Our Elmwood Team
Elmwood Residences has two-hundred team members who provide high quality supports and services through a variety of programs. Meet some of our team members below:
Rachael Steinke, BA, MAExecutive Director
Linda Boyko, BADirector of Resident Supports
Dani McHugh, CPA, CADirector of Finance
Holly MichaylukDirector of Human Resources
Cathy FulcherDirector of Support Services
Katie Thorpe, BScN, RNManager of Health
Sissel PredigerManager of Resident Supports
Signe LarsenCognitive Support Coordinator
Tisha BremnerScheduling Coordinator
Grace PetersTrust Account Manager
Jannah NicholsonManager of Community Inclusion
Maggie StevensonDevelopment Coordinator
Lisa JamesSupportive Independent Living Program Coordinator
Shaina ManningCommunity Home Coordinator
Rhonda SavageCommunity Home Coordinator
Amber EnglundCommunity Home Coordinator
Jeaninne ServetnykCommunity Home Coordinator
Jennifer HillCommunity Home Coordinator
Jenelle FortierRecreation Coordinator
Janaye MolnarRecreation Coordinator
Erin HedleyRecreation Coordinator
Rachael Steinke, BA, MA
Rachael holds an M.A. in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace. She has spent her career in the human service sector focusing on the development of supports and services in a variety of areas including early childhood, disability supports, intersectoral initiatives and community mobilization.
She has served as Manager of Community Services with the Ministry of Social Services, as Program Manager of KidsFirst North, as the Coordinator of the Northern Human Services Partnership and as an Advocate with the Saskatchewan Association for Community.
She has and continues to volunteer in the Municipal Government and Community Based Organization Sectors and is passionate about giving back to her community. Rachael believes in the value of relationships and collaboration. She is driven to facilitate positive, meaningful and long-lasting change through her strength-based approach!
Rachael is a proud mother of twins – Bash and Gaia and her fur-baby Bobo. She is married to her partner of 12 years, Mably, who is the love of her life.
Linda Boyko, BA
Linda is a born and raised Saskatoon girl whose journey with Elmwood began in 1994, one year after completing her BA at the U of S. Throughout her university career, this is where Linda discovered great personal satisfaction as a volunteer with the Elizabeth Fry Society. Linda’s journey at Elmwood has found her in a variety of progressively senior roles.
She is currently the Director of Resident Supports. Linda is dedicated and passionate about her role at Elmwood and has always felt like part of the Elmwood family. Throughout her journey, she has experienced significant organizational change and evolution as the Elmwood family grew and flourished. With that, Linda has continually been inspired by those she has supported and has had the privilege to work with. Driven to support others to excel, Linda believes that all individuals have the ability to be lifelong learners, given the right support.
Dani McHugh, CPA, CA
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Dani obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and obtained her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2011. Dani began her career working in public practice before settling into the world of non-profit. Dani quickly realized she found working in the human services field much more fulfilling and now gets excited to brag about her job!
Dani believes there is much more to her position than just balancing the budget! She lends a hand in all aspects of the organization, being innovative and forming meaningful relationships within the community and within Elmwood that will genuinely help improve the lives of those living with intellectual disabilities.
Dani enjoys playing and watching sports, anything involving her daughter Piper, their big Newfoundland dog Fenway, and travelling as much as possible.
Holly began her career with Elmwood in 2007 and has served as both a Direct Care Staff as well as a Group Home Manager. In Holly’s current role as the Director of Human Resources, she builds meaningful relationships with Elmwood’s amazing employees to support their continued growth and development. She recognizes that Elmwood delivers its supports and services for people and by people through training and mentorship.
Through Elmwood, Holly found her passion for serving people. She believes that Elmwood provides residents with amazing support and opportunities and that this enriches the lives of the individuals Elmwood serves.
Cathy joined the Elmwood Team in January 2020 after working at the University of Saskatchewan for 17 years. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters and enjoys spending time with them as much as she can. She is excited to take on her new role with Elmwood incorporating her experience and passion to help and support people.
For many years, Cathy has volunteered with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal University Hospital Foundation to name a few. She looks forward to making a positive difference as the Director of Support Services and also to creating strong relationships with the wonderful residents and staff.
Katie Thorpe, BScN, RN
Katie is a long-time employee of Elmwood and has transitioned through many different roles over the years. She first began working as a casual group home care worker while attending university in 2003. In 2005, she accepted a part-time rotation in one of the group homes and immediately fell in love! She quickly realized she wanted to work within this community for the rest of her life. Over the next eight years, Katie held a variety of positions such as Home Coordinator, Home Operator, and Day Camp Coordinator.
