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Our Board

The Board of Directors is the governance body of the Guelph Humane Society. The Director’s on the Board represent the membership of the GHS, and provides high-level oversight and strategic direction for the organization. The Board also ensures that the activities of the GHS fall within the organization’s governance policies, and that the GHS is in compliance with all relevant laws. Candidates for the Board are selected from the community, and are individuals, who are passionate about the GHS and animal welfare and have skills that assist the Board with its overall goals. Volunteer Board members are elected by the GHS membership at the Annual General Meeting, and serve a three-year term in accordance with the corporation’s by-laws. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact the Board Chair at chairbod@guelphhumane.ca

Contact the Board

Chair of the Board: chairbod@guelphhumane.ca

Secretary of the Board: board@guelphhumane.ca

Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Chair background

Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Chair

Stephanie is a lawyer practicing in Guelph, where she is a partner at the firm of Sutherland Kelly LLP. She practices condominium and commercial litigation, and assists individuals whose dogs have been seized under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act or similar bylaws. Volunteering and giving back to the community are extremely important to Stephanie. Aside from the Guelph Humane Society, she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Wellington Law Association, Dunara Homes for Recovery, and the University of Guelph’s Research Ethics Board. She is also a member of the Zonta Club of Guelph, and a volunteer with the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival.

As a vegan, Stephanie is passionate about animal rights and animal welfare. She shares her home with two mastiffs, Kenobi and Chewbacca, a rat named Luna, and a bearded dragon named Norbert; all of whom are rescues. Being a part of the Guelph Humane Society is very meaningful to Stephanie, because it gives her an opportunity to support an organization that does so much good for the animals in our community.

Shane Bateman - Vice Chair background

Shane Bateman - Vice Chair

Shane has served on the board for a number of years, contributing in a positive way to the many challenges that face the Society. He is passionate about community engagement and has worked to engage other organizations and individuals within our community and captivate them to understand the work the shelter does, and motivate them to give more generously of their time, attention, understanding, and financial support. In his journey as a veterinarian and academic, Shane has learned the important value of teamwork, compromise, and excellent communication skills, and he brings these qualities to the board table. At the end of his term, success will be defined by improving the markers of a healthy shelter (lower euthanasia, higher adoption, etc) and the celebration that healthy human animal bonds bring to all of our lives.

Chad Hepburn - Finance Chair background

Chad Hepburn - Finance Chair

Chad believes that the Guelph Humane Society is an essential nonprofit organization within the Guelph community and relishes the opportunity to assist in the continued operations and sustainability of the organization. His skills in financial and accounting are helping the Guelph Humane Society reach its current and future goals.

Chad is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) with BDO Canada LLP where he works as a manager in the audit and assurance department. He has seven years of experience working in public accounting firms and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Many of his clients are not-for-profit organizations and he brings this extensive knowledge of accounting for not-for-profit organizations.

Clare Wooding - Secretary background

Clare Wooding - Secretary

Clare believes in giving back to those that have shown generosity, and the Guelph Humane Society has done just that. The shelter has provided Clare two furry companions to her home – a Great Dane named Deacon and a loving cat named Winx. Since 2013, she have been part of the board of directors. In addition to being a long-time GHS supporter and community volunteer, she brings considerable experience on not-for-profit boards. Clare has worked in agriculture communications for more than 10 years and has a Masters degree in the field. She lends her expertise as a communicator and understanding of animal welfare through her degree in Agricultural Animal Biology to her role on the Guelph Humane Society board of directors.

Patty Boylen - Director background

Patty Boylen - Director

Patty’s professional career in medicine, as a Cardiac Surgical Consultant, has led her to many countries, working and teaching in hospitals throughout the world. She notes that although there are so many differences in cultures worldwide, the thing she observed during her sojourns in each country was the virtues of volunteerism. No matter in which society we live, the community spirit, that compassion and drive to help one another, is the same in any language; in this, we converse universally.

