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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 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).

Clare Wooding - Secretary background

Clare Wooding - Secretary

For the past six years, I’ve had the privilege to volunteer on the Guelph Humane Society board as Secretary and I would be honoured to continue that service. I’ve lived in Guelph for more than 20 years now and have had the opportunity to see how much the GHS invests into this community. In addition to being a long-time GHS supporter and community volunteer, I bring with me considerable experience on not-for-profit boards. I’ve been able to contribute my expertise as a communicator with 15+ years experience along with an understanding of animal welfare through my degree in Agricultural Animal Biology. I’ve enjoyed being part of the growth of GHS and I would love to continue that work over the next year.

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.

Maureen McCafferty - Director background

Maureen McCafferty - Director

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.

Gloria Kovach - Director background

Gloria Kovach - Director

Gloria joined the Guelph Humane Society Board in 2018.  She is a registered nurse with a Masters in Nursing, a Masters in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor of Education.  Gloria retired from City Council after serving the citizens of Guelph for 24 years.  She has contributed to numerous boards and commissions, locally, nationally and internationally.

Gloria has experience working to improve health outcomes for people with therapy and service animals.  She brings her diverse experience in governance, community engagement, healthcare and her love for animals to the Board.

Troy Ford - Director background

Troy Ford - Director

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.

Randy Valpy - Director background

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).