About Evermore

Our Resources

Our team

Our History

Our Mission

Supporting permanency and empowering families through education, programs and services.

Our Vision

Offering quality programs and services so that every child can flourish in a forever family.

Our Values

Integrity

Building relationships on trust, honesty and consideration of other people’s well-being.

Compassion

Considering the generations of history that have impacted children and families today.

Collaboration

Creating mutually beneficial relationships with partners that have common goals benefitting individuals, children and families.

Inclusiveness

Providing a safe and open environment for everyone that is seeking our services with a commitment diversity and inclusion.

Respect

Practicing in ways that regard differences in feelings, rights or traditions of others and being present and holding space for others when communicating.

Accountability

Being accountable for our decisions and actions in all that we do to ourselves, others and our stakeholders.

What We Do

We offer comprehensive support and education services for everyone touched by permanency. Whether you're a birth parent exploring options, a prospective parent looking into adoption, an adoptee seeking reunion or support, or parents or caregivers whose families are created through permanency and need support, educational tools, or just an ear, we're here to help.

What Drives Us

We believe that education about adoption and permanency is important to the success of adoptive and permanent families. Knowledge about current practices in adoption dispels myths and helps families and our larger community understand the process and impact of adoption today.

When any form of permanency, including adoption, becomes the plan for a child we believe the child's best interests are met when families are well-equipped with a broad understanding of the issues that may arise along the journey. Knowing what resources are available to support the child throughout his or her life within a permanent family is essential from the start.

What is Permanency and Why is it Important?

Permanency is an expansive term, with many important factors. The definition of permanency includes adoption, legal guardianship and kinship care. The Evermore Centre supports all forms of permanency. A Permanent connection with at least one committed adult who provides a safe, stable, and secure parenting relationship, unconditional commitment and lifelong love and support is crucial for every child. We emphasize the importance of cultural competency in any permanency relationship.

We emphasize the importance of cultural competency in any permanency relationship, and by choosing a more inclusive name, we aim to step in the direction of reconciliation and deeper partnership with Indigenous communities. We recognize that Canada’s colonial legacy has negatively impacted many families, and with this name change, we aim to reflect cultural humility and a commitment towards healing.

We are happy to share that we have changed our name to “The Evermore Centre”. The word “evermore” is a synonym for “forever, always”, and it reflects our organization’s focus on fostering permanent homes that create well being & long term stability for children.

Our Resources

Our extensive range of resources provides those with a connection to adoption, legal guardianship, Person of Sufficient Interest (PSI), and kinship care with appropriate information for their specific needs, support in their process through the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program, The Evermore Centre support groups, the The Evermore Centre Library, our mentoring program and much more.

Carol Bothwell Library

The Evermore Centre is home to the The Evermore Centre Carol Bothwell Library, an extensive Resource Centre which houses one of the largest adoption-related libraries in Canada. It offers information on all aspects of adoption and permanency-related topics for adults, children, professionals and students. The Carol Bothwell Library is a substantial resource for Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina students working on projects or bachelor and masters programs. An The Evermore Centre membership to the library allows for members to borrow books which are then mailed via Canada Post with all postage paid including book returns. Learn more about our library.

Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

We host and facilitate a number of adoption and permanency-related events. These events provide training and information on relevant, current topics of interest to the wider community of permanent families. Past conferences have brought renowned experts such as Cindy Blackstock, Deborah Gray, Patricia Irwin Johnston and Dr. Denise Goodman to Saskatchewan. See what's coming up in our calendar!

Domestic Adoption Orientation Program

The Evermore Centre offers a domestic adoption, pre-adoption preparation program called the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program (DAO). This program is mandated by the Ministry of Social Services as a pre-application requirement for individuals or couples who are interested in adopting a child/children who is/are in the care of the Ministry of Social Services. All individuals who want to adopt domestically are required to participate in the DAO prior to being formally referred to the Ministry of Social Services to proceed with their Domestic Adoption Application. Learn more about the DAO Program.

Our Team

Denise Mildner, BBA, MBA

Denise Mildner, BBA, MBA

Executive Director

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Denise graduated from York University with a BBA and MBA and brings a wealth of management and governance experience from previous leadership roles. She is a solutions-oriented professional who is the Evermore Centre’s overall leader. She is the executer of the strategic plan and in charge of daily operations, providing guidance and direction to staff, and reports to the board.

Ally Wiegers, BSW, BA

Ally Wiegers, BSW, BA

Programs & Communication Coordinator

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Ally is responsible for management of our website, developing and overlooking our social media platforms, general communications, and assisting with programming.

Lorelei Neubauer

Lorelei Neubauer

Family Development Coordinator

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Lorelei takes an active role in helping The Evermore Centre families by providing support and education through the DAO program, workshops, and other program opportunities. She also co-facilitates the PRIDE Review Sessions with families currently in the adoption process.

Nicole Woods, BSW

Nicole Woods, BSW

Administration

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Nicole responds to general inquires and questions, being the first face of the organization and other client services duties. She is also responsible for the database and organization of the Domestic Adoption Orientations (DAOs) and memberships.

Samantha Cree

Samantha Cree

Indigenous Resource Representative

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Samantha offers cultural guidance to both staff and families. She is in charge of developing cultural activities, expanding the Indigenous section of the Library, and acting as a liaison with the Indigenous community.

Our Board

Robert Belley
President

Michele Hengen
Vice President

Evan Sawatzky
Treasurer

Brittney Landstrom
Secretary

Candy Hamre Wyka
Director

Amy Martell
Director

Joanne Morgan
Director

Chrisa McDougall-Kastning
Director

Why the triangles?

In the world of adoption the triangle (sometimes a triangle intertwined with a heart) and sometimes a circle, has traditionally been used as a symbol that represents the adoption journey and the key relationships within it. It does not encompass every aspect of the journey but it does highlight three of the key people involved - the adoptee, the birth parent(s), and the adoptive parent(s). Each side of the triangle represents the relationship between those key person(s). The triangle displays the interconnectedness and interdependence within adoption.