Board Members & Co-Managers

Jacqui Barclay — Treasurer

Jacqui Barclay is a street outreach worker with the Saskatoon Health Region’s Public Health Services department, where she works with those struggling to survive on the streets. She is also a board member of Quint Development Corporation, a not-for-profit community economic development organization that works to enhance the economic and social well being of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

For over 15 years, Jacqui has lived in Riversdale – often considered one of Saskatoon’s most marginalized core neighbourhoods – and she is a long time executive member of the Riversdale Community Association. She is also past chair of the Saskatoon Communities for Children’s Working Group to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.

In addition to a B.A. in Sociology & Political Science, Jacqui has undertaken may community addiction education courses, sexual assault crisis training, suicide crisis training, and various community development workshops. Through her work, Jacqui has recognized the need to address the underlying root causes that lead to street involvement and substance abuse.

Greg Curtis

  • Greg received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988.
  • Has practiced in Saskatoon since 1988.
  • A Station 20 West supporter and activist since 2008.
  • He has been a member of Station 20 West's Community Mobilization Committee since its inception. 
  • Still wants to see a successful food store at Station 20 West.

Colleen Hamilton — Secretary

Colleen Hamilton is presently the Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator with CHEP Good Food Inc. She has developed great relationships with the Urban Aboriginal community and partnered with many programs concerning food security. Before moving to Saskatoon, she worked and lived in Archerwill, Saskatchewan, for the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Eastern Region II for 11 years. In Archerwill, her position focused on community social development and included traveling on average 1,000 km per week visiting families and attending meetings  in Northeastern Saskatchewan.

Colleen was involved in communities as far north as Cumberland House, Shoal Lake, Red Earth and south as Preeceville, Wynyard, and Melfort.  This extensive experience has given Colleen unique opportunities to observe Community Development particularly the differences concerning urban and rural community development.

Louise McKinney

Louise McKinney participates as a cultural elder with SIAST, the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), and the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP). She also sits on the Saskatoon Community Clinic Foundation Board.

Before her retirement, Louise worked as a tenant and youth worker with Sask Native Housing, as a family worker with the Métis Society, and as a native outreach worker for the Saskatoon Community Clinic - Westside.

In addition to professional contributions, Louise ran parenting classes, participated in a steering committee that organized a Tenants’ Rights Group; and sat on the University of Saskatchewan Medical Education Committee, Legal Aid Committee, and Social Services Local Appeals Committee. Louise can also be credited with organizing the Healthy Start Program, which makes formula available to children in need, and assisting in the organization of collective kitchen programs for low-income women.

Sheila Pocha

Sheila Pocha is a Métis educator who has taught in elementary and post-secondary institutions for the past 20 years.

Sheila works fervently in the area of Aboriginal and Multicultural Education as well as Anti-Racist Education. An impassioned community advocate, Sheila is particularly interested in assisting those who live in poverty.

In addition to her teaching, Sheila has acted as an elementary school administrator for the past eight years and is an active member of various educational and community boards as well as with the University of Saskatchewan Senate.

Robert Sanche

Robert was born at Batoche, Saskatchewan, lived many years in Alberta, and returned to Saskatchewan in 1966. After completing a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, he has resided in Saskatoon with his family since 1972.

In 2000, Robert retired after 28 years of service as professor of Special Education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.  He is a Past-President and former board member of the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living; a founding member of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute; and past Secretary of the Board of Light of the Prairies Society, Inc. He was Chair of the Board of L’Arche Saskatoon for eight years.

Robert is a member of the Station 20 West Community Mobilization Committee and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors. Robert is married to Margaret; they have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.  

Val Veillard — Chair

Val Veillard is a consultant specializing in the management of Information Technology (IT) staff and large software implementation projects.

For the past forty years, Val has held various positions in educational institutions, including the University of Saskatchewan and SIAST, where she has designed and implemented student enrollment software and managed IT professionals.

Val also has experience in the private sector, where she has designed and managed implementations for a number of clients including Digital Equipment Corporation, IST HealthComp, and SCT.

A founding member of the Steep Hill Food Co-op and past chair of the Friends of the Broadway Theatre, Val currently sits on the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP) Board and supports other organizations that address poverty and its consequences.


Co-Managers:

Yvonne Hanson

Yvonne Hanson is the Executive Director of CHEP Good Food Inc. which works with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security. Yvonne has an extensive background in community development, program management and adult education having worked in the non-government (NGO) sector and at university for many years. Committed to social and environmental justice, she has worked for and with groups that support: youth in conflict with the law, health equity, women, immigrant/refugees, and the environment.

Yvonne’s interest in community food security has been embellished with direct involvement in food advocacy, community-based health research, community gardens, collective kitchens, and farmer’s markets. Yvonne was one of the founding members of the Saskatoon Regional Food System Assessment team and is currently on the Executive of Saskatoon’s Food Council.

Yvonne has an undergrad in Women’s Studies from Mt. St. Vincent University in Halifax and a Master’s degree in Education from the U of S. 

Len Usiskin

Len Usiskin is the Manager of Quint Development Corporation – a not-for-profit Community Economic Development organization. Quint's mission is to enhance the economic and social well being of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods. It does this through the development of wide range of affordable housing projects, the provision of employment and training services, and the development of co-ops and other forms of social enterprises.

Len also co-manages Station 20 West, a community enterprise centre on 20th Street West in Saskatoon. He also sits on the boards of the Good Food Junction Co-op Grocery Store at Station 20 West, Community First Development Fund of Saskatoon, and the Community University Institute for Social Research. Len has an M.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba.