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Linda Barber is a retired federal public service executive who also served as a senior director/branch manager in the Ottawa not-for-profit sector for ten years. Linda holds a B.A. from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University from Carleton University.
Linda’s long public service career has seen her serve in many capacities including the first Executive Director of Health Canada’s Office of Pediatric Initiatives, and as Director General of Human Resources and Transition Management, at Indian Residential School Resolution Canada. She is currently the Ottawa Branch Manager of the National Association of Federal Retirees.
Linda is also a dedicated volunteer, striving to improve animal protection and welfare. She served on the Board of the Ottawa Humane Society for seven years and chaired the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) Board from 2012-2014. Until the pandemic she taught humane education classes for OHS in elementary schools. She remains a long-standing member of the OHS Auxiliary. Linda served as the Humane Canada Board Chair from 2015 to 2019 and continues to support Humane Canada in many ways including through her Women for Humane Canada membership.
“I joined Women for Humane Canada because animals deserve better protection and Humane Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s criminal code to recognize animal abuse as a crime and to make people aware of how animal abuse can escalate to violence against others.”
Date Joined::January 1st, 2016
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 enjoy the wildlife that frequently visit the property
“I joined Women for Humane Canada 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.”
Member Since:January 11th, 2016
While Amber Mack keeps herself busy as the Office Manager for RSM Canada’s Red Deer office, she still makes time to volunteer for a number of not for profit organizations. Whether she’s attending a Board meeting, organizing a clothing drive to assist marginalized women returning to the workforce, organizing galas, doing social media for fundraisers, selling raffle tickets or ringing the bells at Christmas, Amber is a fixture in Red Deer’s volunteer scene. Amber credits her passion for volunteering to being a cancer survivor, as she believes that survivorship is a chance to be an inspiration and motivator for change in her community. She believes that those who stand in a place of privilege have a duty to give back.
She brings with her a wealth of experience with not for profit boards, policy governance and organizational behaviour and leadership, and knows that in joining forces with like-minded women across the country to advance Canada’s animal welfare agenda on the national stage, members of Women for Humane Canada will use their collective voices and influence to create necessary change for animals in their respective communities and across Canada.
“I am a lifetime animal lover. My Women for Humane Canada membership is one of my opportunities to marry my passion for governance with my love for animals. I am incredibly proud to be part of making meaningful change for animals and people in my country.”
Member Since::April 14th, 2016
Dianna Flannery is a lawyer and mediator. After practicing law for nine years she took a position at an international financial institution focusing on estate planning.
Dianna’s passion for animals has been with her since the day she was born. As a result, she has dedicated volunteer time to improving the lives of animals.
She has sat on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association Animal Law Section (now merged with the environmental law section) and was a regular contributor to the Animal Law Newsletter.
She is a former board member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society and currently continues to be involved with the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society as a Canine Companion. Dianna has also volunteered at the Vet Outreach Clinic that provides vet care services to those in need in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
“Joining the Women for Humane Canada provides an opportunity for me to work together with other woman who have the same goals in recognizing that we can live in harmony on this planet by recognizing our obligations not only to one another but the planet and the animals that share it with us.”
Member Since::April 19th, 2016
Building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating a culture of compassion and philanthropy in the community is Miranda’s passion. This philosophy was exemplified in her previous roles as CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society and CEO of the Glenrose Foundation.
Miranda has an extensive background in communications and business operations management that spans two decades. Her credentials include a public relations diploma from MacEwan University, a BA (Sociology) from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University, as well as a strategy certificate from Queen’s University.
Advancement is at the core of Miranda’s vision. She has a proven track record for driving results in the social sector. Her ability to transform organizations and advance social causes led to her being named Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (class of 2015) and led to two honourable mentions in Distinctive Women magazine for Women for Humane Canada, the national leadership philanthropy group Miranda co-founded in 2016. Miranda is currently pursuing her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation, which denotes excellence in fundraising practice. Miranda was the past vice-chair of WHC and past chair of Humane Canada.
“I let the evidence and results inform me about the needs ofthe sector. I was impressed with Humane Canada’s long-standing legacy. And, because of the Ottawa location, at the seat of government, I knew we were well positioned to do meaningful work on a national level.”
