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Alecia Nagy, Chair

In 2008, Alecia Nagy moved to Saskatoon from Prince Albert where her family still resides today. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Bachelor of Commerce with High Honors and Great Distinction in 2012, en route to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015. From October 2016 to October 2018, Alecia gained valuable experience and perspective during her secondment to KPMG UK in Edinburgh, Scotland as an Audit Assistant Manager. She is currently the Director of Operations at Gabriel Dumont Institute, a not for profit organization that provides Métis people in Saskatchewan the opportunity to obtain training and education.

Alecia is excited to bring her experience to Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan. Currently in her fourth year on the Board, she has previously served as Board Secretary and was a member of the Audit & Finance Committee for four years. One of her favourite memories from childhood was reading books before bed with her mom and sister, and she believes every family should have the opportunity to create memories like this.

Dylan Youngstrom, Vice Chair

Dylan grew up in rural Saskatchewan, attending school in Elrose. He now resides on an acreage just outside of Saskatoon with his wife, Laura. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Edwards School of Business at the U of S and works as a Regional Manager for Horizon Computer Solutions based in downtown Saskatoon.

As an avid reader from a young age, he is aware of the profound effect reading can have on shaping one’s childhood and adulthood. Dylan knows that Foundations is the perfect avenue to help drive the positive outcomes that literacy can enable. He is thrilled to offer his continued support to Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan as well as their events throughout the year.

Lynsie Kirby, Treasurer

Lynsie Kirby is the Controller of ASL Paving Ltd. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She obtained her CPA, CA designation in 2012. Lynsie graduated with her BComm, Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010, and completed her Master of Professional Accounting in 2012.

Lynsie joined the Audit and Finance Committee in 2021. She chose to volunteer with Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan because of the work done in promoting and supporting literacy in the community. Reading is an important part of Lynsie’s family life. She reads nightly with her two daughters and hopes to instil in them a lifelong love of reading.

Mandie Prokopetz, Secretary

Mandie Prokopetz holds the position of Executive Assistant to the CEO and Systems Integration Specialist at Morris Interactive. With a distinguished career spanning over two decades, she has honed her expertise in various domains including systems integration, executive administration, corporate procurement, logistics management, and business operations system management. Mandie is recognized as a proficient user of work management software, further underscoring her skill set.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Mandie’s devotion to her clients and colleagues is evident through her genuine and whole-hearted care. This sentiment is a cornerstone of her approach, fostering meaningful relationships.

From an early age, Mandie’s passion for reading has been evident, showcased by her personal home library. Her involvement as a board member and now Secretary of the Board at Foundations Learning and Skills Saskatchewan has been a source of excitement, offering her the chance to contribute in a meaningful way. Her aspiration to effect authentic change is rooted in the belief that enhancing literacy can transform lives and bring about positive shifts within communities.

Jarvis Pelletier, Past-Chair

Jarvis, Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan past-chair, is a member of Cowessess First Nation who now calls Saskatoon home after being born and raised in Regina. Prior to relocating in 2014, he built a career over 20 years with Saskatchewan Government Insurance while earning his Administration degree from the University of Regina. He is currently the Vice President IT & Gaming Services with Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Being raised in the Metis community by his Kokum, Jarvis was exposed early in life on the impact of literacy through the daily challenges his Kokum faced, though she could speak four languages she struggled in reading basic communication. Jarvis firmly believes literacy, like the necessities of life, is the food and shelter for our minds and souls that plays a paramount role in all of our daily lives.

Aaron Gaudet, Member at Large

Aaron Gaudet is the Manager of Treasury & Investor Relations at Cameco Corporation. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce and earned his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2008. Aaron has worked in the mining and agriculture sectors in accounting and marketing strategy.

Aaron started with Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan in 2017 as a member of the Audit & Finance Committee. With an avid interest in personal finance, it was Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan’s financial literacy program that initially drew Aaron to the organization. Aaron recognizes the critical work the organization does in the community and he looks forward to supporting its goals.

Kristine Sparrow, Member at Large

Kristine Sparrow is a partner at MNP LLP in Saskatoon where she deals with small business, primarily in the agriculture industry. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2012, having obtained a Bachelor in Commerce in 2009.

This is Kristine’s third year on the Foundations Board. Kristine is excited to work with Foundations as Literacy is important part of any community and it helps us stay connected and continue to grow in our ever changing world.

Kristy Jackson, Member at Large

Kristy Jackson is a communications professional with a passion for reading, writing and literacy. Since 2011, she has worked as the Director of Marketing & Communications with Athabasca Basin Development, an investment company that is owned by the seven Dene First Nation communities in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca region. In addition to overseeing communications activities for the company, she also looks after the organization’s donations program, including Santa in the North, where several organizations work together to help Santa deliver a book to each child in the seven Athabasca communities each Christmas. Kristy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in English and has a Certificate of Designation through the Governance Solutions Professional Director Certification program. A member of Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 in Alberta, Kristy grew up mostly in Saskatoon but has also lived in BC. She writes for fun, and her debut novel Mortified for ages 8-12 will be published by HarperCollins in Summer 2024.

Veronica Baker, Member at Large

Veronica Baker joined the Foundations board in June 2022. By day, she is the Manager of External Communications for Cameco. Originally from Saskatoon, she completed an English degree at the University of Saskatchewan before pursuing a Journalism degree at the University of Regina. She spent the first eight years of her career with the Regina Leader-Post.

Veronica spent the next decade as the Communications and Marketing Manager for Saskatoon Public Schools, the province’s largest school division. This experience provided her with a valuable understanding of the importance of literacy programming and the impact it can have on individuals and communities.

Lucy Pereira, Member at Large

Lucy is the Associate Vice President of Strategy at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She has a professional background in strategic planning, risk management, and performance evaluation. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Political Studies, an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and the ICD.D Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Over the years, Lucy has demonstrated her commitment to the community by serving a number of community based organizations in both Edmonton and in Saskatoon. Lucy was nominated to the Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan Board in 2021. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP).

Christine McDougall, Member at Large

Literacy is important to Christine because it is foundational to a person’s overall health and well-being. It allows people the opportunity to participate fully in their communities and promotes shared understanding and human connection. Throughout her career, Christine has worked in the health system to improve health outcomes for patients and communities in a variety of roles. Christine currently works as a public health nurse. She holds a Master’s of Public Health, an undergraduate degree in Political Studies and a nursing degree from UBC. 

Tammy Richmond, Member at Large

Tammy has been a financial planner in Saskatoon since 2009 and partnered with her colleague to form Soterra Financial Group Ltd, in 2013. Throughout her career in the financial industry she has pursued further education to obtain her Certified Financial Planner, Registered Retirement Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. She considers herself a lifelong learner.

Tammy was drawn to Foundations through the LEAD program where she became a literacy coach and found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever had. She believes literacy is empowerment and has a ripple effect in families and community.

Brittany Bezmutko, Member at Large

Brittany is a litigation lawyer with a focus on family law issues at Robertson Stromberg LLP. She received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2021.

Brittany’s commitment to her profession is mirrored by her commitment to her community. She is looking forward to blending her passion for reading with her legal experience to help Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan accomplish the important work that it does.