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Karen Wasylenko

President - Speech Language Pathologist Saskatoon Health Region E: president@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Karen has been President of HSAS since 2011. She has actively served HSAS since November 2004 when first elected as the Executive Council representative for Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Music Therapists and Orthoptists. She served in this role for seven years. As an Executive Council representative, Karen served on a number of HSAS committees, and in addition, held the executive officer position of Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee for six years.

Karen was born in Saskatoon and raised in Yorkton where she completed her high school education at Yorkton Regional High School. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science degrees at Minot State University in Speech/Language Pathology. Before returning to Canada in May 1981, Karen completed a three-month externship at Primary Children’s Medical Centre, in Salt Lake City Utah. Her externship at Primary Children’s Medical Centre, in Salt Lake City, involved working with a wide variety of communication disorders in preschool children (inpatient and outpatient) and also with adults residing in long term care facilities.

Having been employed in Saskatchewan’s health care system since 1981, Karen began her career in Public Health Services, in the Melfort –Tisdale Health Region (now Kelsey Trail Health Region). Since August 1983, she has been employed with the Saskatoon Health Region, serving the rural area of Saskatoon Health Region (Population and Public Health Services) providing speech and language diagnostic and therapy services to preschool children, 0-5 years. Karen is licensed with the Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (SASLPA), and a member of the national professional association, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). She has served in a variety of executive positions in SASLPA, such as President, and served on a variety of committees such as Legislation and Bylaws, Professional Conduct and Discipline.

For recognition of her outstanding and visionary leadership to HSAS, Karen was the recipient of the Roberta Ekberg Award in 2010.

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Bill Feldbruegge

Vice-President & Speech Language Pathologist Saskatoon Health Region E: slp@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Music Therapists and Orthoptists

Bill Feldbruegge serves as the Union’s Vice-President in his second term with the HSAS Executive Council. This second term has provided him the opportunity to observe the growth and successes that the Union has achieved over the years. Bill also serves as Chair of the Professional Conduct committee for the Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Bill grew up in Kipling and worked for CN Rail for a period of time while attending the U of S and ultimately graduated from UBC with a MSc. Degree in Speech -Language Pathology. Bill has worked at Royal University Hospital for 20 years on acute care wards. He enjoys the work and has gained many insights into the challenges and rewards that HSAS members experience in their varied work situations.

Encouraging members to become involved in their Union is important to Bill. He feels that working with HSAS is an interesting and rewarding way to learn about health care in Saskatchewan and to help influence positive change.

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Maureen Kraemer

Secretary & Social Worker Sun Country Health Region E: sw1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Social Workers

Maureen Kraemer grew up in Regina. She has worked in both Regina and Saskatoon before settling in Weyburn. She has spent most of her Social Work career in Mental Health, first with Child and Youth Services and then with Adult Community Services.

Maureen serves as HSAS Secretary and is a valued member of the Communications and Governance Committees. She served on the CASW (Canadian Association of Social Workers) National Board for eight years and has been a member of the SASW (Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers) Executive and Council; with great involvement in various committees for both organizations.

Maureen received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Regina in 1977 in the first SWEEP (Social Work Education Employment Program) class and in 2000 she earned her Master Degree in Social Work.

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Amy Ewart

Amy Ewart

Treasurer & Mental Health Therapist Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: mt@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Mental Health Therapists and Recreation Therapists

Amy Ewart was elected to the HSAS Executive Council in 2014. Amy is the HSAS Treasurer and sits on the HSAS Communications, Convention and Finance Committees. She represents Mental Health Therapists and Recreation Therapists across Saskatchewan Healthcare. She is also part of the Autism Team and the OH&S Committee in her work place, and acts as a trainer for the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary, Early Childhood Education Program Level I certification from at Lethbridge Community College as well as a Diploma – Disability Studies from Lethbridge Community College. She also studied in the Autism Intervention Certificate Program through the University of New Brunswick.

Amy has worked as a Program Coordinator for the Lethbridge Schizophrenia Society, a Developmental Therapist with the Autism Resource Centre, and currently as a Mental Health Therapist with Regina Qu’Appellle Health Region – Child & Youth Services Autism Centre.

As a Mental Health Therapist Amy is eager and proud to be able to continue working with families and individuals who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other mental health diagnoses.

