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The Stop Abuse in Families (SAiF) Society

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

Working towards a society free of abuse.

Our Mission

To promote healthy, respectful relationships through education, support, and advocacy.  

Our Definition of
Family Violence

Abuse can take many forms - physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual and/or cultural and more.

Here's our full definition. 

Our Values

We believe each individual is unique, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Each individual shall live without fear of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, or spiritual abuse.

Click here for more details of our values.

Our Board and Team

Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of local community members invested in SAiF's programs & success. They provide governance, oversight, and strategic direction to the organization. A dedicated group, they serve 2-3 year terms and meet year-round. 

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

social workers) and 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 and standards as outlined by the Canadian Association of Psychologists for our clinical work. 

We also have multiple volunteer opportunities in order to expand the impact of our work and help us achieve our mission. Volunteers play a critical role - whether it's supporting fundraising, events, administration, or other needed tasks - they are intrinsic to our work.
Learn more here.

Our Board

Thomas Holmes, Chair

Registered Psychologist

Denyse Michelutti, Vice-Chair

HR Systems Mgr, Edm Catholic Schools

Natasha Lewis, Secretary

Personnel Selection Officer


TBD, Treasurer

Jacquie Hansen

Former St Albert City Councillor

Robert (Bob) Hassel

Retired, Edmonton Police Service

Tammy Lubemsky


Cheryl Pollard

Dean of Nursing​, University of Regina

Patrick Schiller

Registered Psychologist

If you are interested in applying to become a board member, review our posting here.

Our Staff

Mark Dixon, Executive Director

Dr Marcia Gordeyko, Clinical Supervisor

Candace Scheuer, Adult Counsellor

Karelia Gamache, Adult/Youth Counsellor

Danielle Lall, Education Facilitator


Ignacio Astete, WiseGuyz Facilitator

Teresa Sutherland,

Elders' Resources Coordinator

Vacant, Child/Youth Counsellor


Vacant, Education Facilitator

Tanya De La Mare,

Admin Support & Volunteer Coordinator

Debits & Credits, Bookkeeping Services

Interested in joining our team? Check out our open positions here

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


Ireen Slater, our founder, shared a bit of SAiF's humble beginnings in the late 1980's. Staff shared programs, services, and the rewards/challenges in working with families dealing with the impacts of abuse and violence.

This is our work.

This is our impact. 

This is Ireen's legacy. 

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