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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Secretary of the Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Bateman - 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.
Maureen McCafferty - Vice Chair
Maureen McCafferty’s passion for animals can be traced back to her childhood. Whether it was an animal in distress or needing some extra attention (other than snakes…sorry), her values of compassion and respect ran true. Maureen’s role as team member, advocate and advisor on the Guelph Humane Society Board just makes sense. Maureen and her husband, Glenn, enjoy fostering dogs and cats at GHS. “Our hearts break every time one of our fosters is adopted but we will do it over again!”
Outside of the GHS, Maureen is committed to making health care a better place to receive care, a better place for employees to work and a better place for the health care team to practice. As a national health care consultant, she brings skills in governance, strategic planning, accountability systems, quality/process improvement and leadership to the Board.
Maureen and Glenn have two grown children and live downtown Guelph with their older and much wiser puggle, Winston.
Linda Murphy - Treasurer
Over the past 10 years, Linda has served as Director, Treasurer, and a passionate volunteer for the GHS Board. Linda brings years of financial knowledge to the GHS as well as a compassion for all the animals that come through the GHS doors. Outside of her work for the GHS, Linda is a Financial Controller for Brian Kurtz Trucking, and a volunteer for other community not-for-profits. In her downtime, if any, she loves to create art and to share her creations with others. Linda is a lifetime resident of Guelph, and shares her home with her husband of 30+ years, their two sons, and their beloved cat and dog (Athena and Wilson).
Troy Ford - Secretary
Troy joined the Guelph Humane Society board in the summer of 2018. He wanted to give his time back to the community through an organization who was known for their care and compassion. GHS provides that both to the people and the animals who make up this great city. Professionally, Troy has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and willingly brings his experience and knowledge to the board.
Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Director
Stephanie is a condominium lawyer practicing at Cohen Highley LLP in Kitchener. 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 Dunara Homes for Recovery, and the University of Guelph’s Research Ethics Board. She is also a member of the Zonta Club of Guelph, where she is currently the President as well as Co-Chair of the Golf Committee.
As a vegan, Stephanie is passionate about animal rights and animal welfare. She, her partner, and their son share their home with many animals, both forever animals and fosters, 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.
Clare Wooding - Director
Clare has served as a director and secretary since 2013. In addition to being a long-time GHS supporter and community volunteer, she bring considerable experience on not-for-profit boards and as a communicator with 15+ years experience. She has a degree in Agricultural Animal Biology and a masters in communication management. Clare has lived in Guelph for more than 20 years, where she and her husband are raising their three young children and their ‘first-born’ adopted cat, Winx.
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.
Peter Tesche - Director
While not a newcomer to the GTHA, Peter moved to Guelph in late 2015. Anxious to integrate into and contribute to his new home, he 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 neighborhood in South Florida prior to returning to Ontario. Peter is a CFA©charterholder and 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 wife Jackie share their Guelph home with two loving cats, Hershey and Lily, both adopted as kittens from GHS.
Randy Valpy - Director
Randy Valpy is the President and CEO of LifeLearn, Inc. Previously, Randy served as Vice President and Managing Director at Pets Plus Us, where he launched the company with the purpose of re-imagining pet insurance, and as President and CEO of Western Financial Insurance Company, which he grew to be the largest pet insurance company in Canada.In addition to his business credentials, Mr. Valpy currently serves on the board of the Farley Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, and until his appointment to LifeLearn, served as the President of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).
Katie MacDonald - Director
Katie and her family moved to Guelph to complete her PhD at the University of Guelph after spending years on the east coast of Canada. She is happy to serve the community and the animals on the Guelph Humane Society Board. Professionally, her work, teaching, and research surrounds Canadian farm animal policy and procedure, animal welfare legislation, and the political economy of food and agricultural systems. Katie, Stephen, and their daughter share their home with three rescue dogs – Molly, Mr Buddy, and Evey.