July 8th Shift

In our endeavour to fight health disparity in Saskatoon, SWITCH has decided to run a special clinic this upcoming Wednesday, July 8th. From 5:30PM – 8:00PM we will be offering gynecology and pediatric services. This is in addition to our normal social work, family physician, pharmacy, physical therapy, and chiropractic services offered on that day. We hope that evacuees from Northern Saskatchewan will be able to utilize these services on that day, reducing barriers related to access to health care services.

If you know of anyone who may be able to utilize these services please send them to SWITCH on July 8th.

Also: we could use more SWITCH clinical students on that day. If you are a current SWITCH volunteer with clinical insurance who would like to volunteer on the clinical team that day, please sign up or e-mail Mike at switchclinic@gmail.com.


The SWITCH team

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Executive Director

Hey SWITCHers!

As most of you are probably aware our Executive Director, Elaine Weisgerber, has been away for the last few months on a leave of absence. Unfortunately, after much thought Elaine has decided to resign from her position at SWITCH. SWITCH is now accepting applications for the Executive Director position at SWITCH.

If you, or anyone you, know may be interested in applying for the position please pass the job ad included below along and/or submit a cover letter and resume!


Position Type: Full Time
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Location: Saskatoon
Number of Positions: 1
Position Start Date: August – September 2015 (some flexibility)
Hours Per Week: 40
Salary Information: $45,000- $50,000 (dependent on level of experience)
Targeted Programs: Business-Administration



Public Health

Social Sciences

Social Work

Target Level: Graduate- Bachelors Degree, Certificate Program, OR Equivalent Work Experience
  • A High School Diploma is the minimum education level required, additionally either some post-secondary OR equivalent industry experience will be required (nonprofit sector).
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel and Word)
  • Experience with Quickbooks software is an asset
  • Comfortable handling finances and experience with budgeting, payroll, and grant writing
  • Highly organized and able to work independently
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Superior tIme management and stress management skills
  • Must be a passionate and hardworking individual
Duties & Responsibilities: The Executive Director is the primary representative of SWITCH in contacts, negotiations and discussions with post secondary education institutions, Saskatchewan Health, Health Region Officials, other organizations, the general public and the media. The Executive Director has daily contact with the program staff and students to provide management consultation, guidance and direction. The Executive Director has at least monthly contact with the Board committees and the Board as a whole to advise, provide reports and to receive direction. Collaboration with the Board of Directors will be essential for the fulfilment of Executive Director duties.



Application Deadline: June 30th, 2015
Application Documents Required: Resume- Cover Letter and References
Submission Method: Submit by e-mail
Submission e-mail: switchhr@sasktel.net



Organization: Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH)
About the Organization: SWITCH is an interdisciplinary student run health clinic serving Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods. SWITCH’s mandate is to improve the health of the community, the education of future health professionals and build relationships between these future professionals and the community at large. SWITCH is a safe space for people to access outreach services, a hot meal, childcare, educational programming and primary health services regardless of social circumstances. Within this mutually beneficial environment, opportunities exist to diminish barriers to health care, improve community relations, and make Saskatoon a healthier place for all. For more information visit switchclinic.ca
Job Contact Name: Nicole Greschner
Job Contact Title: Board Member- Human Resources Portfolio
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Community Dinner – May 27th


We will be having a Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00-8:00pm at SWITCH!  Sign up on the scheduler to help out with the event.

If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please contact Danielle at djs552@mail.usask.ca

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Childcare Mentor


We are looking for a new childcare mentor to join our team!  We would like the individual to be available over the summer If anyone is interested or would like more information about the position, please email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

- The SWITCH Team

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YXE People Connect: Volunteers Needed


Are you looking for a fantastic volunteer opportunity and wanting to get more involved in the community?  If yes, then keep reading!!

The Saskatoon community is excited to host the first annual “YXE People Connect” event on May 4th, 2015 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and City Centre Church. This is an event that brings together community agencies, companies, and service providers to deliver housing supports, health care, and on-site services to those who may be facing housing instability, homelessness, or who may be at risk of homelessness.

YXE People Connects is a great event and needs people like you to help the day run smoothly! There are four different time slots to sign up for as a volunteer 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm, and 5:00-8:00pm. You can sign up for one, or all of them.

We are especially in need of volunteers for the 5:00-8:00pm time slot. This is a great opportunity for people who still want to help out, but can’t come out until after work. Please sign up!

We are also short of “Greeters/Guides” throughout the day. This volunteer position includes welcoming guests and directing them to the different services offered. If you are interested in this volunteer position, make sure to indicate it on the volunteer survey when you sign up. Please “like” our Facebook page to keep up to date on volunteer information and “share” our posts to get the word out as we need many volunteers for such an impactful event.

Click the link below to sign up: https://www.picatic.com/YXEPeopleConnect2015/

For more information, email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

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Educational Information Sessions for Volunteers


We are hoping to reinstate one-hour long educational information sessions for our volunteers and we want your feedback!  Is this something you would be interested in?  In the past, we have had sessions on topics including HIV and Hep C supports, Methadone Assisted Recovery programs, trauma, suicide, the Recovery Model of Mental Health, cultural sensitivity, yoga and the 12 steps, bipolar, domestic violence, sexual assault, schizophrenia, speaking Cree, and more!  We are also more than happy to incorporate your suggestions into the session topics.

Would you prefer having the educational sessions scheduled from 4-5pm or 3-4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays?   Is there another time or day that you would prefer?  These information sessions would be separate on the scheduler from the regular SWITCH shifts.

Please send any suggestions or comments to Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your feedback!!

- The SWITCH Team

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3rd Annual Art Auction

SWITCH’s 3rd Annual Art Auction will be on Friday, May 22nd from 4:30-7:00pm at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery. We are asking for help with donations in the form of artistic contributions of any medium (including wall art, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, scarves, etc). There are no size restrictions and we welcome pieces from amateur artists as well as professionals. Tax receipts can be issued for pieces that have undergone a third party appraisal. You can also support our cause by attending the event!

If you would like more information about the event or would like to donate some art, please contact our Program Coordinator, Beth Blakley, at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

Thank you for your time and consideration! SWITCH could not do it without the generosity of donors like you!


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Women’s Pamper Night


Our Annual Women’s Pamper Night is tomorrow, February 5th! If you are still interested in volunteering for the event, email Beth, our Program Coordinator, at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

The shift is from 4-9pm and male volunteers are more than welcome to help!

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Attn: Nursing and Business Students


As there are volunteers from both nursing programs, we have altered the categories so that we are better able track which program our nursing students are from. If you are a nursing student in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program, could you please email me at victoria.krishan@hotmail.ca so that I can change this on your account. Also, we have added Edwards School of Business so if you are from this college could you email me as well. Thanks!

-Victoria Krishan

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Community Dinner – Monday, January 26th


We will be having a Community Dinner on Monday, January 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at SWITCH!  Sign up on the scheduler to help out with the event.

If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please contact Danielle at djs552@mail.usask.ca

Also, if anyone is interested in donating gently used clothing, shoes, or boots, please email our Program Coordinator at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com.

- The SWITCH Team

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