Tara Hellewell

Tara was appointed to the role of Executive Director for the Central Alberta Humane Society (CAHS), formerly the Red Deer & District SPCA, in August 2011. This position saw her come full circle after a volunteer position on the Central Alberta Humane Society Board of Directors in 2001 led to a subsequent career in Fund Development. Tara could see that her sales and marketing background combined with her outspoken passion would be a benefit to the charitable sector and would offer her a very rewarding career choice. For more than 14 years, Tara has contributed to the fundraising success of three charities in her community. Tara continues to provide focused leadership to the CAHS as it grows into its new $4 million, 12,000 square foot facility, completed in 2010. An aggressive strategy to enhance the profile of the shelter, along with the introduction of community outreach programs – such as the K9 Companion Pet Therapy Program, which supports volunteer therapeutic visits to hospitals, long-term care homes and seniors’ homes – have truly established a new connection to the community. This type of people-focused programming has opened opportunities for increased funding and given the CAHS an enviable reputation as a leader in both human and animal services. Tara hopes that her support of Humane Canada™ at a board level will help to bring the voice of Albertans to the table and equally bring awareness of important issues to the communities in that province – in particular, the issues of farm animal and companion animal welfare. Tara lives in Sylvan Lake, Alberta with Jaret and her two dogs, Harlee and Bandit. She enjoys spending any spare time constructing their off-grid log cabin on the shores of Kootenay Lake outside of Nelson, BC, where they can enjoy the freedom of nature and the wildlife that frequently visit the property.