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 adoptoin 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

Denise Mildner

Executive Director

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Denise recently joined The Evermore Centre. She graduated from York University with a BBA and MBA and brings a wealth of management experience from previous leadership roles, along with valuable experience in governance.  She is a solutions-oriented professional who takes a creative and innovative approach to problem solving and strategic planning. Her diverse background provides the knowledge and confidence to lead the exceptional team at The Evermore Centre. Her passion and desire to help others makes her a natural fit.

Mackenzie McNinch

Mackenzie McNinch

BSW RSW, Family Development Coordinator

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Mackenzie joined The Evermore Centre in September 2020. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work in the spring of 2020. She is also a SASW Registered Social Worker. Mackenzie has experience and a passion for working with children and families. Mackenzie 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.

Geanne Krawchuk

Geanne Krawchuk

BA, MA, CCC Office Manager

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Geanne joined The Evermore Centre in the fall of 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. She completed her Masters of Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University in 2021 and worked in the community during her practicum placement. Since then, she has come back to The Evermore Centre to assist in day to day operations. Geanne has experience working with individuals and families in the foster and adoption world. Geanne takes an active role in helping The Evermore Centre families by providing support and education through the DAO program, answering general questions, creating the adult adoptee support group, and helping out with social media and marketing.

Our Board

Candy Hamre Wyka
President

Amy Martell
Vice President

Joanne Morgan
Treasurer

Evan Sawatzky
Member

Annette Lohse
Member

Michele Hengen
Member

Karla Yarie
Member

Chrisa McDougall-Kasting
Member

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.