they), Counsellor
My work at SSAIC started in 2017 when I wrapped up my maternity leave early to take on my role at the agency! I am now a settler living on Treaty 6 Territory and Homeland of the Metis Nation, but I was born and raised on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations in Ontario. This is absolutely my favorite place to have worked in my career. There’s as strong sense of hope and resiliency in both the work that we do and the history of the agency. I love trauma-informed practice and have always been passionate about supporting survivors, so SSAIC was a natural fit for me.
My favorite thing about working at SSAIC is being able to witness the work in action, to be able to be beside folks for part of their healing journeys. I am also grateful for the yoga program that we provide and that I can be a part of that! One of my many passions are rocks, crystals, pretty pieces of the Earth. My kiddo and I usually find a few rocks for our garden wherever we go. One of my favorite crystals is rose quartz.
Some fun facts about me:
- My 24th birthday was 36 hours long; I lived in Taiwan for a bit and returned home on my birthday, leaving Taiwan in the early hours of the morning of my and arriving home mid-day with the time change. It was pretty cool.
- My three favourite things are pothos, potatoes, and yoga (in no particular order)
Sarah (she/they), Counsellor
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.
Joelle (she/her), Counsellor
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.
Morgan (she/her), 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 been 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!
Jen (she/her), 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.
Kat (she/her), Office Manager
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 live in Saskatoon with my husband Pete and his daughter Sophia, who lives with us half the time. I like playing piano, going for bike rides, and reading. I play keyboard in a band called The Great Fuss with Pete and our friends, and we love to play gigs all over Saskatchewan.
Debbie (she/her), Office Manager
I am returning to SSAIC as our newest Office Manager. 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 am slowly adjusting to life without my husband after he died in 2019, but working at SSAIC again with people I know and like has been very beneficial for my emotional well-being.
SSAIC Board of Directors
We are fortunate to have a dedicated and talented Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on board openings.
Ev Burnett, Board Co-Chair, Member since October 2015; Masters of Education
I worked for 36 years as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, and consultant for Gender Equity with provincial Ministry of Education. My other volunteer work includes the U of S Ballroom Dancing Club, Jazz Festival, and board work for Prairie Hospice.
Women’s issues have been important to me throughout my career and I joined the SSAIC board as a way to continue to move these issues forward in my retirement while making a contribution to my community.
The thing I enjoy most about being a member of this board is working to influence areas where we can provide services that support those who experience sexualized violence in our city. Further, I want to support efforts to educate children, youth and adults so that they have an understanding of the issue; together, we can all help to bring about change. I dream of the time when we have the resources needed to meet the demand for public education and survivor services.
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.
Sarah Alford, Treasurer, Member since 2020; CPA, CA, MPAcc
Through my employment at Federated Co-operatives Limited and involvement with our Community Investment Fund, I learned of SSAIC and the considerable impact it has in our community. I was inspired by the role SSAIC plays in Saskatoon and surrounding area, the leadership team, and how professionally, thoughtfully and gracefully SSAIC achieves its mission.
I look forward to learning more about SSAIC and contributing to its progress.
Renee Breckner, Nominations Committee Member, Member at Large since June 2017; BPA in Criminal Justice; Recipient of the Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police Award for Community Policing
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.
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, 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.
Marcie Dupuis, 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!
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, Member since 2020; B.A. Honours (Philosophy and Sociology), 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.
Tamara Paulsen, Member since 2020
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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.
Alicia Madden, 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.
Amanda Tittemore, 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.
Bonnie Leask, 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.
Lise Milne, 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!
Sheri Watkins, Member since 2021
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