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Noreen Agrey

Executive Director

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Telephone: 306.651.4302
 

About Noreen

Noreen serves as the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, a position she has held since 2007. She has been with the Institute since 1986, working in health education, resource development, program development, planning and management, proposal writing, among other activities. Noreen believes that one must never stop learning.

 

Education and Training

Noreen is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan, holds a clinical lecturer position with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.

 

Related Experience

  • Program planning and development
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Coalition and network building
  • Community capacity exchange
  • Knowledge translation, transfer and exchange
  • Maternal, child and family health
  • Injury prevention

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Donna Anderson

Secretary

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Telephone: (306) 651-4300
 

About Donna

Donna has been a secretary with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 2007.

 

As well as kindly greeting visitors to the Prevention Institute, she provides administrative help to program staff and is involved with conference registrations. Her main focus is on accounts payable and receivable.

 

Education and Training

  • Donna holds a secretarial diploma, and has worked in this role for a number of years. She also has 20 years of cataloguing experience within a public library system.

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Ryan Jay Arcena

Website Design Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4321
 

About Ryan

Ryan’s role at the Prevention Institute is to maintain and update the existing website. He creates banners, uploads blogs and other deliverables needed to make the overall aesthetic of the website. He is not only a graphic designer, but a front-end developer on his free time so he understands the principles of both designing and coding.

 

Ryan completed a Computer System Design and Programming course from the Philippines and is continually researching and learning new trends on website development online. Most of his design and web development skills are self-taught. If given an opportunity to go to school again he would because he believes that learning never stops and nothing can stop you if you have determination.

 

Ryan is married to Shao and he is inspired to be a great dad, especially now that baby Gabe is here!

 

He is a basketball guru in his dreams and loves music.

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Pam Barker

Communications Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4303
 

About Pam

Pam’s role at the Prevention Institute is to assist with knowledge-transfer of our information. By combining words and images, Pam creates the visual representation of ideas and messages to reach our audiences through various media.

 

She believes that through communication … the process is created, and by design … a product is generated. Pam brings over thirty years of experience in visual communication from her background in the printing industry where she has worked as an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Instructor, Manager, and Owner/Operator of a Desktop Publishing Company.

 

Pam’s interests include interior design, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Education and Training

  • Business Administration Certificate (BAC) from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Various Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design Courses.
  • Journeyman Certificate in Typography
 

Related Experience

  • SIAST: Concepts in Graphic Design Curriculum Developer and Instructor
  • Awarded Canadian Graphic Arts Awards in 1998 and 2001
  • Former Member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Megan Clark

Research and Evaluation Team Lead

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Telephone: (306) 651-4304
 

About Megan

Megan has been with the Prevention Institute since 2003. Her current position is the Research and Evaluation Team Lead. In this role, Megan provides guidance and leadership around ensuring that the work of the Prevention Institute is evidence based and evaluated, in order to help Institute programs meet the needs of the intended audience and accomplish the goals identified. During her time at the Institute, Megan has also worked on developing a resource kit on ‘attachment’, the bond that children form with those they depend on for care.

 

Education and Training

  • Megan obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan, has a Diploma in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
  • Professional Interests

    • Utilization focused and developmental evaluation
    • Knowledge translation, transfer and exchange
    • Child development and mental health
    • The attachment relationship
    • The impact of trauma and stress on development and health

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Keri Dalsgaard

Executive Secretary

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Telephone: (306) 651-4305
 

About Keri

Keri began her career with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in November 2005. Her main focus for the first two years was in the area of resource distribution. Keri has held the role of Executive Secretary since 2007, and in this capacity, provides administrative support to the Members of the Corporation, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Medical Advisory Committee. She also works closely with program staff, proofreading resources and reports, and helping out whenever and however she can. Keri credits her wonderful co-workers at the Prevention Institute for making work enjoyable every day.

 

When not at work, spending time with her husband, children, and friends are important to Keri. Her favorite pastimes are travelling and golfing.

