Thank you for supporting #GivingTuesdayCA

CEO, Shellie Pociuk and Regina Police Chief, Evan Bray

CEO, Shellie Pociuk and Regina Police Chief, Evan Bray

Thank you for supporting Family Service Regina on #GivingTuesdayCA, November 29, 2016.

We are extremely thankful for our partnership with the Regina Police Service and for everyone who has donated to Family Service Regina during our social media blitz #TogetherWeCan be #UNSELFIE campaign. Together, we raised $2258. That means 18 children traumatized by domestic violence will receive subsidized counselling and our Teen Parent group will receive a nutritious meal once a month, for a year!


We also appreciate the kind words of encouragement from our supporters:

“Appreciate all of the work that you do in the community”– Elizabeth Hoffart

Giving back to a worthwhile organization whose mission is to keep our community healthy and strong!” – Kelly Gorman

“Please know that ALL of you are APPRECIATED for keeping us safe!” – Deborah Boschman

To view #GivingTuesdayCA stories about Family Service Regina and the Regina Police Service partnership, click one of the links below:  CBC – CTV – 620CKRM




Staff Spotlight: Carissa Trenton, Communications & Fund Development

Carissa works to enhance Family Service Regina’s communications and broadcast media outreach through creative writing and designing both online and print materials. In addition, she manages both the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women and Jukebox Mania events. She holds a certificate in Marketing and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.

“My career in PR began in 2010, first, in retail- representing a well-known auto giant before moving into the charitable sector. I have always enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community so making the transition was not only easy, it was right for me.” Said, Carissa.

When she’s not busy executing campaign ideas and nourishing our brand, you can find her spending time with her ten-year-old son; Kyden, traveling, attending other fundraising events, hiking Wascana Trails, walking her chihuahua or just hanging out with family and friends.

Learn more about Carissa in our Staff Spotlight:


  1. What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success?

Digging deep and finding the ability to embrace your failures and mustering the courage to try again.


  1. What do you value most about your job?

I believe in Family Service Regina and, that their mission, to empower and educate our community- will lead to a stronger Saskatchewan. This organization is a small collective of fantastic individuals striving to have a positive impact on our society and I value being a part of that. 


  1. Which day of the work week are you the most productive?



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

It’s honestly really difficult for me to choose just one project; I’m fortunate enough to be absolutely in love with what I do, so picking just one event, just one campaign.. is impossible!    


  1. What is your personal philosophy?

“Every word has consequences, every silence, too.”



If you have any questions for Carissa, comment below!

Staff Spotlight: Shauna Chegwin, Office Manager

Shauna is a motivated Administrative professional with eight years of experience as a legal assistant, with a strong background in corporate law, criminal law and estate planning; she also has a background in the financial industry. Shauna is Family Service Regina’s glue and is our staffs’ go-to support; she manages human resources, handles all of our IT, is the lead on new employee orientation and manages our front office. She is very active within our internal community; she sits on the Health & Safety Committee, PQI Committee, is part of the management team and heads our United Way campaign committee.

“I had been a part of the corporate world since 2001 and had always held a strong desire to give back to my community, so I made the change to move into the non-profit sector in February of 2012, luckily a friend had notified me that a position opened with her place of work, which was Family Service Regina. I was interviewed and quickly offered the position and the rest is history!” said Shauna.

When she’s not busy supporting staff, you can find Shauna cheering at Regina Pat’s game because she’s a season ticket holder, or spending quality time with her family. Learn more about Shauna in our Staff Spotlight:


  1. What three traits define you? 

I’m hard-working, I’ll always go above and beyond to meet a goal or complete a task.

I’m a team player, and I’m fair, I tend to put the needs of my team members before my own.

I always try to think about how I would like to be treated and always try to treat others that way. I’m very kind, I don’t complain or grunt when someone needs my assistance I’m happy to help in any way that I can.


  1. What does true leadership mean to you?

We’re all part of a team that is focused on our mission, and to me, that is great leadership, everyone is able to take part in shaping and cultivating our organization’s vision. We’re always striving to meet the needs of our clients and we’re leading the way to a healthier and stronger community. 


  1. What’s the weirdest task you’ve ever completed that wasn’t in your job description?

One winter at our old location, there was ice build up on the roof and when it would warm up, water would leak into our office space. My first task every morning would be to go around and empty buckets of water and clean up water messes and try to make sure the offices would be ready for the counsellors to meet with clients. Although maybe not that weird, definitely not how I thought I would start my day.


  1. What is the one thing you absolutely love about working with FSR?

For me it’s to see the change, even though I’m not hands-on dealing with our clients, watching them grow from the moment they walk in our doors to become successful and confident individuals. I remember one woman that started out a little withdrawn when she first came to see us, but over a period of time her demeanor changed and she would make a point to stop by my office and say hello with a huge smile on her face. And that is what makes me love my job!


