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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.

Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Vice Chair background

Stephanie L.L. Sutherland - Vice 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.

Linda Murphy - Finance Chair background

Linda Murphy - Finance Chair

Over the past few years, Linda has served as Director and Treasurer for the GHS Board. She has tried to retire twice but to no avail, she keeps coming back. Aside from her career as a Financial Controller for Brian Kurtz Trucking, she is a passionate volunteer for the GHS, as well as, involved with many other community not-for-profits. On Linda’s downtime, if any, she loves to create art and share her creations with others. Linda brings years of financial knowledge to the GHS as well as compassion for the animals that come through the GHS doors. Linda shares her home with her husband of 30 years, two sons and Athena their beloved cat.

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.

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.

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.

Katie M. MacDonald - Director background

Katie M. MacDonald - Director

Katie has a strong interest in policy and hopes to apply her interdisciplinary background in social science to the GHS Board. She and her partner have been supporters of the Guelph Humane Society since moving to the community in 2012 and now share their home with three rescue dogs: Molly, Evey, and Mr. Buddy. Professionally, Katie teaches on the political economy of food and agricultural systems at the University of Guelph. Following the completion of her PhD, Katie continues to research and write on animal welfare issues within in food and agricultural policy, and has recently began researching plant-based and alternate proteins.