Member Since::April 29th, 2016
Melissa is a Fund Development Coordinator with a background in broadcast journalism. She started her path in animal welfare as a veterinary technician and from there her passion for helping animals eventually led to her work in fund development, using her experience in veterinary medicine, as well as her communications and marketing background in journalism, she has found her niche.
Melissa is passionate about fundraising to help give lost & unwanted animals a chance at a better future, and she recognizes the importance of her role to make this happen. She successfully plans and manages several events each year, as well as looking after donor relations, creating marketing content, and engaging with the community and media to promote fundraising efforts.
Melissa enjoys working with other like-minded women who feel strongly about creating change for animals in Canada and strengthening the Criminal Code to create harsher punishments for animal abuse and higher standards of care, not just for companion animals but farm animals as well
“I joined Women for Humane Canada because I was excited about the chance to work with other women who are passionate about being a voice for animals in Canada.We can teach others all animals deserve to be treated with love & respect and our animal welfare laws should reflect that.“
Member SInce::May 5th, 2016
Charlene has volunteered in multiple roles for the Edmonton Humane Society and BCSPCA in Vancouver and has provided education lessons in school classrooms to foster positive relationships with animals.
She works as a management consultant in strategic human resources and organizational development. Charlene and her husband share their home with a lovely cat, Penelope, who is a constant reminder of the value of animal companions
“Women for a Humane Canada provides me with an opportunity to work at a national level alongside other women to move the needle on building a more humane Canada through a common framework and focused action toward common goals.”
Member Since:September 21st, 2016
Jane was born and raised in Toronto, but spent much of her working life in Prince George, BC as a botany professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. She holds a BSc (York University), MSc (University of Guelph) and PhD (University of Toronto).
During 2016-7, she was the Community Council Chair of the North Cariboo District Branch of the BC SPCA. She retired in 2017 from UNBC and moved back to Ontario with her husband, Dave, to fulfill her dream of dedicating most of her energies to helping animals, including starting a program, “Pets Too”, which helps people in need to feed their pets. Dave and Jane adopted a puppy mill survivor, Pebbles, a few years ago and feel honoured to provide a loving and safe home for this sweet soul.
One of the areas Jane is most interested in is the violence link between animal cruelty and human cruelty and believes deeply that we can help both animals and people by recognizing this connection. She has been thrilled to head up Women for Humane Canada and continues to be one of its ambassadors every day by educating the public and government officials about animal issues, as well as investigating ways to make her local community a more humane environment for both animals and people
“I joined Women for Humane Canada because of the strong presence of women in the world of animal advocacy and I believe in our power and talent to make Canada a more humane nation. I encourage other women to join this amazing group and witness for themselves how their commitment is putting animals more strongly on the national map.”
Member Since:February 1st, 2017
Peggie Pelosi is a Social Architect. She has the unique professional combination of visionary, inspiring speaker and successful, innovative entrepreneur. Combining her skills in management, sales and marketing, and her commitment to involving people and companies in doing well and driving social change, Peggie established ORENDA Connections in 2004 as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Consultancy. Peggie is the author of Corporate Karma, a book that discusses how businesses can move forward by giving back, and a sought-after speaker to business groups and not-for-profit organizations.
Peggie is also the Executive Director of Innovators Alliance. She works with entrepreneurs and CEO’s throughout Ontario to ensure they have access to the tools and resources to ensure profitable and sustainable growth through innovation. Peggie teaches in the space of Social Innovation in graduate business programs at both the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College and Seneca College.
She is an animal lover with a fierce commitment to animal welfare.
Member Since:February 1st, 2017
Carrie Fritz is a CGA-CPA who was drawn to a career in animal welfare and the not-for-profit sector from the start. Carrie was delighted to accept the position of Controller at Calgary Humane Society in 2007, and was later on appointed Executive Director in 2014.
Once in the role of Executive Director, Carrie had a strong desire to build a professional, highly-skilled team in order to further all aspects of animal welfare. Growing up in a family of teachers, she understood the importance of education and used this as a strategy to develop the team so they could be successful in inspiring the community to take on the challenges of animal welfare and teach them to be responsible pet owners.
Carrie originally joined Women for Humane Canada as she wanted to be a part of this professional group of women who are passionate about animal welfare and who have significant influence in their communities and within their own social circles.
