Board of Directors for 2018/2019
Left to Right: Patrick Lapointe, Gertie Paul, Karen Cedarwall, Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Fran Forsberg, Keeley Phillips, Bill Davies
Missing: Heather Hale and Carol Eaton
New to the Board are…
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.
Heather Hale 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.
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.
Returning Board Members are….
Bill Davies is in his fourth term as President of the Community Clinic Board. Bill has a solid history with community clinics having been a board member of the Regina Community Clinic while living there and strong co-operative roots that date back to his rural Saskatchewan upbringing. He has held senior executive positions with the government of Saskatchewan and has worked with labour, health, intergovernmental affairs, postsecondary education and the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.
Karen Cederwall, 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 the 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.
Carol Eaton was elected to the Clinic’s board on January 13, 2016. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation and a Bachelor of Vocational Technical Education degree. Carol has worked for 40 years in management, finance and administration with a number of public and private businesses and has volunteered as a board member in a number of organizations including Affinity Credit Union, the YWCA and Transition House (Regina).
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.
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.
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.