The SASWH Board of Directors is a policy governance board who sets the strategic direction of the association and ensures the ends and outcomes of each strategic element are met and adhered to.
The SASWH Board of Directors is comprised of a mix of healthcare professionals and leaders from across the province of Saskatchewan. The Board is made up of Employer and Worker representatives. If you or someone you know if interested in being a director of the Board, please email [email protected].
Executive Director, Enterprise Risk Management, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Brent has a unique breadth of experience gained through progressively responsible leadership roles over 20 years in the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Brent served as Executive Director of Patient and Employee Safety, Director of the Quality and Strategy Business Unit for the Surgical Services, Women’s and Children’s, Ambulatory Care and Kidney Program portfolio, Director of Risk Management and Regional Manager of Respiratory Services. Brent’s certificate in Risk Management and Safety through the Canadian Health Care Association, his completion of the Saskatchewan Leadership Program, his Lean Leader certification as well as his certificate in Health Care Administration through the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce are important contributors to his achievements.
Executive Director, Continuing Care, Integrated Rural Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Christina began her career as Executive Director for Canora Home Care and has held a variety of senior leadership positions through the health system changes and within the boundaries of the former Sunrise Health Region. She was appointed to Interim President and CEO from the position of Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships, effective January 26, 2017 and with the formation of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, continued to support system stability and transition as Executive Transition Lead, Strategy & Partnerships.
Christina graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Administration, a Masters Certificate in Health Systems Management and a Masters of Public Administration. She is a Certified Health Executive and a LEADS Specialist with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, as well as a Certified Lean Leader.
She is a champion of the Saskatchewan Leadership Program and was an inaugural member of the teaching faculty. Through the years, Christina has been actively involved in numerous provincial health system committees.
Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Integrated Facility, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Kaitlyn is the Executive Director of an Emmanuel Health home, St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Center in Macklin. She has been in this role for the past few years after transitioning from managing Environmental, Laundry and Maintenance Services at the new Saskatchewan Hospital. Kaitlyn has also worked for the Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team with the SHA where she promoted helmet safety and brain education for all ages and actively worked across the province as a Car Seat Technician.
Kaitlyn Koch has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (University of Saskatchewan) and is a Registered Dietitian (Saskatchewan Dietitians Association).
President, Association of Personal Care Home Operators of Saskatchewan
Heather is the Acting President of the Association of Personal Care Home Operators of Saskatchewan and has served on its Board for 10 years. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse, and has owned and operated a personal care home as well as provided private home care services for 16 years.
Heather is also a high school teacher who holds her Bachelor of Education and has served as an educator of teens with Prairie Valley School Division and an educator of personal care workers with St. John’s Ambulance periodically over the past 20 years. She has also acted as a consultant for the Ministry of Health in the field of personal care home staff training.
Heather is actively involved in the field of education and public service as it pertains to the care of seniors. She regularly makes presentations to seniors groups and to community service organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan. Heather strives to educate senior care providers in all aspects of senior care and support, including those of safety, and she works with seniors to promote quality of life and quality of care.
Executive Director, Organizational Development & Employee Wellness, Saskatchewan Health Authority
In his portfolio with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Kyle is the lead in organizational and leadership development, healthy workplace, return to work, accommodations, attendance management, succession planning and staff orientation. In his previous role as Vice President, People and Quality for the former Five Hills Health Region, Kyle was responsible for Human Resources, Communications, Continuous Improvement, Occupational Health, Patient and Staff Safety and Patient and Family-Centred Care. Through projects such as the design and development of the new Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, Kyle has had the opportunity to experience the importance of building relationships and working collaboratively with patients, families, staff and physicians, in order to ensure the safe delivery of quality health care services. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Education and is a certified and practicing Lean Leader.
Executive Director, Quality & Safety, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Angela is the Interim Executive Director, Quality & Safety for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and is located in Swift Current. She is passionate about continuous improvement with her most recent experience as the Director, Quality & Safety Rural.
Angela has worked in healthcare for over 25 years, starting her career in therapy services. She has served as an Accreditation & Patient Safety Coordinator, Quality Improvement Specialist and Director of the Kaizen Promotion Office within the former Cypress Health Region. She is a certified Lean Leader with extensive training in Kaizen coaching and 3P. She has much experience coaching teams on quality Improvement initiatives from small local improvement projects to the design and flow for capital builds.
