Our Team

Kayleigh Lafontaine Executive Director
Patti Tait Cultural Advisor and Knowledge Keeper
Sydney Wouters Women Services/ Social Worker
Chelsea Roy Court Worker
Jessica Big Eagle Court Worker
Marlene (Mo) Hastings Court/Outreach Worker
Jocelyn Trotchie Community Outreach Worker

Kayleigh Lafontaine

Executive Director

Kayleigh is a proud Indigenous woman originally from The Pas, Manitoba. She has called Saskatoon home for the last 9 years. She comes with a background of knowledge from over 10 years of working within Corrections and Social Services. Through her career she saw the increased needs of women who are incarcerated and navigating our systems and felt passionate about switching her career to better support and advocate for the women facing these challenges.

In her free time, Kayleigh is the Next Chapter Coordinator for The Princess Shop where she organizes bursaries and is a part of the core volunteer team. Kayleigh is passionate about the performing arts and has been a burlesque dancer in the past. She adds a sparkle to the office with her bubbly personality.

Patti Tait

Cultural Advisor and Knowledge Keeper

Patti is a cultural coordinator at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan with special focus on individual counselling to marginalized women.

Patti is an Aboriginal woman with over 30 years of experience in the field of help and expert assistance.  She has worked extensively within federal and provincial prisons counselling and supporting Indigenous men and women.  She was a Native Liaison at the Prison for Women.  She has often been called upon as an expert on the issues faced by First Nations, Métis, Inuit and unregistered Indigenous offenders.

Patti has been a member the Canadian Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Network (CAAN) and was an original member of the Advisory Council for the All Nations Hope AIDS Network. Throughout her career, she has been committed to helping Indigenous people who have come in conflict with the law and those who are most marginalized by infectious diseases.

Patti is a board member of both the Métis Addiction Saskatchewan and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), and the Aboriginal Regional Advocate for the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.

She is frequently called upon to share her knowledge regarding Aboriginal culture and traditions within the community. As a kokum (grandmother), and chapan (great-grandmother), Patti is passionate about the need for Indigenous communities to heal for the sake of our future generations.

Sydney Wouters

Women Services/ Social Worker

Sydney Wouters joined the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan in July 2020.

Sydney completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2019 at the University of Regina and is registered with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. During her time as a student, Sydney witnessed the issues facing women and saw barriers that were difficult for people to navigate. After completing her education, Sydney went on to worker as a Child Protection worker, where she gained practical knowledge on the roadblocks and issues facing women in Saskatchewan. This inspired her to be on the frontline and help women navigate the system.

Sydney is responsible for the provision and coordination of services to clients both in prison (Provincial and Federal) and in-community, with the goal of providing information, resources and support that meets the unique needs and circumstances of her clients. She assists women in creating their plan for reintegration back into the community.  As part of the women’s services team, Sydney aids women with housing, life-skills, education, employment, and referrals to other community-based organizations.

Chelsea Roy

Court Worker

Chelsea Roy joined the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan in 2020 after spending 6 months with the organization as a student.

Chelsea completed her studies in the Indigenous Justice and Criminology Program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2020. She is a dedicated court worker at the organisation’s Saskatoon office.  She goes the extra mile to support the women she works with, especially when acting as a liaison between lawyers and the women. Chelsea also helps women in creating the bail plan for their lawyer to present to the courts. Her role will be to support women through the court process and attend court as their ally. On top of her court work, she also delivers the record suspension project for Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.

Chelsea is a proud aboriginal woman and the mother of 2 children. She has a passion for painting and often graces the office with her artwork. She ensures that everyone knows about the weird and wonderful stories she finds on the internet, and is always the best bet if you are looking for a laugh or two.

Jessica Big Eagle

Court Worker

Jessica is a court worker with our Saskatoon office. She comes to the team offering knowledge from past work experiences. Jessica will be able to support her clients as they navigate through the court process

Jessica is a passionate Indigenous person who leads with her heart in her work with people. She has been fortunate to work in the community in various capacities for the last 7 years and her goal continues to be to create safe spaces for people seeking support. Solid self-care practices, that include growing and maintaining a strong connection to her culture, are the driving force behind her desire to find balance in all areas of her life, mainly as a mother, partner, and support person. Outside of work she spends her time developing and exploring these practices with her family and friends. She has a strong belief she learns something from every individual interaction she has in her support roles.

Marlene (Mo) Hastings

Court/Outreach Worker

Marlene (Mo) Hastings is a strong woman who brings many years of lived experience in the justice system to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan team as a court worker based out of Regina.

Marlene supports women who are going through the court system and helps them to navigate their way through it. She also provides the women in Regina with outreach and reintegration support and uses her strong connections with other community-based organizations to make referrals and help women get set up for success.

Marlene always goes above and beyond for her clients and has a strong passion for supporting women.

Jocelyn Trotchie

Community Outreach Worker

Jocelyn Trotchie is our community outreach worker at Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan. Jocelyn will work with our clients who are in community by assisting them find housing, attend appointments and support their needs in community.

Jocelyn was born and raised in Saskatoon and could not be a prouder Canadian. She brings with herself a personal knowledge of people who have struggled with addictions and mental health. As such, she is passionate about helping the most vulnerable people in our community.

