YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors
Jodi Manastyrski, President
Jodi Manastyrski is a lawyer with the City of Saskatoon Solicitor’s Office. She is knowledgeable in governance frameworks and processes as well as legal and legislative drafting. Jodi understands the important role that YWCA Saskatoon provides in the community and supports the goals of empowering and supporting women and girls. Jodi joined the YWCA Board of Directors in 2018.
Sandra Blevins, Vice-President
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.
Kathryn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 and earned her CPA designation in 2005. With over 20 years working in public practice, Kathryn has extensive audit and assurance experience for clients in a wide variety of industries including private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and public companies. Throughout her professional career, Kathryn has done a number of presentations to the public covering a variety of topics and has a strong belief in giving back to the community by providing service on a number of boards and committees including Cosmopolitan Industries, The Remai Modern, and the Professional Conduct Committee for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her husband Chad and their children Noah and Avery, golfing, skiing in the mountains, and relaxing at the lake.
Kasya is lawyer practising at Naidu Legal, a female led law-firm in Saskatoon. Kasya obtained a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan where she proudly competed as a Huskie athlete on the women’s soccer team. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Exeter in England where she obtained her law degree. Kasya specializes in the areas of family law, real estate, civil litigation, immigration, wills and estates and is currently training to become a mediator. She recently took on the role of Chair for the Young Lawyers North Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Kasya is a proud advocate for girls and woman in our community and is passionate about empowering girls and women to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Audrey Armstrong is from the Thunderchild First Nation and now calls Saskatoon home. She is a Dream Broker with Sasksport Inc. and works with underprivileged kids in core neighbourhoods to become involved in sport, culture, and recreational opportunities by reducing barriers to participation. Audrey is also a Crisis Worker with Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Centre. Audrey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Indian Social Work from FNUniv/U of R and is working on her Master’s Degree with Dalhousie University’s distance learning program. Audrey’s passion lies in community service and helping to empower women & children to be successful in whatever they choose to do, both professionally and personally. Audrey has served on the board of directors for SIMFC and currently sits on the board for Awasisak Nikan Child and Family Services in Thunderchild First Nation. Audrey is honoured to be a part of the YWCA in the capacity of a board member and joined the Board in 2019.
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.
Natasha is a dedicated professional committed to making a difference in the community. She graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing in 2003 from the University of Saskatchewan and then subsequently obtained her certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Toronto in 2011 and CSA GHG Quantifier Certification from the University of Toronto and HRCarbon Inc. in 2012. Currently the Strategy Development Lead for Federated Co-operatives, Natasha has spent over 15 years developing and executing community investment strategies and programs. She is a systems thinker who has dedicated her career to working with purpose-led, sustainability focused organizations committed to excellence including Farm Credit Corp and Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
Alison Murawsky brings experience in business development, communications, and marketing to the YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors. As the Director of Marketing at Remai Modern, she has oversight for marketing, communications, guest experience, and retail operations for the museum. She has also been a long-time dance instructor, working with children of all ages at Sitter School of Dance. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing, she has worked in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. With a strong commitment to Saskatoon, Alison is looking forward to working with the Board to advance the interests of women and girls in this community. Alison joined the Board in 2018.
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.
Kathleen is a fundraising professional with DCG Philanthropic Services and has led multi-million-dollar campaigns alongside organizations such as Food Banks of Saskatchewan, Oxford House and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan which deepened her love of travel and grassroots development. Contributing to the community has always been important to Kathleen. She has dedicated her volunteer time to community-based, arts organizations, including PAVED Arts, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, and Business for the Arts, and looks forward to broadening this work with YWCA Saskatoon.
Heather is the Executive Vice-President of Human Resources at Affinity Credit Union. Heather joined Affinity in 2011 to lead Employee Services and has played an integral role in the strategic and operational aspects of workforce planning and recruitment since her arrival. In April 2019, she assumed the role of EVP, Human Resources and brings extensive experience in business and human resources to the leadership position. Heather is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in HR and Finance from the University of Saskatchewan, a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from Royal Roads University and a Strategic Workforce Planning Certificate from the Human Capital Institute. In her spare time, Heather enjoys being active in the community with her two daughters. She’s currently the board chair of the Saskatoon Friendship Inn and a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters mentorship program.
Rachael is a Program Manager at READ Saskatoon, overseeing Children’s and Family Literacy. Rachael has a BA in Community Education and over 15 years’ experience working with children, youth and families in non-profits and local government. In her career, Rachael has worked with people experiencing many challenges in their lives including addiction, homelessness, domestic abuse, and trauma. Rachael is passionate about equality, empowerment, and the advancement of women and girls and the work of YWCA Saskatoon is very close to Rachael’s heart having previously been a staff member, delegate, and Board member with YWCA Scotland and World YWCA.
Jocelyn is an experienced business professional who has focused her career on utilizing her professional skills to enhance our community through her work in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently the CFO at RUH Foundation and previously was the Director of Operations at United Way of Saskatoon and Area. Jocelyn has served on numerous boards and committees both at the local and national level and currently sits on TD Soccer Academy Board. She recently completed her four-year term as a member of the Not for Profit Advisory Committee of the Account Standards Board of Canada and previously served on the Finance Committee for the Saskatoon Community Service Village and on the Advisory Committee for the Governance and Leadership Development Practicum Course at Edwards School of Business. Over the last number of years, Jocelyn has spent many hours volunteering in various capacities to support her son and daughter’s activities. This has included being the team manager on multiple volleyball, baseball and soccer teams and helping to empower girls through sports by serving as a gender rep/ “bench mom” on her daughter’s soccer team.