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Our Program Staff

Currently, our recovery centre has registered Addictions Counsellors / Group Facilitators, Social Workers available that work directly with all clients on a day-to-day basis, providing instruction in program materials, general support and one on one counselling.

We are very fortunate to have such strong support for our centre. Each brings with them a unique perspective, varied education, skills and experiences. Together they provide a well-rounded team of expertise.

Additional supports may include Peer Counsellors, Student Counsellors, and a Consulting Clinician that meet with clients by appointment.

We have several Volunteers and part time Addiction Support Workers (male and female) available to assist clients during their leisure time, during peer interaction and assist with life skills development and outings. These support workers assist the program team as each client discovers their individual path of recovery. Combined, our organization has many members with lived experience and almost 100 years of combined sobriety and Recovery.

Our Management Staff:

Prairie Sky Centre has a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Administrative Assistant to manage the counselling and business side of the organization. We have an Operations Supervisor to oversee our operational departments such as maintenance, kitchen and housekeeping. Together we manage the day-to-day operations of the centre. Additionally, the administration provides assistance for the clients while in residence. This may include making outside appointments, providing canteen supplies, access to other professional services and family as needed and more. This is a small but very efficient and dedicated team.

Ardyth Wilson (June 8, 1952-July 12, 2023)

Our Founder

Ardyth began her journey years before opening Leipzig Serenity Retreat (now Prairie Sky Recovery Centre Inc) by serving her community and others in need through her belief in the fellowship of AA. Having housed, counselled, and held many hands over the years of people needing treatment, Ardyth and her partner Dan, along with friend Gary, purchased the old former convent in 2008 and went to work. After renovations and program development, they welcomed their first paying client in 2009.

Years of blood sweat, and tears transformed the old, derelict building into a welcoming home for suffering addicts and alcoholics to heal. Their motto “Healing Happens Here” came to life, and in 2016 after a brief illness, Ardyth retired and happily resided across the street from the centre, often coming over to share a meal, a meeting and words of encouragement.

Ardyth passed in July of 2023, surrounded by family. She left an incredible legacy behind for her two daughters to take up. Before she passed, Ardyth saw the main building be named Ardyth House in her honor at her retirement gala, celebrated 38 years of sobriety, was present at the opening of Starlight House, and witnessed many of her grandchildren scrub dishes in commercial kitchen- marking three generations of helpers in the centre she created.

She was loved and admired for her wit and wisdom, but mostly, we are grateful to have a place of healing created by this incredible, brave woman. You will be missed.


Jacqueline Hoffman


Public Speaker and Addictions Advocate Jacqueline Hoffman is the CEO and co-owner of Prairie Sky Recovery Centre Inc. Jacqueline’s experience with addictions comes from the lived experience of having a parent in recovery.

Jacqueline worked for her mother Ardyth during the early years of Leipzig Serenity Retreat- starting out in kitchen & housekeeping, finally moving into Admin. Believing fully in her mother’s dream, she dedicated her professional career to assisting her mother in creating a home like environment with professional services to serve those struggling with addiction.

Jacqueline took over as CEO in 2016 – wanting to expand on her mothers dream. Focusing on program development, accreditation and facility expansion, Jacqueline hopes to continue to serve those seeking help with evidence -based, cutting edge, holistic programming.

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Ms. Hoffman and PSR have been recognized many times for this important work. In 2018 she won the prestigious CBC Future 40 award and a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethical Business Practices. Also, in 2018, The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce made her and Prairie Sky Recovery an ABEX Award finalist in the category of Priority focus, recognizing her excellence in business. She was made an ABEX Award finalist again in 2019 in the category of community involvement for bringing attention to the health crisis of addiction in our province. She recently has been nominated for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award- the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing women globally.


Jacqueline provides inspiration to many through her tireless efforts advocating for the healing of others and leadership. Her Leadership has grown it into a successful business that exemplifies the dignity and respect that all deserve. Jacqueline uses her experience and speaking platform to advocate for changes in addictions service, break barriers and end stigma associated with addictions.


Melanie Brown, R.S.W

Chief Administrative Officer

Melanie is the C.A.O and co-owner of Prairie Sky Recovery Centre. She is a Registered Social Worker in the Province of Sask. Melanie has both lived experience with addiction, as well as an educational and professional background in Correctional Services, Mental Health studies, Social Work, Trauma Counselling and Addictions. Melanie is currently working on her B.P.A in Criminal Justice and has a long-term goal of achieving her Masters.

Melanie has shared in her mother Ardyth’s dream to bring experience, strength and hope to those suffering in addiction. It is Melanie’s goal to employ effective, eclectic, evidenced based programs to Prairie Sky Recovery Centre to support healing and peaceful wellbeing.


Maxine Reimer

Intake Coordinator

My name is Maxine, I am an alcoholic, and I have been clean and sober for 9 years. Recovery hasn’t been easy, but it is by far the best gift I have ever given myself. My journey to Prairie Sky began with my partner’s relapse. He was sitting at home researching treatment centers when he came across Leipzig Serenity Retreat. He made a phone call, and just like that they began working on getting him into treatment. I will be forever grateful to this place for helping him. Unfortunately, he passed away in a motorcycle accident 7 months later. Because of PSR, my family and I enjoyed the best version of him for those 7 months, and he died clean and sober. This is not the only loss I’ve experienced in my life. I lost my father when I was 10, which I personally feel kick started my addiction. I then lost my husband at 21, and my baby boy 2 years after that. Grief has been with me throughout the entirety of my life’s journey, and has shaped my strength in recovery.

A couple years after my partner’s death I decided to apply to work here, the place that gave him the gift of recovery. I started in the kitchen and worked my way up. I went back to school and got my Addictions and Community Health certificate, and continue to work on my education so I can be of more service to our clients and the wonderful people I get to work with. I look forward to the future here at Prairie Sky Recovery Center, one day at a time of course.


Joe Rempel

Operations Supervisor

Joe is a nature lover with a soft heart who likes to help others. As a child, Joe was raised in a house with alcohol abuse, so he understands how addictions can negatively impact people and is happy to be a part of so many people’s recovery journey here at PSR.

Joe’s background in concrete, construction, plumbing, welding and superintendent of a golf course has led to him being a jack of all trades. His patience, wisdom and can-do attitude has made him the perfect fit for overseeing our Operations Departments.

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