SAISIA: Moving forward during COVID-19

An update from SAISIA regarding their support contacts during this fluid situation.

** A Message from SAISIA Executive Director, Ahmad Majid **

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all are doing well.

As we begin the new Fiscal Year and the COVID-19 situation becomes our new reality for the time being, I wanted to reassure you that SAISIA is here to support you in whatever way we possibly can.

We’ve had quite the staff shakeup at SAISIA regarding staffing structure and wanted to provide you all clarity on the format of the organization moving forward. We have 3 core positions to support the Saskatchewan Sector, those are :

SWIS Coordinator – Maryam Karimi <[email protected]>

- Supporting SWIS Programing in the province. This involves support, resources and professional development opportunities(in consultation with the SWIS Working Group) for SWIS Managers/Team-leads and front-line SWIS Staff as well as a SWIS Cluster Event which will be an opportunity for SWIS Providers to come and meet together in person to discuss best practices, common challenges and future direction.

Rural Coordinator – Bobby Ray <[email protected]>

- Supporting SPOs in the Small Centres through development and distribution of Small Centres Toolkit based on your feedback as a sector, regular check ups through face-to-face and teleconference meetings, and the 2nd Annual Small Centres Conference.

Urban Coordinator - Déborah Chevalier <[email protected]>

- Supporting Urban(Regina and Saskatoon SPOs) and Francophone based organizations in the province. While this position will not start until April 13th 2020, we are very excited to add bi-lingual capacity to the organization and to have Deborah join the team. The Urban Coordinator will be responsible for the RAP Data Collection, revamped format for the Working Groups, and overall support with resources, and face-to-face/teleconference meetings.

While we do have identified areas of support and workplan, we do understand your needs are fluid. We are prepared and ready to advocate on your behalf for emerging issues, and be flexible as needs change during the course of this fiscal year and beyond. We will be holding regular Professional Development opportunities for yourselves and your front-line staff in various areas, and will be working with the SK PD Advisory group for identifying relevant areas and topics. We are hoping to hold a SAISIA Summit sometime during this fiscal year, but planning for that is on hold for now due to COVID-19 realities.

All of us at SAISIA are very excited for the upcoming fiscal year (and beyond) to work together with all of you with the collective goal of continuing to elevate the settlement and integration services in our great province.

I wish you all the best, and let me know if you have absolutely any questions or concerns regarding any of this.

On behalf of the rest of the SAISIA team, thanks for all the great work you do on the front-line.

Take care and stay safe,

Ahmad Majid

Executive Director | SAISIA

#104 – 407 Ludlow Street Saskatoon | SK S7S 1P3

P: 306-651-4392 | E: [email protected]

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