Paragon Funeral Services Staff
Our mission at Paragon Funeral & Cremation Services is to provide a professional environment which incorporates affordable options. As a family owned and operated business since 1998, we maintain a standard of excellence second to none. Our values are professionalism, dignity, honesty and compassion through life's most difficult journey.
What sets us apart, is a staff that has a wealth of combined experience. Each staff member has chosen their profession because it provides them with an opportunity to demonstrate compassion, understanding, and caring to families during difficult times. Each member of the staff believes wholeheartedly in the values we represent. These qualities are at the heart of the services we provide to each family we work with, no matter what that family’s individual needs might be.
Under the management of Miles and Louise, the staff at Paragon continues to uphold the highest standard of service.
Miles & Louise Ernst
After a friend suggested that a career as a funeral director might suit him, Miles pursued a summer work term. During that time, he realized that the profession of a funeral director is often misinterpreted as being surrounded by death — a sentiment that could not be further from the truth, as Miles believes that his work is all about helping the living.
Having completed an apprenticeship at Clements Funeral Home in Rosetown, Miles obtained his licenses as funeral director and embalmer through the Saskatchewan Funeral Service Association, in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan, and accepted the position of general manager with Paragon Funeral Services in 2001. In 2012, in conjunction with the acquisition of the crematorium, Miles obtained his Certified Cremation Technician designation.
A sports enthusiast, Miles enjoys coaching and watching his boys play hockey and football and cheers on his beloved Green Bay Packers.
Louise was also introduced to the profession in British Columbia. She accepted an opportunity to apprentice at Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Port Alberni, B.C. and graduated from the Western School of Funeral Services in B.C. in 1998.
Not only do they own the business, both are licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Together, Miles and Louise provide clients with over 30 years of caring experience.
Louise joined Miles at Paragon Funeral Services in 2002, after finishing maternity leave with the first of their four sons.
In her free time, Louise is a digital scrapbooking enthusiast who also has interests in reading, photography, landscaping and interior design. She spends her winters as a hockey mom!
Together, Miles and Louise are the proud parents of four boys. As a family, the Ernst’s enjoy camping, going on vacation and participating in various community activities.
Trevor has been part of the Paragon family since 2008, he has been in the business for over 35 years as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Trevor completed his apprenticeship through the Saskatchewan Funeral Service Association, and graduated from its education program, in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan. He has also taken numerous grief counseling courses.
Outside of work, Trevor enjoys golfing, his family and traveling. He has done numerous volunteer projects within the community over the years.
Chrystal joined the family at Paragon Funeral Services in 2002. She completed her apprenticeship in 2006 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer and was certified through Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. She was away from Paragon for 4 years while she stayed at home and raised her boys. Chrystal came back full time in April of 2014.
Away from the office, Chrystal enjoys relaxing at home with her husband and two boys.
Donald was born and raised in Swift Current, SK. He has been in the funeral industry since 1994. Don joined Paragon in 2011 and has his Funeral Director's and Crematorium Technician's licenses. To unwind, "Crispy" as his friends call him, enjoys the company of many good friends. Don is a Free Mason and a Shriner. His hobbies include gardening, music, cooking, wine tasting, traveling and of course with pride and affection a season ticket holder to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Tinika is the newest member to the Paragon team. She joined our staff in 2011 while enrolled in the Funeral Service Program that is offered through SIAST. Tinika obtained her Funeral Director's license in 2013 and is currently working towards her Embalmer's license. Through her own personal experiences, Tinika has gained a strong sense of compassion for families who are facing the challenges of losing a loved one. Born and raised in Regina, she is a busy mother of two, who enjoys gardening, biking and outdoor adventures with her family in her leisure time. Recognizing the value of working for a locally owned business, Tinika takes pride in serving the people of our community with dignity and respect.
Peter Falk Peter Falk is a Prearranged Funeral Consultant and a valuable member of the Paragon Funeral Services family. Previously a pastor, crisis intervention specialist, foster parent, businessman and farmer, Peter brings a wealth of life experience to his work. A graduate from Columbia Bible College, Peter majored in education and earned a life license certificate, a direct sales certificate and a crisis intervention certificate prior to joining the Paragon team in 2007. "I enjoy meeting people and helping pre-plan funerals, I find it very enjoyable and fulfilling, as I am helping make life easier for those left behind." Peter believes that people are better able to find peace of mind when their funeral arrangements have been pre-planned. In his experience, surviving family members are also grateful to have these arrangements made in advance. Outside of work, Peter enjoys woodworking and landscape railroading in his backyard.