Katie returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 2013 to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) and become a Registered Nurse (RN), then started working to provide direct care to the residents of Kinsmen Manor.
In December 2018, Katie began transitioning into the role of Health Coordinator where she oversees healthcare needs across Elmwood Residences. Katie is passionate about engaging individuals with disabilities, their families, fellow staff and allied healthcare professionals to provide holistic care and supports to this amazing population of people. She believes that with effective collaboration and a bit of creativity, the residents can all achieve their goals for optimal independence, sustained health, and meaningful quality of life.
In her personal time, Katie enjoys traveling and the outdoors, Latin dancing, solving puzzles and crosswords, caring for her cats, spending quality time with her family and friends, and teaching the occasional recreational dance class for Elmwood residents.
Born and raised in a coastal town South in Norway, Sissel completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2011 and travelled to Canada in 2012 to gain work experience. She began her career with a local Community-Based Organization supporting individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities in a home setting. This is where Sissel found a passion for the field and has since held a variety of positions with the Ministry of Social Services, including Community Residential Worker, Crisis Support Therapist and Program Development Consultant. In her roles within the Ministry she has delivered various training programs, developed behavioral strategies for individuals displaying challenging behaviors, supported teams through difficult situations while building their capacity.She believes in effective and open communication between team members, while working towards common goals that benefit the individuals who are being supported.
Sissel has a strong will to learn and develop, and one of her many research interests includes intellectual disability and aging, which is what motivated her to start her Master’s Degree in Social Work through the University of Regina in 2017. Her hope is to obtain a broader understanding of the subject, as well as looking at best practice for individuals as they are entering their later stages in life.
Sissel fell in love with the country and people of Canada, and decided quickly that this is where she wanted to live on a permanent basis. She enjoys spending time with her husband Drew, her son Oliver and her two dogs Ladybug and Athena. Sissel and her family love to travel and they regularly visit friends and family in Norway.
Signe obtained her Continuing Care Assistant diploma from SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) in 2009, and later moved on to graduating with a Bachelor’ degree in Psychology from the U of S in 2015.
Signe started supporting people living with disabilities in 2009. After working for a few community based organizations as a front line support, Signe started working for the Ministry of Social Services: Community Living Service Delivery. She gained experience in the crisis and programmatic field, supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities displaying challenging and dangerous behaviours.
Recently, Signe has worked as a case worker for the Ministry of Social Services, Income Assistance: Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program, where she gained insight into the types of financial support and challenges faced by some of Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable population.
Signe has worked both front-line and on the programmatic side of supporting people with intellectual disabilities, and appreciates the importance of collaborative teamwork in improving an individual’s quality of life.
Signe loves spending time with her partner, Ethan, and their dog, Angus, as well as friends and family. Signe also loves coffee, a Netflix binge, and a good laugh.
Signe values being a contributing part of a supportive and positive workplace culture, and is looking forward to meeting Elmwood’s residents and their support staff.
Tisha has been with Elmwood since 1995 and has held a variety of roles including Care Worker and Group Home Manager before moving into her current role of Scheduling Coordinator. Tisha has the challenge of scheduling staff for all eleven Community Homes and also plays a large part in interviewing and hiring new staff.
Tisha is kind and caring and our residents love that about her. She is always willing to stop any work she is doing to go help a resident in need. Scheduling can be challenging, but Tisha is a problem-solver extraordinaire and always comes up with a solution to meet the organizational needs.
Grace’s is responsible for ensuring that the money entrusted to Elmwood for each resident is administered in the best interests of the resident.
While this may seem boring to some people, working at Elmwood is anything but that! Each day Grace has the pleasure of interacting with many of our residents on a social level. They have conversations about their day at work, plans for the evening, or how their favorite sports team is doing. Grace not only works at Elmwood, but also volunteers with our recreation department. Grace’s time with our residents has become an important part of her life and has taught her to appreciate each person for who they are.
Jannah has been a Recreation Coordinator since 2000. After achieving her diploma at SIAST in Recreation and Leisure in 1998, she began her career with the Prince Albert Health District. After three years in Prince Albert, the opportunity to be a part of Elmwood Residences presented itself and Jannah has never looked back!
