During Restorative Justice Week, we are highlighting community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Helen Smith-McIntrye has been a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised and downtrodden throughout her life. We’ve chosen to honour her as we’ve seen her efforts to bring justice to the people we serve and the communities she is part of.

Helen Smith-McIntyre

Helen spent 20 years employed in the field at Saskatoon Community Mediation Services, living the philosophy of restorative justice by putting it into practice each and every day. She continues to follow that passion for mediation work as a volunteer with St. Thomas Wesley United Church, where she helps to facilitate a Restorative Justice circle.

Helen also has a passion for supporting refugees, having spent time as Chair of the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and as a trainer with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. Helen has also spent time as Chair of the Saskatchewan Restorative Justice Network, leading and coordinating efforts to bring Restorative Justice principles and practices to our Province. She has also worked with Amnesty International, a global non-profit focused on fighting injustice and for human rights.

Saskatchewan would not be what it is without Helen Smith-McIntyre. Thank you, Helen, for all that you mean to our Province and the city of Saskatoon!

During Restorative Justice Week, we are highlighting community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Today, we are pleased to recognize the husband and wife team of Richard (not pictured) and Susan Ulmer of Susan Ulmer Addiction Services. They run one of our key partner agencies in Regina, connecting clients to support when they are ready to address their addiction issues. SUAS is a 22-Day Intensive Outpatient Treatment program. This program is designed to allow clients to attend school, work or look after their families. This program deals with your guilts and resentments, drinking and using history, and the cost of your addiction. The Outpatient program is followed by a 20-hour Relapse Prevention Program. This program is designed to deal with people, places, and things that can take the client back out using. Their mission is to provide confidential, compassionate treatment and to allow clients the ability to heal and become a proactive member of society.

Richard and Susan support our mutual clients free of charge through their Addiction and Relapse Prevention programming! The way they support their clients is remarkable. Richard and Susan are very professional and caring individuals. They create great relationships with the people they serve and we regularly hear how well everyone is treated during their time with this agency! They have not stopped serving their clients throughout this pandemic, recognizing how important it is for their clients to get the counseling and support that they offer!

We have partnered with them in our Liberty Lodge Justice Housing program, connecting clients to their services, as well as offering space in our housing program for their clients. Richard and Susan are amazing people that offer so much for the community and very much deserve praise for the work they do. Thank you Richard and Susan Ulmer!

During Restorative Justice Week, we want to highlight community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Edna Bruce has lived in Prince Albert her entire life. She has been married to her husband Jim for 43 years, and has 3 children that are all grown up, along with 13 grandkids and 2 great grandkids!

Edna Bruce

She has worked at the YWCA Prince Albert for 32 years and has been managing the Our House program the past 13 years. Edna is such an asset to the community of Prince Albert. She works with those living in homelessness and offers her support and guidance to those in need of housing. Edna is kind, caring, and fair. She is a generous soul who has a heart of gold, and shares this with everyone she meets.

Thank you for being a champion for Restorative Justice, Edna! You are very deserving of this recognition, and are grateful to call you a partner of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan!

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