Station 20 West
Board of Directors
Len Usiskin is the Manager 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.
Len was a founding director of both the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the Community First Development Fund. He has an Honours B.A. in Economics & Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in Economics.
In addition to his work at Quint, Len is co-directing the Community Economic development (CED) research module for the University of Saskatchewan’s Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR). He is also part of another research project at the university that is investigating the social economy in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario.
Currently, Len is helping to direct Quint’s energy toward affordable housing initiatives, employment and training, supporting small business, co-op, and community enterprise development.
Val Veillard is a consultant specializing in the management of 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.
Karen Archibald is the Executive Director of the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP).
Under Karen’s leadership, CHEP had developed comprehensive, community-based food security initiatives including: children’s nutrition programs; community gardens; the Good Food Box program; rural/urban alternative food links; a core neighbourhood food store business plan; stores for seniors; and neighbourhood markets.
Karen can be credited with the financial sustainability of CHEP, as it was under her leadership that CHEP was able to diversify its income sources and develop revenue-generating activities.
Through her experience, Karen has found that the key to understanding – and then addressing – the root causes of food insecurity, is working in partnership with communities and institutions.
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.
Belinda Daniels is an indigenous language activist, self taught in the Cree/Nehiyawewin language, as well as an educator and a consultant.
Among her accomplishments in the area of education, she helped to develop and maintain a Cree-bilingual program at St. Frances School, now in its third year. She is also an instructor with the University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples Program and at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge. Belinda has a Master’s degree in Education.
Belinda’s consulting work has extended to such topics as indigenous education, second language acquisition, environmental/indigenous knowledge, and spiritual teachings. She has been featured on the CBC radio show Sounds Like Canada and is the former host of a Saskatchewan television program called How to Speak Cree.
Belinda was nominated for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Teaching Award of Excellence and the Canadian Council on Learning’s “Sharing the Flame” award, for her work in the area of language revitalization and recovery. Currently, she splits her time between teaching at Oskayak High School and consulting.
Colleen Hamilton s an outreach worker for the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP) where she is currently involved in developing partnerships with the Aboriginal community in Saskatoon.
Colleen has also worked in the area of diabetes outreach at the Saskatoon Community Clinic- Westside, and in research and development at the Friendship Centre.
An active member of Métis Eastern Region II, Colleen has also sat as a board member on the Regional Intersectional Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy and National Aboriginal Day organization.
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 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.
Susan Whiting is a Professor of Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She trains dieticians in the University’s Nutrition program at an undergraduate, Masters, and PhD level.
Susan is a member of many scientific organizations, a consultant for the Scientific Advisory Board at Osteoporosis Canada, and a member of two international journal editorial boards. Locally, Susan sits on the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP) Board, and is actively involved with the Saskatoon Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada.Susan’s current field of research is related to diet quality and its influence on chronic disease.
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