TEAM WORK

divides the tasks and multiplies the success.

Meet our Team

“Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.” Walt Disney

Leadership Team

  • Lee Hinton
    Acting Executive Director
    Lee Hinton
    Acting Executive Director
    About Lee

    Lee has been at the Prevention Institute since 2007. She provides support and leadership, ensuring that programs and projects meet their goals in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and effective manner. Lee developed and coordinates the Early Childhood Mental Health Program, which focuses on bringing emerging, evidence-based information and training to professionals throughout the province. As part of this program, Lee also coordinates 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.

    Lee is a member of Zero to Three’s Academy of Fellows.

     

    Professional Interests

    • Mental and physical health of women and children
    • Child development and mental health
    • Program development and management
    • Community capacity building
    • Early childhood mental health
    • Trauma
    • Leadership development and coaching

  • Megan Clark (she/her)
    Research and Evaluation
    Megan Clark (she/her)
    Research and Evaluation
    About Megan

    Megan has been with the Prevention Institute since 2003. Megan provides guidance and leadership around ensuring that the work of the Prevention Institute is evidence-based and evaluated, in order to help program coordinators meet the needs of the intended audience and accomplish the goals identified. During her time at the Prevention 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

  • Suzanne Hartman
    Program Manager
    Suzanne Hartman
    Program Manager
    About Sue

    Sue joined the Prevention Institute in July 2022 as a Program Manager. She provides support and leadership, ensuring that programs and projects meet their goals in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and effective manner. Previously, she worked as a researcher for the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) as well as led their Knowledge to Action work including school, community, and youth engagement. Sue is passionate about developmental psychology and helping connect service providers with current research in the areas of healthy prenatal, childhood, and adolescent development.

     

    Education and Training

    Sue received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland and her Masters and Doctorate in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University. She completed her postdoctoral work at The Center for Child Development and Educational Research at Florida International University.

  • Jody Shynkaruk
    Program Manager & Research and Evaluation Specialist
    Jody Shynkaruk
    Program Manager & Research and Evaluation Specialist
    About Jody

    Jody’s role is to provide support and leadership to program coordinators to help ensure that goals are met in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and efficient manner. Jody is also a member of 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.

     

    Education and Training

    • Master of Arts, Applied Social Psychology, University of Saskatchewan

    Related Experience

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

Core Team

  • Donna Anderson
    Office Administrator & Financial Clerk
    Donna Anderson
    Office Administrator & Financial Clerk
    About Donna

    Donna has been with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 2007. She is the friendly face you see when you first enter the building and the kind voice you hear when calling.

    Donna provides administrative support to all staff, including the organization of conference and workshop registrations. Her other focus is accounts payable and receivable and assisting the Accountant.

     

    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.

  • Ryan Jay Arcena
    Web Development Coordinator
    Ryan Jay Arcena
    Web Development Coordinator
    About Ryan

    Ryan’s role is to maintain and update the Prevention Institute's website. He creates banners, uploads blogs and other deliverables needed to make the overall aesthetic of the website. As a graphic designer and website developer, he understands the principles of 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. Most of his design and web development skills are self-taught. If given an opportunity, Ryan would further his education because he believes that learning should never stop and nothing can stop you if you have determination.

    Ryan is married to his wife Shao and focuses on being a great dad to his son Gabe. He is a basketball guru in his dreams and loves music.

  • Pam Barker
    Communications Coordinator
    Pam Barker
    Communications Coordinator
    About Pam

    Pam has been working at the Prevention Institute since 2005. Her role is to assist with knowledge-transfer of 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-five 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 Type-Write Productions.

    Besides spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends, Pam's interests include interior design, travelling, and event planning.

