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.
2021-2022 Board of Directors
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.
Joey Donnelly, Director
Joey Donnelly is a folklorist, journalist and cultural consultant on Treaty 4 territory. He graduated with a MA in Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland and lives on a farm near Herbert, Saskatchewan. Joey has a lot of experience working with non-profit organizations, including reviving Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre. For the past five years, he worked in the immigration settlement sector, building inclusivity with community programming. Last year, Joey contributed a piece to the special edition of Folklore Magazine, Covid-19 Culture: A Living Heritage Project of the Pandemic in Saskatchewan. He is currently preparing a report about Intangible Culture Heritage for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan.
Mike Fedyk, Director
Mike is from Mossbank, Saskatchewan where he grew up on the family farm. He holds Bachelors degrees in Arts and Education and an Honours certificate and Masters degree in History. He has worked primarily in communications, event management and youth leadership. Mike joined the SHFS in 2003 and has contributed a few articles to Folklore and initiated a series of historic festivals along the NWMP Trail in 2009. He currently works in Communications with the Sun West School Division.
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.
Florence Hwang, Director
For the past several years, Florence Hwang has been a Regina-based Folklore contributor. She has written about her family history (Chinese restaurants and laundromats) in the province and other topics including the Battleford Government House fire and the beginnings of Regina improvisational theatre. Since she has a background in history, librarianship and journalism, she enjoys discovering under-represented historic stories, such as Yee Clun’s fight to hire white women as part of the Lost Stories series (affiliated with Canada’s 150th celebration). She is keen to be part of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society Board.
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.