Carrie currently lives just south of Calgary, where she shares her home with her daughter, her two dogs (Daisy and Lacey) as well as her rescue rabbit, Winter
“I believe if we are to succeed in the animal welfare sector, we need to work together with a strong, unified voice. If we are able to connect the many conversations we are having individually and share these consistent messages across Canada, we will have a much greater impact in order to achieve our goals of helping more animals and saving lives.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2017
Over the years, Sue has taken on volunteer roles with Look Good Feel Better, Fairy Godmother Ottawa, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and now Humane Canada.
Sue came to Humane Canada with a vision of using her business acumen to support Humane Canada’s fundraising efforts and Sue is currently spearheading its annual flagship fundraising event, Animals Rock. Sue joined Women for a Humane Canada to make a positive difference in animal welfare laws and policies, to raise awareness about the need for stronger animal protection in Canada and to be a voice for all animals.
She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two cats, Nermal and Chewbacca.
” I became a part of Women for Humane Canada because I care deeply about the welfare of all animals. Even though I do not directly work in the animal welfare world, I knew that my ability to fundraise and organize events would offer much needed support to a very important organization”
Member Since:May 1st, 2017
Shannon Giust is a successful Ottawa-based entrepreneur with a passion for animal welfare, preservation and advocacy. As the past owner of a pet-grooming facility and retail pet store along with experience as a local municipal animal shelter employee, she has had the opportunity to work directly within the pet industry for many years.
In 2011, Shannon was a frontline employee at the Ottawa Humane Society when one of Canada’s largest puppy mill seizures took place. This was when she vowed to be a voice for the voiceless. Shannon understands that the path to a more Humane Canada is to be achieved through education, advocacy and participation.
It was through hr participation in a successful three-year campaign to end the sale of puppies and kittens within retail channels in Ottawa that Shannon was able to see fist-hand how laws can be changed and standards set at a municipal level with strong, logical advocacy
“I am looking forward to being a part of Women for Humane Canada to help drive positive change in animal welfare at a national level.”
Member Since:June 1st, 2017
Liz Torleé is a marketing, research and strategic planning executive with more than 30 years in the business. She began her career in the advertising industry working as the President of the Saatchi & Saatchi, and later Bozell Worldwide as the Strategic Planning Director.In 2004, Liz and her colleague set up TerraNova Market Strategies Inc.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Communications and Advertising, spending two years as Chair, and also served for a term on the Board of Toronto and Western Hospital Foundation.
Liz emigrated to Canada from England at the age of 21 and she and her husband Jürgen, currently live in Toronto with their two adopted cats. They are very keen travellers and many of their holidays are devoted to nature and wildlife, from the Arctic to the Antarctic from the Amazon to the Serengeti.
“I joined Women for a Humane Canada because it is the critically important hard edge behind the loving hearts – an organization that strives to make a serious and long-lasting difference.”
Member Since:June 1st, 2017
Judith Goldberg is an elementary school principal and life-long learner whose passion for animals has led her to host workshops by Keep It Wild, a program she hopes will inspire her students to foster compassion for wildlife and help them understand that they can make a real difference in the lives of animals.
Since coming on board as principal, Judith’s leadership has brought forward a strong focus on student well-being, character-building and participation in the Roots of Empathy program. Judith holds a degree in History and Political Science from Carleton University, a B.Ed from Ottawa University and an M.Ed from OISE.
Judith is honoured to be part of Women for Humane Canada and looks forward to the opportunity to have a more profound effect on animal cruelty and protection laws in Canada to ensure the well-being of all animals in this country
“I am honoured to be part of Women for Humane Canada and I look forward to the opportunity to have a more profound effect on animal cruelty and protection laws in Canada to ensure the well-being of all animals in our country.”
Member Since:June 1st, 2017
Carissa is the managing partner at Orenda – the Social Purpose Company and a mindfulness coach for those who are engaged in the difficult work of social change.
Ever since she can remember, Carissa has dreamed of a healthier, cleaner, safer and fairer world. Throughout her career she has worked as a frontline youth worker, educator, and international development practitioner, director, board member, and consultant tackling social, environmental, and indigenous issues around the world. Over the years, she has designed innovative and influential strategies and programs with some of the world’s leading organizations; including, Journalists for Human Rights, UNICEF Canada, and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Since a young adult, Carissa has cared for, fostered and adopted many animals. She joined Women for a Humane Canada as she believes strongly in the work CHFC does to address the root causes of animal welfare issues in Canada while also supporting those animals in immediate need of care.
