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An Update for Staff & Volunteers of the BC SPCA

Issue 393 - June 2012

Prizes offered for top Paws fundraisers this month

Thanks to all those who have shown their love for their branch by registering for the Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk on Sept. 9* (*dates may vary in some communities). Our 35 walks wouldnt be possible without your support. Still need to register? Staff and volunteers sign up for free - simply enter the discount code SNOOPY when registering. The top staff fundraiser by the end of the June will receive a night out on us. To be eligible, be sure to register using the staff link and start or join your branchs team. Our fabulous volunteers are also eligible for all other prizes. Every person who raises $500 in June gets a BC SPCA hoodie. Keep checking our website for more great prizes as theyre announced. Visit for general information the staff link is http://

Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to help animals in need were honoured at the BC SPCAs 2012 annual awards dinner on June 1 and at the societys AGM on June 2. Pictured above, from the June 1 ceremony, are (front row): Philanthropist of the Year Kevin Edgecombe of Kelowna; Volunteer of the Year Gail Higgins of West Vancouver; Lifetime Achievement recipient Eileen Drever; 2011 volunteer president Cindy Soules; Volunteers of the Year Sheila and Bob Dale of Parksville; Media Excellence Award winner Klaudia Ceglarz of Kelowna. (Back row): Petscure president and CEO Glenn Williams, winner of the Caring Company Award; Lifetime Achievement recipient Shawn Eccles; Veterinarian of the Year Dr. Patricia Reeves of Dawson Creek; and Stu Rammage Award winner Marcie Moriarty. More award information on page 3.

Marylee Davies becomes new BC SPCA president

Marylee Davies, a partner in a leading Vancouver law rm, has become the new volunteer president of the BC SPCA. Marylee rst became involved with the society in early 2005 as a member of the Vancouver/ Burnaby community council. Her involvement with the community council continued until she joined the Board of Directors in June 2008 as a director at large. Marylee has been a member of the executive committee of the board for the past two years and served as rst vice president. Marylee is profoundly committed to animal welfare and to the mission of the BC SPCA. Her family, which includes ve golden retrievers, grew a short time ago with the addition of two horses who came into the care of the BC SPCA following a seizure by the societys cruelty investigations department. In her professional life, Marylee practises labour, employment and human rights law on behalf of major public and private companies and institutions, appearing before a variety of administrative tribunals and all levels of the British Columbia courts.

Marylee Davies



Special thanks to outgoing society president Cindy Soules

Hello everyone: The 2012 managers training session and AGM weekend wrapped up last week at UBC in Vancouver. Although it was a long week for all involved, initial reactions have been extremely positive from both staff and governance volunteers. I particularly enjoyed the Length of Stay workshop delivered by Dr. Kate Hurley and Dr. Denae Wagner, but there were many other fantastic workshops during the course of the week. I would like to thank managers and governance volunteers for giving so much of their time to attend this years event. We will be soliciting your detailed feedback on all aspects of the event in the next couple of weeks. Watch the provincial email bulletin for more information. Please join me in congratulating Marylee Davies on her appointment as volunteer president of the BC SPCA. Marylee has been a member of the Board of Directors for a number of years and will do a great job following in the footsteps of Cindy Soules, who has stepped down after two years as chair of the board. Thank you for your dedication to the society, Cindy! I would also like to offer my congratulations to the folks at the Cowichan Branch on another incredible effort at your annual garage sale. Gail Berger and her team raised more than $24,000 for animals in need in the Cowichan valley. Way to go! Until next month, Craig Daniell, CEO

CEOs Corner

Welcome to Anna Terebka, who joins the society as the new manager of our Prince Rupert Branch. Anna comes to us with a background in forest resource management. While working for the Ministry of Forests and Range, Anna was responsible for the administration of forest tenures and forest stewardship plans in Mackenzie, B.C. Congratulations to Colby OFlynn, who has been appointed as the new branch manager in Quesnel. Colby has been with the society since 2010 and we are pleased to promote her to her new management role. Sarah Thompson joins our North Cariboo Branch as assistant branch manager. Sarah will be working closely with interim branch manager Debbie Goodine as they oversee the societys operations in Prince George during manager Angela McLarens maternity leave. Lori Dick has joined our revenue development team as development ofcer, corporate relations. Lori comes to us with many years of

not-for-prot experience and will be managing the corporate relations portfolio while Lisa Richardson is on maternity leave. We wish Lisa and Angela all the very best during their maternity leaves.

