SSAIC is made up of eight knowledgeable and compassionate individuals, plus countless volunteers, including our Board of Directors (see below). SSAIC is managed under the exemplary leadership of Faye Davis, Executive Director.
Faye Davis, Executive Director since April 2015; LLB, J.D.
It has always been my priority to work in areas where I feel I’m participating in bringing about positive changes that will make a difference in people’s lives. I feel very fortunate to be working as part of a team at SSAIC that is doing just that!
I have worked in the non-profit sector holding ED positions with Autism Services and the Provincial Association of Transition Houses (PATHS) and as an Investigator, Mediator, and Human Resource Consultant at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in addition to 6 years spent as a mediator in the family and civil mediation field.
I have always been passionate about work with survivors of sexualized violence, and believe that gender equality can only be achieved if we are able to eliminate sexualized violence which is targeted at individuals who are less powerful in our society.
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.
Elise Matthews, Board Co-Chair, Member since June 2019; Registered Nurse, PhD, BScN, BA (Hon)(Psychology)
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I’ve been employed as Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina since 2015. I have practiced as a registered nurse in acute care and the community in Saskatoon since 2004. I teach nursing students in the areas of mental health, counselling, family health, and childhood development, adult development, and health promotion. My research projects focus on adults’ experiences of reproductive decision-making after childhood maltreatment and access to mental health services for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
It is a privilege to work with a diverse group of dedicated women who serve as staff and board members at SSAIC. I have previously volunteered with the SSAIC crisis line and as a board member and am pleased to return for another term to support SSAIC’s important work in our community.
Shirley Kloeble, Treasurer, 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.
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.
Meghan Seidle, Member since June 2019; LLB (Sociology), JD
I worked at a private law firm in Saskatoon before joining the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission as a lawyer in 2014, where I am currently employed. Throughout my career I have worked on cases involving sexual assault and harassment, as well as issues of sexualized violence and sex-based discrimination from a human rights perspective. My previous volunteer work was as a board member with the Heart the City Piano Program in Saskatoon.
I joined the SSAIC board because of a desire to contribute and increase my involvement in the broader community. I have seen the value of support and resources for survivors of sexualized violence in both my personal and professional life. This organization addresses a cause that I care about, and I want to help further its work.
Sandra Paulsen, Co-chair of Fundraising Committee, Member since June 2017; B.A., B.Ed., M.C.
I have worked as a high school and special education teacher in a wide variety of schools and programs with a focus on supporting youth with mental health, addiction and academic needs. For the past 7 years, following the completion of my practicum at SSAIC, I have been employed as a secondary school counsellor. While I have volunteered in many capacities, and this is my first board position.
I joined the board because I see first-hand the ongoing need for these services and know the value of the good work SSAIC is doing for the community of Saskatoon. I enjoy the positive, pro-active, and professional approach of both the SSAIC staff and board members.
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, Registered Social Worker
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!
James Repesse, Member since 2020
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I am a 21 year member with the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) and currently the Staff Sergeant in charge of the Interpersonal Violence Section, which includes the Sex Crimes Unit. I hope my position and experience will allow SSAIC to have a voice relating to sexual assault investigations and survivors in the criminal justice process. I want to help make the trauma that survivors have gone through not extend beyond the incident of sexualized violence. I am excited about the possibility of creating an environment where everyone who has experienced sexual assault have a voice.
When I’m not working or volunteering, I spend a large majority of my time focused on fitness and being with my family, helping to raise 5 children with my amazing wife.
I look forward to collaborating with the other board members in helping SSAIC to continue providing the best care for survivors.
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.
Sarah Alford, 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.
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.