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Sanctum Care Group Joins Trusted Saskatoon's Non-Profit Category

The Trusted Saskatoon team ran a social media contest in 2018 to decide upon a new category; the majority asked for it to be  Trusted Saskatoon NON-PROFITS. This was a good fit, as we have always had a strong community focus. Trusted was proud to be recognized as the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award for Community recipient in 2017.

We are thrilled to announce that Sanctum Care Group is our newest Saskatoon non-profit partner. In this article, we will share WHO they are, what they do and why Trusted wanted to get more involved in helping Sanctum achieve their lofty goals! After reading this, we hope you will join us in helping them! 

Trusted Saskatoon welcomes Sanctum Care Group, the latest addition to our Trusted Saskatoon Non-Profit Category. This revolutionary non-profit organization is making waves with its innovative HIV care model, drawing attention from across Saskatchewan and beyond. In this blog post, we'll delve into the inspiring story of Sanctum Care Group, its founders, and their impactful work to provide holistic care to individuals with or at risk of HIV.

Katelyn & Morris

The story begins with Katelyn Roberts and Dr. Morris Markentin, two relentless individuals who defied skeptics to establish Saskatchewan's first HIV hospice. Katelyn, a former HIV case manager, pitched the idea to Dr. Markentin years ago over a meal at their favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Saskatoon. Their vision was to shift the focus from reactive to proactive care, providing preventative, holistic, and trauma-informed support before problems escalated.

Dr. Markentin, with years of experience in addiction medicine, recognized the interconnected issues of poverty, inadequate housing, and trauma as the root causes of his patients' challenges. Sanctum Care Group found its home in an empty building on Avenue O, a space provided by the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation. The initial days were challenging, with only two residents –a patient affectionately known as the "Lone Ranger" and Katelyn Roberts herself.  When the second patient moved in, the Lone Ranger stretched out a hand and said, “Welcome to heaven.” Soon, the 10-bed facility was battling a six-month waiting list. For many, it was the first time in their lives that many of the residents had a safe, stable place to call home.

The Impact of Sanctum Care Group 

Today, Sanctum Care Group provides solace for individuals with HIV, supports mothers in keeping custody of and reuniting with their children, and offers a peaceful environment for palliative patients. Dr. Markentin emphasizes that, at Sanctum, no one has to face death alone. The organization has extended its reach through various initiatives, connecting former residents to housing and Sanctum 1.5, a neonatal care home for pregnant women, those with HIV or those at risk of contracting it.

Acknowledging that the journey was far from perfect, Dr. Markentin believes that Sanctum Care Group has made a significant impact already, and they have so much more to give! The organization's signature fundraiser, the annual Sanctum Survivor, involves community leaders spending 36 hours on the streets, simulating the challenges faced by those with chronic diseases and no housing. This event raises funds and fosters a deeper understanding of the struggles in Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods.

 In 2023, the founder of Trusted Sara Wheelwright stepped up to participate as one of the ten survivors in the Sanctum Survivor event. Together, they raised a staggering $426,000, with Sara individually contributing an impressive $26,700. The huge final total was greatly impacted by the efforts of 2023 survivor participant David Dube, who surpassed his personal  $100,000 fundraising goal and announced at the Sanctum Gala that his total would be matched by the Les & Irene Dubé Foundation. 

Reflecting on her experience, Sara said: 

"The Sanctum Survivor experience was extremely humbling; I had no idea how many barriers our cities' most vulnerable citizens face in their daily lives. When I understood how impactful Sanctum is , I was determined to help them going forward - the work they do is so needed and I hope I can help them as they grow and share their model for the benefit of all involved! "

 This is a glimpse of their experience.


Sanctum Care Group's journey is a testament to the power of determination, compassion, and a vision for proactive care. As they continue to expand and share their proven programs, Sanctum Care Group is making a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with HIV and their families. Trusted Saskatoon is excited to have them in our Non-Profit Category, and we look forward to amplifying and supporting their transformative work for the community.

Sanctum Care Group is a Trusted Saskatoon Non-Profit - learn more about them and their programs on the listing.

Trusted Founder Sara Wheelwright Steps Up To Participate In 2023 The Sanctum Survivor 36-Hour Challenge

The Trusted team believes giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Saskatoon business community. We love our city and do what we can in an effort to support local events,  non-profits and to help individuals in need. 

 Help Sara reach her fundraising target and Support Sanctum Care Group by donating:

"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody." ~ Malcolm Bane 

On May 25 & 26, 2023, our founder Sara Wheelwright, and eight other community leaders will live as if homeless for 36 hours on the streets of Saskatoon as part of the Sanctum Survivor 36-Hour Challenge. In teams of two, Survivor participants will be given tasks to complete. Each lesson will aim to demonstrate specific challenges that society is often unaware of but are an everyday reality for those homeless with HIV. Participants will wear donated clothes and shoes. They will not be allowed personal belongings other than a phone (to update the public on their journey). The event itself is both powerful and unprecedented. It attempts to shed light on the intense hardship faced by people who experience poverty, homelessness and chronic illness here in Saskatoon.

