Who is STOPS to Violence? Why do people get involved? Take a look at these video interviews to learn more from our members and supporters across the province.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Growing Collaborative Partnerships
STOPS to Violence has been in Saskatchewan for over 25 years, with a focus on collaborative partnerships, information sharing and relationship building. Tracy Knutson, Provincial Coordinator for STOPS, shares more about the collaborative model and growing provincial network.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)
The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) has 21 member agencies, which run Transition Houses, Second Stage Shelters, and Counselling & Support Centres in communities across Saskatchewan. The role of PATHS is to provide integrated, collaborative support for PATHS members who work with individuals directly or indirectly exposed to violence, and to provide research, program development, public awareness and education on personal and family violence in Saskatchewan. Jo-Anne Dusel, Executive Director of PATHS, shares more about the partnership between PATHS and STOPS to Violence.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Thomas Roy
‘Tansi!’ That’s what you will hear when you meet Thomas (TJ) Roy, Community Social Development Program Co-ordinator from the Northern Village of Ile a la Crosse. TJ has been a STOPS to Violence member for several years and serves as the Cultural/Spiritual advisor for the Engaging Young Leaders project in that region.
In our interview with TJ, he talks about his experience with building partnerships through the STOPS network and how this has benefited his community.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism
The members who are involved in the STOPS to Violence network are varied and diverse. We have the benefit of hearing about the needs of older adults through the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, whose role in the province is to bring together Saskatchewan seniors’ organizations for the purpose of contributing to a better quality of life for seniors.
Holly Schick is the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism. In our interview with her, she speaks to the work of their organization and how they continue to be involved in the STOPS network. Hear more from Holly!
The STOPS to Violence Network: Envision Counselling and Support Centre
Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides therapeutic counselling and support, crisis intervention, in-home services, groups, workshops, and education that help individuals, families, and couples to feel empowered and content. Envision provides services in the south east area of Saskatchewan with offices in Weyburn, Estevan and Carlyle.
Juli Dzuba works as an Outreach Coordinator with Envision. In our interview with Juli, hear more about the benefits of being part of the STOPS to Violence partnership.
The STOPS to Violence Network: North of 54 Promoting Violence Free Communities
The North of 54 Promoting Violence Free Communities is a group of passionate people who work to provide education and support for violence prevention work in the far north west area of Saskatchewan. Sandra Pelletier has been involved in both North of 54 and STOPS to Violence for many years. Hear more about Sandra's role in her region, and how her connection to STOPS benefits her work.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Saskatchewan SPCA
As the provincial voice on animal welfare, Saskatchewan SPCA is works in cooperation with partners to make a real and lasting difference in the welfare of companion animals and livestock in Saskatchewan. As Executive Director Frances Wach often shares, ‘When people are abused, animals are at risk. When animals are abused, people are at risk.’ The Saskatchewan SPCA became involved with the STOPS to Violence network to build relationships and partnerships to work together to address the link between human and animal abuse. Learn more about what the Saskatchewan SPCA has gained through their involvement with STOPS!
The STOPS to Violence Network: Engaging Young Leaders
Young people in Saskatchewan are key to creating change in our province. Liz Durocher is a STOPS member from the northwest region of Saskatchewan who works with youth in her area. In our interview with Liz, she speaks to the importance of awareness, partnerships and supporting youth in our province and how her involvement with STOPS enhances her work. Hear more from Liz!
The STOPS to Violence Network: The Ministry of Justice
One of the roles that STOPS plays is providing a link between community and government. The Ministry of Justice has been actively involved with STOPS to Violence since it was first created 26 years ago. Betty Ann Pottruff works with the Ministry of Justice as Senior Advisor for Corporate Initiatives, Performance and Planning. In our interview with her, she offers her thoughts on the role of STOPS to Violence and the value of collaboration and partnership.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Kids Matter!
Kids Matter! So do our staff! Over the years, STOPS to Violence has been fortunate to have many skilled, passionate people serving as staff for the organization. One of these individuals is Christina Phipps Kante. Christina has been instrumental in the development of the Kids Matter children’s abuse prevention education program. In our interview with her, she shares more about the Kids Matter program and what working with STOPS to Violence means to her. Hear more about Christina’s work with us.