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Marcel Shevalier

Addictions Counsellor Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: addictions@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Addictions Counsellor

Marcel has worked in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions as an Addictions Counsellor for over 18 years. He spent the first four years of his career at the Dawn Valley Center, before moving to the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Marcel holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina as well as a Certificate of Continuing Educations in Addictions Counselling.

Marcel has proudly served as a member of the HSAS Negotiating and Market Supplement Committees.

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Representing: Assessor Coordinators E: assessor2@hsas.ca

Representing: Assessor Coordinators

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Colleen Howe

Assessor Coordinator Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: assessor1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Assessor Coordinators

Colleen Howe received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina in 2010. She worked with the Red Cross Veteran Program at WRC in Regina before joining the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region as a Community Assessor Coordinator. She has worked in both rural and urban settings as an Assessor Coordinator since 2012. Colleen is interested in serving as an HSAS Executive Council member to learn more about the Union and how the work of Executive Council benefits all members of HSAS. She hopes to be a voice for Assessor Coordinators in the province.

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Haley Oshowy

Dietitian Five Hills Health Region E: diet@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Dietitians, Nutritionists

Haley has been a Registered Dietitian with Saskatchewan Dietitian Association since May 2008. She works and lives in Moose Jaw, SK. Her Dietetic experience has been in acute care, long-term care, private practice, renal dialysis and diabetes education. She has collaborated with dietitians across Canada while working as an Item Writer with the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies (2012-present).

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Rob Snell

EMT Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: ems2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing : Emergency Medical Technicians, Dispatchers and Paramedics

Rob Snell is a Primary Care Paramedic in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Rob has represented HSAS as a member of the Communications Committee and at the Provincial Stakeholders for Emergency Wait Times and Patient Flow Initiative. As an Executive Council member Rob will use his knowledge of the Union to become involved in positive change for HSAS members.

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Braden White

Paramedic Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: ems1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Emergency Medical Technicians, Dispatchers and Paramedics

Braden has worked with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region since 2007, with 3 of those as an Advanced Care Paramedic. Braden has a keen understanding of the issues facing urban EMS services, while still maintaining relationships in the rural communities. Braden is eager to seek out leadership opportunities within his profession and private life.

He and his wife live in Regina.

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Chelsea Gordon

Occupational Therapist Saskatoon Health Region E: ot@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Occupational Therapists

Chelsea Gordon is an Occupational Therapist in the Saskatoon Health Region. She received her Bachelor of  Psychology degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012 and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Alberta in 2014. She has worked with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and is an active volunteer with CarFit Canada. Chelsea will use her interest in policy and operations as an Executive Council member and will support occupational therapist in their role of improving the health of our communities.

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Brent Vanin

Pharmacist Saskatoon Health Region E: pharm@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Pharmacists

Brent has been a staff pharmacist with the Saskatoon Health Region, working out of RUH for just over three years. After graduating from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 Brent worked at Kelowna General Hospital and Shopper’s Drug Mart. Brent’s current areas of practice include Emergency and Adult Medicine. He practices alongside other HSAS professionals in a collaborative environment and is passionate about having HSAS professionals practicing to their full scope.

Brent hopes to bring a collective voice to issues of Hospital Pharmacists and all HSAS members.

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Karilyn Erickson

Physical Therapist Saskatoon Health Region E: pt1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Physical Therapists, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Exercise/Conditioning Therapists

Karilyn Erickson has been practising physical therapy for 12 years. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. She has worked in both private and public practice and has been with the Saskatoon Health Region since 2011. As an Executive Council member Karilyn is looking forward to representing her profession and advocating for all Health Science professionals.

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Krishna Vegunta

Krishna Vegunta

Physical Therapist Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region E: pt2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Physical Therapists, Exercise and Conditioning Therapists, Orthotists and Prosthetists

 

 

 

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Representing: Psychologists, Psychometricians E: psy@hsas.ca

Representing: Psychologists, Psychometricians

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Amy Ewart

Amy Ewart

Treasurer & Mental Health Therapist Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region E: mt@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Mental Health Therapists and Recreation Therapists

Amy Ewart was elected to the HSAS Executive Council in 2014. Amy is the HSAS Treasurer and sits on the HSAS Communications, Convention and Finance Committees. She represents Mental Health Therapists and Recreation Therapists across Saskatchewan Healthcare. She is also part of the Autism Team and the OH&S Committee in her work place, and acts as a trainer for the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary, Early Childhood Education Program Level I certification from at Lethbridge Community College as well as a Diploma – Disability Studies from Lethbridge Community College. She also studied in the Autism Intervention Certificate Program through the University of New Brunswick.