Sara Wheelwright - Participant - 2023 Sanctum Survivor Challenge. 

Owner of Trusted Saskatoon and Trusted Marketing Services, Sara is an award-winning marketer, entrepreneur, and community supporter. Sara is committed to supporting our community and volunteers her time and professional resources. You will find her organizing & facilitating conferences to provide tools and a safe space to discuss critical social issues, such as youth suicide, domestic violence and trauma.

She donates ongoing marketing services to support many non-profit fundraising events and ongoing campaigns., Including, but not limited to, Wiegers Care For Kids, TLC@Home, Saskatoon Progress Club, Mending Little Hearts and TeleMiracle.

Nothing satisfies Sara more than promoting and supporting local non-profits and organizations to succeed. When she was approached to be a participant in the 2023 challenge,

 she didn't hesitate to step up; she had heard about the fantastic work Sanctum has been doing in Saskatoon and wanted to do all she could to help. 


Sanctum is Saskatchewan's first hospice with respite and supportive care for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Sanctum Group is a registered Non-profit, and it runs several vital programs.


The hospice and transitional care home provides around-the-clock transitional care for HIV-positive persons with social and high-risk behaviours and conditions, including homelessness, that prevents them from adequately caring for themselves. In addition, this home provides compassionate end-of-life care to HIV-positive individuals with a palliative diagnosis. 

Sanctum 1.5

10-bed prenatal care home which supports high-risk and HIV-positive pregnant women at risk of having their infants apprehended at birth.

Sanctum provides a community for individuals requiring supportive care to attain their optimum level of health while maximizing their control and dignity. Incorporating existing community services in Sanctum's safe and supportive environment, the prenatal home works preventively to meet these women's health and social needs more effectively and efficiently, improving the health and well-being of mom and baby while mitigating the risks associated with apprehensions of infants at birth.

As of May 2022, 92 mothers completed/graduated the program – 93 babies were prevented from entering foster care. In addition, mothers who have successfully graduated from the program have had an additional 56 children returned to their care. A total of 149 children are now successfully within the care of their mothers, either through prevention or return from foster care.

" I humbly ask for your support as a participant in the 2023 Sanctum Survivor Challenge, I have a target to raise $20,000 and I can only do that with the help of my friends, family and colleagues. Sanctum does much-needed work in our city, and I acknowledge that the 36-hour homelessness experience by no means accurately depicts the numerous barriers and complex issues faced by persons who survive daily in poverty and homelessness; however, I hope that drawing awareness of some of the many challenges our cities most vulnerable citizen face may be a catalyst for real and lasting change. Anything you can do to support me will be appreciated and valued. Thank you in advance "  Sara Wheelwright 


There are several ways you can support Sara in the 2023 Challenge.

1. Follow along on Sara's social media to take part in her journey in The 2023 Sanctum Survivor Challenge on May 25th & 26th 2023

Please SHARE Sara's posts to help spread awareness of this year's challenge. 

1.. Help Sara reach her fundraising target and Support Sanctum Care Group by donating here:

4. Another way you can help is to donate much-needed Items to Sanctum. Please email and she will arrange for pick up. See the list of items Sanctum 1.5 needs below. 

Resident Needs:

  • Winter gear – coats, boots, toques, mitts, etc.

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • Sports bras/nursing bras

  • Adult colouring books/coloured markers

  • Laundry baskets

  • Underarm deodorant 

  • Shampoo/conditioner/body wash/soap

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Lotions (scent-free)

  • Disposable razors

  • Nail clippers

  • Socks/underwear

  • Bath Towels

  • Face cloths

  • Pillows/ pillowcases

  • Slippers

  • Maternity wear/sweat pants(leggings)/Nightshirts(P.J.’s)

  • House coats

  • Pyjamas

  • Men's and women's sweats, shoes, comfortable indoor clothing

  • Crafting supplies

  • Nursing pads

  • Nipple cream


Baby Items:

  • Outdoor wear or winter wear

  • Diapers

  • Baby wipes

  • Diaper cream

  • Formula

  • Pacifiers

  • Nasal aspirator

  • Sleepers

  • Car seat covers

  • Baby soaps/lotions

  • Sent free baby laundry detergent

  • Face cloths

  • Baby towels

  • Receiving blankets

  • Baby nail care kit

  • Breastfeeding pillow

  • Baby under shirts

  • Bottle washers

  • Bottle warmers

  • Bottle liners

  • Bibs

  • Diapers

  • Teething rings

  • Baby socks

  • Night lights

  • Crib/bassinet sheets

Household Items 

Please note: Health Regulations require that these items be unopened and in their original packaging.

  • Instant pot

  • Ninja blender

  • Bread maker

  • Large slow cooker

  • Canned goods

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Cereal

  • Nonperishable food items


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