The Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society

Our Vision         Our Team         Our History         Our Impact
Our Vision & Mission

Working towards a society free of abuse.

Our mission is to promote healthy, respectful relationships through education, support & advocacy.  

Our Definition of
Family Violence

We use a definition that is consistent with many of the agencies we work with in the family violence/gender based violence sector.

Here's our full definition. 

Our Values

We believe each individual has dignity, is unique & deserves respect. Each individual shall live without fear of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial or spiritual abuse.

Here's a more detailed version of our values.

Our Team

Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of local community members invested in SAIF's programs & success. They provide governance, oversight, & strategic direction to the organization. A dedicated group, they serve 2 year terms & meet all year round. 

Our staff are a passionate group of clinicians (psychologists, counsellors, 

social workers) & administrators working tirelessly to ensure SAIF's programs are structured to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients within our resources. We work to the ethics & standards as outlined by the Canadian Association of Psychologists for our clinical work. 


Our Board

Cheryl Pollard, President

Dean of Nursing​, University of Regina

TBA, Vice President

Dayna Kwasney, Secretary

Lawyer, Quantz Law

Marie Tsang, Treasurer

Business Transformation Mgr, AMA

Jacquie Hansen

Former St Albert City Councillor

Thomas Holmes, 

Registered Psychologist

Robert (Bob) Hassel

Retired, Edmonton Police Service

Patrick Schiller

Registered Psychologist

We currently have vacancies we are looking to fill for our Board. If you are interested in applying, check out our Board posting here and feel free to send us a cover letter indicating your interest and what you would like to contribute to our organization.

Our Staff

Areni Kelleppan, Executive Director

Dr Marcia Gordeyko, Clinical Supervisor

Candace Scheurer, Adult Counsellor

Karelia Gamache, Adult/Youth Counsellor

Hang Diem Huynh, Child/Youth Counsellor

Ignacio Astete, Education Facilitator

Teresa Sutherland,

Elder Abuse Response Coordinator

Tanya de la Mare,

Admin/Volunteer Coordinator

Laura Friedrich (summer student)

Digital Records & Admin Assistant

Bailey Downy (summer student)

Social Media & Events Assistant

Debits & Credits, Bookkeeping Services

In July 2020, we worked with Reel Communications to put together a short video on how SAIF began & its impact on the community over the past 30 years.


Ireen Slater, our founder, shared a bit of SAIF's humble beginnings & what started it all back in the late 1980's. Staff shared programs & services & the rewards/challenges in working with families dealing with the impacts of abuse & violence.

This is our work.

This is our impact. 

This is Ireen's legacy.