Our Staff

Lisa Erickson, Manager, Community Engagement, Station 20 West

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Lisa joined the University of Saskatchewan as the Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at Station 20 West in October 2013 after over 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to working for the U of S, Lisa served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network leading a nimble team of staff and working with a diverse group of provincial stakeholders to address literacy and essential skills needs, and inform policy.

Lisa holds a BA in Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Continuing Education with a Specialization in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary. In 2013, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for working to improve literacy and skill levels of Canadians.

Lisa is a proud resident of the resilient community of Westmount in Saskatoon, former president of the Westmount Community Association and past Coordinator of the Leif Erickson Community Garden. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Saskatoon Public Library Board of Trustees.

Curtis Sanderson, Clerical Assistant, Community Engagement, Station 20 West

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Curtis joined the Community Engagement team in December of 2015 in the position of Clerical Assistant. He was previously employed with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, AIDS Saskatoon and MLTC Resource Development LP. His previous training and background was in radio broadcasting. Curtis hosted daily shows and worked behind the scenes at radio stations in La Ronge, Lloydminster, Melfort, and Saskatoon.  He most recently attended the Saskatoon Business College as well as Western Academy Broadcasting College, where he received his diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He is also a proud past member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s Circle of Voices program.

He enjoys spending time with his 9-year-old son Jack and 10-year-old daughter Gracey. His hobbies include reading non-fiction books, listening to talk radio, watching documentaries and singing karaoke.

Lise Kouri, Graduate Student, Community Engagement, Station 20 West

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Lise is a new graduate student in the department of Community Health and Epidemiology. She is an experienced non-profit director and educator. She has returned to University after being in the workforce for several years and was former Director of the Jacoby Centre in Saskatoon. Lise brings a breadth of experience in community work, and she is a much welcomed addition to the team at Station 20 West.

Lise has been involved in several local projects that engage the community. Last year, she worked as a Research Assistant with the Saskatoon Food Systems Assessment. Other community projects have included mentorship with teenage mothers, sexual health initiatives, a cooperative for young women and health promotion with mothers who self-identify as Aboriginal. Lise has worked in collaboration with many Saskatoon organizations, including Chep Good Food Inc., Saskatoon Health Region Health Promotion, Saskatchewan Public School Division and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. Also interested in the global picture, Lise has recently spent time in Mozambique visiting the U of S Training for Health Renewal Program's Massinga Centre. Lise believes that social and economic determinants shape the health of a community. She hopes her studies will help her to contribute effectively to building a more equitable city and a more vibrant Saskatoon culture.

Lise enjoys preparing and sharing food, and specializes in a middle-eastern dish with lemon, pomegranate syrup and halloum. It is called Mani'eesh and is a favourite of her son (Mani). Lise and her daughter (Loa) devour Mauna "Loa" macadamia nuts, too. Eating food named after her children might seem odd but it's definitely fun. Her partner, Ches, agrees.

Mandy Fehr, Graduate Student, Community Engagement, Station 20 West

mfMy research and teaching can be characterized by a commitment to community engagement. I employ oral history methodologies to consider how various communities historicize past events, hdifferent understandings of the past compare to one another and change over time, and what these understandings suggest for how people identify themselves. I have been working with the Metis community of Ile-a-la-Crosse in Northwestern Saskatchewan since 2006 and have been working with the near by English River First Nation Since 2012.  My dissertation, Nations Transformed?: Continuity and Change in Indigenous Histories of Catholicism in Northwestern Saskatchewan explores the intersections of religious and political expression during the twentieth century in Ile-a-la-Crosse and English River. I have taught several community engaged courses at the undergraduate level that introduce students to oral history and public history.  These courses have resulted in partnerships with the Saskatoon Open Door Society, the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, and the City of Saskatoon.   I was recently a co-coordinator for the Moving Stories YXE Project that brought together Indigenous, Refugee, Newcomer, and Settler youth to share their stories of Saskatoon. I am currently involved in a second phase of this project that is working to explore best practices for community storytelling work, and bring together individuals and organizations in Saskatoon who use storytelling to promote social change. 

I am happy to be working with the Community Engagement Office at Station 20 West to develop a guidebook for those interested in beginning community engaged research.