Notice: 2021 AGM

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan’s AGM will be held on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 5:30PM. It will take place via Zoom. Please contact the board via email for more information.

 

 

Call for Board Directors

Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan (“EFS SK”) is seeking a Board Director and a Treasurer. Please send a CV and cover letter to board.secretary@elizabethfrysask.org stating why you think you would be a good fit for the role. Descriptions found below.

Treasurer Job Description

Board Member Job Description

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

Patricia Farnese Board Chair
Elke Churchman, BA, LLB Member at Large
Nancy Poon Member at Large
DeeAnn Mercier Member at Large/Chair of Housing Committee
Amanda Dodge Member at Large
Jamesy Patrick Co-Chair
Alanna Carlson Secretary/Chair of Governance Committee
Pat Walker Member at Large
Talia Pfeferrle Member at Large

Patricia Farnese

Board Chair

Patricia L. Farnese (BA, LLB, LLM) is a lawyer and law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.  After completing a degree in International Development at the University of Guelph, she completed an LLB at the University of Saskatchewan.  She clerked at the Court of Appeals for Saskatchewan and was called to the bar in 2002.  She then received an LLM in Agricultural Law from the University of Saskatchewan before joining the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in 2003. Since joining the University, Patricia has taught courses in Property, Agricultural and Wildlife Law, leads the Academic Success Program at the College of Law and is a founding faculty member of the Indigenous People’s Resource Management Program and the Summer Semester for Indigenous Students beginning law school.  In 2018, she was appointed by the federal government to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal where she adjudicates appeals of agriculture and agri-food related offences.

 

In addition to her research, teaching, and Tribunal responsibilities, Patricia has significant experience in labour relations.  She was appointed as the vice-Chair to Saskatchewan Practitioner Staff Appeal Tribunal where she adjudicated workplace disputes in the health sector.  She also represents 1000 full-time academics and librarians at the University of Saskatchewan in matters related to workplace rights and discipline.

Elke Churchman, BA, LLB

Member at Large

Elke currently volunteers her time with Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC), where she provides summary legal advice to clients in the areas of family and civil law and with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Saskatoon Northern Initiative – a program that offers free legal advice via internet to remote communities.

Elke graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in 1975. For a number of years prior to opening her own practice, Elke practiced at Miller Thompson and McDougall Gauley. She served as the Chairperson of the Board of Referees of the Employment Insurance Commission (the Appeal Board) from 1998-2004. Elke also worked for the provincial government as legal counsel for Occupational Health and Safety from 2004-2011, giving her experience in both public practice and administrative law. She started her own practice in 2011, which has a large family law and litigation focus. Over time, this has become the Churchman & Co. Law Office that exists today.

Elke has appeared successfully in the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal throughout her career. She served on the board of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) for 17 years and on the board of Legal Profession Assistance Conference (LPAC) for 12 years.

Elke has raised three daughters and has five grandchildren, whom she loves to spoil and build Lego with. She is an avid nerd who loves ComicCon, Dr. Who, and Game of Thrones.

Nancy Poon

Member at Large

Nancy serves on the governance committee of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.

A lifelong interest in emancipatory practices drew her to the Elizabeth Fry Society. She received her Ph. D. in 2008 on the research subject “Listening to the lived experiences of Federally Sentenced Aboriginal Women as socio-politically situated subjects.” Teaching in the areas of both criminal justice and healthcare from a critical sociological perspective, she has published research into the Housing Situations of Women Prior and Post Incarceration as a Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) board member.

Nancy is a prior elected member of Senate University of Saskatchewan and has served on Equity and Access Committees at the departmental college and university level.

Her current research interests include the lived experiences of visible minority women and youth. She is a visible minority woman born in Saskatchewan and the proud mother to a teenage daughter.

DeeAnn Mercier

Member at Large/Chair of Housing Committee

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

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.

Jamesy Patrick

Co-Chair

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. 

Alanna Carlson

Secretary/Chair of Governance Committee

Pat Walker

Member at Large

Talia Pfeferrle

Member at Large