     

    Education and Training

    • Business Administration Certificate (BAC) (University of Saskatchewan)
    • Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design Courses (SIAST)
    • Journeyman Typographer Certification
    • Business Development Training Program (Deloitte & Touche Business Training Services)
    • Motivational Interviewing Training (Saskatchewan Prevention Institute)
    • Social Media Marketing Training (Social Media Examiner - San Diego)
    • Adobe Captivate and E-Learning Training (Adobe Learning Summit - Florida)

  • Laura El Mir
    Research and Evaluation Specialist
    Laura El Mir
    Research and Evaluation Specialist
    About Laura

    Laura’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is to provide research support to the various program teams by compiling evidence-based information, while also ensuring resources are relevant and up to date. Through her several years of practice as a neonatal nurse in Lebanon, Laura developed a passion for improving children’s health. Her work experience and educational knowledge drives her enthusiasm for employing multisectoral primary prevention methods towards creating large-scale advancements in childhood health outcomes. In her position, she aims to utilize her skillset and knowledge towards supporting the Institute’s mission.

     

    Education

    • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Notre Dame University – Lebanon

  • Lindsay Soderberg
    Corporate and Office Administrator
    Lindsay Soderberg
    Corporate and Office Administrator
    About Lindsay

    Lindsay began her career with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in July of 2022. She provides administrative support to the Members of the Corporation, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, and Program Advisory Committee. Lindsay focuses on organization and quality control of reports and resources that the Institute provides, while also supporting coordinators and fellow staff in administration.

    Lindsay’s background consists of assistant roles in speech pathology and audiology, and she has enjoyed taking courses in childhood psychology, childhood development, and grammar. On her days off, she likes to spend time with friends and family, and likes to stay active outdoors

     

    Education

    • Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Diploma, MacEwan University
    • Audiology Assistant Diploma, Nova University
    • Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma, Saskatoon Business College

Program Coordinators

  • Ana Andrade
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    Ana Andrade
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Ana

    Ana joined the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in 2021 as one of the FASD Prevention Program Coordinators, after working on the development of an FASD prevention and supports program in the neighbouring province of Alberta. With a background in dentistry and public health, she looks forward to the connections and possibilities that come along with knowledge translation, capacity building, and participatory approaches to health promotion. In her new role, Ana aspires to support healthy pregnancies and early childhood throughout the province.

  • Dale Apesis
    Youth Action for Prevention Program Coordinator
    Dale Apesis
    Youth Action for Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Dale

    Dale is a lifelong learner with a diverse background and experience in youth development, community development, strategic planning, public relations/communications through the education, economic, social, and justice sectors. Dale has a major in Sociology and a minor in Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. He uses his education to help organizations, communities, and individuals find opportunities through innovate approaches and solutions in many capacities. Through reconciliation work, Dale believes we all have an important role in moving forward in creating safe places for inclusion and youth empowerment and engagement.

  • Cynthia Bird
    Northern Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator (NYAP)
    Cynthia Bird
    Northern Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator (NYAP)
    About Cynthia

    Cynthia joined the Institute in August 2022, where she respectfully has the role of the Northern Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator (NYAP).

    Cynthia is a Treaty woman, and a survivor of the Sixties’ Scoop, who has overcome many traumas and barriers in her life. These experiences lead her to become a Social Worker who focuses on helping First Nations and Métis people to have healthier lifestyles. Cynthia has worked in the roles of a teaching assistant, day care worker, protection worker, hospital social worker, and school social worker.

    Cynthia’s expertise is working with northern communities to deliver harm reduction tools. The importance of the NYAP Program is to increase community awareness of the importance of youth engagement, and to promote adult allyship and youth connection for mental well-bein

     

    Cynthia’s message to the youth – “don’t let anyone bring your “spirit” down, as together we all can make a difference in your life; we are here to help create balance and harmony to you spirit. Tiniki."

  • Rashmi Tandukar Bhaukaji
    Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator
    Rashmi Tandukar Bhaukaji
    Perinatal and Infant Health Coordinator
    About Rashmi

    Rashmi joined the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute as a PIH coordinator in August of 2022. She has had many years of experience working in community health as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and in Canada. Rashmi’s training and volunteer work as a doula added to her knowledge base for this position. Previously, as an RN, her priority was on proximal social determinants of health (physical, mental, and spiritual health). In this position, she anticipates leveraging her skills and expertise to broaden her focus to include intermediate (healthcare system, education system, community infrastructures) and distal determinants of health (colonialism, racism, social exclusions, self-determination). With her passion for primary and secondary prevention programs that promote best evidence and practices, focus on prevention and equity, knowledge of the impact of colonization and the importance of reconciliation, and as a mother of a 4-year-old, Rashmi is excited to begin her work to reduce infant disease, disability, and death, as well as to ensure healthy outcomes for pregnant and birthing people.