The STOPS to Violence Network: Benefits of Membership
People become involved with STOPS to Violence for a wide variety of reasons. Organizations can benefit through opportunities to build and improve relationships and networks with others across the province through information sharing, events and promotion. Community volunteers join STOPS to connect with people who are doing similar work and for supportive relationships. STOPS also facilitates a forum for collaboration between sectors such as government and community.
Rosemary Torjussen has been involved with STOPS to Violence for over 20 years. In our interview with her, we learn about what she values about the STOPS network and her involvement. Check out our interview with Rosemary.
The STOPS to Violence Network: North East Outreach and Support Services
North East Outreach and Support Services (NEOSS) is located in Melfort and works to enhance the safety and wellness and nurtures personal growth of individuals and families affected by domestic and sexualized violence in North Eastern Saskatchewan. Hear more about NEOSS and the benefits of their involvement with STOPS to Violence in our interview with Louise Schweitzer.
The STOPS to Violence Network: OUTSaskatoon
We are often asked about who the members of STOPS to Violence are. Our province wide network is made up of community organizations, government partners, service providers and individuals from across the province. We share the common vision of a healthy, vibrant Saskatchewan where all people are valued equally and live free from violence and abuse.
One of our member organizations is OUTSaskatoon. OUTSaskatoon builds community for LGBTQ2S+ people of all ages and backgrounds. They provide peer support and counselling, queer-specific education and resources, outreach, social gatherings and events, community referrals, and sexual health services. In addition, they operate Pride Home, a long-term home for LGBTQ2S+ youth ages 16-21. Through these programs OUTSaskatoon supports body, mind and spirit within a growing and changing community. Hear more about OUTSaskatoon and the benefits of their involvement with STOPS to Violence in our interview with April Nachvatel.
The Vision: So All Can Live a Safe, Secure and Valued Life
The first vision statement for STOPS to Violence was developed in 1994. At that time, the vision of STOPS was ‘People working together in a different and more productive way for the purpose of eliminating violence and abuse for the individual, the family, the community and the nation so that all can live a safe, secure and valued life.’ This hasn’t changed over the years!
Throughout these early years, the group worked on developing a model of partnership and eventually refined one based on the Aboriginal Circle of Life paradigm. This foundation is central to the processes used by STOPS in that it stresses the value of the whole human being as well as the range of needs of the organization, including mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs. This approach also allows the collective to be fluid in its response to the needs of its members. Ken Crawford has played many roles with STOPS to Violence over the years, including community member, Tasks Committee member and Provincial Coordinator. Learn more about the value of the STOPS structure and process in our interview with Ken.
The STOPS Partnership: Child Find Saskatchewan
The STOPS to Violence partnership is made up of community organizations, government partners, service providers and individuals from across the province. We share the common vision of a healthy, vibrant Saskatchewan where all people are valued equally and live free from violence and abuse.
One of the early members of STOPS to Violence was Child Find Saskatchewan. Child Find Saskatchewan is a provincial, charitable organization that educates and advocates for the protection and rights of children and youth. Child Find also promotes awareness of the issues related to missing persons. Phyllis Hallat, President of Child Find Saskatchewan, describes how being involved with the STOPS to Violence partnership supports their work in our interview with her.
From Our Members
Collaboration with members from across the province is the cornerstone of how STOPS to Violence works. Hear more about how collaboration with STOPS to Violence benefits our members.
A New Way of Working: Partnerships and Relationships
In 1992, a group of concerned people came together to find a way to work differently to address interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan. From this early vision, the Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence (PPCFV) was born. The purpose was to develop an approach to facilitate community and government working together to establish priorities and action plans aimed toward the elimination of violence in Saskatchewan. This approach was a new way of working and required a strong vision from the people who were driving this change. Deanna Elias Henry was the initiator of this vision and carried it forward to build what we now know as STOPS to Violence. Learn more about the beginnings of STOPS to Violence in our interview with Deanna.
In the Beginning: Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence
Twenty-five years ago, a small group of people had a vision of working differently to address interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan. This work recognized that, historically, government and community worked in isolation to find solutions to family violence. The Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence (PPCFV) was developed as an approach to facilitate government and community working together to establish priorities and plan towards the elimination of violence in Saskatchewan. The PPCFV was the origins of what has grown to become STOPS to Violence. Several key people were involved in this early work, one of whom is Becky Wentzell. Learn more about STOPS to Violence in the early years in this interview with Becky!