Our Team

Patti Tait Cultural Advisor and Knowledge Keeper
Sydney Wouters Women Services/ Social Worker
Chelsea Roy Legal Advocate
Jocelyn Trotchie Reception/Administration Support
Kayleigh Lafontaine Women Services/ Integration Worker
Marlene (Mo) Hastings Court/Outreach Worker

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

Legal Advocate

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.

Jocelyn Trotchie

Reception/Administration Support

Jocelyn Trotchie is the Administrative Support Services Worker at Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan and is often the first voice you will hear when calling or attending our office.

 

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.

Kayleigh Lafontaine

Women Services/ Integration Worker

Kayleigh Lafontaine is an integration worker at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan. She works with women housed at the Provincial Women’s Reintegration Unit and at Meewasinota, a federal halfway house.

Kayleigh supervises women completing fine options through the court and facilitates the Women’s Sharing Circle. She supports women who are in the community as they navigate getting connected to services. As part of the women’s services team, she also aids women with housing, life-skills, education, employment, and referrals to other community-based organizations.

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.

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.

Our Board of Directors

Caroline Tait Vice Chair
Elke Churchman, BA, LLB Barrister and Solicitor
Tracy Young McLean Director
Nancy Poon Director
DeeAnn Mercier Director
Amanda Dodge Director

Caroline Tait

Vice Chair

Dr. Tait joined the Elizabeth Fry Society Board in April 2019.

 

Dr. Tait holds a Ph. D. in medical anthropology from McGill University and is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan. She grew up in MacDowall, a small Métis community near the historical Métis site, Batoche, and is an active member of the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. In 2017, she became a recipient of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan Lady Justice Award.

 

Dr. Tait is the nominated principal investigator of Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health Research Centre, the Networks of Environments for Indigenous Health Research National Coordinating Centre, and the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network. Her justice-related research focuses on the lived experience of marginalized Métis and First Nations girls and women, with specific focus on social justice, wellness, cultural safety and micro-reconciliation, and on addressing systemic racism and violence in the child welfare and justice systems.

 

Along with Dr. Michael Moser, a kidney transplant surgeon in Saskatoon, Dr. Tait established the Saskatchewan First Nation and Métis Organ Donation and Transplantation Network in 2019. The network is made up of First Nation and Métis Elders, knowledge keepers and persons with lived experience, researchers, physicians, and students. Over the past 18 months the network has piloted an Indigenous think tank whose aim is to address complex health and social challenges faced by First Nations and Métis peoples.

Elke Churchman, BA, LLB

Barrister and Solicitor

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.

Tracy Young McLean

Director

Tracy is a director at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.

 

With over 30 years of employee benefits and human resources experience, she has a genuine passion for people and a keen understanding of how to build foundational practices to support their success. Tracy is dedicated to empowering and mentoring employees, communicating, inspiring change, building relationships, and fostering an environment that creates trust. As the Vice President of Human Resources and Culture for the West Wind Group of Companies, she brings a strategic and focused approach to governance and policy, total compensation, organizational design, employee engagement, and financial accountability. She is passionate about advocating for social justice and equity for vulnerable populations.

 

Tracy holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and Compensation Management Specialist designations through Dalhousie University and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits respectively. She also possesses the Trustee Development and Pension Plan Administration certificate from Humber College and an Advanced Human Resources certificate from Queen’s University. She is a Director-At-Large and a Secretary on the national board of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute (CPBI).

 

Tracy frequently volunteers for community initiatives like Soup Sisters and The Saskatoon Festival of Trees. An accomplished musician, she plays several instruments and sings with Joy of Vox. She and her husband reside on their acreage south of Saskatoon where they enjoy spending time with their many pets, family, and friends.

Nancy Poon

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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.