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Karen Wasylenko

President - Speech Language Pathologist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: president@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

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 the Primary Children’s Hospital, in Salt Lake City, Utah, which 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 the Saskatchewan Health Authority; formerly the Kelsey Trail Health Region). Since August 1983, she has been employed with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region), serving the rural area of Saskatoon (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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Maureen Kraemer

Vice-President & Social Worker Saskatchewan Health Authority - Weyburn E: sw1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Medical Education Coordinators, Vocational Counsellors

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 for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Sun Country Health Region).

Maureen has represented Social Workers on Executive Council since 2012. She currently serves as HSAS Vice-President and previously served as Secretary. She is a valued member of the Communications, Negotiating and Governance Committees. She served on the CASW (Canadian Association of Social Workers) National Board for eight years and has sat on the SASW (Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers) Provincial Council with involvement in various committees for both organizations.

Maureen received her Bachelor 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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Angela Barsalou

Secretary & Respiratory Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: respiratory@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Respiratory Therapists, Perfusionists, Anaesthesia Assistants, Midwives, Medical Lab Technicians and Biomedical Technologists

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 Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region). In 2015, she became a member of the Saskatchewan Provincial Pediatric Transport Team.

Angela joined HSAS Executive Council in 2014 and currently sits as Secretary of the Union, and is a member of the Negotiating Committee. She represents Respiratory Therapists, Anaesthesia Assistants, Perfusionists, Midwives, Medical Lab Technicians and Biomedical Technologists.

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Amy Ewart

Amy Ewart

Treasurer & Mental Health Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: mt@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Treasurer

Representing: Mental Health Therapists, Recreation Therapists & Recreation Coordinators

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

Amy has worked as a Program Coordinator for the Lethbridge Schizophrenia Society, a Developmental Therapist with the Autism Resource Centre, and currently as a Senior Mental Health Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority – HSAS Union Region 11 (formerly the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region) at the Child & Youth Services Autism Centre in Regina.

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

As a Senior 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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Gina Martin

Addictions Counsellor Saskatchewan Health Authority - Prince Albert E: addictions@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Addictions Counsellors

While attending school in Saskatoon’s inner-city, Gina witnessed first-hand the struggles and negative impact addictions have on a community. As a result, she became passionate about understanding and treating addictions.

In 2005, Gina completed the SIAST (Woodland Campus) Chemical Dependency Worker Program, and in 2006 earned an Addictions Counselling Diploma from the same school.

Gina started her career as an Addictions Counsellor in an inpatient treatment facility geared towards addicted youth. She currently works with incarcerated women at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, a position she has held for the past 10 years.

Gina is passionate about being involved in the Union’s governance and protection of worker’s rights. She has attended three HSAS Conventions as a delegate for her profession; facilitates orientation of new HSAS members in her area of SHA (the former Prince Albert Parkland Health Region); and attended the 2017 HSAS Bargaining Conference.

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Colleen Howe

Assessor Coordinator Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina 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 Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina before joining the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly 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.

This is Colleen’s first term as an HSAS Executive Council member. Colleen is Chair of the Grievance Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. She hopes to be a voice for Assessor Coordinators in the province. Colleen works to encourage her fellow HSAS members to become engaged with the Union.

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Shannon Orell-Bast

Assessor Coordinator Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: assessor2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Assessor Coordinators

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Haley Oshowy

Dietitian Saskatchewan Health Authority - Moose Jaw E: diet@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Dietitians, Research Dietitians, Nutritionists, Research Approval Coordinators

Haley has been a Registered Dietitian with Saskatchewan Dietitian Association since May 2008. She works and lives in Moose Jaw, SK for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Five Hills Health Region). 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 (2012-2016).

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Bill Fischer

Paramedic Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: ems2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing : Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency medical Technicians-Advanced, Paramedics, Dispatchers & PAD Coordinator Paramedics

Bill Fischer has been a Paramedic for 35 years. For the past 15 years, Bill has worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region – Regina EMS).

Bill has served as the Vice-President of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics, and will assume the role as President in 2018.

