Board of Directors
Sereena King, President
Sereena King holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. She has close to 15 years professional HR experience with CNH, Hatch, and BHP Billiton. In addition, Sereena has spent a number of years as an instructor with the extension division at SIAST for the HR certificate program. She currently holds the position of Manager Human Resources at BHP Billiton with accountability for Projects and Operations. Sereena joined the YWCA Saskatoon Board in 2013. In 2015, she was appointed as President-Elect, recently assuming the role of President for a 2 year term. During Sereena’s time on the board she has served on the following committees: Governance, Finance, Audit, Nomination, Recruitment, Strategic Planning, and Executive.
Brittany Walter, Treasurer
Brittany Walter is a Chartered Accountant and business professional. She has proven successful in solving complex financial reporting issues and leading project teams. Brittany is committed to her community and is involved in a number of organizations including the Princess Shop Board of Directors, READ Saskatoon Finance Committee and KPMG Coordinator for the KPMG International Accounting Seminar Series with the Hanlon Centre of International Studies at the Edwards School of Business. She joined the Board in 2014 and is a member of the Executive, Governance, and Finance committees.
Sandra is a passionate leader who has had the privilege to serve as a health care leader and executive in the Saskatoon Health Region. Prior to recently retiring from SHR, this 30 year career enabled her to work with many staff, physicians, patients, educators, researchers and leaders to challenge the status quo, steward, innovate, manage change, inspire and coach leaders to ultimately provide a high quality experience for the patients and clients that she served. An honoured recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a Registered Nurse with a MBA she seeks out challenges and opportunities that bring together people to roll up our sleeves and make our community and this world a better place to live and thrive in. Sandra joined the Board in 2017.
Breanne Chaben is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources. She has a history of community involvement including Habitat for Humanity and The Ronald McDonald House. Breanne is looking forward to giving back to the community, with an emphasis on empowering women and girls and providing services to those in need. Breanne joined the Board in 2017.
With a Master’s in Public Health, Christine has worked in various capacities in the health sector with a focus on the social determinants of health and health equity. She currently works in this area at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Christine has worked for a number of community-based agencies and has an understanding of the challenges that many of our clients face. Christine joined the YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors in 2015.
Renata Huyghebaert holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree with a major in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan. Her experiences in student and community organizing have given her the dedication and commitment to work towards better opportunities for others, specifically women, and young girls. She has a background in strategic planning, fund development, finance, volunteer development, and training. Renata was a Women of Distinction award nominee this past May in the Under 29 category. She is honoured to serve as board member for the YWCA. Renata currently works as Director of Fund Development and Annual Giving at the Lung Association, Saskatchewan. Renata became a YWCA board member in 2017.
Hilary is a Masters of Law student at the University of Saskatchewan and is looking at practicing Criminal or Indigenous Law upon graduation. She is interested in contributing to bettering our community by providing representation to all people, regardless of social-economic factors. Hilary joined the Board in 2016.
Raegan Pollard is a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional who currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Graham in their Industrial Division. She has volunteered with many organizations, with an emphasis on supporting other women and girls, including Saskatoon Industry Education Council’s Connected event and Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program. Raegan holds the same values as the YWCA in both her personal and professional life. Raegan joined the Board in 2017.
As a Registered Social Worker, Maggie Sawatsky has held a number of roles within the Saskatoon Health Region since 2002. While a Client Care Coordinator, Maggie referred many clients to the YWCA Crisis Shelter, so understands the importance of the YWCA in Saskatoon. Having just returned to work after maternity leave with her second child, Maggie previously provided support to Parkridge Centre, a long-term care facility and is now employed at City Hospital. Maggie joined the Board in 2015.
Tammy Richmond is a Certified Financial Planner who has Board and governance experience. She served as the President of Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon, leading that organization through its first strategic planning process. She is passionate about supporting other women and girls to be the best that they can be and making the world a better place for women at all stages in their lives. Tammy became a YWCA Saskatoon Board Member in 2015 and is a member of the Governance committee.
Nicole is a passionate community builder and works tirelessly to bring a voice to the marginalized in our community. Nicole has worked with a number of non-profit organizations in Saskatoon. At AIDS Saskatoon, she worked diligently to build networks, connections, and relationships with leadership at all levels, while shedding much needed light on Saskatchewan’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. She strives to be an authentic voice breaking down systemic barriers to create a more equitable and welcoming community for all. Nicole has recently returned to school and is studying Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada. She seeks to be a bridge builder with her positivity, humour, and experience. Nicole joined the Board in 2016.
Tonya Wirchenko, Vice President
Tonya Wirchenko holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been employed at the University in a variety of roles since 1998 and currently serves as the Manager of Executive Initiatives, Office of the Vice President Research. Tonya has been very involved in her community association and has taught yoga since 2004. Tonya cares deeply about the well-being of others and is very honoured to be serving our community by joining the Board in 2015.