About Us

Strengthening People; Nurturing Relationships; Building Communities

We provide services that promote safe, healthy, and respectful relationships for everyone in our community. Most importantly, we offer hope. Our counselling services and group programs are provided by qualified and experienced counsellors using trauma- and violence-informed practice. Client needs are the most important thing to us and we work on creating a space that is safe, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming. We provide services that help people handle life challenges.

We support youth, couples, families, and individuals in their journey towards healthier relationships with themselves, with others, and with the community.

We offer counselling support and group programming for those:

  • experiencing intimate partner violence
  • wanting to solve problems without violence
  • seeking to build healthy relationships
  • experiencing separation and divorce
  • wishing to enhance their parenting skills
  • requiring support for their mental wellness
  • needing to access anger management programming

Our Mission:

We serve individuals, families, and the community to nurture safe, healthy, and respectful relationships.

Our Vision:

Healthy individuals and families contributing to a strong community.

Our Values:

ACCESSIBILITY

For all people on an equitable basis without regard to race, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, or financial status.

COMMUNITY HEALTH & GROWTH

Of individuals and families through innovative, diverse, and high-quality services.

CLIENT ENTITLEMENT & EMPOWERMENT

Using a holistic, collaborative, and gender-sensitive approach in the provision of services.

PROFESSIONALISM

Of employees and students, high ethical standards, and a commitment to professional development.

COLLEGIAL & FAMILY FRIENDLY

In our working environment and relationships with colleagues, professional partners, and clients.

SUPPORT OF INTERNS, STUDENTS, AND VOLUNTEERS

With high importance and respect for their role, supervision, and training.

COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

With other non-profit organizations, public sector agencies, and businesses for the purpose of fulfilling our mission.

Annual Reports

Membership and affiliations:

Board of Directors

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Kyle Christopherson

Connie den Hollander

Amanda Anderson

Madasan Yates

Arlene Schmalz

Ivy Armstrong

Andrew Gaucher

Jordan Farr

Lavin Saleh

Ranabelle Stroh

Riley Woodman

Jones Enebeli

Aarondeep Shokar

Emma Chen

Executive Team

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Janine Baumann

Executive Director

Myrna Kanigan

Director of Programs

Ian Shaw

Youth Project Manager

Martha Hollinger

Executive Assistant

Faith Rowland

Fund Development Officer

Program staff

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Counsellors

Dillon Cobb

Youth Exposed to Violence Counsellor

Janette Gamble

Intake Counsellor

Gwen Roulette

Counsellor

Helene Davis

Counsellor

Tania Rediron

Counsellor

Wendy Monks-Janzen

Teen and Young Parent Counsellor

Myron Peters

Counsellor

52 North Program

Beatrice Boateng-Twumasi

52 North Counsellor

Martin Nyai

52 North Outreach Worker

Sheena Treemer

52 North Counsellor

Domestic Violence Court Program

Alana Gardiner

Domestic Violence Court Supervisor

Elizabeth Leclerc

Domestic Violence Court Caseworker

Taryn Domanko

Domestic Violence Court Caseworker

Intimate Partner Violence Outreach

Alana Rabby-Dowling

Intimate Partner Violence Outreach Coordinator

Jody Hanson

Intimate Partner Violence Outreach Counsellor

Child and Youth Support Program

Teddy Ward

Child and Youth Support Program Coordinator

Administrative Support

Loretta Morin

Receptionist

History

Family Service Saskatoon is a registered charity and non-profit organization that has served the Saskatoon community and surrounding areas since 1931. We are a non-partisan organization, governed by a volunteer, community-based Board of Directors.

Behind the Name

Over the years, we’ve had a few different names.
In 1931, we were founded as the Family Welfare Association.
In 1961, the Association changed its name to the Saskatoon Family Service Bureau.
In 2001, it changed again to Family Service Saskatoon.
Although our name has changed since our foundation, our mission has always remained the same.

How it Started

The Family Welfare Association was founded in order to support those in the community who needed a little extra help. In 1930, the Canadian Welfare Council determined that the city of Saskatoon needed access to more resources in order to support those who were struggling. The Family Welfare Association became an avenue for these resources, providing families with professional social work services with a focus on supporting them.

When we formed in 1931, Mrs. C. K. Langford was appointed as the president. She was the first woman in Canada to become the president of a family welfare society.

Saskatoon Community Service Village

Since 2001, Family Service Saskatoon has been a member of the Saskatoon Community Service Village. The Village was built next to YWCA Saskatoon in 2001. The Saskatoon Community Service Village is a unique agency model. It was created as a space where 6 community-based partner agencies could work together to enhance the quality of life and services for the community. 

These agencies came together with the goal of operating more efficiently by sharing resources, strengthening each agency’s ability to serve, and improving ways of delivering services to the community.

Helping the Community

In 1947, we joined with the Canadian Welfare Council to protest increasing rent prices. Together, we advocated for the maintenance of rent control for at least another year, so lower income families could have time to adjust to increased expenses.
Since then, Family Service Saskatoon has continued to support the anti-poverty campaign that began in 2000. We also support the development and expansion of quality and affordable day care in Canada, and the end of the corporal punishment of children.
Today, we continue to focus on the prevention of harm and supporting youth, couples, families, and individuals in their journey towards healthier relationships with themselves, with others, and with the community.

These partner agencies include:

CFS Saskatoon
Family Service Saskatoon
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service
Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre
United Way of Saskatoon and Area
YWCA Saskatoon

The Village is an example of effective partnering that demonstrates increased capacity to serve a wider range of clients with innovative and more integrated services. It is a meeting place for residents of Saskatoon where all can work together to build a stronger and more vibrant community.