Meet our Provincial Coordinator for the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training (FRT), Denise MacDonald.
Denise is a social change enthusiast who is confident that a better world is possible. As a public engagement practitioner, she encourages people’s empowerment through awareness raising and capacity building to move from knowledge to action.
Denise has worked for a world without poverty and to protect the ecosystems upon which we depend. She is passionate about intersectional gender justice, ending violence and working for peace. She believes that through cultural humility and embracing equity, diversity and decolonization, people’s human rights can be realized. Through collaboration, Denise is optimistic that we can create the systems change that is needed to end sexual violence within Saskatchewan and beyond.
Denise holds a BA (Hons) in International Development and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree from the University of Regina with a focus on complexity and wicked problems. She is an avid volunteer who enjoys building community by bringing people together. She loves being in nature and feels a lot of gratitude every day.
Meet our Communications and Community Outreach Specialist, Tal Marsolais.
Tal is a graphic artist who has worked extensively in the non-profit sector. Passionate about the intersection of art with positive social change, she is proud to have created meaningful art for organizations such as Zeno Mountain Farm, Host Family Saskatchewan, and Light of the Prairies. Whether Tal is creating an in-person presentation or a post for social media she emphasizes ethical and engaging storytelling.
When she is not in the office you can spot Tal sketching in cafes, hiking, listening to chamber music, or wall climbing.
Meet our Program Lead, SSVE
Fakhra is a passionate advocate for mental health and a dedicated educator specializing in psychology and issues related to violence. Her journey in the world of psychology began with a deep love for understanding the intricacies of the human mind, and she has since become a driving force for positive change. Fakhra’s strength lies in her ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Her academic journey instilled in her a profound appreciation for the power of research and education to improve the lives of individuals struggling with challenges. As the SSVE Program Lead at SASS, she has made it her mission to provide crucial support to the community, emphasizing the importance of the healing process. Her hope is to improve the lives of survivors and practitioners while contributing significantly to the broader conversation surrounding all forms of violence.
Beyond her professional life, Fakhra’s passion for mental health and human services is complemented by her love for books. She believes that literature has the power to inspire, educate, and heal, and she often recommends books that promote understanding, empathy, and personal growth. Central to Fakhra’s principles is an unwavering commitment to equality and humanity. Her work is guided by the principles of social justice and a commitment to creating a world where all individuals are treated with respect and compassion, regardless of their background or experiences.
Meet our Education Programs Assistant, Hannah Grieve
Hannah (she/they) is SASS’s resident artist who loves to do all things creative. They are passionate about advocating for social justice and sharing reparative sexual violence education with the province of Saskatchewan. Hannah began working in the non-profit sector in high school supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has never looked back.
Hannah joined the SASS team in January of 2023 as a practicum student. After finishing their bachelor of social work Hannah jumped at the chance to join the SASS team! Since joining SASS Hannah has supported a variety of projects including the #ASKFORIT Campaign, First Responder to Sexual Violence Training, and Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Education Initiative. Hannah’s work is driven by a passion for supporting survivors of sexual violence and creating a more just and equitable society for all. They believe that Sexual Violence Education is essential in increasing safety and discouraging sexual violence.
Aside from working at SASS, Hannah enjoys spending time in the garden and making mixed media art with their dachshund Sunny!
Meet our Executive Director, Kerrie Isaac
Kerrie is our inspiring and energetic leader who is passionate about supporting individuals through education, networking, and collaborative opportunities to affect social change. Her career journey began in child development and education before she began her role as Executive Director of SASS in 2016. Since then, she has grown the organization into a team of academics and advocates who are passionate about addressing and preventing sexual violence in Saskatchewan.
Kerrie’s work at SASS is driven by the desire to amplify the work and voices of service providers who support survivors, to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence in the province, and to create change through transformative conversation, educational resources, and collaborative partnerships.
Aside from working at SASS, Kerrie loves hiking, mountain biking, running, playing sports and spending time with her two sons.
Meet our Director of Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Patience Umereweneza
Patience is a research expert and community connector whose wealth of knowledge has contributed to the development of the first comprehensive study on the state of sexual violence that led to the creation of SASS’s research report titled, “Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan: Voices, Stories, and Actions from the Front Lines.” informing the development of 22 actions outlined in Working Together, the first Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan.
Patience’s work at SASS is driven by the desire to work collaboratively with communities, stakeholders, and organizations to collectively advance the issue of sexual violence while providing resources that support survivors in their healing journey.
Aside from working at SASS, Patience loves to bake, read books, play the piano, spend time with loved ones and support community organizing efforts.