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Executive Director

Karen Robson has been The Princess Shop's full-time Executive Director since January 2013.

Karen originally joined the team in late August of 2012 as Director of Operations before becoming Executive Director in January 2013. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing with Honours and Distinction, at the Edwards School of Business in December 2012. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Karen conducted research concerning volunteerism and the nonprofit sector in completion of the Bachelor of Commerce Honours program. Her research examined the impact of relationship-building efforts on volunteers in terms of commitment. She has applied her research findings and knowledge to her role at The Princess Shop.

In 2005-2006, Karen was a participant in the youth volunteer service program, Katimavik. During that time, she contributed nine months of full-time volunteer work in communities across Canada. Having been a committed volunteer herself, Karen's passion for the nonprofit sector and volunteerism, creativity, and ability to encourage the volunteer team ensures that The Princess Shop will continue its current momentum and growth.

Currently, Karen serves as a volunteer on the Board of Directors at Recess Guardians.

Volunteer Team

Fairy Godmother Program Coordinator

Susan Winmill was born and raised on a farm outside of Saskatoon, Susan is currently pursuing a Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business, majoring in accounting. When Susan is not in class or volunteering, she can often be found cheering on Huskie Athletic teams, impulse shopping, playing piano, or watching Grey’s Anatomy. Susan is delighted to be one of the coordinators of The Fairy Godmother Program and is excited to see how the program can continue to evolve this year. Susan has always been passionate about making her own dreams come true and hopes to help others feel the same way in their lives. 

Next Chapter Program Coordinator 

Robyn Kerr was born and raised in Saskatoon, Robyn finished her degree at Edwards School of Business in 2014 with a Management degree, focusing on Human Resources. She is currently working part time as a bartender and looking for the right career fit for her life.  When Robyn isn’t working or volunteering, you’ll find her around town checking out the new hot spots with her friends.  She is looking forward to making a difference in as many young women’s lives as possible as the Next Chapter Program Coordinator.

Communications Coordinator

Sarah Clark was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK and received her Public Relations Diploma from the University of Victoria in June of 2016. In her spare time she enjoys taking various dog training classes with any of her four dogs, trying out new baking recipes and trying new things - like horseback riding lessons! Sarah is very excited to be the Communications Coordinator at The Princess Shop and is looking forward to working alongside such a wonderful team of ladies! 

Fundraising Coordinator 

Bonnie Chen was raised in Humboldt, SK before moving to Saskatoon to pursue an education in business. She is currently a 4th year Edwards School of Business student working towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring Human Resources. After her experience with various non-profit organizations, Bonnie developed a strong sense of devotion to the community and helping others improve their quality of life. Coming from immigrant parents, she is among the first generation on both sides of her family to be born and raised in Canada. She hopes to be able to help others, the same way her parents were helped when they first moved to this country. In addition to these passions, Bonnie loves to travel, read, and spend quality time with her friends and family. Bonnie is honoured to be representing The Princess Shop in the role of the Fundraising Coordinator and looks forward to assisting young women reach their full potential and drive.

Volunteer Representatives

Morgan McEachernMorgan McEachern grew up in Lanigan, Saskatchewan and moved to Saskatoon in 2013 after high school graduation to attend the University of Saskatchewan.

She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business. Morgan is currently working for the University of Saskatchewan's Science Outreach Program teaching Math and Science concepts in community schools in Saskatoon. She is passionate about making a positive impact in the community and is looking forward to working with The Princess Shop team. 

Kelsey Slack moved to the big city of Saskatoon from a small town in 2013 and is currently enrolled at the Edwards School of Business, pursuing a degree in commerce with a major in Management. 

When she is not busy studying or volunteering, you will probably find her camping and swimming during the short summer months and snowboarding all winter. She looks forward to working with the wonderful, hardworking and passionate ladies at The Princess Shop, while helping young women achieve their goals and dreams!

Sarah Doepker - Born and raised in Humboldt, SK, Sarah moved to Saskatoon in 2012 to attend the University of Saskatchewan.  She is currently working towards obtaining her degree in Human Resources at the Edwards School of Business.  Sarah enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, taking part in sports, and relaxing with a good book.  She has also spent the past 10 years coaching soccer to the female youth in Humboldt and truly believes in empowering young women of all demographics to develop and grow into strong women.  She hopes to apply her knowledge from previous volunteer experiences at The Princess Shop and is excited to be a part of the team! 

April Daoust-Bio coming soon!

Glass Slipper Benefit Team

Glass Slipper Benefit Coordinator

Maggie Lens - Bio coming soon!


Board of Directors

Alexandra Archer was born and raised in Saskatoon. After completing high school, she spent a few years in Vancouver attending film school and working in the film industry before moving home to Saskatoon to begin the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Edwards School of Business.  As part of her degree, Alex had the opportunity to take part in the Governance and Leadership Development Practicum (GLDP), during which she got practical governance experience as an intern withThe Princess Shop’s Board of Directors. After completing her degree in the summer of 2016, Alex began working with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. as a Supply Chain Systems Analyst. Alex is passionate about giving back to her community, and volunteers with Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH), as well as annually with the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. She is excited and honoured to have the opportunity to continue working with The Princess Shop as a board member. In her spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with friends and family and being active at the lake, gym, or on the soccer field.

Kayla Brien Bio coming soon!

Leah Hientz obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business in 2008 and her Chartered Accountant designation in 2010. Leah is currently a manager with Ernst and Young LLP in Saskatoon where she focuses primarily on small business and has a passion for entrepreneurship.  Leah also has a passion for fitness working part-time as personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Leah strongly believes in giving back to our community and also serves as the treasurer for the Saskatoon Road Runners Association.