Jannah has built and developed a robust recreation program that benefits and serves everyone who calls Elmwood home. She is proud of the relationships that she has developed with community partners, staff and most important every amazing person that lives at Kinsmen Manor. Trips to Graceland, Montreal, Ogema, and Disneyland have been just a handful of amazing dreams that Jannah has helped make come true. Jannah is the past co-chair of the OH&S board and she currently sits on the Special Olympics Saskatoon board as the Elmwood representative.
Jannah, her husband and their dog love camping. Packing up and heading to northern Saskatchewan to go fishing is the highlight of their summer. This past June, Jannah caught a 26 pound Northern Pike, which currently is the family record!
Maggie attended the Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia to receive the School of Tourism’s Events and Conventions Management Diploma. Upon graduation she returned home to Saskatoon and began working in the non-profit sector coordinating fundraising events for the MS Society of Canada – SK Division. After numerous years of working with event participants she began to develop a stronger interest in working directly with donors and started to build the division’s first annual giving program and raising funds for their capital campaign.
During maternity leave she decided it was time for a new challenge and accepted the role of Development Coordinator at Elmwood. Enhancing donor experiences, relationships and developing a strong long term fundraising strategy for our organization will be her priorities. Success within this role will allow Elmwood to provide those we serve with unique community inclusion opportunities, advances in continued individualized care and support, and capital innovations which will shape our sector.
In her personal time Maggie enjoys cooking new recipes, coffee visits with friends, creating different sensory play activities for her toddler and going out on family walks with her husband, son and their pup-pup, Clyde.
Lisa moved to Saskatoon in 2016 from Manitoba. She has two grown children and two grandsons. She is an animal lover and has two fur babies at home. In her spare time she volunteers for a local animal rescue organization.
For the past 25 years, Lisa has worked in the human service field – specifically in Health, Education and Social Services. Lisa started with Elmwood in 2017 and it has been a great experience for her. She simply loves and values Elmwood’s family atmosphere.
Shaina is a wife to her husband Shea and a mom of two beautiful girls. She recognized her passion for working with people with developmental disabilities at a young age. At age 15, her first job was supporting a young girl with an intellectual disability in a private care home.
Shaina started at Elmwood Residences in 2010 as a Support Worker and Home Coordinator but moved on to various areas of the disability and human services sector in Saskatoon. She found her place back at Elmwood as Community Home Coordinator in January 2017 where she could share her desire with others. Shaina’s diverse experiences reflect her passion for working with people.
Rhonda started her career working with elderly individuals with dementia. She then applied for a casual position at Elmwood in the winter of 2017 and absolutely fell in love with the disability services field.
Seeing the smiling faces and hearing the excitement from all the residents each day has brought more joy to her than any words could describe. She is committed and works hard to ensure that the residents always come first.
After graduating from Robert Southey School in June 2013, Amber moved to Saskatoon to attend Saskatchewan Polytechnic where she received her diploma in Therapeutic Recreation in May 2015. Amber thoroughly enjoyed her education especially the experiences she received during her practicums at Radius Community Centre, the Dube Centre for Mental Health, and Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
Amber became employed at Elmwood Residences as the Recreation Coordinator for Group Homes in June 2015 and continues to enjoy her work there. She is passionate about supporting the residents and advocating for their needs. Amber values the close relationships she has formed with many residents and co-workers at the various Community Homes as well as at the Kinsmen Manor.
In her spare time, Amber enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural, and cuddling with her two cats, Arya and Dani.
Jeaninne moved to Saskatoon in 2019 from Winnipeg, MB. She has worked in the Human Services Field for over 13 years, and comes with a variety of experience including front line work supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in a home setting, working with high risk youth and also working in the department of Child and Family Services.
Jeaninne is excited to be a part of the Elmwood team and really enjoys spending time with the residents and her teams. She has a strong will to learn, and likes to take on new challenges while growing personally and professionally.
Jennifer was born and raised in Saskatchewan and as a true Saskatchewanian, Jenn loves her Saskatchewan Roughriders and she bleeds green! Her love for the prairies has always kept her close to home. Jennifer recently married her best friend, Ian, creating a blended family of nine! Having a large family marks some of the most important values to Jenn; love, acceptance and belonging, but it is the role of caregiver Jennifer so easily and naturally fits. She joins the team at Elmwood bringing a vast amount of experience. Besides raising her own five children, she has spent time working with the public, caring for at risk youth, as well as assisting individuals who require a little bit of extra support to show their individual ‘shine’ Her heart has been touched by many of the people that she has worked with over the years. In her personal life, there is one special little girl that left a huge imprint on Jenn’s heart. If you know Jenn, you have heard her say “We have more to learn from them than they do from us!” or “Some of the best reminders and lessons come from just being around these beautiful individuals. Always leave your heart open”. She is excited to join the team at Elmwood, and is looking forward to this new chapter.