 

Education and Training

  • Secretarial Diploma at Robertson Secretarial School, Saskatoon

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Lee Hinton

Education and Promotions Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4318
 

About Lee

Lee has been a Program Manager at the Prevention Institute since 2007. In this role, Lee provides support and leadership ensuring that both programs and projects meet their goals in an efficient, research based, high quality, and effective manner. In 2010-11, Lee also developed the Early Childhood Mental Health Program. This program focusses on bringing emerging, evidence-based information and training to professionals throughout the province and has included developing and coordinating the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Mental Health Provincial Network.

 

Education and Training

Lee obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, holds a Post Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University.

 

Professional Interests

  • Mental and physical health of women and children
  • Child development and mental health
  • Program development and management
  • Public speaking
  • Community capacity building

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Sandra Kilborn

Resource Secretary

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Telephone: (306) 651-4314
 

About Sandra

Sandra has been with the Prevention Institute for 6 years, 5 of which have been as Resource Secretary. She enjoys interacting with clients when they call regarding our resources or to borrow videos from our lending library. Sandra also enjoys seeing the new resources that our talented staff members are always creating. Her position is part-time, 9:00-2:30, Monday to Thursday.

 

Education and Training

  • Legal Secretary Certificate at Saskatoon Business College
  • Seminars on Word, Excel, various other word processing and spreadsheet packages
 

Related Experience

  • 8 years working at Co-op Trust in Saskatoon
  • 6 years working at Medical Services Association in Vancouver

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Christy Kuse

Finance Business Manager

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Telephone: (306) 651-4315
 

About Christy

Christy is the Business Finance Manager with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. In her current position, Christy handles all aspects of the organization’s financial accounting including budget preparation and management, financial reporting, financial statement analysis, payroll, and annual audit preparation. She has been with the Prevention Institute since 1995, taking a hiatus from 2003-2008 to work in the private sector, rejoining the team in 2008.

 

Education and Training

Christy has a Commerce degree with a major in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics; both of these degrees were received from the University of Saskatchewan. She is an expert in ACCPac and is ready to help all of the staff with their questions about financial matters.

 

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Marlene Dray

FASD Team Lead

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Telephone: (306) 651-4306
 

About Marlene

Marlene has been the FASD Prevention Program Coordinator since 2011. The FASD Prevention Program shares evidence based information about harm reduction and the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Marlene’s role includes:

  • Planning, developing and evaluating FASD resources (with an emphasis on the use of plain language)
  • Using social media, including writing the FASD blog
  • Partnering with government ministries and community-based organizations across the province
  • Responding to requests for information
  • Assisting agencies and community-based organizations with planning and organizing FASD educational events within Saskatchewan
  • Organizing and/or delivering professional and public education and training about FASD (a chance to set free her inner diva)
  • Representing the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute on provincial and national committees
 

Education and Training

Marlene is a graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan and SIAST. Prior to working at the Prevention Institute, Marlene worked in the field of intellectual disability. One of Marlene’s goals in life is to promote plain language and eliminate misspelled billboards and newspaper articles.

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Bev Drew

Program Development and FASD Prevention Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4307
 

About Bev

What Bev loves best about her role at the Prevention Institute is the variety of projects she gets to be involved in. Work is never boring. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged. Even though our team is always busy, we always find time for a daily laugh.

 

Bev’s role is to provide leadership to the FASD Prevention team, keeping in mind the big picture, long term planning, and team communication. As part of the team, Bev is accountable for program deliverables, budgets and a variety of projects, including:

  • Education and training related to FASD, Prenatal Development, Alcohol, and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Communication to the general public, as well as specific target groups, using a variety of avenues (Facebook, Twitter, media releases and interviews, print and video resources, and media campaigns). The goal is to raise awareness and provide education around FASD and related topics.
  • Connecting with and traveling to communities across Saskatchewan, providing training and resources, and learning from them.
 

Education and Training

  • B.A.Sc. University of Guelph, College of Family and Consumer Studies, Child Studies
  • M.Sc. Iowa State University, College of Human Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Special Education
 

Related Experience

Bev has over 30 years working in the early childhood field, particularly related to supporting young children with special needs, their families, and student parents.

