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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

Shane Bateman - Chair background

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.

Peter Tesche - Treasurer background

Peter Tesche - Treasurer

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.

Troy Ford - Secretary background

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.

Alex Ciccone - Director background

Alex Ciccone - Director

Alex is an environmental and municipal lawyer practicing at Garrod Pickfield LLP in Guelph. He also co-teaches a graduate course at the University of Guelph and sits on the Board of Directors for Our Energy Guelph and Vegfest Guelph.

A passionate animal advocate and vegan since 2008, Alex advocates for animal rights through public events, writing, and representation of clients who protect animals’ interests.  Alex can be found running or cycling Guelph’s trail system, woodworking or paddling in his homemade canoe.

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.

Katie MacDonald - Director background

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.

Jim Kearns - Director background

Jim Kearns - Director

Jim is a retired high-tech executive with a background in engineering, business and law.  Since retiring, he has become involved in the not-for-profit sector including volunteer Board positions and Committee work.  Jim believes that society has an obligation to safeguard and advocate for the animals in our community and that otherwise touch our lives.  He has had many dogs over the years including some that were adopted from GHS.

Linda Murphy - Director background

Linda Murphy - Director

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).

Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Director background

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.

Gael van Veen - Director background

Gael van Veen - Director

Gael came to Guelph in the 1980’s to complete her nursing training and never left. The years have flown by, busy with family, career, volunteering with many organizations and seeking out opportunities to give back to this community. Gael is passionate about animals and believes that they teach us life lessons in simplicity. Who else could unconditionally support us through tears, laughter, thunder and stillness, all for a simple scratch behind the ears.

She hopes to bring her unique style of energy to the GHS as it puts down new roots. Gael and her family have a long history of housing many fur babies and currently lives with her husband David, son Boaz and felines Lucy and Cinder.

Clare Wooding - Director background

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.