Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you a safe & peaceful holiday and new year and thank you for helping us build resilient and empowered communities.

Thank you for helping raise awareness of the services we provide and our fundraising events like  JukeBox Mania and The Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women by sharing our tweets and Facebook posts. Thank you for volunteering your time, donating to, and attending our fundraising events. Thank you to our board of directors for working tirelessly to ensure we reach our maximum potential as a human services organization. Thank you to our wonderful staff who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others. And finally, thank you to our amazing sponsors, who’s partnership means the world to us.

All of you have made such a BIG IMPACT on the lives of others this year, take a look.

The Family Service Regina Impact Tree

We wish you a fantastic Christmas and New Year and look forward to working with you in 2017 to continue to make Regina a strong, safe and inclusive community.

Sincerely,

Carissa Trenton

Communications and Fund Development

 

Staff Spotlight: Katie Tuff, Receptionist

Katie Tuff, Receptionist

Katie Tuff, Receptionist

Katie is a welcoming and resourceful member our administration team, she’s the first point of contact for the agency and ensures our day-to-day runs smoothly by supporting staff and managing our client file processes. She’s completed Business Education at the University of Regina and held a full-time position with Family Service Regina since 2012. Katie is also an active member of our United Way fundraising committee and a key support for our event’s Jukebox Mania and the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women.

“There are a lot of things I love about my job, working for a human services agency I get to see and share in compassion and appreciation for one another on a daily basis and witness it influence positive change in the lives of others.” said Katie.

 

When she’s not busy supporting staff, you can find Katie with family and friends, camping or heading out to the acreage to spend some time outdoors. Learn more about Katie in our Staff Spotlight:

 

  1. What has been your favorite project at Family Service Regina?

I would have to say my favorite work at the agency has been being involved in the fundraisers that support the programs and services of Family service Regina. We always have a lot of fun and it brings out a creative side of yourself and your co-workers that you do not get to see every day.

 

  1. Before working with us, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I have always loved waitressing but I would have to say the most interesting job I have had was working for the Saskatchewan Roughriders- Rewards Program. My job was basically to go to the home games and give out free merchandise!

 

  1. How has FSR helped you in your career development?

Family Service Regina has helped me advance my career in so many ways. Through my work I have gained valuable work experience, a new skill-set, an improved ability to make and build relationships and found an increased confidence in myself.

 

  1. What three traits define you?

This is a tough one; it’s always difficult to talk about yourself. But I guess I always try to see the good in other people. I am non-judgmental and understanding. I show people compassion and friendship whenever I can. I am a hard worker and will go out of my way if someone needs something.

 

  1. What is your personal philosophy?

My personal philosophy is (without sounding too cliché) is to look at the bright side of life. Everyone goes through struggles or has to deal with things that seem unfair. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that if you are going through a tough time there is always a silver lining.

 

 

Have a question for Katie? Comment Below!

A TREEmendous Christmas Craft

Sometimes, it’s nice to share our thoughts and feelings of gratitude and appreciation and write them down on paper. It just serves to reinforce those feelings and make them more tangible. What better way to celebrate 2016 than to sit back with your family and remember those moments that truly made you smile.

Today I’m going to take one of those moments and show you how to use them to create a Gratitude Christmas Tree Tag so that you can remember just how great 2016 was before it’s all over!

Gratitude Christmas Tree Tag

 

Materials

  • Construction or regular white paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers, Crayons or Pencil Crayons
  • Black Sharpie
  • Ribbon, Thread or String

 

Preparation

1. Print the prepared christmas-tree-tag

2. Cut out each tag and use a hole punch to punch out the star on the top of the Christmas tree

3. Tie your ribbon, string or thread lightly through the centre as to not tear the paper

4. Ask your spouse, child/children to colour their tag whichever colour they wish

5. Ask your family to write on the tag (with the black sharpie) what they are most grateful for this year

5. Repeat this process if they have several things that they’re grateful for

6. Finally, hang them on your Christmas tree!

gratitude-tree-tag-carissa-trenton

 

Voila! The Gratitude Christmas Tree Tags are great conversation starters with your family and your guests.

 

 

 

 

Ray Pekrul- Clinical Supervisor, Counselling Unit

ray-pekrulRay is Family Service Regina’s most long-standing employee. He joined the team as a counsellor in November of 1977- bringing with him a Bachelor in Science, a Bachelor in Social Work and a Masters in Social Work.

“I’m Saskatchewan born, but my family moved to Winnipeg when I was 14 and that’s where I received my Bachelor in Science and Social Work. My Masters in Social Work is from the University of Regina and prior to coming to working with FSR I was working in Yorkton for Social Services as a Financial Service Worker with the SAP Program, (Saskatchewan Assistance Program).” said Ray.

 

When Ray’s not busy listening to others, you can find him travelling with his wife of 37 years, planting flowers in his back yard, reading the newspaper or listening to CBC Radio. Learn more about Ray in our Staff Spotlight:

 

  1. What is the most captivating aspect of counseling?

 

Listening to others and helping them find solutions. Working with people to help resolve problems and remove barriers to personal growth and change.

 

  1. How to you foster good relationships with clients and staff?

 

Demonstrating interest and concern for others while working collaboratively and respecting their ideas and feelings.

  1. What three traits define you?

I’m kind, generous and loving.

  1. What is your personal philosophy?

To extend as much kindness, acceptance and love as possible.