“I have joined Women for Humane Canada because I believe strongly in the work that Humane Canada does to address the root causes of animal welfare issues in Canada.”
Member Since:August 15th, 2017
Renata Hale, CPA, CGA, Director, Technology & Strategy with the Municipal Finance Authority of BC in Victoria, BC. Her specialty is in big picture thinking and strategic solutions to address complex situations.
As part of her commitment to making positive change for animals, Renata believes in understanding all facets that impact animal welfare – legislative, legal, cultural, financial, and behavioral. Her belief is that a focus on shared purpose and professionalism in animal welfare is an imperative for this issue in Canada. She has done amateur animal rescue and fundraising for animals throughout her life, and has volunteered in a board and/or fundraising capacity with several animal welfare and rescue organizations over the past 15 years. She and her husband had a team that raised more than $50,000 over five “Paws For a Cause” BCSPCA fundraising events. Renata’s family nicknamed her “Doctor Doolittle” when at a very young age she demonstrated a keen interest in all animals, wild and domesticated. She still talks to animals more than she does to people. Renata is the guardian of two rescued Great Dane/Great Pyrenees dogs and seven “formerly feral” cats.
“I am thrilled to join this group of brilliant women, from all walks of life and all over Canada, as it provides the opportunity to collaborate and problem-solve with greater scope than any one of us could accomplish individually. This cause requires a sharing of purpose and cooperation on this scale to truly make a difference for all animals.”
Member Since:December 1st, 2018
Marta Etynkowski is co-owner of Raffael Cosmetics, a supplier of professional makeup, lash extensions and beauty supplies based in Montreal. Her career focus and expertise is in Business Operations, HR & Culture Management and Marketing. She is a also a frequent guest speaker at Humber College in Toronto, presenting on topics of ethics & sustainability, entrepreneurship and career development in the beauty industry.
As an animal lover working in the cosmetics industry, Marta is very aware of the controversy surrounding animal testing. She is committed to working towards reforming laws in Canada that will bring about a permanent ban on all animal testing. She works with various organizations to raise awareness and lobby cosmetic corporations to adopt alternatives to animal methods
For leisure, you can frequently find her strolling through an art gallery, reading crime thrillers, dining at the latest vegan restaurant or playing hide-and-seek with her two rescue cats, Daisy and Sylvester.
“I am thrilled to join Women for Humane Canada. The group’s commitment to advocate for animals is incredibly inspiring and I am excited to work with like-minded women in bringing about positive changes in animal welfare.”
Member Since:February 2nd, 2018
Nancy Penrose has been an active animal advocate for as long as she can remember. She is a dedicated member of The Social Petwork and has been a Director with several other non-profit organizations. Her focus is education, advocacy, and awareness about unethical breeding practices used by puppy mills and backyard breeders. Nancy has worked with several municipalities to make legislative changes regarding the sale of pets in the retail environment.
Nancy brings her extensive background in retail and commercial finance to aid pet store owners and retailers to convert their business model to feature rescue and shelter animals for adoption. She is passionate about assisting businesses to adapt to the changing market and focus on ethical and sustainable practices.
Nancy is a volunteer transporter for a wildlife rehabilitation centre, contributor to various newsletters featuring wildlife education and and fosters senior and palliative care dogs. Nancy considers it a privilege to provide a loving, caring home so they may have peace and happiness for their remaining time
“I became a member of Women for Humane Canada because I believe we can be the voice for change together.”
Member Since:February 20th, 2018
Nancy Nicks, CPA, is a Partner at Hendry Warren LLP. She focuses on entrepreneurial business and small business start-ups, providing advisory services in controllership, financial accounting and taxation in a variety of industry sectors. Providing personal attention and taking time to understand her clients’ businesses allows Nancy to deliver excellent service focusing on both business and personal financial goals
Nancy is responsible for auditing and assurance engagement quality control and is the training principal for the firm’s CPA student training program. She is also actively involved in managing human resources efforts for the firm.
Nancy is a member of CPA Canada, CPA Ontario, Women for Mental Health and the Women’s Executive Network.
