Board of Directors | Staff | Alumni | Community Leadership Award | Annual Report

 

2016 - 2017 Board of Directors

Bill Brooks ( Alumnus 2003), Linda Clouthier (Secretary and Alumna 2011), Kari Doerksen (Alumna 2016), James Grant (Alumnus 2013), Frank Hounjet (Treasurer), Giselle Howard (Chair and 2008 Alumna), Carm Michalenko (Saskatoon Community Foundation Appointee), Laurie O’Connor (Alumna 2013), Jill Salamon (University of Saskatchewan Appointee), Kent Smith-Windsor (Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Appointee)

Our Staff

Administrative Director, Jennifer Friedt

Jennifer FriedtJennifer joined the Leadership Saskatoon Team in October 2016. With her she brings 15 years of administrative experience. Jennifer earned her B.Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan and began her career in the Financial Services Industry. She worked in several different roles over that period including, personal, small business and high value banking. In 2011, she and her husband Sheldon started their own business and she has gained valuable leadership experience in being a co-owner and office manager. Jennifer has always loved being a part of a team and donates her time to several organizations including the Diabetes Association, the CIBC Run for the Cure, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and sits as a Board a Board Member for the Saskatoon Aqualenes Synchronized Swimming Club.

 

Executive Director, Sheri Hillestad Smith

Sheri Hillestad SmithSheri has over twenty years’ experience in the not for profit sector. Most notably serving as the first Coordinator of Volunteer Saskatoon and the Executive Director, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch. She is also involved in the corporate sector as a partner at Smith Industries, a manufacturing company here in Saskatoon.

Sheri is passionate about her community and the leadership it requires. She enjoys her work as a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child and as a Board member with the Saskatoon Convalescent Home. She feels privileged to work with such a talented group of leaders, facilitators and staff who dedicate their time and energy to the Leadership Saskatoon program.

Program Director, Tracy Stephensen

Tracy StephensenTracy Stephensen has over 15 years experience working as a training/program coordinator in Adult Education. She is a certified practitioner in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® and recently retired from the University of Saskatchewan where she worked as a program coordinator since 2008 in the area of leadership and professional development. Tracy continues to work part-time as the Program Director for Leadership Saskatoon and as a Program Coordinator for Women in Leadership for Life. In her personal life, Tracy is passionate about wellness and yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor and wellness coach.

 

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Alumni

Our alumni now number over 375 in total. Here are the photos from each class. Click on each year below to see who they are.

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Cherry Insurance-Leadership Saskatoon Community Leadership Award

Zeba Ahmad - 2016 Recipient

Zeba Ahmad Commitment is the best way to describe Zeba Ahmad’s involvement in Community Leadership in Saskatoon. Not only is it about being a tireless, selfless and dedicated leader in the community, it is also about making contributions that have visibly made a difference.

Zeba’s participation spans many dimensions of the community – From raising awareness about hunger and poverty to leading community endeavors like the Royal University Hospital Foundation and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. She gives of herself by encouraging and coaching others to be exceptional leaders, provides opportunities for others to be involved and uses a collaboration focusing on hearing, encouraging and respecting all.

Organizations such as the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatoon Public School Foundation, YWCA and the Saskatoon Open Door Society have all benefited from her leadership through her participation on boards of directors and through speaker engagements.

Leading and encouraging the positive development of Community requires dedication, passion and determination and Zeba not only displays these qualities but also lives them. It is through her efforts that the principles and values of Community Leadership grow in our community and helps makes Saskatoon the best community to live and work.

Previous Leadership Award Winners
Tom Kishchuk

Tom Kischuk
2015 Recipient

Milton Taylor

Milton Taylor
2014 Recipient

Dave Dutchak

Dave Dutchak
2013 Recipient

Kirby Wirchenko

Kirby Wirchenko
2012 Recipient

Om Kochar

Om Kochar
2011 Recipient

Ayten Archer

Ayten Archer
2010 Recipient

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Annual Report

It was all good news at our Annual General Meeting.