Meet Our Team
Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc. is a not for profit, registered charity run by a board of dedicated volunteers.
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Shaun Hanna (B.A. Hons. First Class, M.A.) is a local entrepreneur and devoted volunteer. He sits currently as the vice chairs of both Southwest Saskatchewan Pride and the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce. He affirms the mission SWYES, believing that the work carried out by this organisation goes far to build an ecology of kindness within our community.
“If we want a community that retains and fosters the talents of our youth, then we must prove to them that their home holds currency: a place for them to thrive.”
G.C.A. (Glenn) Alexander, (CMTH, CHT) has been a passionate advocate for youth, having served with several Community Based Organisations and Charities over the last 20 years. In his time with SWYES, Glenn continues his commitment to ensure that homeless youth, and those at-risk, have access to a safe and supportive environment.
“I firmly believe that it is our collective responsibility to protect those who represent our future.”
Janelle (Desautels) Anderson serves as the current the CAO of Cabri, SK. Having attended a youth poverty conference in Quebec in her early teens, Janelle was empowered with a desire to help those in need.
“While some may not believe there are youth in our region at risk of becoming homeless or facing challenges leaving them at further risk of addiction of other mental health crises, the need is there. And I am grateful to be a part of the solution.”
“My passion for volunteering and working with youth emanates from my childhood. My mother, after whom the shelter is named, not only provided me and my four brothers with a safe, caring, and loving environment to grow up in, but she also provided that same environment to many of our friends and those who were not as lucky as we were. I did not realize back then what she was doing. To me, we just had the coolest mom who let our friends stay anytime we wanted. Since becoming involved with SWYES, my eyes have been opened wide to the great need for this shelter. Many youth find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. In order to foster good mental health and life skills, at-risk youth need safety, support, and guidance.”
“I am proud to lend my support and give my time to ensure every youth has the opportunity to thrive.”
“Hi, my name is Tom Westbury, and I have been the owner of Len’s Plumbing & Heating for 15 years. In 2016, following the recent passing of my mother, Dorie, always in my thoughts, I spearheaded the campaign to get Dorie’s House built in honour of her. My mother always put others before herself, and children were no exception. Building Dorie’s House was my way to continue her legacy of caring, giving, and always looking out for the youth in our community. I am honoured to be a part of the SWYES Board, and I will continue to advocate for youth in the southwest.”
“Dorie’s House is a pipeline to a better life.”
Kevin Hanna (B.A., M.Ed (Counselling), CTRTC) is a Student Counsellor known for his sense of humour and creative approach to youth. Kevin began his career as an Addictions Counsellor, specialising in addicted youth and their families. Over his 25 year career with Addictions Services, he has worked with communities, schools, and teachers to develop quality environments for youth. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a School Counsellor in rural southwest Saskatchewan, where he has helped develop schools, training a broad range of adults and youth in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory since 1989.
“I have strived for many years to support a place like Dorie’s House, and I am thrilled to be part of this venture with Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter. The need for this service has been present for a very long time in this area. Kids need to be safe. Dorie’s House can do that.”
Since 2013, Kayla Myers (CCYCC) has served as a board member with Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter. Over the course of her years as a School Counsellor, she has worked with youth who have found themselves homeless, or who have struggled to maintain a safe, stable living environment.
“As a SWYES board member, I will continue to focus my energy on supporting young people struggling with mental health, addictions, and homelessness, to raise awareness of these vital issues, and work to unify the efforts of our surrounding communities and relevant agencies to maintain the safe haven that is Dorie’s House.”
Carrie Davis is the program coordinator of Victim Services Southwest, where she began as a volunteer a few years prior. Most of her career has been spent working with youth, which stemmed from the struggles she faced as a youth, and she wanted to help make a difference.
“I knew that Dorie’s House was part of the solution to helping our youth with various issues, the main one being homelessness. For that reason I decided to join a great team that works endlessly to find solutions to help youth have successful futures.”
For the past three years, Nathaniel (Nathan) Gill has been a Commercial Account Manager, living in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, who works with business owners of medium to large sized enterprises. As a Commercial Account Manager, Nathan has developed a very strong acumen for financial analysis and understanding the unique nature of businesses cash flow in a wide range of industries, in addition to credit structuring. Nathan has also had experience working with Small Business clients as well as Personal banking (integrated markets), experience totalling 15 years in the Financial Services industry.
Nathan is an active member of the community, and he is driven to help his clients thrive and our community prosper. He is passionate about donating his time with Community Based Organizations through volunteerism, sitting on multiple Non-Profit Organization boards. When he’s not helping his clients or his community, Nathan is kept busy by his four beautiful children.
City of Swift Current
In partnership with SWYES, the City of Swift Current enjoys a non-voting membership seat on the Board of Directors. This seat is appointed by the Mayor’s office, and is filled by an elected City Council member. This seat currently remains vacant.
Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc., operates as a charitable Non Profit Organisation, governed by a Board of Directors with an annual operating budget of $465,000.00. (Read More…)
The Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from a variety of field, each with experience and knowledge in accountability and governance of a Charitable Non Profit Organisation. The Board includes individuals who have managed community-based programs, worked directly with youth, and/or have managed successful, private enterprises.
The Board works closely with the Executive Director in order to ensure transfer of project intelligence, sound protocols and procedures, and appropriate in-house training for all staff are in place.
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SWYES, Inc., is a registered charity (No. 815316377) operating Dorie’s House, a youth shelter located in Swift Current, SK.
SWYES, Inc., works in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, acknowledging Saskatchewan as the traditional territory of First Nations and Métis people. Dorie’s House is located on Treaty 4 land.
Mailing Address: Southwest YES, Inc. Box 103
Swift Current, SK, S9H 3V5, Canada
Dorie’s House 205 Herbert Street East
Swift Current, SK