“I joined this giving circle after attending an WHC event and wanted to help the organization protect animals. I am a cat lover, and I also enjoy dogs and other animals. I believe that anyone who loves animals and wants to protect them should join WHC to help them make a difference in animal welfare at the national level.”
Member Since:February 20th, 2018
Monika Enachescu is a geoscientist and sustainability professional with a passion for environmental, animal and social justice. She holds a BScH in Geosciences and a BSc Biology from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary.
Monika currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Animal Task Force and volunteers with Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, The Alice Sanctuary and Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation. She is also a long-time committee member and current board member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Monika believes in leading by example to empower others to make socially-conscious choices and is interested in creating better policy, legislation and education to improve, protect and defend the lives of women and animals.
“As a devoted animal lover, I am a strong believer in advocacy and empathy for all and I am honoured to join Women for Humane Canada, working to elevate these causes.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2018
Margaret Strecker is retired. During her career she held several senior management positions in the social services. He last position was Director of Services for Seniors in Halton Region. She has a Master’s of Social Work in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Toronto. Margaret is a strong supporter of the animal-human bond. She introduced cats, dogs, birds and rabbits to the Long-term Care facility for which she was responsible.
During her retirement she has dedicated herself to the well-being of animals. She was the Chair of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA for 4 years and has been and a Director on the board for 8 years. As well, she volunteers with the Hamilton Community Cat Network which is dedicated to humanely resolving the issue of the many community cats in our city.
“I believe that all animals should have the opportunity to enjoy the five essential freedoms: from hunger and thirst, from pain, injury and disease, from distress, from discomfort and to express behaviours that promote well-being. I am excited to be a part of Women for a Humane Canada to work together for this change.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2018
Lisa is a CA, CPA working in the oil and gas sector in Calgary and is the current Board President for Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). She is proud to be a member of Women for Humane Canada and believes that all animals deserve respect and humane treatment.
Lisa attended Brock University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Accounting Honours Co-op degree, obtaining her CA designation in 1996. While working at Deloitte`s, Lisa had the privilege to participate in an international secondment program that took her to Johannesburg, South Africa, which gave her the opportunity to experience African wildlife up close. Lisa describes this experience as “life altering”. Having been bitten by the travel bug, Lisa moved to the tiny island of Bermuda in 1999 to further her accounting and finance career. It was there that Lisa met her Irish husband, Alan.
In 2011, Lisa moved to Calgary and has fallen in love with the natural beauty of Alberta and its wildlife and still gets excited when the neighbourhood deer decide to nap her in yard. Lisa and her husband are proud parents of two feline fur babies: Bailey and Bella
“I joined WHC because I believe the donations from WHC go a long way to support the efforts to update and change animal welfare laws in Canada. Joining WHC means being part of an important movement with the added benefit of being led by women.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2018
Marcie Moriarty is the Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer with the BC SPCA. After obtaining degrees in Animal Biology and Law from the University of British Columbia, Marcie was called to the bar in 2003. Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy led her to a career with the BC SPCA starting in 2005.
In her current role, Marcie leads a department that combines cruelty investigations, government relations, outreach, and scientific programs. Some of the BC SPCA Prevention and Enforcement Department successes she is most proud of are the strengthening of the provincial animal cruelty laws, including increasing penalties and the incorporation of various codes of practice. Marcie was also a key contributor to the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). In recognition of her work with NCPAC, she was presented with a 2016 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Award by Humane Canada in 2016. Marcie is also thrilled to be the new chair of the Humane Canada board.
“I am a firm believer in the change-making power that a group of committed, talented and diverse women can have. I am pleased to join Women for Humane Canada. It is my hope that my experience being a vocal advocate for animal issues will be an asset to the group and will help secure lasting and impactful improvements for animals in Canada.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2018
Mirella Montgomery has lived in Calgary virtually all her life and holds a Master’s of Counselling Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree.
As an animal lover from a very young age, Mirella has been an active volunteer in the animal rescue community for many years. She has co-founded two animal charities to address fundamental needs within animal rescue, most recently founding Four Feet Companion Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting other animal charities with special projects, emergency situations and educational initiatives.
On a personal note, Mirella spends her free time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and three furry family members
“I am thrilled to be joining Women for Humane Canada, It is the perfect venue to meet like-minded women who can rally together to use their combined experiences, talents, and, above all, passion, to accomplish so much more for animals. I see it as the perfect fit for my vision for animal welfare in Canada.”