Angela is a committed leader with a focus on safety for all individuals.
Vice President, Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) West
Neil has been a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) with Moose Jaw home care for 25 years. He is a passionate safety advocate who has put that energy into being a Transfer, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) trainer for 16 years. This combination of experience has helped him correct many unsafe situations for workers and clients alike.
As the Vice-President of SEIU-West, Neil has been involved with their Worker Safety Committee, helped organize workplace Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Committees, helped in creating OH&S anti-harassment policies, and has been the representative on the SASWH Violence Steering Committee. He is dedicated to making SEIU-West members aware about their responsibilities in respect to safety regulations.
First Vice-President, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses
Denise Dick, RN, is currently the First Vice-President for the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and has been an active member within her Union since the start of her career in 1982. Denise began her registered nursing career 31 years ago at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on the Pediatric Unit, followed by her experience on the Surgical Unit. For the past 17 years Denise has been making a difference in the lives of women and children on the Women’s Health Unit which consists of Labour and Delivery, Nursery, Postpartum and Women’s Surgeries.
Denise’s involvement with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) started early in her career when she was asked to represent SUN during an OH&S Committee meeting; it was then that her passion for safety and her activism was ignited. Denise continued to represent SUN as the Co-chair of Moose Jaw Union Hospital’s Joint OH&S Committee for 10 years. Denise’s tenure as OH&S Co-chair was during a time when Health Regions were being developed and Districts were being phased out, thus there was a need to develop strong safety programs and regional safety policies. During her time as Co-chair, the OH&S Committee at Moose Jaw Union Hospital developed a number of new safety policies including ones specific to violence and harassment, as well as conducted many inspections of work sites.
Denise has completed a number of different courses regarding OH&S – both available through the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety as well as through the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) – and continued to share her passion for safety by participating on the SFL OH&S Committee and co-facilitating workshops at the SFL’s OH&S Conference held each year.
Denise is honoured to be a member of the Multi Union Advisory Committee for SASWH and has recently been elected to the SASWH Board of Directors as a Union Member at Large (March 2013).
Denise truly believes that safety is a part of everything we do; if we were to each take responsibility for what we can change, life would be so much better for everyone.
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) Advanced Care Paramedic
Travis is an Advanced Care Paramedic in Regina and has been involved in EMS for over a decade. He sits on Executive Council with HSAS and is part of the OH&S Committee. As a part of this committee, he continues to ensure the health and safety of HSAS members through various initiatives and strives for an injury-free workplace.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Judy is a Payroll and Benefits Officer for the SHA. Currently she is the president of CUPE Saskatchewan representing over 30,000 members in the public sector.
As a CUPE member Judy has been active in the labour movement for over 30 years and has served and continues in many leadership roles within CUPE at the local, provincial and national levels.
Judy started her activism serving on her workplace Health & Safety Committee. She believed we all have a role to create a safe workplace and has been driven with the passions to advocate for all workers to have a safe working environment. Her motto is “an injury to one is an injury to all”.
Health & Safety has always been on the forefront of her messaging. Judy continues to address health and safety issues at many levels including as a labour representative on the provincial Occupational Health & Safety Council.
Health Information Management Practitioner, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union
Genny Goodyear is an experienced and dedicated healthcare worker who takes great pride in contributing to a safe and healthy environment for all employees and patients. Genny resides in rural Saskatchewan and works at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. Throughout her 36 years with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Genny has worked various positions including: office clerk, porter, and her current position, Health Information Management Practitioner.
In addition to her vast experience as a dedicated healthcare professional, Genny is a proud and active member of SGEU on both the local and provincial levels. Genny has held numerous elected positions with SGEU including, current co-chair of Saskatoon, Member of Provincial Grievance Committee, Member of Joint Job Evaluation Committee, Member of Provincial Council, and Vice Chair of the Health Sector.
Genny is passionate in her belief that a safe and respectful work environment is a crucial element to providing exceptional health care. In April of 2023, Genny will bring this passion to her role as the new Vice President of the Health Sector.
The bylaws governing Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health, as approved March 22, 2018 at the annual general meeting provide a framework for our operation and management.SASWH Bylaws as of March 2018
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