The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre is made up of a group of knowledgeable and compassionate individuals, including volunteers. 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 sexual 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.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated, talented Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please review this information. We are not recruiting new members until January 2019.
Carrie Roblin, Board Co-Chair, Member since June 2016; B.A. (Sociology), BISW
I have been employed with the Ministry of Social Services since May 2005. Over the course of 13 years, I have gained experience in many different areas and units. I am currently the supervisor of the On Reserve Unit in Saskatoon with Child and Family Services.
I have been fortunate enough to have been mentored over the years, and early on in my career I made a commitment to myself that when I had the ability I would give back and SSAIC has provided me with that opportunity.
This board is made up of a diverse group of committed individuals who come together for the better good of the SSAIC and survivors of sexual violence in Saskatoon. I am privileged to be part of a team that is so devoted to this very purposeful work, which has a profound impact for all those people who have and will utilize services from the SSAIC.
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 Education ministry. My other volunteer work includes the U of S Ballroom Dancing Club, Jazz Festival, and I am also a Prairie Hospice board member.
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 sexual 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.
June Vargo, Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, Member since June 2015; BAC
My employment background is in senior Human Resources and administrative positions with organizations such as the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, University of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, in addition to operating a home-based accounting and bookkeeping service for several years. Volunteer activities have included executive positions with women’s organizations such as Working for Women and the Elizabeth Fry Society, as well as preschool, community association and sports clubs.
The SSAIC provides a vital service to survivors of sexual violence, and an essential public education role, with the overarching purpose of eliminating sexual violence. Participating on the Board is a way I can support this very valuable service to my community, which is tremendously important to me. I feel privileged to be associated with exceptional Board members and staff who are so committed to working toward a common goal, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Ailsa M. Watkinson, Member since February 2015; PhD (Social Work)
I have previously volunteered with the Saskatchewan Elizabeth Fry Society and served as the national president of the Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society (CAEFS) for five years.
The work done by SSAIC is extremely important. It provides services and support to those who have experienced violence – a form of violence that too many women and children face. Working with the Board and staff of SSAIC is congruent with my passion for protecting the rights of women, children and other vulnerable citizens.
I sincerely appreciate the compassion and intelligence of all those associated with SSAIC. I consider it all worthwhile work that I only wish we didn’t have to do!
Candace Guist, Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Member since September 2016; BA (Sociology); J.D.; Collaborative Lawyer; Member of the Canadian Bar Association and Collaborative Professionals of Saskatchewan.
I am a lawyer at Knott den Hollander, on the SCC at Brunskill School, and I volunteer with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and PLEA, providing free legal advice.
In both my professional and personal life, I have seen the negative impact that sexual violence has on both individuals and communities. I want to help empower those who seek to recover from these experiences, as well as educate the public and raise awareness to eradicate sexual violence in our community.
It is amazing to have the opportunity to learn from so many caring and wise women. I enjoy hearing great new ideas and even more, I love seeing these ideas grow into new projects spearheaded by people who are passionate about the cause.
Jodi Earl, Chair of Recruiting Committee, Member since June 2015; Bachelor of Commerce
I am currently the Sergeant in charge of recruiting with the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS). The relationship between SSAIC and the SPS is an important cornerstone for building better service provision for survivors in Saskatoon, and this community collaboration is important as we seek to address the issue of sexual violence in Saskatoon.
I feel honored to a part of the SSAIC. I see the importance in what the organization does both for survivors and the community, and wanted to be a part of this great organization. I enjoy the people on the Board—their vast knowledge and experiences—and getting to know the staff at SSAIC and the services they provide.
Renee Breckner, Nominations Committee Member, Member at Large since June 2017; BPA in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University; 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 sexual 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 sexual 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 sexual violence.
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 the Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre, I have been employed as a secondary school counsellor. While I have volunteered in many capacities, 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.
Shauna Bradford-Wilson, Member since June 2016; BA (English); Production Management, Media Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts; Current Member IAP2 Canada
I am currently on staff at Saskatoon Public Library, and a freelance creative content provider.
I have spent many years in communications and event/production management within a public participation context (Saskatoon Public Schools, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Public Library, Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival). A “serial joiner,” my previous volunteer experience includes community organizations like Buena Vista Community Association, New Hope Dog Rescue, Discovery Children’s Museum, Refiner’s Choir, and Saskatoon Summer Players.
I believe in the mission of the SSAIC, and have great respect for the leadership among staff and Board. It is a privilege to be part of an organization serving such a vital purpose in Saskatoon. Most of my past work has been centered on community projects for children, families, and the arts; becoming part of the SSAIC Board has helped me to learn about community service and engagement from a new perspective.
Shirley Kloeble, 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 the 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 sexual violence so I have seen first-hand the need for services and education like those provided through the SSAIC.