Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m new to SAI. What training do I need to take and how do I sign up for it?

You must be certified in First Aid/CPR Level C within the first month of employment. SAI does not offer this course internally, but click here for some external options to look into.

You are also required to take the following internal courses before the end of your probationary period (6 months):

  • Report Writing and Policy & Procedure
  • CPP&SP
  • Abuse Policy/Medication Policy
  • Gentle Teaching Intro
  • Working With People 1 – 3
  • MANDT 1 – 3

To sign up contact our Director of Human Resources, Jenny Lewis, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 234.

What is the probationary period?

The probationary period is a 6-month time frame in which you complete your orientation and training for your position. During this period you will receive a 2 month evaluation on your progress as well as have multiple meetings with your Team Leader and/or Coordinator to ensure that you have reviewed the required information and have completed the required training. At the end of the 6 months you will receive another evaluation which will determine whether or not you move off the probationary period and on to permanent status. If successful, you will be granted a wage increase as well as be signed up for SAI’s Benefits Package (if applicable).

For further inquiries please contact our Director of Human Resources, Jenny Lewis, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 234.

How does the evaluation process work?

The evaluations are in place to review your performance and set mutually agreed upon goals for your development. They are conducted with your supervisor and will include feedback from them as well as from your peers.

When you are new to SAI or to a position you will receive a 2 month evaluation and a 6 month evaluation to ensure you are fully trained and prepared to take on the role. From there, your evaluations will be conducted annually on the anniversary of your start date.

For further inquiries please talk to your supervisor or contact our Director of Human Resources, Jenny Lewis, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 234.

When and how do I access my benefits?

Once you have completed your probationary period you will be eligible for benefits if you are a part-time (15-30 hours/week) or full-time (30-40 hours/week) employee. You will receive an information package in the mail that includes your access ID and information on your coverage.

For further inquiries please contact our Payroll & Benefits Administrator, Russell Weyland, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 230.

What is the EFAP and how do I access it?

The EFAP stands for the Employee and Family Assistance Program. It offers an array of services to you and your family including counselling, online resources, support, etc. for any area of life (health, family, life balance, career, finances, etc.). Click here for further information.

The different ways to access the program are:

Phone: 1 (800) 663-1142. Our policy number is 56106 (you will need to provide this number in order to access the services).

Online: You will need to Sign Up and create an account to access this service. When signing up, type in “Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives Inc.” as the company name.

For further inquiries please contact our Director of Human Resources, Jenny Lewis, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 234.

How does sick and vacation pay work and who do I talk to when I have a question about my pay stub?

Russell is your guy! He looks after SAI’s payroll and benefits programs. You can contact him at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 230.

To review SAI’s sick and vacation policies click here.

What do the Mentorship & Support Specialists (MSS) do and why would they be joining me during a support time?

The MSS positions were created to enhance and equip support people to provide the highest quality of support possible to the individuals we serve. They rotate through the teams coming alongside supports to help them better understand support plans, crisis intervention, gentle teaching and being person centered. They will provide you with feedback on things you are doing well, as well as assist you to set goals so that you are continually striving to provide better support. If they are joining you, it is important to think of areas that you may be struggling in, something you don’t understand, or perhaps, an area of your support you would like to improve upon, so that they can help you learn and understand that better. The focus of their position is to ensure that you are feeling prepared and valued in your role at SAI.

For further inquiries or questions related to Gentle Teaching please contact our Director of Support and Mentorship, Toni Klassen, at or (306) 244-5013 Ext 232.

Who is on the Occupational Health & Safety Committee and what do they do?

SAI’s OH&S Committee is committed to ensuring the health and safety of SAI employees. Their goal is to increase safety awareness, build enthusiasm for safety programs and reduce and prevent injuries.

The committee members are:

  • Serena Russell
  • Serge Harbord
  • Lexi Gareau
  • Jeremy Sax
  • Diana Malloy
  • Rhonda Miller
  • Karla McConnell

For further information or if you have a safety concern, e-mail the committee at

Links & Resources:

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Homewood Health Inc. (CNW Group/Homewood Health Centre)
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Still have questions?

Contact Jenny, our Director of Human Resources, at or (306) 244-5013 Est 234. She’ll be happy to help you!