Amy has worked as a Program Coordinator for the Lethbridge Schizophrenia Society, a Developmental Therapist with the Autism Resource Centre, and currently as a Mental Health Therapist with Regina Qu’Appellle Health Region – Child & Youth Services Autism Centre.

As a Mental Health Therapist Amy is eager and proud to be able to continue working with families and individuals who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other mental health diagnoses.

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Maureen Kraemer

Secretary & Social Worker Sun Country Health Region E: sw1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Social Workers

Maureen Kraemer grew up in Regina. She has worked in both Regina and Saskatoon before settling in Weyburn. She has spent most of her Social Work career in Mental Health, first with Child and Youth Services and then with Adult Community Services.

Maureen serves as HSAS Secretary and is a valued member of the Communications and Governance Committees. She served on the CASW (Canadian Association of Social Workers) National Board for eight years and has been a member of the SASW (Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers) Executive and Council; with great involvement in various committees for both organizations.

Maureen received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Regina in 1977 in the first SWEEP (Social Work Education Employment Program) class and in 2000 she earned her Master Degree in Social Work.

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Jessica Flynn

Social Worker Sun Country Health Region E: sw2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Social Workers

Jessica Flynn grew up in the Saskatchewan hamlet of Fir Mountain. She attended the University of Regina where she received a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Jessica completed her practicum in the Cypress Health Region where she worked as a Child & Youth Outreach Worker and a Support Worker in a long term care facility. Prior to her studies at the U of R, Jessica participated in Katimavik.

Jessica has done support work in a care home, worked as a Youth Support Worker in a group home, and in Income Assistance for both SAP and the SAID program in RQHR.  She currently works in Child and Youth Mental Health in Weyburn as a Social Worker.

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Bill Feldbruegge

Vice-President & Speech Language Pathologist Saskatoon Health Region E: slp@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Music Therapists and Orthoptists

Bill Feldbruegge serves as the Union’s Vice-President in his second term with the HSAS Executive Council. This second term has provided him the opportunity to observe the growth and successes that the Union has achieved over the years. Bill also serves as Chair of the Professional Conduct committee for the Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Bill grew up in Kipling and worked for CN Rail for a period of time while attending the U of S and ultimately graduated from UBC with a MSc. Degree in Speech -Language Pathology. Bill has worked at Royal University Hospital for 20 years on acute care wards. He enjoys the work and has gained many insights into the challenges and rewards that HSAS members experience in their varied work situations.

Encouraging members to become involved in their Union is important to Bill. He feels that working with HSAS is an interesting and rewarding way to learn about health care in Saskatchewan and to help influence positive change.

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Angela Barsalou

Respiratory Therapist Saskatoon Health Region E: respiratory@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2017

Representing: Respiratory Therapists, Perfusionists, and Anaesthesia Assistants

Angela was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick where she completed her Bachelor of Science. After that, she attended New Brunswick Community College where she received her diploma in Respiratory Therapy.

Angela moved to Saskatchewan in 2007. She took a full time position as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with the Saskatoon Health Region. In 2015 she became a member of the Saskatchewan Provincial Pediatric Transport Team.

Angela joined HSAS Executive Council in 2014. She represents Respiratory Therapists, Anaesthesia Assistants and Perfusionists. She is a member of the Market Supplement Committee.

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Ken Cross

Public Health Inspector Sun Country Health Region E: phi@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Public Health Inspectors, Infection Control Practitioners, Health Educators, Dental Therapists

Ken is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has been a certified Public Health Inspector since 1989. He is employed by the Sun Country Health Region and works in Weyburn as a Public Health Inspector.

Ken has been actively involved in the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) for the past 30 years, holding the office of President for 8 years, Past President and now Secretary. He has sat on the National Executive Council for CIPHI, the Board of Certification and was on the initial committee for the development of the now First Nations University. Ken brings with him vast experience in Public Health Inspection and work with numerous committees.

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