This is Bill’s third term with the HSAS Executive Council. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Negotiating Committee, and is currently a member of the HSAS Communications Committee.

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Braden White

Paramedic Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: ems1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians – Advanced, Dispatchers, Paramedics & PAD Coordinator Paramedics

Braden has worked with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region – Regina EMS) since 2007, with 3 of those years 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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Amy Ewart

Amy Ewart

Treasurer & Mental Health Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: mt@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Treasurer

Representing: Mental Health Therapists, Recreation Therapists & Recreation Coordinators

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

Amy has worked as a Program Coordinator for the Lethbridge Schizophrenia Society, a Developmental Therapist with the Autism Resource Centre, and currently as a Senior Mental Health Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority – HSAS Union Region 11 (formerly the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region) at the Child & Youth Services Autism Centre in Regina.

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

As a Senior 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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Chelsea Gordon

Occupational Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: ot@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Occupational Therapists

Chelsea Gordon is an Occupational Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority – HSAS Union Region 7 (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2014. She worked with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) after being awarded the CAOT Fellowship in 2014, is a co-founder and board member for the City Centre Food Cooperative 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 Therapists in their role of improving the health of our communities.

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Brent Vanin

Representing: Pharmacists Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: pharm@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Pharmacists, Radio Pharmacists – Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Coordinators (Masters Senior)

Brent has been a staff pharmacist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region), for just over six years, working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.

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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Krishna Vegunta

Physical Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina E: pt2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Physical Therapists, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Exercise/Conditioning Therapists & Rehab Program Team Coordinators

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Representing: Physical Therapists, Exercise and Conditioning Therapists, Orthotists and Prosthetists Term Expires: October 2019

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

 

 

 

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Marcel Peloquin

Clinical Associate Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: psy@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Psychologists, Psychometricians

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Brent Latimer

Public Health Inspector Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: phi@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Public Health Inspectors, Genetic Counsellors, Infection Control Practitioners, Health Educators, Dental Therapists, Dental Health Educators, Population Health Promotion Practitioners & Therapy Educators

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Angela Barsalou

Secretary & Respiratory Therapist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: respiratory@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Respiratory Therapists, Perfusionists, Anaesthesia Assistants, Midwives, Medical Lab Technicians and Biomedical Technologists

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 Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region). In 2015, she became a member of the Saskatchewan Provincial Pediatric Transport Team.

Angela joined HSAS Executive Council in 2014 and currently sits as Secretary of the Union, and is a member of the Negotiating Committee. She represents Respiratory Therapists, Anaesthesia Assistants, Perfusionists, Midwives, Medical Lab Technicians and Biomedical Technologists.

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Maureen Kraemer

Vice-President & Social Worker Saskatchewan Health Authority - Weyburn E: sw1@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Medical Education Coordinators, Vocational Counsellors

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 for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Sun Country Health Region).

Maureen has represented Social Workers on Executive Council since 2012. She currently serves as HSAS Vice-President and previously served as Secretary. She is a valued member of the Communications, Negotiating and Governance Committees. She served on the CASW (Canadian Association of Social Workers) National Board for eight years and has sat on the SASW (Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers) Provincial Council with involvement in various committees for both organizations.

Maureen received her Bachelor 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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Lori Fielder

Social Worker Saskatchewan Health Authority - Melfort E: sw2@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2019

Representing: Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Medical Education Coordinators & Vocational Counsellors

 

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Bill Feldbruegge

Speech Language Pathologist Saskatchewan Health Authority - Saskatoon E: slp@hsas.ca Term Expires: October 2018

Representing: Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Music Therapists, Orthoptists, Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultants & Bereavement Coordinators

As a member of the HSAS Executive Council, Bill represents Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Music Therapists, Orthoptists, Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultants and Bereavement Coordinators. During his second term, Bill served as the Union’s Vice-President (2016-17). His time with Executive Council 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, SK and worked for CN Rail for a period of time while attending the University of Saskatchewan and ultimately graduated from the University of British Columbia with a MSc. Degree in Speech -Language Pathology. Bill has worked for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly the Saskatoon Health Region) for over 20 years at Royal University Hospital 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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