Jocelyn’s bubbly personality is often the foundational pillar of support for women who come through the doors at Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.

Our Board of Directors

Jamesy Patrick Chair (Human Resources & Governance)
Talia Pfeferrle Vice Chair (Human Resources)
DeeAnn Mercier Member at Large (Housing)
Amanda Dodge Member at Large (Governance)
Bailey Woloshyn Member at Large (Finance)
Amy Engle Member at Large (Housing)
Hayden McGuire Member at Large (Human Resources)
Elizabeth Plishka Member at Large (Governance)
Pat Walker Member at Large (Housing & Finance)
Chelsie Rodriguez Member at Large (Human Resources)

Jamesy Patrick

Chair (Human Resources & Governance)

Jamesy is a lawyer at Mokuruk & Woods Law Office, in Saskatoon.  Jamesy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Cum Laude (2006) from York University and both her Law degree (2012) and Master of Laws degree (2017) from the University of Saskatchewan. Jamesy’s research during her LL.M focused on Indigenous child welfare in Saskatchewan. Jamesy has practiced child protection law as both Crown Counsel and defence counsel. Jamesy’s practice focuses primarily on child protection matters and Indigenous Governance in relation to child protection.  Jamesy is passionate about policy development and governance surrounding child protection for Indigenous communities and organizations. As well, Jamesy regularly accepts appointments to represent children and youth through the Counsel for Children Office, and she is devoted to furthering the best interests of children and families facing systemic barriers in the community. 

In addition to practice, Jamesy is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law teaching Entertainment Law and Child Protection Law. Jamesy is honoured to join the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan. 

Talia Pfeferrle

Vice Chair (Human Resources)

DeeAnn Mercier

Member at Large (Housing)

DeeAnn is Executive Director of the Broadway Business Improvement District where she advocates and markets the area, plans festivals, and works with the city to create a welcoming urban environment. Previously, she was the Communications Director at the Lighthouse Supported Living. DeeAnn has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Honours in English and another B.A. in Communications.

DeAnn is also the chair at the Sum Theatre Board, a non-profit which builds community through theatre.

Amanda Dodge

Member at Large (Governance)

Amanda Dodge is the Program Director for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Saskatchewan. She guides its work in reconciliation, restorative justice, refugee resettlement, and more. Prior to joining the MCC in 2017, Amanda practiced law and engaged in systemic advocacy with community legal aid offices for over 12 years. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard University.

She and her husband Jasen are the proud owners of two orange tabby cats.

Bailey Woloshyn

Member at Large (Finance)

Bailey is currently pursuing her Law degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to law school, Bailey worked in local government administration as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Town of Foam Lake. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan (2019) and received her Urban Standard certificate in Local Government Administration from the Urban Board of Examiners during her time with the Town of Foam Lake. Serving as a Board member for this organization is an opportunity for Bailey to gain insight about the justice system from a different perspective than in the classroom, and apply her knowledge of both finance and law to her role on the Board. In the position of Treasurer, Bailey is excited to use her financial expertise to lead the Finance Committee and work with the Board as a whole.

Amy Engle

Member at Large (Housing)

Amy has worked in front line community support roles since beginning her career in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side in 2012, where she completed an addictions counseling diploma (high honours). She has a particular interest in harm reduction and addiction, and trauma-informed and respectful community care. Amy works full time in social services and is the chair of a provincial leadership committee for employees within the Ministry. She previously sat on the board of Saskatoon Cares, and feels honoured and humbled to support community members in her work, as well as by contributing as a member of the Elizabeth Fry board of directors.

Hayden McGuire

Member at Large (Human Resources)

Hayden McGuire is the Executive Director for SWITCH (Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health). She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC. Hayden was born and raised in Saskatoon and has a deep affection for the city and its people. On her days off, you’ll likely find her walking her dog on the river bank, browsing a bookstore, or off on an adventure with her wife, Emily.

Elizabeth Plishka

Member at Large (Governance)

Elizabeth is a born and raised settler of Treaty 6 Territory and the traditional homeland of the Metis. In 2019 she graduated with a B.A&Sc. Hon. in Health Studies from the U of S. During this time she pursued her passion in harm reduction through working on research projects relating to the HIV epidemic and injection drug use in Saskatchewan, as well as a project which studied how to better support sex workers in both Edmonton and Saskatoon. After her undergrad, she moved to the territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and Ta’an Kwach’an Council and worked as the Health Education Coordinator at Blood Ties Four Directions. She is currently ecstatic to be back in Saskatoon working as the Director of Support Services at Prairie Harm Reduction.

Elizabeth has always enjoyed being actively involved in the community and is delighted to be starting a term as a board member with the Elizabeth Fry Society. In the past she has volunteered for organizations such as SWITCH, Sanctum Care Group, OUT, SSH, YXE MEn’s Night, Chokecherry, the Yukon Poverty Coalition, Yukon Status of Women Council, and Girl Rock Camp. In her free time she enjoys pole dance and the aerial arts as well as spending time with her brother, his nephew as well as their absolutely adorable puppy.

Pat Walker

Member at Large (Housing & Finance)

Chelsie Rodriguez

Member at Large (Human Resources)