On behalf of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (the “Corporation”) is called for and will be held at by Video Conference on the 26th day of June, 2020 at the hour of 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. for the following purposes:

  1. To receive the financial statement summary and Annual Report of the Corporation for the financial year ending March 31, 2020
  2. To elect Directors of the Corporation
  3. To re-appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year
  4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

To join us, please register at the following link:
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan 2020 Annual General Meeting

We will send out the Cisco Webex meeting ID to those who registered before the event.

JHSS is currently following their pandemic response plan for all programs. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure client and staff safety. At the same time, we want to ensure the communities we serve have the support they need. We are doing our best to provide service while ensuring everyone stays safe.

Below is an update on what is happening with our various programs.

Public Legal Counsel: Our Public Legal Counsel, Pierre Hawkins, is still offering assistance to inmates currently in prison while operating remotely. Pierre is no longer holding face to face meetings at the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, but continues to assist with discipline matters, administrative segregation, and security level designations through phone and in writing. Pierre is also leading our advocacy efforts for safety in prisons during the COVID-19 health crisis. 

ARC (Adults Reintegrating into Community): While continuing to operate, ARC is currently not holding any in person visits with clients. Staff are continuing to provide support through phone, text, and email to ensure clients have the help needed to access services. They continue to work with clients on staying healthy and whole, supporting their overall goal of successful reintegration into the community.

Institutional Support Phone Line: Continues to operate and offer support to inmates in need of information. Staff are offering supports to newly released inmates through phone, text, and email.

Fine Option and Community Service Order Program: This program has been suspended by the Government of Saskatchewan. Caseworkers in these programs are calling active clients to offer support and guidance on next steps. All clients have been given an extension for 6 months up to one year in cases where fines/orders have a large amount of hours. Caseworkers are still engaging work placement agencies to continue providing support as needed.

Cornerstone Relapse Prevention Program: Our 12-week relapse program in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert is currently on hold. We will resume providing this program as soon as we are able. 

Residential Programs (Saskatoon & Regina): Our housing programs continue to operate as we support residents, with necessary steps having been put in place to ensure the safety of staff and clients. Residents are being instructed to limit exposure, wash hands, clean regularly, and use social distancing as needed. Visitors are not allowed in homes until further notice. Additional cleanliness procedures have been put in place.

Supported Independent Living Program: Staff continue to offer support to youth through phone, text, and email. Staff are working with youth to limit exposure to others by not allowing visitors during this time.

Outreach: Staff continue to work with youth in crisis, offering support safely and as needed.

Cornerstone Drop-in (Regina & Moose Jaw): Closed until further notice. We hope to open to the public again as soon as it is safe to do so.

For more information, please contact one of our branches:

Provincial Office
Toll Free:  1-866-584-2115

Regina Branch
Toll Free:  1-888-757-6658

Saskatoon Branch
Toll Free:  1-877-244-8347

Moose Jaw Branch
Toll Free:  1-866-485-0777

Prince Albert Branch

A message from our CEO, Shawn Fraser, on our organizational response to COVID-19. Remember our motto, Saskatchewan: From many peoples, STRENGTH! Take care of each other.

This week, John Howard Societies across Canada are celebrating John Howard Society Week. It’s a chance to let people know a bit more about us and what we are all about. We are a national organization, but run independent branches across the country with a unified vision. Today, we want to take a moment to recognize our incredible volunteers, donors, and everyone who supports us. They are the heartbeat which allow us to do what we do!

Since we’ve opened Lulu’s Lodge, our LGBTQ2S+ transitional shelter for youth, people from the community have donated more than $25,000! This has helped us build and grow this program. The Sweetnsticky show hosts regular fundraisers to support this vision, and we are so grateful for this regular support. 100 Men Who Give A Damn – Saskatoon, a group of guys in the city who care and want to support local charities, came together and donated $6,000 to support our programming! There are countless others who have given whatever they can because they believe in the vision of a just society.

We have volunteers who help us with programs, and people who donate winter clothing and household items. They give us time and the literal clothes in their closets to ensure our clients have the support they need, and that our programs can run effectively. Volunteers in Moose Jaw work with our mediation program to provide healing and closure for victims of crime. Even those who cannot donate or volunteer show their support by advocating with us and supporting the mission and vision of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.

We are so grateful to everyone across Saskatchewan who supports the mission and vision of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.

We are incredibly grateful to Information Services Corporation for their generous donation of $1,000 to go towards Lulu’s Lodge. It was wonderful to meet Jane and Melissa from the ISC team, and we are so thankful for your support!

LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! Please only reserve a ticket if you are sure you can attend!

About this Event

The F-Word: Exploring Forgiveness (Register by clicking on the workshop title!)

Forgiveness is not a required component of restorative justice, but how can we help talk about it when it is a part of our own or our client’s experience?

In this hands-on workshop, group activities, story-telling and personal reflection exercises are designed to connect each person to his or her own story and their work with people affected by crime to explore forgiveness. A circle format enables all participants to share equally and also offers transferable tools that practitioners can use when working with clients coping with harm, victimization and offending.

Participants are invited to explore some common misconceptions about forgiveness, understand for themselves what it means and doesn’t mean, the role of apology, what self-forgiveness is about, and what to do in situations without remorse or the potential for dialogue.

Shannon also shares her personal story. She tells the story of her husband’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and the insights she gained about justice, healing and the relationship between the two as she struggled to triumph over tragedy.

Coffee & lunch will be provided!

Event Schedule:

  • 10-10:30am: Coffee & Networking
  • 10:30-12pm: Presentation
  • 12-12:45pm: Lunch
  • 12:45-4pm: Presentation

Event co-sponsored by John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, Street Culture Project, United Way Regina, and YWCA Regina.