Brian Hoessler is the founder and Connector-in-Chief of Strong Roots Consulting, a Saskatoon-based firm that provides research, development, and evaluation support to non-profit organizations. Born and raised in Winnipeg (though he downplays this fact during the CFL season), he has lived in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Kingston (Ontario) before moving to Saskatoon in 2012. While in Kingston, Brian worked for a after-school support program for high school students at risk of not graduating: there he saw first-hand how encouragement and support can help build a sense of confidence that enables students to succeed. His hope is that by volunteering on the Princess Shop's board of directors, he can help the organization continue to thrive and support more students in Saskatchewan. In his spare time, Brian volunteers on the board of the Friends of the Broadway Theatre, plays trombone in the Saskatoon Community Band, and enjoys spending time with his partner Carolyn and their pug Gizmo.

Blayre Joa was born and raised in Saskatoon and obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008, and her CPA, CA designation in 2011. Blayre has a background in audit and mining, and is currently the Director of Finance and Administration at Regency Advisory Corporation where she focuses on strategic direction in all facets of the Company. Blayre has enjoyed volunteering for the Princess Shop in the past, including her involvement with the pilot of the Fairy Godmother program. Blayre enjoys spending time with her friends and family and working with animal centered charities such as Saskatoon’s annual “Pets in the Park” event.

Tischa Mason, originally from Prince Albert moved to Saskatoon in 1993.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce she spent time working in Switzerland for a non-profit organization before returning to Saskatoon.  Tischa is currently the Executive Director for the non-profit organization called the Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute (SFNFCI).  SFNFCI conducts research for areas impacting child welfare services and programs and provides culturally relevant training and support that are based on First Nations values and  practices for child welfare workers.  Tischa has nearly 20 years marketing and human resources experience working in the past for other non-profit organizations such as the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming AuthorityFirst Nations University of Canada, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park.  Tischa has served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Leadership Saskatoon, and the West Central Tourism Authority.  Tischa also sat on the Grants Committee for the Saskatoon Community Foundation

Shawna Nelson is a sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry who has worked with many major brands in the hotel market.  Through her strategic leadership, she has developed engaged and passionate teams, delivering effective results in sales, marketing, while maintaining market share in a competitive and growing marketplace. Shawna’s board involvement includes:  Lawson Heights Home and School Association and School Community Council, Past Chair Saskatoon Women’s Network, Member of the NationalConvention Advisory Board with Tourism Saskatoon, Past Board Member of Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Chair of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and is the Co-Chair of the Youth, Education, Entrepreneurship and Training Expert committee.  In addition, she is the hostess of Shaken with a Twist a Business Women’s Networking event put on by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan and Volunteer Chair for the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards. She has a passion for golf and relaxing at the family cabin at Candle Lake and recently has been enjoying being a “swim mom,” as her daughter is a competitive swimmer with the Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club.   

Shelley Novakoski has been a member of the Saskatoon business community for many years, owning and managing Salon Pure over the past 12 years. A hairstylist for over 28 years, Shelley has been twice named Saskatchewan Stylist of the Year. Although born and raised in Saskatoon, Shelley has extensive international travelling experience by professionally coordinating hair shows across North America and taking personal expeditions in different locales. She is always happy to return home to Saskatoon.

Shelley is an active volunteer and serves the community in many areas. Previously, Shelley served as a board member for Persephone Theatre (4 years), YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Committee (4 years total and committee chair for 3 years), and Habitat for Humanity. Shelley is currently serving as a board member of Nutana Collegiate Millie's Daycare and the Jacoby Center.

Brittany Walter obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, her Masters in Professional Accounting in 2009 and her CA designation in 2009. Brittany is currently an audit manager at KPMG LLP in Saskatoon where she has over 7 years of experience leading audit engagement teams with a focus on the Canadian Mining Industry. Brittany has been involved with The Princess Shop for over 4 years as a volunteer for the Fairy Godmother Program as a mentor to a previous Princess Graduate. Brittany also works with the faculty of Edwards School of Business' Hanlon Center of International Studies to bring multiple seminars on international topics.

 

Past Board Members

Leah Bitternose, Bitternose Law

Shari Bedient, entrepreneur

Pat Cook, SIGA

Isobel Findlay, University of Saskatchewan

Kelly Gould, WMCZ

Lisa Helgason, Catholic Family Services

Claude Hounjet, KPMG LLP

Tracy Kendel, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Fairway Divorce Solutions

Monica Kreuger, Global Infobrokers

Dr. Dee Dee (Shirley) Maltman, 8th St. Mediclinic

Paul Magnuson, PK Sound (Calgary, AB)

Silvia Martini, Interlink Research Inc.

Jennifer Mason, Prairie School Division

Bernie Ness, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA)

Maria Rideout, Lloydminster Catholic School Division

Ainsley Robertson, co-founder The Princess Shop, Clio HQ (Vancouver, BC)

Rashelle Sarauer, MNP LLP

Kezia Sonntag, Concentra Financial

Alixandra Stoicheff, MLT LLP

Bobbi Taylor, artist

Wanda Underhill, Rouge Gallery

Sara Wheelwright, Trusted Saskatoon

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12 - 1622 Ontario Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1S8
t: 306-222-3311

Karen Robson, Executive Director

Office Hours:
Mondays: 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 6pm
Tuesdays: 9am - 1pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 8pm

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