  • Supervisor, KidsFirst Home Visiting Program, Saskatoon
  • Director, Millie’s Early Learning Centre, Nutana Collegiate Institute, Saskatoon
  • Resource Teacher and Field Supervisor, Early Childhood Integration Support Services, Ontario
  • Instructor, Early Childhood Education night classes, SIAST, Saskatoon

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Kate Dunn

Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator

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Telephone: 306-651-4316
 

About Kate

Kate is the Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator. Her main goal is to help provide research and current evidence-based best practices to develop educational efforts aimed at reducing child injuries that result in hospitalization, disability, and death. Kate’s previous experience working with organizations such as the Ontario Early Years Centre, P.A.R.T.Y. Program, Community Living, and Patrick4Life has contributed to her skills in health promotion and education.

 

Education and Training

Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Health Studies at McMaster University; 2012Masters of Public Health at University of Saskatchewan; 2014

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Jackie Eaton

Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4308
 

About Jackie

Jackie is the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

 

Jackie is responsible for developing resources and training opportunities specific to the Sexual and Reproductive Health program. She enjoys creating e-learning projects, providing presentations, and coordinating the HIV and Pregnancy Advisory Committee.

 

Experience in the field of Education and being the mother of three children aged 13, 18 and 21 fuels Jackie’s passion for sharing information for people to make healthy decisions about sexual and reproductive health.

 

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Training in Adobe Captivate E-Learning
 

Presentations Provided

  • HIV and Pregnancy
  • STI Adventures E-learning

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Amanda Galambos

HIV Program Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4311
Amanda is the HIV Program Coordinator and has been with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 2011. Her role involves participating as a member of the SK HIV Collaborative where she works alongside representatives from the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), First Nations Inuit Health Branch, and clinical experts in communicable diseases.

The purpose of the SK HIV Collaborative is to provide:

  • advice and direction on addressing target populations with common needs, behaviours, and risk factors across a broad spectrum of communicable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis C, and Sexually Transmitted Infections;
  • guidance and advice on a governance structure that will provide broad-based perspective on common issues, strategies, and clinical expertise to address same; and
  • recommendations and oversight of potential working groups to focus on implementation strategies.

More information about the SK HIV Collaborative and accompanying resources can be found on their website, www.skhiv.ca.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Degree from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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Connie Herman

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4309

About Connie

Connie Herman is the Program Coordinator for the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program in Saskatchewan. Nobody’s Perfect is a national parenting program that has been successfully supporting parents facing barriers in life since 1984. It is the role of the provincial coordinator to organize the Nobody’s Perfect facilitator course and ongoing updates, to collect and maintain program statistics and feedback, and to provide ongoing support, community grants, and resources. As a parent of a busy preschooler, Connie understands the difficulties of being a parent and believes that raising children is the most important job there is. She is grateful to coordinate a program that aims to support parents and increase understanding of their children’s development, health, safety and behaviour.

 

Education and Training

  • Bachelors of Arts and Science
  • Bachelors of Social Work
  • Nobody’s Perfect Trainer

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Travis Holeha

Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4313
 

About Travis

Travis Holeha started at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in February of 2009. His first role was in Childhood Injury Prevention for a short period before becoming the Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator. Travis manages the province’s Child Passenger Safety Program, is the lead instructor/trainer for the Children’s Restraint System Technician Course, and works throughout the province assisting children who have special transportation needs.

 

Professional Interests

  • Child transportation program consultations
  • Instructing the province’s new car seat technicians
  • Working with enforcement agencies in the area of child traffic safety
  • Presenting to caregivers or organizations with an interest in child passenger safety
  • Collaborating with others to ensure a safe ride for every child (special needs children, low income families, etc.)
 

Education and Training

Travis received his university education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and the University of Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the U. of S. in 2007.

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Krista Kaminski

Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4317
 

About Krista

Krista Kaminski is the Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. She is passionate about providing expectant families with the most current, evidence based information available to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy, birth and baby’s first year. In this role, Krista researches emerging issues in perinatal and infant health and uses this information to increase the knowledge of the general public, health and allied health professionals. Previous to her work at the Institute, Krista worked in congenital anomaly surveillance and has brought her interest of how pregnancy outcomes are impacted by maternal exposure to environmental contaminants, to the Institute.

