Board of Directors
The SHFS Board of Directors is composed of between 5 and 14 members. The Board meets three times a year, usually in October, March, and June.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Danielle Bird, Director
My name is Danielle Bird. I am a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta with significant familial ties to Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. I am a current Graduate Student in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, studying issues in Canadian criminal justice. My research challenges historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous women in the Prairie Provinces in ways that seek to empower growing Indigenous demographics in Saskatchewan.
Stephanie Danyluk, Vice President
Stephanie Danyluk works in the field of history, with a focus on community-based research related to Indigenous oral histories, land use, and land claims, as well as policy related to governance. She has an MA in History from the University of Saskatchewan. Other historical pursuits include a podcast project on local mysteries in the Saskatoon area. She grew up in Saskatchewan, and her white settler roots include Ukrainian and Doukhobour ties to the Garlic Curtain of the Saskatchewan parklands.
Jessica DeWitt, Director
Jessica DeWitt is a child of the Pennsylvania woods cast into the Saskatchewan prairie. She completed her PhD in the History Department at the University of Saskatchewan in 2019. Jessica is Social Media Editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE), and the former editor of SHFS's Folklore magazine. She studies comparative American and Canadian environmental history. A park scholar and enthusiast, her dissertation is a comparative history of Canadian provincial parks and American state parks, focusing on Idaho, Alberta, Ontario, and Pennsylvania.
Mandy Fehr, Director
Mandy Fehr is a researcher, educator and facilitator with 10+ years of experience in community engaged research and intercultural work, particularly with Indigenous and Immigrant/Refugee communities. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Saskatchewan and currently works as a Public Engagement Consultant for the City of Saskatoon.
Frank Garritty, Past President
Born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan, Frank Garritty was an active teacher from 1967 to 1983. After being President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation from 1983 to 1985, he served as Canadian Teachers’ Federation President from 1985 to 1987. After a return to teaching, Frank became Executive Assistant at the STF, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. In 2005 he received the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Special Recognition Award that honours teacher leaders who promote the teaching profession and, by extension, public education. Since his retirement, he has continued his involvement at the international level as part of CTF’s Social Development Education Program (SODEP).
Hugh Henry, President
Hugh grew up in Shamrock, SK. He has worked in the museum sector, as a professional and a volunteer, for the past thirty years. He has also been a teacher and a carpenter, and has an active interest in the visual arts. Hugh has given numerous public presentations of the Baker slides and is convenor of the Historic Trails program. In 2015, Hugh initiated the first Trails Walk, an initiative to walk 350 km in 20 days along the Wood Mountain - Fort Walsh North West Mounted Police Trail. The walk began on July 18 at the Wood Mountain Post Historical Site and was completed at Fort Walsh National Historic Site on August 7th.
Reggie Newkirk, Director
Reggie Newkirk grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force in the 1960s to escape the draft. After his tour in the U.S.A.F he attended the University of Wyoming and after one and a half years in 1968, he moved to Alberta, Canada. Mr. Newkirk attended and graduated from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, with a degree in history and philosophy. Soon afterward, Mr. Newkirk embarked on a career devoted to the protection of human rights. For seventeen years he served extensively in this field working for federal, provincial and territorial human rights commissions. He worked in the areas of: Native rights, as executive director of the Yukon Human Rights Commission; labour relations, as the Assistant Director of the Human Rights Branch of the Ministry of Labour in British Columbia; as Western Regional Director of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Vancouver; and family violence prevention as the Executive Director of the B.C. Institute on Family Violence; Coordinator of Race Relations with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He is also a volunteer with the Regina Restorative Measures Program, All Nations Hope AIDS Network, SaskCulture Inc., Lumsden Lions’ Club, a Councillor with the Lumsden Town Council and a number of other community-based organizations.
Currently, Mr. Newkirk runs his own consulting company, Parity Consulting, in Lumsden, Saskatchewan where one of his chief activities is the spearheading of the very successful Institute for Healing Racism workshops with colleague, journalist and educator Nathan Rutstein. After 4 years refining the process of the Institute, Mr. Newkirk and Mr. Rutstein co-authored a guide to this process, "Racial Healing: The Institutes for the Healing of Racism". Together, they have facilitated more than 40 two-day introductory sessions in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Michigan, Maine and New York City. Mr. Newkirk is considered to be among Canada's top human rights and race relation experts. Because of his ability to handle challenging issues with sensitivity, care and humor, Mr. Newkirk is sought after as a public motivational and inspirational speaker by many different organizations, businesses and groups.
Michelle Taylor, Director
Born and raised in Neepawa, Manitoba; Michelle attended Brandon University completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree majoring in Anthropology. In 2008, Michelle and her husband relocated to Prince Albert, and the following spring started work for the Prince Albert Historical Society. Michelle has worked in different capacities for the Society, first as a summer student, winter collections assistant, program manager and since 2011 Manager/Curator. As Manager/Curator, Michelle is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Society’s four museums, collections management activities including training volunteers, maintaining the Past Perfect database, and screening new donations to the Historical Society, among a multitude of other duties.
Michelle was also on the SHFS board from 2011 to 2013, but left the board to start a family. Michelle lives in Holbein, with her husband, two boys Alex and Graham, and dogs Sadie and Whiz.
Cheryl Troupe, Director
My research centres on twentieth century Métis communities in Western Canada, merging Indigenous research methodologies with Historical Geographic Information Systems to focus on the intersections of land, gender, kinship and stories. Much of this work focuses on mapping and the multi-faceted roles of Métis women in their families and communities and the significance of female kinship relationships in structuring these communities. I currently have office space in the Arts Tower and work from the Historical Geographic Information Systems Laboratory in Kirk Hall.
I have worked within my community for over twenty years in the areas of historical and community-based research, curriculum development, community engagement, advocacy and health policy and program planning. I am Métis, originally from north-central Saskatchewan, a citizen of the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan and a member of Gabriel Dumont Local #11 in Saskatoon.
Courtney Tuck-Goetz, Director
Courtney Tuck-Goetz, B.A. (Hons.), (History & Classical, Medieval Renaissance Studies, University of Saskatchewan) is the Education & Public Programs Coordinator for the Saskatoon Western Development Museum. Courtney joined the Western Development Museum’s staff in 2018 and previously worked at the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan for five years. During her time at the Museum of Antiquities, she held the positions of Assistant Curator, Education Coordinator, and Community Outreach Coordinator. Courtney will be completing her master’s degree in History at the University of Saskatchewan this Summer with her thesis titled “Femina Furiosa: Female Arena Performers and their Roles in Ancient Roman Spectacle”.
Courtney has served as a board member for The Heritage Festival since 2018. She has also been a board member, organizer, program facilitator, and mentor for Girls Rock Saskatoon for the past six years and is committed to the empowerment of local youth through music and creativity that is fostered in their programming.
Courtney loves being a museum educator because it allows her to be able to teach and interact with learners of all ages and skill levels. Courtney believes learning about history is an integral part of understanding the human experience and that history should be accessible for everyone.