  1. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

The best place I’ve been is to Watchet Summerset England, the town my grandfather was born in. It was a surreal experience, just to see the family café and connect with distant family. I’m already planning my trip back!


If you have a question for Shauna, comment below!

Staff Spotlight: Karen McGillivray, Director of Community Programs

karen McGillivray, Director of Community Programs

Karen joined the Family Service Regina team in 2011, bringing diverse experience in counselling, mental health interventions and program management in various settings. She holds a Master’s degree in social work.

As Director of Community Progams, Karen oversees the Teen Parent Program, Domestic Violence Services, Older Adult Response Service and Art for the Heart.

When she’s not busy juggling her many tasks, you can find Karen learning Spanish, playing floor hockey and spending quality time with her two unruly dogs. Learn more about Karen in our Staff Spotlight:


  1. How do you define a community?

Community is people. In a community, people belong and support one another. That’s why our community programs are available to everyone who lives in and around Regina and we make sure that cost is never a barrier to receiving service. We don’t try to do it all, but our community programs work closely with other services in the city to support everyone’s well-being. I guess the other thing is that communities recognize that every individual has strengths and brings something unique to the table. So we work “with” people instead of “on” people. We support people in their own solutions.


  1. How much time do you spend in one-on-one meetings versus team meetings?

Probably half and half, It’s important to me to stay involved in direct service as much as time allows, so I’ve got a mix of meetings with clients as well as my colleagues at Family Service Regina and outside of our agency.


  1. What characteristic do you most admire in others?

I like real people. I admire people who can be themselves – what you see is what you get. That happens when people are safe and secure and confident, but on the other hand, some people are just brave. They’re just genuine without inflating anything or concealing anything. A lot of people who come here are like that. It always amazes me how people can walk through our doors and sit down with someone they’ve just met and say, “Here’s where I’m at”.


  1. What is your preferred method of communication? Phone calls, e-mail, informally, in meetings, only when necessary?

Depends. Socially, I hate the phone, but sometimes it’s the best way in a work day. I’m a bit odd in that I actually like meetings . . . as long as there’s a good practical back-and- forth discussion happening. I like talking about ideas.


  1. What’s one thing that you’ve waited in a ridiculously long line for?

Well, the line-ups at Family Service Regina staff potlucks are pretty ridiculous sometimes. I don’t wait well. Usually if there’s a long line, I decide very quickly that I don’t actually need whatever we’re lining up for. I’ve never camped out for Black Sabbath tickets or the latest Apple device.


Do you have a question for Karen? Comment below!

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Staff Spotlight: Kirk Englot, Director of Operations & Business Development

kirk-2Kirk is armed with 17 years of non-profit experience; he completed his Masters Degree in Social Work in 2009 and has worked as a supportive independent living worker and as a counsellor.  He has also had extensive involvement in community development, anti-poverty and collaborative intersectoral social change initiatives. Kirk oversees our Social Enterprise Division, Family Services Employee Assistance (FSEAP) program, strategic initiatives, and is a valued operational support to our CEO.


“I came to FSR in October of 2006 to work as a counselor and held that role until 2012 when the Director of Operations & Business Development role was created and included things I was passionate about.” said Kirk.


When he’s not juggling multiple tasks, you can find Kirk spending quality time with his wife and son Zachary, cooking delicious food and posting his recipes to his blog.  Learn more about Kirk in our Staff Spotlight.


  1. What would you say are your 3 major strengths? How have these strengths helped you in this position?

My job is very diverse and I have to juggle lots.  I think one of my strengths is that I become bored very easily and need lots on the go all the time to stay interested!  My training is in social work, and since I oversee a social enterprise I have had to learn lots about business.  This has been lots of fun and so a love of learning must be a strength as well.


  1. What do you enjoy the most about working with FSR?

My favorite part about working with FSR is the creative opportunity to be involved in developing new programs and initiatives.  I am especially interested in the role Social Enterprise has in developing independent revenue to invest in social programs we are passionate about.  I love that our organization is not bureaucratic and we get to have quite a lot of influence over what we do and who we want to be as an organization.  I also like that we have a positive culture and look to possibilities and strengths.


  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I am most proud of my son Zachary who is three.  My wife and I waited a long time for the stork to arrive and had started adoption planning.  Zachary arrived suddenly into our lives 9 weeks early and 2lbs 13 ounces.  He is amazing and doing well and is an example every day of how resilient and eager to thrive children are.


  1. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Cooking and eating well are passions of mine.  My favorite meals start with a wander around my garden, which I have created by digging up quite a lot of my front lawn.  I love to watch the seedlings grow and turn produce into creative meals.  I love cooking and talking about food so much that I started an online food blog called Eatable: A Journal of Simple Cooking.  It can be found at


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Staff Spotlight: Shellie Pociuk, CEO

CEO, Shellie Pociuk

CEO, Shellie Pociuk

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:


  1. 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.  

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. What is your personal philosophy?

You can never stop learning.


Have any more questions for Shellie? Comment to ask!