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Community Programs Facilitation Team

Kendall Thomas-McEachern, BSW, RSW - Family and Community Program Supervisor
Kendall Thomas-McEachern, BSW, RSW - Family and Community Program Supervisor

Kendall is our Family and Community Program Supervisor and Community Coordinator. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.

Before moving to Saskatoon, Kendall grew up in rural Saskatchewan where she lived with her parents and younger brother. Kendall pays homage to her small-town living as a reflection of the values she places on the community, collaboration, and maintaining strong connections.

Kendall has a special love for supporting at-risk children and youth, which she explains began during her work at the Haven Kids’ House (Formally the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery). Kendall values the provision of both trauma-informed and strengths-based perspectives in practice, which she demonstrates in her role as a Community Program Coordinator.

Kendall is passionate about providing psychoeducational and holistic arts-based methods to the demographics that she serves. She believes these methods of intervention can help build resilience, self-esteem, mindfulness, self-awareness, healthy coping strategies, and social skills.

When she isn’t out in the community supporting children and youth, Kendall can be found cuddling with her dog Wrigley, baking, crafting, and sharing her love for all things Harry Potter.

Tera Hrappstead, BSW, RSW
Tera Hrappstead, BSW, RSW

Tera holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. She grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

She has specialized training in Visual Arts and Drama. Tera utilizes her expressive arts and psychoeducational background as a therapeutic tool in groups. She has worked with infants, children, teens, and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Tera is a group facilitator for Parents. She believes in the importance of building healthy foundations and relationships, and that all people have inherent strengths. She creates safe and supportive environments for Clients from all backgrounds.

Currently on Maternity Leave

Amanda Knutson, BSW, RSW
Amanda Knutson, BSW, RSW

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Work.  She was born and raised on the prairies, where she currently lives with her son.

Amanda is an authentic, down to earth, engaging and adaptable group facilitator.  She believes in collaborative care and strives to meet clients where they are at. She has worked with diverse populations and practices from a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, strengths based perspective.  Amanda is progressive and modern in her approach to community care and is passionate about social justice, feminism and mental health support.

Elyse Laskowski, BSW, RSW
Elyse Laskowski, BSW, RSW

Elyse received her Bachelor of Social Work degree with the University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. She has 8 years of experience working directly with children and youth in summer camps, youth groups, and non-profit organizations.

Elyse is cheerful, creative, and empathic, and strives to help bring out the best in everyone. She practices a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, which helps to promote a safe and person-centered environment. She values the use of relationship building, holistic therapies, and self-reflection to foster inner and outer connectivity and growth. Elyse is passionate about mental health education and support, social justice, and working alongside youth.

In her free time, Elyse enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting and crafting, reading, and hanging out with her cat. She also loves to learn new things and is always looking for new skills and hobbies!

Courtney Kipling, BSW, RSW
Courtney Kipling, BSW, RSW

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She comes from a large, diverse family and is very proud to call Saskatoon her home.

Courtney is a group facilitator for children. She prides herself in using a trauma informed, family-systems, and strengths based perspective. She supports children through connection, self-expression, identity exploration, mindfulness, and promoting resilience. As a Community Program Coordinator, Courtney values being creative, flexible, empathetic, authentic, inclusive, and above all things, promoting joy & laughter.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys painting, cooking, spending time with family, playing with her cats, and finding new adventures. She can often be found attending community events or ‘putzing around’ in her garden.

 

MacKenzie Guliak, BSW, RSW
MacKenzie Guliak, BSW, RSW

MacKenzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary. She was born in a small town in Saskatchewan and spent most of her life in between Saskatchewan and Alberta. MacKenzie loves her life in the prairies!

MacKenzie has a devote passion for working with at-risk youth and families. She loves to be involved in the community and looks for ways to be an ally in her day to day life. Throughout MacKenzie’s practice she values and demonstrates trauma-informed, strengths-based, client-centered care.

MacKenzie loves to bring a diverse approach to her practice and loves learning new approaches to support whomever she is working with. MacKenzie has a true passion and love for people and that is apparent in the work that she does! She brings a positive outlook and bright energy that she hopes can encourage and support each youth that she works with!

In her free time you will find MacKenzie with her husband and two dogs. MacKenzie loves being in nature, finding adventure and spending time with her family.

Currently on Maternity Leave

Abbigayle Gress, BSW, RSW
Abbigayle Gress, BSW, RSW

Abbigayle holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. She is also a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Work.

Abbigayle’s diverse experience contributes to her work as a Community Program Coordinator where she practices from a trauma informed, strengths based and person-centered approach.

She is observant in her work which helps in supporting clients, has a keen interest in helping others and believes in the importance of connection. Abbigayle values being empathetic, kind, genuine, inclusive, and a continual learner in both professional and personal areas of her life.

In her free time you will find Abbigayle with her husband and dog, spending time with family and friends, reading, being outdoors, or working on a craft.

Lisa Dyer, BSW
Lisa Dyer, BSW

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Regina and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW). Lisa’s experience working with children, youth and adults in various supportive and advocacy roles has given her a deeper understanding of the many barriers that people face in living their best life.

Lisa’s practice is influenced by post colonial and feminist theory and she works from a strength based, client centered approach. She does her best to be trauma sensitive recognizing that the diverse backgrounds of the people she works with each have their unique set of challenges. Lisa is a warm and approachable group leader whose desire is to facilitate connection and community within her groups.

In her free time Lisa loves to have adventures in nature with loved ones and friends which include hiking, biking, paddle boarding and walking her dog. She can also be found in the morning cuddled up with a cup of tea on her swinging basket chair.

Kayla Scheidl, BSW, RSW
Kayla Scheidl, BSW, RSW

Kayla received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW). She was born and raised in Saskatoon and proud to call the prairies her home.

 

Kayla has over 10 years of experience working directly with children and youth in various capacities. Kayla is a strong advocate for women’s, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ rights. She is committed to reconciliation and is honoured to work on Treaty 6 Territory.

 

Kayla practices from a strengths-based and trauma-informed framework. She believes that everyone should feel empowered and valued no matter your background or unique life experiences. As an individual, Kayla strives to be an empathic, trustworthy, respectful, and genuine person.

 

In her free time, Kayla enjoys cooking, baking, drinking coffee, going to the lake, and spending time with friends and family!

Bernadette Neepin
Bernadette Neepin

Bernadette Neepin has her Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the First Nations University of Canada. She is a First Nations Cree woman from the treaty 5 area in Northern Manitoba. She has Metis ancestry and connections to Batoche through her mother.

Bernadette is a Parent Community Program Coordinator. She is passionate about working with others in the helping profession and has gained knowledge through her education, work experience and life experiences as a parent. She values her creativity and the ability to connect with others. Bernadette primarily utilizes strength -based and trauma informed approach theories when working with families.

Bernadette is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 6. She enjoys spending time with her family and 2 fur babies. Family is important to her and you can find her spending quality time through activities, game nights, painting, puzzles and going for walks. Her oasis is with her love for plants and flowers.

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