Shellie has created a work environment where people are empowered to create change on their own to improve processes and procedures. She’s integrated open communication to encourage employees to achieve the highest level of team performance. She has a strong background in financial management for both private and public corporations, sits on the Board of Directors for Family Service Canada and Family Service Saskatchewan, has served on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for 9 years and is a founding partner of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership.
“My first exposure to the Non Profit sector was when I accepted a position at Family Service Regina in 2002 as the Controller, before moving into this position in 2004 and I have to say that it has been the most rewarding career choice I have ever made.” said Shellie.
When she’s not busy supporting staff and serving on the FSC and FSS board, you can find Shellie travelling, visiting her children, crafting, quilting and hanging with the girls in book club. Learn more about Shellie in our Staff Spotlight:
- Can you name a person who has had an impact on you as a leader? How did this person impact your life?
I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with so many wonderful people throughout my career. Many people have had an impact on me as a leader and have helped me find my way so it’s very hard to name just one person. I feel that we can gain personal insight and grow from all of our experiences, good and bad. The most important resource available to any organization is the relationship among its people, including internal and external stakeholders. Creating trust, I believe, is the number one competency of leadership.
- What is a favorite memory from your career?
I have to say my favorite memories from my career to date are the people that I have worked for and with over the past 30 plus years. One memory that does stick out was when I was hired on at Family Service Regina. I was interviewed by the former Executive Director and offered a position in the accounting area which I initially declined. The Executive Director at the time would not take no for an answer and convinced me that Family Service Regina was the place for me, I accepted the position thinking it would be a short term contract and the rest is history. You never know what opportunities lay around the corner and sometimes a leap of faith can take you in directions you never dreamed of.
- What is the biggest challenge facing non-profits today?
Non profits today are facing increased pressure to find ways to meet the needs of our community through limited capacity. Raising adequate funds to achieve our mission continues to be a challenge and I believe it’s a challenge that will not decrease in the foreseeable future. Within the nonprofit sector, how we respond that this challenge will shape our future. We have to continue to draw attention to issues affecting nonprofit sustainability and the needs in our community. With every challenge though comes opportunities, opportunities to engage sponsors and donors in a different way, opportunities to deliver services in more efficient and effective ways that will have a greater positive impact on our clients and in our community.
- What is on the horizon for Family Service Regina?
We continue to evolve as an organization to meet the needs of our community. New and adaptive programs and services are always on the horizon as we continue to grow. I see our social enterprise initiatives continuing to grow as we focus some attention on our financial viability. We have embraced a solution focused culture at Family Service Regina which is reflected in all that we do – how we interact and work together as a workplace, how we work with our clients and how we communicate and collaborate with our stakeholders. We work with a focus on what is possible rather than focusing on the problems or adversity we may face.
- What is your personal philosophy?
You can never stop learning.
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