Member Since:May 1st, 2018
Natalie received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and teaches philosophy and ethics courses at the University of Guelph, the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College. She is also a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, where she has presented multiple papers on animal issues such as the ethics of fur and the ethics of animal representation in the media. Her research focuses on animal ethics and applied ethics, and she published a book in 2016 title ‘Animal Ethics and the Autonomous Animal Self’. She is dedicated to advancing both the academic and theoretical views on animal ethics, as well as their real-life applications.
Natalie believes in the power of education to create a more compassionate and just society for people, animals and nature. She is excited and honoured to be included in the company of such inspiring and dedicated women who are addressing animal welfare issues and their causes, and looks forward to contributing to a more humane Canada.
“I believe this work is vitally important to the protection of animals and implementation of animal ethics into legislation, and it demonstrates the connection between animal ethics and its application to animal welfare issues.”
Member Since::June 1st, 2019
With a background in the social sciences, Jane left formal studies a few decades ago, pursuing independent thought and research instead. Though her sphere of influence be modest, Jane’s passion and determination are mighty. She is a grassroots advocate, promoting awareness of the ethically and existentially urgent need for substantial, systemic, and sustained improvements in: the welfare of all vulnerable animals; environmental preservation and restoration, most particularly transformative climate action.
Vegan, and embracing a zero-waste life-style, Jane is a 55 year old receptionist looking forward to a cat colony caregiving retirement. The core of Jane’s animal advocacy centers upon facilitating rapid progress in the nationally co-ordinated, long-term resolution of Canada’s unconscionable cat overpopulation crisis. Loving memory-hugs with her soul-mate felines, Jesse, Kimmy, and Callie, sustain her in this quest.
“I’m pleased to add my voice to Women for Humane Canada. The group’s empirical initiatives strategically push for sustained, dramatic improvements for all animals in Canada. A synergistic incorporation of the foci that new members bring to the WHC collectivity encourages a flexibility and progressively inclusive nature to the group’s evolution.”
Member Since:July 1st, 2019
Jacqueline works at the Perimeter Institute forTheoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON as their Senior Relationship Manager, Strategic Philanthropy. She has a passion for sharing humane education within the community and cares about all things animal welfare, related to both companion animals, those within the food-supply chain and the ecosystems that are vital to supporting them.
Jacqueline focused her masters thesis at the University of Guelph on addressing the question of “Who should be leading the charge? Leadership and Animal Welfare in the Food Supply Chain”. She has been involved with The Humane Society of KW and Stratford Perth since 2013, first in Humane Education and is now President of the Board of Directors.
“As a long time animal welfare advocate, I am thrilled to join a group of women who are addressing the root causes of all animal suffering at the national level through policy change, legislative review, awareness/educational campaigns and their efforts to showcase the link between animal and human abuse.”
Member Since:September 20th, 2019
Jennifer’s love for animals started at an early age with two cats her parents adopted when a friend needed to move and couldn’t take the cats with them. Since then, and throughout her life Jennifer has donated to various causes and in 2017 also started volunteering for the North Toronto Cat Rescue as a caregiver. She and her husband currently have two cats (Kiwi and Taco) that were adopted from NTCR and they are the loves of their lives.
As a CPA-CA by day, Jennifer currently works for a Canadian Financial Institution where she helps manage the project portfolio finances for one of their groups. In her free time she’s also a food blogger for Gastro World where she visits restaurants and advises on the experience.
“I’m excited to connect with a group of women who want to do more to better the lives of animals in Canada! Being an avid food lover, I want to engage the group on an initiative I’m developing on helping Canadians make better choices when buying and eating meat. Seeing the wealth of experience in the group, there will be much to learn.”
Member Since:October 4th, 2019
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College (University of Toronto), a Senior Fellow at Massey College, and a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, where she taught international relations at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
As a child, Elizabeth rescued and raised orphaned baby birds and squirrels. Over the years, she has adopted two dogs from Humane Society shelters and two from rescue organizations – all of whom are/were beloved companions. Her current canine companion is a beautiful rescue from Northern Manitoba. Elizabeth welcomes the opportunity to contribute her research and analytical skills to the valuable work of Women for Humane Canada.
