SWYES Board and Staff

Shaun Hanna, President
Restauranteur: Manager, Boston Pizza

Shaun has a strong desire to not only promote local businesses, but also foster a younger generation of local entrepreneurs through collaboration and mentorship among the business community of Swift Current.  For the past four years, Shaun has been one of the coordinators and organizers of Southwest Saskatchewan Pride, which has sought to create “Safe Space Employers” within and around Swift Current, in order to promote and protect gender and sexual diversity within the community.


Sue Pittet, Vice-PresidentIMG_9333
Relationship Manager, Innovation Credit Union.

“I am passionate about SWYES because I am a mother of three girls and family and happiness are very important to me. The thought that there are children out there silently asking for help has given me the energy to make time to help create awareness in the community to help this situation.”


Lee Cummins, Secretary 1922 LeeCummins

Lee’s interest stems from a career in education, and in particular from professional experience working in the area of student services.  “I am able to recognize the need for this support for youth in the southwest of Saskatchewan and in particular I have a keen interest in ensure that supportive and interagency services are in place for youth that are struggling.”


Nicole Dzuba, TreasurerNicole
Manager at MNP

“Knowing that there are youth in our community that do not have a safe place to stay makes me want to help them. During our time as a youth we are so impressionable so these youth need people to help them through any difficult times they may face. As part of the SwYES I am able to see how we are helping these youth which is so important as they are the future of our community.”


Mary Jane Benesh, Director
Basic Education Co-ordinator, Great Plains College

Mary Jane works with many vulnerable youth in Swift Current and Maple Creek and can see firsthand the tremendous value of this shelter for the young people of the Southwest. “When I heard about the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, I strongly felt that this was something I wanted to be a part of.”


Suzie Berg
Co-ordinator of Learning, Holy Trinity Catholic School

As an educator and in working on various committees to assist in creating healthy children and youth, Suzie knows the importance of a safe environment with support systems in place to ensure our youth receive the help they require to overcome obstacles in their lives.  “The idea of being part of such an exciting venture motivated me to become part of the board of the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter.”


Lisa Byers, DirectorIMG_9330
Settlement Worker in Schools with the Newcomer Welcome Centre

“I am passionate about SWYES because I believe that all youth deserve a voice and the opportunity to succeed. After doing a research assignment in university about youth homelessness in the Southwest, I became interested in this issue. I am very excited about the impact and positive changes that this shelter will bring to the Southwest.



Ron Toles, DirectorIMG_9325
Retired Teacher

“SwYES is important to me because I have seen first hand young people who have no safe place to sleep at night and who put themselves at risk finding shelter. As a city and a society, we need to tend to those in need in whatever way is possible.”