SSAIC is made up of a group of nine 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 review this information.
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 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.
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.
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.