Board of Directors for 2019/2020
Left to Right Back Row: Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Gertie Paul, Karen Cederwall, Keeley Phillips
Left to Right Front Row: Sherri Swidrovich, Patti Warwick
Missing: Fran Forsberg, Heather Hale, Patrick Lapointe
New to the Board are…
Sherri Swidrovich is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation from Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan. Sherri holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan. As an educator for the past twenty years, Sherri has taught a variety of Indigenous Studies classes at the University of Saskatchewan and First Nations University of Canada.
Patti Warwick holds a B.A and LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan. Patti is recently retired from the City of Saskatoon with 27 years of public service experience and expertise in governance, strategic planning and policy making. Patti has volunteered for a variety of activities in Saskatoon including coaching youth basketball, serving on her Community Association and Preschool Board, and founding and running a co-ed volleyball league.
Returning Board Members are….
Karen Cederwall is in her first term as President. Karen is the Executive Director of the Saskatoon Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), which operates out of the Clinic’s Westside location. Karen has over 14 years of experience in non-profit organizations primarily with Diabetes Canada (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association). Through many and varied roles, Karen has developed skills in operations, project and change management, labour relations, team leadership and occupational health and safety.
Heather Hale is Vice President. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Community Development from the University of Victoria. She has worked in a variety of capacities for non-profit, international development, co-operative and community organizations for the past 10 years. Heather is currently the Executive Director of Saskatoon Sexual Health and serves on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative.
Fran Forsberg recently received an honorary doctorate in divinity from Saint Andrews College, University of Saskatchewan. Fran has received the Peter Corren Award for her work with the LGBTX2 community, as well as a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Building. She has served on many boards over the years. Fran is also the founder of Camp Caterpillar, a camp for gender diverse children age 7-13, siblings, friends and children of same sex parents.
Patrick Lapointe served on the Board in the 70s and late 80s. During that time, he was also a social worker and community developer for the Clinic. From 1993 to 2011, Patrick served as Executive Director of the Clinic, representing our co-operative on numerous committees and holding executive positions with many organizations including Saskatchewan Health, the Canadian Alliance of Community Health Care Associations, Saskatoon Age Concern Council and the Community Health Co-operative Federation.
Gertie Paul has been a member of the Clinic since 1970 and was elected to the Board in 2016. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and worked as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for 22 years. She also facilitated workshops within the Federal Government on topics including Diversity, Stress Management, Communications, Harassment Awareness and Conflict Resolution.
Keeley Phillips is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation in northern Manitoba. She has her B.A. (Hons) from Wilfred University in Religion and Culture with a minor in Philosophy. Keeley was called to the bar in Manitoba in June 2016 and now practices law with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan working at Station 20 West with women who are involved with the criminal justice system.
Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a full-time lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and is Canada’s “first and only self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy”. Jaris began his relationship with the Clinic by volunteering as a Pharmacy student with SWITCH and he now volunteers with SWITCH as a pharmacist mentor.