A quote by Herman Melville, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow beings.”  Patty is connected to a thousand fibers of all the many animals that have enriched her life so immensely and graciously.  This is why she has dedicated almost half of her adult life in the service of volunteerism in many capacities for the Guelph Humane Society. She notes that being a small part of the tremendous work of the shelter, specifically uniting animals with their pet parents so both can experience the joy of the animal-human bond, is her measure of a life well lived.

Linda Caston - Director background

Linda Caston - Director

Linda has served as a director of the Guelph Humane Society for a number of years. She has a strong interest in governance and played a major role in developing the current board policies. Since joining the board, she has served as secretary and been involved with every committee of the board. Linda has been a cat and kitten foster home for many years, and has joyfully reared kittens for the shelter on a continuous basis, primarily orphan and feral cases. She also fosters older cats having special needs.

Linda is passionate about education and promoting responsible pet ownership and, most importantly, the development of sharing partnerships within our community to champion an inclusive respect for the human-animal bond and support for families and their pets. With those goals in mind, she is also involved with the Guelph Cat Population Taskforce and the Community Veterinary Outreach program.

Professionally she is a researcher in the Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, investigating animal welfare and behavior in alternative poultry housing systems.

Jennifer D'Antonio - Director background

Jennifer D'Antonio - Director

Jennifer has served as a director since 2014 and became involved because of a desire to give back to her community and a passion for animals. In her daily life, she is a Human Resources Professional working in the field for close to 15years. Jennifer is able to bring her expertise and knowledge in this area to support the fantastic services that the Shelter provides to the Guelph and surrounding community.

Janet Greenwood - Director background

Janet Greenwood - Director

Janet has been a proud supporter of the GHS for close to a dozen years. She started volunteering as a cat cuddler, and soon moved to dog walker and photographer. She has been a dedicated volunteer, walking dogs six to seven days a week no matter the weather or the occasion, including Christmas morning. In 2012, Janet joined the board of directors to continue her contribution to the organization, the people, and the animals. She is passionate about the goals of the shelter, including bringing in the right executive team to finding a new home. Professionally, Janet works in the human resources and finance field, and brings a strong background in business administration. Janet shares her Guelph home with two amazing dogs and a very big cat, all who found their way into the family through the Guelph Humane Society.

Nathan Perkins - Director background

Nathan Perkins - Director

Nate has been a professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph for the past 27 years. His areas of practice and research are participatory design for special populations that include children, hospitalized patients and the economically disadvantaged. His interests in animal welfare arise from more than 30 years spent with his spouse whom is a professor and Director for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University. Nate has served as a volunteer and board member for local and university organizations for more than 20 years and outside of the personal satisfaction these activities have provided, he has done so to serve the community he lives in. He brings his skills as a designer with an emphasis on problem identification and developing systems to both solve existing problems and anticipate future needs.

Candace Raymond - Director background

Candace Raymond - Director

Candace’s family has always enjoyed a profound connection to all animals, and have been home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds. She is the owner of Banja Solutions, specializing in web design, graphic design and photography, social media, public relations, community relations, strategic planning, event management, risk management, operational rebuilding, publishing, editing, with partners in advertising, and tech support. She is able to bring her deep knowledge of business and strategy, along with her past experience as a board director to her role with the Guelph Humane Society.

Peter Tesche - Director background

Peter Tesche - Director

While not a newcomer to the area, Peter moved to Guelph in late 2015. Anxious to integrate into and contribute to his new home, he has joined the boards of two community nonprofit organizations including the Guelph Humane Society where he also volunteers. Peter is passionate about animal welfare having rescued and cared for stray cats, including 11 in and around his home on South Florida prior to returning to Ontario. He also volunteered for 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida. Peter is a CFA© charterholder and has had a long and successful career in finance living and working in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil in addition to a long-term project in China. He and his partner Jackie share their Guelph home with a South Florida rescue cat named Gregor as well as foster kittens from time to time.