We promote improved understanding of pain, Saskatchewan-based pain research, and clinical practice improvements that impact people living with pain.
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SaskPain’s Governance & structure
Read about the governance, organizational structure, and funding of SaskPain.
SaskPain is governed and endeavors to fulfill its mission through the contributions of its volunteer Board of Directors. The board is led by two co-chairs, supported by a secretary and treasurer. There are a maximum of 15 board members. Board members play an active role in the activities of SaskPain. They are Saskatchewan residents and consist of members of the community, business owners, people with lived experience of chronic pain, healthcare providers, and researchers. As SaskPain grows and becomes further established, hired staff will carry out SaskPain’s mission and develop the organization. To apply to be a member of the board, email an application form to email@example.com and an updated resume or curriculum vitae. SaskPain has been incorporated as a Saskatchewan Non-profit – Charitable under the Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995 since April 30, 2018. Funding for the board is obtained through donations from private individuals, corporations, or publicly funded grants. SaskPain does not accept funding from pharmaceutical industries or corporations manufacturing medical devices.
History of SaskPain
Learn about the origins and development of SaskPain.
The development of the Saskatchewan Pain Society Incorporated (SaskPain) was nurtured by the vision of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) Pain Management Professional Practice Group (PPG).
One of the objectives of the PPG was to promote the creation of a provincial pain strategy. As a result of a resolution passed at the May 2014 SRNA Annual General Meeting, the SRNA (now the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan) assisted the PPG to partner with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan to host the first key stakeholder meeting for a provincial pain strategy. This event could be seen as the moment when SaskPain began to emerge. A second focused key stakeholder meeting was held in conjunction with the 2016 provincial pain conference. The Saskatchewan Pain Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in May of 2018.
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Board of Directors
Meet the volunteer board members behind SaskPain.
Our Board of Directors is a committed group of individuals with various backgrounds related to health and pain. Read our stories below.
Susan Tupper, PT, PhD, is the Strategy Consultant for Pain Quality Improvement and Research for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She is a licensed physical therapist with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatrics. Susan holds adjunct faculty positions with the Department of Pediatrics and the Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Susan practiced clinically in both in-patient acute care and out-patient settings. Susan’s current role with the Saskatchewan Health Authority includes knowledge translation, program planning, policy writing, research, and education for healthcare providers, trainees, and the public. Susan is co-chair of the Board of Directors of SaskPain.
Ross McCreery is a patient and advocate fighting to raise awareness and create change for those living with chronic pain. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a rare disease called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) that has no cure and very few treatments for the debilitating chronic pain. Ross is the founder of CRPS Awareness Day in Saskatchewan, an initiative designed to educate and raise awareness for the disease. He is also involved with advocacy groups across Canada and the U.S. In his role with SaskPain, Ross contributes through sharing experiences of people living with pain and the creation of the newsletter. Ross is a patient partner.
Alexandria Pavelich is a Saskatoon-based patient partner and graduate student researcher. Her academic specialization focuses on the social dimensions of psychological and physiological pain, as well as exploring innovative, integrative, and complementary treatments for chronic conditions. Prior to university, Alexandria was an assistant in orthopaedics and pediatrics for the SHA, and she holds a diverse administrative background having worked in educational, legal, and publishing settings. In 2019, she completed her BA (Hons) in Medical Sociology at YorkU in Toronto and is currently a SSHRC-funded graduate student at USask conducting research through the Office of One Health & Wellness. Her advocacy for improved pain care stems from her lived experience of struggling to get diagnoses and treatment for her own complex pain conditions (see her “Lived Experience” story on the website), and she hopes her empirical research will help inform the development of trauma-informed care policies and practices within the province.
Paul Mitchell, BScPT, is a physiotherapist at Wascana Rehabilitation Center in Regina working with people who have persistent pain and people with lower limb loss. He developed a special interest in the area of persistent pain recovery and how it relates to physical activity after moving to a tertiary level treatment center in 2012 and taking courses taught by Neil Pearson (Pain Care Yoga), and Greg Lehman (Biomechanics and pain). He has worked in many different settings in both acute and outpatient care. He has taken steps towards joining the Canadian Pain Task Force and is working with the Opioid Stewardship Program to create a provincial chronic pain pathway here in Saskatchewan. He is the father of two boys who keep him busy with diving and hockey but he still has some time to sneak away to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and snowboarding in the Rockies.
Kelly is a clinical pharmacist with the Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service and Medication Information Consultant with medSask at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2002 at the University of Saskatchewan. She started her career as a community pharmacist with Shoppers Drug Mart and then transitioned to work as a hospital pharmacist in the former Saskatoon Health Region. Kelly joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. Additionally, Kelly provides consultant pharmacy services at the FIT for Active Living Program at Saskatoon City Hospital.
Throughout a 35 year nursing career, Cathy Jeffery, RN(retired), PhD, has worked in acute, community, palliative and long term care in addition to nursing and continuing education. Cathy also has experience in health care management, policy and procedure development and program planning and evaluation. Cathy is committed to interprofessional approaches and the incorporation of input from patients/clients/residents and their families to improve health system function and health care delivery that is linked to quality outcomes. Cathy is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a pain strategy that will benefit citizens of Saskatchewan. Cathy is chair of the Education working group with SaskPain.
Karen Juckes is a professor with the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing. Karen has practiced in a variety of roles over the past 30 years including acute care nursing, clinical nursing education and undergraduate education. Karen’s research interests include pain management, interprofessional education, pediatric health, and clinical facilitation. Karen received her BScN from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984, her MN from University of Saskatchewan in 2001 and her PhD in education from the University of Regina in 2022. Karen is the President of the College of Registered Nurses Saskatchewan (CRNS) Professional Practice Group in pain management. She is currently engaged in community based participatory research (CBPR) with patient partners, where the aim is to improve pain management in Saskatchewan.
Tracy Bertram is the Executive Director of the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan. Previous roles have included Director, Fee for Service and Statistics with the Ministry of Health, and Director Physician Strategy and Quality with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.Her twenty year career in health care/human services, has included 10 years with the Ministry of Social Services, and three years as an appointed Board member of the Five Hills Health Region. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Healthcare Administration from the U of S, and a Certificate in Quality Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.
Mark Labrecque is a chiropractor practicing in Saskatoon. He has served as Past President of the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan, Canadian Chiropractic Association board member and Past Chair of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Board of Governors.He has previously been part of many sport teams and events including Team Chiropractor Saskatoon Blades, Huskie Health Care Coalition, Chief Chiropractic Officer 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships and 2013 Memorial Cup.He is the Head of the Chiropractic Division, Department of Family Medicine, Saskatchewan Health Authority – Saskatoon Area. He is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan Project ECHO Advisory/Core Expert Team for the management of chronic pain.
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