Providing individualised and contextualized evidence based care and support for complex patient populations in Saskatchewan

Providing individualised and contextualized evidence based care and support for complex patient populations in Saskatchewan

Sanctum Care Group is an NGO (non-governmental organization) formed in 2015.

Sanctum provides care for people living with HIV, or at-risk of acquiring HIV, that is dignified, non-judgmental and unconditional. Recognizing the interconnected challenges our clients face, SCG facilitates individualized and contextualized care for complex patient populations in collaboration with community partners through trauma informed, culturally responsive and evidence based interventions.



Sanctum’s vision is for a community in which individuals requiring assistance are able to attain their optimum level of health from their perspective, minimizing their vulnerability and maximizing their control and dignity. Sanctum recognizes the need to provide care with humility and without prejudice. This is achieved through a philosophy of trauma informed care, harm reduction and demonstration of Sanctum’s core values of compassion, collaboration, and innovation.


Our philosophy is that substance abuse is like any other disease; therefore, we have an obligation to help the patron manage it.

Sanctum Care Group’s patient centered approach uses a comprehensive set of interventions with the strategic support of local health and social service organizations.







Meet the Team

Katelyn Roberts, BSW, MPA

Executive Director and co-founder of Sanctum Care Group

Katelyn Roberts is the Executive Director and co-founder of Sanctum Care Group. She holds a social work degree and a masters degree in public administration.

Katelyn has a passion for working with marginalized populations, creating system change, outcome based care, and innovative solutions for gaps in the health and social sectors.

Board of Directors

Dr. Morris Markentin

Graduated from University of Saskatchewan with a MD and a residency in Family Medicine. Morris Currently works as a family physician at the Saskatoon Community Clinic – West side and at the Methadone Assisted Recovery Program with the Saskatoon Health Region. Current interests are in addiction medicine and chronic viral illnesses – HIV and Hepatitis C

Dr. Jocelyne Martel

Jocelyne Martel is an Obstetrician in Saskatoon. She was raised in this city and received her medical training in Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg. She has been in practice managing normal and complicated pregnancies since 1996. She has participated in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education as well as department leadership. Her interests include complex obstetrical care, optimal birth experience, and patient and family safety in the health care system.

Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison officially assumed the responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Paul’s Hospital on February 15, 2009. Ms. Morrison has over 25 years of experience in health care, having held diverse senior positions in the Saskatchewan healthcare system, including the position of Vice President of Performance Excellence and Chief Nursing Officer, Saskatoon Health Region, prior to arriving at St. Paul’s Hospital. Ms. Morrison also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of provincial and national organizations.

With a degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and both a Master’s of Nursing and a Master’s of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Jean has also worked in a variety of roles and settings in the health system – as a special care aide in a long term care facility; as a registered nurse in a hospital in Saskatoon; as a public health nurse in rural Saskatchewan; and as a health administrator in Nunavut, rural Saskatchewan and Saskatoon.

Jean brings an in-depth knowledge and appreciation for the unique shared governance and management partnership between St. Paul’s Hospital Board of Directors and the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority, and a deep commitment to the contributions that faith-based healthcare brings to the Regional and provincial healthcare system.

Dr. Peter Butt

Is a Certificant and Fellow with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in a position dedicated to Addiction Medicine. He serves as a consultant to Mental Health and Addictions in the Saskatoon Health Region where his clinical expertise focuses on IV drug use, community-based interventions, detox, and treatment program development. Current research projects focus on campus drinking; Animal Assisted Interventions; and the role of Aboriginal culture in Addictions treatment. National committee work includes the development of the Canadian Alcohol Low Risk Drinking Guidelines; Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral; and Physician Health.

Steph Clovechok

As the CEO of Tourism Saskatoon, Steph’s work focuses on creating social and economic wellbeing for residents of Saskatoon and then, on elevating Saskatoon as a globally recognized destination. She is proud to live in Saskatoon where the depth of Indigenous culture can be felt in day to day living, one of the key factors that encouraged her move to the city. She will work in collaboration with the province and the city of Saskatoon to not only elevate the destination as a whole but, to support the growth of the Indigenous tourism industry so that Saskatoon will be known as Canada’s centre for authentic Indigenous experiences; a place where all people, of all backgrounds work in collaboration to build an inclusive and unified community of understanding and respect.

Nilesh Kavia

Nilesh is an executive with Affinity Credit Union in Saskatoon. Nilesh completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary. He holds a number of designations including: Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D) Certified Management Accountant (CMA.CPA), Certified Leadership Coach and Certified Lean Leader.

His professional background includes leadership positions in a variety of industries, including: healthcare, utilities, and energy. He has a passion for helping others to authentically live in their possibility. Nilesh is honored to serve on the Sanctum Board.

Dr. Chris Thomson

Is a Plastic Surgeon in Saskatoon. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for his undergraduate degree and medical degree. He then completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Dalhousie University followed by a subspecialty fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is an associate professor of Surgery and the Interim head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan. His clinical interests include hand and microvascular surgery and reconstruction of complex oncologic defects.

Scott Livingstone

Scott Livingstone grew up in Saskatoon and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree, in Pharmacy.

Scott is a licenced pharmacist and has worked in both hospital and community pharmacies across the Province.

Scott has a long history of executive leadership in the province of Saskatchewan and has led three separate provincial health care organizations as their President and CEO over the last 16 years. These organizations include, e-Health Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and most recently, as the inaugural President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Scott currently owns and operates a private consulting company and works outside of Saskatchewan.

Scott is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and has extensive experience as a corporate Director. Scott has also completed both his Professional Directors certification, as well as his ICD.D. He currently sits on a number of boards including the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals.

Scott is a former Sanctum Survivor circa 2019, and is very proud to be on the Board of Directors of the Sanctum Care Group.

Chris Guérette

Chris is the CEO of the Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association, the only professional real estate association in Saskatchewan following an amalgamation of several associations – a tough change towards efficiency at the time, but a move that paved the way for other amalgamations to occur in Canada. She has a wealth of leadership expertise in housing, real estate, and governance. In her previous role as CEO of the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, her team won two national leadership awards in back-to-back years. Chris is also Vice-Chair of Saskatchewan Government Insurance, SGI Canada, a Director on the Board of Sanctum Care Group, Saskatchewan’s first hospice for people living with HIV/AIDS, and is a campaign cabinet member for Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s new campus in Saskatoon.

She was also the first Executive Director of the Stan Cassidy Foundation, helping to raise much-needed funds for Eastern Canada’s only neurological rehabilitation centre. She was also an executive board member of the crown corporation managing the largest government building in New Brunswick with two schools and 30 community groups under its roof. She was a business coach for start-ups and entrepreneurs and has worked in numerous capacities toward supporting education and official languages in Canada. She is a founding board member of the Saskatchewan branch of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to the involvement of more women in politics and at the board table, and a past board member of the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, the Assemblée Communautaire fransaskoise, and past Chair of the Fédération des francophones de Saskatoon, to name a few.

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