“Women for Humane Canada provides the opportunity to work with strong, like-minded women to advocate for laws that protect animals from abuse and promote their well-being, and to raise public awareness about the intrinsic importance of animals and their right to respect and quality of life. I strongly endorse Humane Canada’s groundbreaking work to raise awareness of the link between violence against humans and violence against animals and to establish policies and practices aimed at prevention and intervention ”
Member Since:September 22nd, 2019
Aedes Scheer grew up on a beef and grain farm in southern Alberta. She studied to become an Animal Health Technologist before completing a Bachelor of Science, later tacking on a high school teaching certificate and a Masters of Science. She went to the Yukon Territory for a six-week vacation and nearly 30 years later, still calls the Yukon home.
While living in Dawson City, she provided veterinary assistance to a community that did not have a local vet, worked as a mosquito biologist, served on City Council, volunteered for the ambulance service, and started Humane Society Dawson (HSD). Through her work with HSD, she helped shape the initial iteration of the Yukon Animal Protection Act, and was a director-at-large with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). Later she was a member of the Canadian Council on Animal Care during her time at the CFHS.
In 2006, Scheer decided to return to school and complete a medical degree. She now works as a rural GP in the Yukon and Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories. She remains a board member of HSD
“I look forward to being a member of the Women for Humane Canada, to learn more about animal welfare efforts on the national scene, and to be able to bring this information for the betterment of animal-human interactions back to the community I love.”
Member Since:November 27th, 2019
Lillian Chieh leads brand strategy for a leading professional services firm. With over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Lillian’s areas of expertise includes branding and design, content marketing, public relations, digital marketing, and social media to B2B audiences.
Lillian has experienced first-hand the value that animals bring to people’s lives. Humane Canada provides an opportunity to reciprocate what animals contribute to our quality of life
“I joined Women for Humane Canada to support an inclusive group of individuals who are devoted to improving animal welfare across the country.”
Member Since:December 19th, 2019
With a deep passion for issues related to animal welfare, the environment, and social justice, Dani believes in the power of charities to address the challenges of our time. Dani is the Regional Relationship Manager for PetSmart Charities of Canada, where she manages the national strategic grantmaking portfolio for Canada’s leading funder of animal welfare.
Previous to her role at PetSmart Charities of Canada, Dani managed the allocation of grant funding for a private foundation focused on environmental justice and housing, and founded a consultancy centered upon building the fundraising capacity of grassroots organizations. Dani volunteers her time as a board member of the Sustainability Network, and as treasurer for a social media conference for non-profits.
Dani is responsible for national grantmaking decisions in all areas for PetSmart Charities of Canada, except adoptions and pet transport. She builds relationships with grantees across Canada and travels to meet with partners up to 60-percent of the year
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to participate in Women for Humane Canada, working alongside strong leaders to positively influence the welfare of animals in Canada and beyond.”
Member Since:January 10th, 2020
Brittany Gawley is a renowned photographer, educator MA (Ed), former professional athlete (CWHL) and the host of the Naturally Curious Podcast. She’s on a mission to get people curious again and empowers her audience to be bold, tap into their uniqueness and take action to make the world a better place – all while having fun, of course. Gawley’s clients and publications include enRoute Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Global Citizen, Narcity Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Engineers Without Borders, CTV, Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canada’s History Magazine, Royal Roads University, Volleyball Canada and more. She is the proud founder of A Night For Conservation , an ambassador for the National Environmental Network, a founding member of Women for Nature with Nature Canada, an honorary NEXTIE at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an honorary Women For Humane Canada.
“Imagine what we can build, together – a more humane Canada! As an Honorary Woman for Humane Canada, I look forward to educating d empowering others and in advancing the well-being of all species across Canada“.
Member Since:March 4th, 2020
Elizabeth Mitchell is an Associate Vice President with TD Insurance, and has been with TD Bank Financial Group for 12 years in various roles including business transformation, project management, customer experience and colleague engagement. Prior to joining TD, Elizabeth held corporate communications and project management roles at another Bank, as well as with an arts organization.
When not at work, Elizabeth can be found in her garden (in good weather), curled up with a good book (in bad weather), hanging out with family and friends, or channeling Steve Perry at the local karaoke bar. Elizabeth and her husband Steve are passionate about animals and animal welfare, and couldn’t imagine life without at least a couple of cats at any one time!”