     

    Education

    • Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing- University of Mobile, Alabama USA
    • Master’s in Public health – University of Saskatchewan, SK Canada

  • Beth Blakley
    Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative Project Assistant
    Beth Blakley
    Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative Project Assistant
    About Beth

    Beth is new to the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in the role of Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative Project Assistant. She has a background working with not-for-profit organizations and higher education as well as a passion for interdisciplinary teams, Indigenous culture and traditions, harm reduction, as well as addressing the social determinants of health. Her position provides organizational and administrative support to the SK HIV Collaborative.

     

    Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan

  • Jackie Eaton
    Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator
    Jackie Eaton
    Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator
    About Jackie

    Jackie Eaton is the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Jackie is responsible for resource development and organizing trainings, presentations, and workshops to support the work of CAPC Projects throughout Saskatchewan. Being the mother of three children, along with experience in the field of education, fuels Jackie's passion for supporting parenting education.

     

    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

  • Connie Herman
    Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator
    Connie Herman
    Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator
    About Connie

    As the Provincial Coordinator for the Nobody's Perfect Parent Program, Connie Herman is passionate about supporting parents, families, and communities. Based out of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Connie provides training, resource development, and support to service providers who work with parents and families. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Social Work, and is a trained facilitator in numerous programs and frameworks, including Nobody’s Perfect, Self-Reg, Parent Coaching, Positive Discipline, Kids Have Stress Too, and Healthy Start. As a mom to two children, Connie recognizes that parenting is one of the most rewarding, most important, and also the most challenging jobs there is.

     

    Education and Training

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

  • Jason Hogan
    Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
    Jason Hogan
    Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
    About Jason

    Jason is the Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator and is one of the newest team members at Saskatchewan Prevention Institute where his mission is to provide Saskatchewanians with the skills and knowledge to safely transport children through education, hands-on-training, and events.

    He has completed his Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training and is a member of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC).

    Jason has formal training in Health, Safety, and Environmental Studies through NAIT, teaching experience through his time educating people in Taiwan for over 12 years, and has most recently been working in insurance. He has been an active volunteer fire fighter and rescue member in his hometown of Rosthern for over ten years, where he has prior experience with child car seat installations. Jason is married with two children, has two cats and a dog , enjoys watching and participating in sports, and loves a good cup of coffee.

     

    Education and Training

    • HSE Technician – NAIT
    • CAIB – Level 2

  • Soumya Mishra
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    Soumya Mishra
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Soumya

    Soumya is new to the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in the role of FASD Prevention Program Coordinator. She is equipped with sound public health background and diverse work experience through various projects and working with non-profit organizations. Previously, she worked collaboratively with SHA and PHR to develop an operational plan for the Supervised Consumption Site in Saskatoon, SK. She brings a great passion for educating people and enabling them to take control over their health and quality of life. Her role includes promoting FASD awareness across Saskatchewan by providing evidence-based information, Partnering, and collaborating with stakeholders, communities across SK, organizing and coordinating professional training on Motivational Interviewing.

     

    Education and Training

    • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
    • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. H. S. Gour Central University, India

  • Jasmin Ogren
    Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator
    Jasmin Ogren
    Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator
    About Jasmin

    Jasmin’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is to explore effective and innovative methods for delivering preventative health information prior to and during the reproductive years. She hopes to bring her passion for health promotion, knowledge translation, and primary prevention to improve health literacy and cultivate supportive environments that empower individuals to make positive and informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

     

    Education

    • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan

  • Robyn Stewart (she/her)
    Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
    Robyn Stewart (she/her)
    Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Robyn

    Robyn joined the team as Child Injury Prevention Coordinator in December 2021. She brings a decade of experience providing family support services through a harm reduction lens, and recently completed her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Regina.

    Robyn is passionate about providing evidence-based, trauma-informed education that supports children and families to thrive. She looks forward to bringing energy and innovation to her work in child injury prevention, connecting and building new relationships with community partners, and delivering comprehensive training for parents and caregivers across Saskatchewan.

     

    Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Saskatchewan
    • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Regina

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