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Ryan Dielschneider
Ryan DielschneiderASCS Family Support Director
Originally from rural Saskatchewan Ryan studied in Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary to complete his Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. He completed his clinical counselling practicum at a community mental health clinic in Saskatoon and worked on a phone distress line, as a facilitator of therapueutic groupwork for adults and adolecents, in addictions treatment centre, and in a residential youth care home prior to his employment with the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan. Ryan is the ASCS counsellor as well as the lead facilitator for the ASCS Support Groups. Ryan has been trained in a collaborative, common factors approach to counselling but also draws upon the theories and techniques of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and family systems theories of psychotherapy. Some specific models of therapy offered include schema therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, attachment parenting therapies, relational-cultural therapy, Enneagram personality work, stress management techniques, Gottman's realtionship therapy, and positive psycohology-based therapy. Outside of applied psychology, Ryan is interested in music, poetry, art, kayaking, spending time in nature, and getting involved in causes that improve community health.
Amy
AmyASCS Family Support Director
My name is Amy, I have been on the board of the Support Centre since we originally started our adoption journey with the Ministry of Social Services in 2012. I live in Lloydminster with my Husband and our young adopted son. I am so glad that we have a resource center like the ASCS that is so easily accessible for individuals who have the privilege of being exposed to Adoption in one way or another. Adoption has become a passion of mine since we started our journey to adopt. when I am not busy running a local adoption support group I enjoy spending time outside camping or gardening. I am a long time employee with the Credit Union in Lloyd and enjoy the work life balance it offers.
Leah Deans
Leah Deans Resource Director
I am the Adoption Support Centre, Resource Director and I have been with ASCS for over ten years. My passion for children is partly why I have found my career with ASCS to be genuinely rewarding both professionally and personally. Helping people has always been a part of my work! Before coming to the Adoption Support Centre I had a career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist and I managed a retirement home for seniors. Adoption has been a very close personal experience of mine, as my husband and I adopted two beautiful daughters through domestic adoption. My biggest blessing in life is most definitely my family, I love being a mom! I also love helping the adoptive families who come to ASCS. We work with such a diverse community in adoption and there is never a dull moment here! I really enjoy my role as resource director, whether it is working with prospective adoptive parents who are starting their adoption journey, adoptive parents who are looking for parenting support or anyone who is seeking adoption information and resources. Everyone is welcome to stop here for a cup of coffee and a chat!
Candy Hamre-Wyka
Candy Hamre-WykaPresident
Over the past 17 years, we have added 4 children to our family in different ways, and have gained much experience. We have private, open, domestic adoptions, we have been foster parents, we also have adopted with help through the Ministry of Social Services, and we guardianship of a child through a Person of Sufficient Interest agreement (PSI) with the department. I live in Saskatoon, with my husband, and our 4 children where I am self-employed as a child care provider from my home. It is so great to see all the work the board and staff are doing to move our organization ahead, and are working to have a very positive impact on the adoption community within our province. We, as a board, take our role in the community very seriously, and do as much as we can with the resources we have to benefit our membership and the community as a whole. I believe that the commonalities among adoptive families are the ties that bind, and together we can learn, grow, and help each other. Through doing this we make a difference for our families and our children. Whether you are starting on the adoption journey, and checking out your options, or dealing with parenting or teenage issues, we all need support and information. Let's continue to work together.
Leona Wasserman
Leona WassermanVice-President
Following my retirement from the Ministry of Social Services in 2004 I was thrilled to remain involved with the adoption community by becoming a board member of ASCS. My social work career took me from Penticton, BC in the 1960's to Saskatoon, to Prince Albert, and then back to Saskatoon in 1990. Although I enjoyed working in many program areas with Social Services the most satisfying were the last 14 years in which I job shared a position with Nancy McGregor in the Adoption Unit. Following my mandatory retirement I wasn't ready to give up my career in social work so I became a Licensed Independent Practitioner. For several years I continued to prepare Home Studies for persons hoping to adopt children internationally. Now I am fully retired and dote on my own baby - a precious grandson born in August 2012.
Joanne Morgan
Joanne MorganTreasurer
I have been on the ASCS board of directors for a number of years. In my time as a board member I have seen ASCS grow and evolve into a great resource and support for adoptive families. I enjoy the opportunity to volunteer for such a vibrant organization. There is always something new and exciting going on. My favorite event is SaskAdoptWalk where our whole family gets involved! I joined the board of the Saskatchewan Adoptive Parents Association (SAPA), after attending our first family gathering with the adoptive parents group at a time before we became parents. I was recruited to bring the prospective of a waiting adoptive parent to the board. Very shortly after I joined the board we received placement of our daughter. Since that time, almost 17 years ago I have enjoyed, and learned a lot from my association with ASCS and made many great friends with in the wonderful people in the adoption community. I have been privileged to attend learning opportunities presented by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) in Tampa and Chicago, as well as becoming a facilitator for parenting groups. I was executive assistant in the office of ASCS. I have also spent time learning about FASD, and attachment. I choose to continue on this board because this community based organization has a board with members and staff that are very caring and committed to raising the profile of adoption, and we continue to build a strong and vibrant adoption community. Candy Hamre-Wyka: Over the past 17 years, we have added 4 children to our family in different ways, and have gained much experience. We have private, open, domestic adoptions, we have been foster parents, we also have adopted with help through the Ministry of Social Services, and we guardianship of a child through a Person of Sufficient Interest agreement (PSI) with the department. I live in Saskatoon, with my husband Mike, and our 4 children Mikayla, Braedyn, Jeffrey, and Simratia where I am self-employed as a child care provider from my home.
Karla Yarie
Karla YarieDirector
I joined the ASCS board of directors in the Fall of 2011. My family and I live in Saskatoon. We adopted our son through a private open adoption. The ASCS has helped us in so many ways from the beginning of our adoption journey in 2006 and I am glad I can be a part of this wonderful organization.