Jenelle joined Elmwood’s recreation team in 2017 after completing the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in May 2017.
Jenelle completed her practicum at Elmwood where she gained valuable experience and knowledge working with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Jenelle is passionate about recreation and the importance of recreation to enhance each individual’s quality of life at Elmwood. Thus, she saw working at Elmwood Residences as a great opportunity to begin her career.
Jenelle also coordinated Elmwood’s Summer Day Camp in the summer of 2017, where many memories were made. Most importantly, Jenelle loves seeing the big smiles on everyone’s face when they are out in the community participating in recreation.
Jenelle is an avid hockey fan and enjoys watching hockey, particularly the Edmonton Oilers. She also looks forward to spending time with her family and friends whenever she can.
Janaye joined the Elmwood Recreation Team in April 2020 as a Recreation Coordinator in the Community Day Program. Janaye moved to Saskatoon in 2015 to attend Saskatchewan Polytechnic where she received her Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation in May 2017. Janaye was able to spend some time on her final practicum at Elmwood helping with Special Olympics Bowling.
Janaye is passionate about helping others have a well rounded recreation and leisure lifestyle and making sure everyone has an opportunity to do what they love.
Janaye currently calls Colonsay her home. When not at work, you can find her at home with her two cats, Penelope & Ollie, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play.
Erin moved to Saskatoon in 2014 to attend school, after 3 years at the U of S she switched to Saskatchewan Polytechnic and completed her Early Childhood Education in 2017. Erin recently graduated with her diploma in Therapeutic Recreation in May of 2019.
She started working at Elmwood in April 2020 as a Recreation Coordinator in the Community Day Program. She has a passion for working in recreation and working with people of all ages and abilities.
Erin lives with her sister and their terrier, Tia. She enjoys being active and outside especially in the summer time. In the winter time she loves watching hockey and is a big Winnipeg Jets fan. She also enjoys reading and spending time with friends.
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We at Willowgrove Pharmacy have thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff and residents of the manor and group homes over the past few years. Devin Elias and myself purchased the store in Nov of 2013 and for the first couple of years did most of the group home and manor deliveries ourselves. It always brightened my day to stop by the homes and interact with the staff and residents and see how happy and caring the atmosphere was. We see the value that Elmwood Residences offers to the community and are humbled to have the opportunity to be involved.
Elmwood is my Brothers’ special extended family.
Elmwood has given my brother the guidance and opportunity to live a fuller life.
Elmwood has impacted my life greatly, I am happy to come here every day. It’s a happy place and the residents make my day”.
It never feels like I am going to work, it always feels like home.
I enjoy seeing everyone together and interacting with each other, this gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that, as a Recreation Team, we are providing residents with a good quality of life.
As the newest addition to the Recreation Team, Elmwood has given me a meaningful career in Recreation. I have developed many amazing relationships with residents as well as staff at Elmwood. We provide a variety of programs that meet the needs and interests of the residents. I enjoy taking the residents out in the community and seeing the smiles on their faces as they are enjoying themselves and being included in their community.
Our connection to Elmwood’s Kinsmen Manor is through our sister. The staff are professional, compassionate, skilled and respectful of residents and their families. The physical environment is clean, comfortable and exemplifies a home environment
Our daughter is part of the Elmwood family living with 5 other ladies in a group home. She has found her joy and purpose in life with daily activities and independence as she grows into a woman. She has found her happy place! Being on the board is our way of giving back - for what Elmwood has given us.
I feel like a rock star when I enter Elmwood! I am greeted by so many people with handshakes, high fives and hugs.
Without words, residents showed me joy manifesting itself from our human spirit and that they too want to live a fulfilled life.
I did not know of Elmwood’s support concept for those with various disabilities, and it was a huge eye opener, and a big learning curve for me, also thoroughly enjoyable! Just to watch how the system works, and to be a part the decision making process, was energizing! I just knew this would be a part of my life for a long time.
The employees have a special compassionate side to them that radiates when they work together to support individuals with disabilities. It is truly a wonderful thing to see this in action, and I am pleased to be a part of the Elmwood community.