Efry's Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the effective management of the organization. As a governance board, directors are not actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the agency. Directors provide leadership by developing a vision, plan and overarching policies and principles. They are also responsible for selecting the Executive Director and reviewing their performance.
Dolores M. Ebert M.S.W, LL.B
Dolores is the current President of the Board of Directors. Dolores is a retired Provincial Court Judge. Previous to appointment to Provincial Court, she worked as Lawyer for Legal Aid, served as Legal Director of the Saskatoon Office of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, and short period in a private practice primarily focused on criminal law and family law. Dolores is also qualified as Mediator. Previous work experience included teaching as sessional university lecturer and in workshop settings, working as family therapist, and in management roles at Unified Family Court and a non profit agency.
Dr. Caroline Tait is a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, is from MacDowall, Saskatchewan, and has one adult son. She has a PhD in medical anthropology from McGill, and is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, and co-leads First Peoples First Person with Dr. William Mussell (Stó:lo), a national Indigenous research hub of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Tait joined the Canadian Women’s Health Network and Métis Women of Manitoba in their intervenor status for the “G Case”, which was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether pregnant women could be mandated by the courts into addiction treatment, an experience that greatly influenced her research. She has conducted community-based research in partnership with First Nations and Métis communities, organizations and national and provincial governments for the past 25 years. She has published influential papers on simmering outrage during an “epidemic” of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, child welfare as a determinant of health for First Nations and Métis children, and government morality and the local worlds of impoverished Indigenous women. Dr. Tait has served on the Board of Directors for STR8 UP, and is currently on the board of Mental Health Research Canada.
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Nan Lee, P.Eng
Nan is a professional engineer with extensive experience in project management. Nan joined the board in the Spring of 2014, and is the member of the Executive, Governance, and Human Resources committees. Nan has and continues to volunteer in various capacities for a wide range of community and non-profit organizations. Nan feels very honoured to serve on this board, for an organization that is so deeply committed to its mission of working for and with women at risk.
Alanna E Carlson
Alanna Carlson is a lawyer practicing at Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier LLP in Saskatoon. She clerked at the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina, doing research and writing for the judges. She attended the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and convocated from St Thomas More College with a degree in political studies and minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good. While attending law school she was part of Just Rights, a social advocacy group that engaged in letter writing and fundraising for human rights issues. Alanna was fortunate enough to take prison law and feminist legal theory courses from Kim Pate, the former Director of CAEFS and current Senator. During the prison law course, she visited the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Aboriginal Women where they discussed critical prison rights with the women. These experiences have formed in Alanna a deep respect and passion for women’s issues and advocacy.
Cybelle Oscvirk, RPN, RN
Cybelle is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and a Registered Nurse, Her practice areas in nursing have ranged from working in the federal prison system across Canada, intensive care, acute psychiatry, obstetrics, supervisor positions and nurse management positions in both obstetrics and pediatrics. She had worked in various communities within the province of Saskatchewan and Ontario. She is currently a faculty in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCSBScN) program, facilitating student learning as it relates to community nursing and obstetrics. She internationally lectures offering Canadian Nursing perspectives to students overseas. As a board member since 2015, she brings her nursing expertise to support the women that Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan work with in our communities and in our prison system.
Nancy Poon has her Ph.D. in Sociology, alongside two other post-graduate degrees, and is a trained Inside-Out facilitator. She has a lifelong interest in the area of justice as it pertains to marginalised peoples and she works to put in place emancipatory practices in both her teaching and volunteer work. Her Ph.D. dissertation was about contrasting federally sentenced Aboriginal women lived experiences of risk and danger with dominant correctionalist sensibilities on the subject. Her areas of expertise include criminal justice, penology and their impacts on marginalised populations like women, and women of colour. Nancy currently serves on the Governance Committee; she has served as past-president of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, and is a Board member for CAEFS (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies). Nancy is also the proud mother to 11 year old Olivia.
Sharon Leslie Acoose is from Sakimay First Nation in Eastern Saskatchewan and is of Saulteaux decent. A recovering addict with 28 years of sobriety, she has spent many years in and out of both jail and treatment. She is presently a Professor with the School of Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus. Her passion, her love and her life is to work with and research alongside other Indian women who have mirrored her life.
Kara is a lawyer at Gerrand Rath Johnson LLP in Regina and practices largely in the areas of family law, employment law, and civil litigation. During law school, she learned about the work of Elizabeth Fry and immediately wanted to be involved. Kara is one of the founding members of the Prison Law Panel run by Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) and continues practicing pro bono work in this area. In addition to her work with PBLS, she is an active volunteer with Dress for Success, an organization which assists women with reaching economic independence and career goals by providing professional clothing and career mentorship. Kara was proud to join the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan board in 2018.
Leah Arcand an educator and an activist, working to create space for Indigenous artists, rallying for accessible edication, and working to protect Indigenous youth from colonial institutions that perpetuate state sponsored violence and colonization. Leah believes that transforming our education system to empower Indigenous students is crucial to nation building, and she is honoured to do that work as an educator. Leah is Nêhiyaw, from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. Based in Saskatoon, you can follow her on twitter @LeahArcand.