 

Education and Training

Bachelor of Science from the University of British ColumbiaMasters of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan

 

Related Experience

Epidemiologist/Coordinator of Congenital Anomaly Surveillance – Saskatchewan (CASS)Research Officer, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

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Tanis Shanks

Community Action Program for Children Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4320
 

About Tanis

Tanis is the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. For almost a decade, Tanis has worked with parents and children in numerous capacities, including program development, facilitation, mentorship, childcare, and administration. As a parent herself, Tanis is very passionate about parenting education, healthy child development, violence prevention, and human rights. In her role, Tanis organizes and delivers trainings, presentations, and workshops around Saskatchewan on the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program and Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting. Tanis’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) majoring in Native Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work through the University of Regina.

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Jody Shynkaruk

Reproductive Health Research Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4312
 

About Jody

Jody’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is to provide research and evaluation support to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program, as well as participate on the Research and Evaluation Team. As such, Jody performs research activities (e.g., literature reviews, environmental scans, needs assessments), conducts evaluations of existing resources, and provides recommendations for future research areas within reproductive health.

 

The purpose of Jody’s work is to inform health and allied health professionals about issues related to reproductive health (particularly HIV and pregnancy), with the goal of improving the care and treatment received by women and children living in Saskatchewan, ultimately resulting in improved outcomes for women and children.

 

Education and Training

  • Master of Arts, Applied Social Psychology
 

Related Experience

  • Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Saskatchewan Chapter
  • Project and Outreach Coordinator at AIDS Saskatoon in 2009 and 2010
  • Completed previous evaluations for AIDS Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre

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Róisín Unsworth

Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4319
Fax: (306) 651-4301
 

About Róisín

Róisín is the Youth Action for Prevention (YAP) Program Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. Róisín is passionate about working in the area of alcohol prevention and harm reduction among youth. In her role, she travels to communities across Saskatchewan providing presentations, resources, and encouraging young people to create projects that raise awareness of FASD and other alcohol-related harms among their peers.

 

Róisín’s work extends to a variety of areas, including health promotion and education, resource and program development, evaluation, and youth engagement activities. She also coordinates the Youth Health Community Grant Program alongside the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator, and the Hammered: After Party Magazine.

 

Professional Interests

  • FASD prevention and youth engagement
  • Self-esteem building through girls’ mentorship programs
  • The relationship between alcohol and sexual activity
  • Resilience building through the Developmental Asset Framework
 

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a Minor in Crime, Law, and Justice Studies from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan

Related Experience

  • Member of the Girls Action Foundation National Rural Women’s Working Group
  • Crisis Counselor at the YWCA Women’s Shelter (2010-2014)
  • Research Assistant for the Saskatchewan Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the U of S (2009-2013)
  • Research Coordinator for the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (2012)
  • Local Project Coordinator for the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (2010-2011)

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Carli Wallington

Research and Evaluation

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Telephone: (306) 651-4324
 

Carli works at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute as part of the Research and Evaluation Team, and provides support to various programs and projects. Carli performs research activities, conducts evaluations of existing resources, and provides recommendations for future activities at the Prevention Institute.

Education & Training

  • Masters of Arts, Applied Social Psychology

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Cara Zukewich

FASD Prevention Program Coordinator

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Telephone: (306) 651-4323
Office Hours: Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
 

About Cara

Cara began her career at the Prevention Institute in 2002 and worked contractually on planning Telehealth events, developing resources, research, community development, program support and much more. She has had many roles and enjoys the challenges of a changing environment. Cara sees each new task as a potential opportunity!

 

Her areas of professional interest:

  • Health promotion and education
  • Early childhood development
  • Collaboration and networking
  • Community capacity exchange
  • Knowledge translation
  • Facilitation
  • Maternal, child and family health
  • Primary prevention
 

Education

Cara obtained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina, and a diploma in Early Childhood Development from SIAST. Cara holds a Professional ‘A’ Teaching Certificate. Cara is married and has one daughter. She enjoys her time at the family cabin and at the Martensville Curling Club.