“I joined Women for Humane Canada because I want to make a positive impact on animal welfare.“
Member Joined:May 5th, 2020
Darcy is an entrepreneur and communications professional by day, and a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Naval Reserve by night. She holds a B.A with specialization in Communications from the University of Ottawa and in addition to her twelve years of experience in the Canadian Armed Forces, she previously worked at the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a communications advisor. There, she managed the RCN’s online presence and advised senior leadership on social media best practices. In 2013 she started Bowda Creative Communications, a womxn run independent agency that provides Canadian businesses, organizations, and nonprofits with creative communications solutions. Darcy has always been an animal lover and advocate, and lives in Ottawa with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
“I truly believe in the collective power of a group of talented women (that’s why my business is run by women!) and jumped at the opportunity to make an impact on a national and systematic level through Women for Humane Canada. This year I’m focusing on leaning more into my personal values and doing my part to create a more humane country, and ultimately, planet. Our animals deserve better, and they deserve a voice.”
“We share this beautiful planet with trillions of non-human Earthlings. They all have a right to the same joy of living as do we upright two-legged types. My aim is to amplify their voices through my writing and passion for social media”
Antonia Zerbisias (B.A., MBA) is a veteran professional journalist who spent most of her 45-year career full time reporting for CBC-TV and writing columns for the Toronto Star. Since her retirement in 2014, she freelances for magazines, online news and commentary sites, alternative publications and occasionally blogs at www.antoniaz.ca.
A plant eater, planet hugger and pooch lover, she has worked in rescue and, over the years, lived with eight dogs, seven cats and a Budgie, most of which were rescues and/or foundlings. Women for Humane Canada represents a way to capitalize on her skills and experience to help all animals all across the country and the world.
With more than 25 years of experience, Rosemary has held leadership positions in charities based in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. She is currently the Chief Development Officer for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, the second largest chapter in the United States. Rosemary’s passion since childhood has been animals. She created her first anti-seal hunt petition at the age of 10 and at the age of 39 became the Chief Development Officer for the largest animal welfare organization of its kind in Canada. She has volunteered for numerous rescues throughout her life. In 2010, she began travelling to Asia to help elephants exploited by the tourism industry. In addition to her work on the ground, Rosemary has given numerous public talks to create awareness in the west. She has enjoyed a plant-based diet for more than13 years and lives in New York City.
“Women for Humane Canada is an opportunity to make a powerful difference in the lives of animals across the entire country AND gain a sisterhood at the same time. Each woman I have met so far is a force – and a lot of fun! There is nothing quite like it anywhere.”
Jane Thornthwaite has a strong record of advocating for animal rights, improving child and youth mental health services, lobbying for accessible and equitable addiction recovery services and improving services for sexual assault survivors.
She has a history of tirelessly working on behalf of others in her many roles as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in both government and opposition. She served as the MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour for 11 years. Prior to that she was Chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education and was a Registered Dietitian, Corporate Nutritionist and Lecturer at the University of BC. As MLA, Jane was the Parliamentary Secretary for Child and Youth Mental Health and Anti-bullying, Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth, and the Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions.
When in government, Jane presented the bill “ Standards of Care for Breeders of Companion Animals – Dogs and Cats“, which was one of the few private members’ bills that passed unanimously in the BC provincial legislature. The bill was designed to shut down puppy and kitty mills. She is well versed in obtaining consensus between non-profit organizations, community groups, academics, professionals and several levels of government to achieve results. Jane has helped countless non-profit groups and individuals navigate the complex world of government relations to help them reach their strategic goals. Jane is committed to ensuring legislators know the connection between animal welfare and humanity and to ensure that animal welfare is top of mind when bills are brought forward to parliament for debate. Jane adopted Ozzy, a COVID-puppy, and their daily walks and loving bond have supported their ability to survive the uncertainties of the pandemic.
“I am proud to join this diverse and professional group of women dedicated to animal welfare issues in Canada. Humane Canada has made significant accomplishments, but there is always more to be done. As a government relations specialist, and child and animal advocate who works on behalf of those most vulnerable in our society, my hope is that my experience will help Humane Canada bring positive legislative changes for animals. We need to ensure all legislators from all levels of government understand the strong connection between animal and human suffering – and bringing positive changes for animals will make a better society for all.”