Victoria Morris, Executive Director
Victoria joined SCA in 2006, managing the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program and co-operative education programming for several years. In 2008, she was appointed SCA's Executive Director.
With almost 20 years experience in community economic development (CED) and co-operatives, she has worked in northern, rural, and urban communities in many parts of Canada. Prior to joining SCA, she held several positions with CBC focusing on communications, managed a small non-profit in BC, and coordinated a two-year, Saskatchewan-wide multicultural youth project that reached 2,000 young people in 20 communities. The project led to policy changes in Saskatchewan high school curriculum and in ethno-cultural and multicultural groups.
Victoria is a board member of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, and a District Council Delegate of Affinity Credit Union. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian CED Network for 12 years, serving as Treasurer for several years and she continues to serve on their Finance and Audit Committee. She is former Chair and a founding member of both Canada's Emerging Co-operators Committee of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada and the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Canadian CED Network, and is former Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op.
Victoria holds a Master of Business Administration in CED from Cape Breton University, with a specialization in Strategic Leadership. Her Master's research focused on youth involvement in Irish credit unions, and it has subsequently been published as a book by the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan. She is involved in several performing and visual arts endeavors, and when not at the office, can be found playing with fire, sparkles, clay, and pyrotechnics.
Laura Hale, Program Officer
Laura comes to Saskatchewan Co-operative Association from the arts and culture sector, where she focused on community building and community engagement through the design, development and leadership of diverse creative initiatives and special projects. Highlights include Program Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Legislative Building 100th Anniversary artist in residence project and creative leadership positions with the Jeux du Canada Games and Meewasin Valley Authority. Laura spent two summers developing the artist in residence program for Lumsden Beach Camp, and in 2017 lived and worked developing and leading community-based programming in Saskatchewan’s northern communities of Stony Rapids and Black Lake First Nation.
Laura studied at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia and holds a degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Regina. While obtaining her degree, she played on the university and Team Canada Junior National volleyball teams. She grew up in the farming community of Tisdale, Saskatchewan and has lived and worked in various places across Canada along with working and traveling in New Zealand, the United States, and Central America. She now calls Saskatoon home.