ing donor proles. Lauren was a member of the community council in Abbotsford. Best wishes to animal welfare manager Nadine Gourkow, who is leaving the society to focus on her doctoral research. We look forward to collaborating with her on future projects. The following members of our wonderful staff team celebrate one-year anniversaries with the BC SPCA this month: Kristin Mazuren (Kelowna); Angela Grob (Quesnel); Angela McLaren (North Cariboo); Loretta Deveau (revenue development); Tess Repenning (revenue development); Farrah Rooney (revenue development); Lindsay Racette (Trail); Alison Cufey (Vancouver); Melissa Medye (Victoria) and Kari Marks (Wild ARC). Thank you for your dedicated service to the animals! Congratulations to Craig Naherniak, general manager of humane education, who was recently apppointed to the board of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.


David Roberts joins our revenue development team as development assistant, philanthropy. David will be working with Melanie Parent to provide administrative and fundraising support to our provincial planned giving and major gifts programs. The donor relations team also has two new faces. Please welcome Meghan Boswell and Lauren Hannem. Meghan comes to us from B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation where she was manag-



Our heroes!
Congratulations to all those who were honoured during the societys recent AGM weekend June 1-2 in Vancouver.
Top row: 2011 volunteer president Cindy Soules and CEO Craig Daniell with Staff Excellence Award winner Dragana Hadjukovic, manager of the West Vancouver Branch; Staff Excellence recipient Christina Carrieres of Wild ARC. Middle row: Cindy Soules presents a Distinguished Service Award to retiring Board of Directors member Vicky Renneberg for her outstanding contributions to the BC SPCA; outgoing board member Dave Hamilton is recognized with thanks for his contributions to the society; Liz Dighton, manager of the Williams Lake & District Branch accepts the Branch of the Year award on behalf of her staff and volunteers. Bottom row: CEO Craig Daniell thanks retiring general manager of volunteer services Brian Houlihan for his dedication; members of the cruelty investigations department are honoured for their outstanding work on the 2011 Whistler sled dog investigation. A full list of 2011 award winners and their achievements is available at spca.


Prince George, Kamloops exceed targets

The results are in from the BC SPCA City Challenge held in May in Prince George and Kamloops to determine which community had the greatest animal supporters. And the winner is...the animals! Both SPCA branches exceeded their fundraising targets during the monthlong challenge, with Kamloops raising $40,140 and Prince George raising $21,406. Congratulations and thanks to all the staff and volunteers who helped to organize City Challenge events, which included barbecues, pub nights, car washes, bottle drives, open houses, mall displays and paw print sales. Up next: A City Challenge between our North and South Peace Branches in August!

Cowichan sale raises $24,000

Congratulations to Cowichan volunteer Gail Berger and her amazing team for the outstanding success of their garage sale on June 2 and 3. The event, held at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, raised more than $24,000 for animals at the Cowichan & District Branch. A huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible!



Water now owing at BC SPCAs Wild ARC facility

After 15 years of trucking in water several times weekly, more than a million litres a year, Wild ARC has nally turned on the city water taps this week! The centre has survived to date without an on-site water source capable of supplying water for pools, laundry, dishes and drinking water for the more than 2,000 injured and orphaned wild animals it treats annually. In 2007, Wild ARC and its neighbours agreed to pursue the project through funding a portion of the line and by applying for federal and provincial infrastructure support, explains SPCA wildife services manager Sara Dubois. Although Wild ARC had raised a portion of its costs through fundraising and in-kind grants from local municipalities, the estimated $400,000 project could not proceed without the balance of costs. It took a generous gift from a life-long animal lover and resident of Oak Bay to complete the project. In June 2011, Wild ARC was notied of a legacy to the BC SPCA from Gladys Cavanagh, which could be used for the water line. The project was completed this month and the 15 years of daily water tank checks at Wild ARC to ensure an adequate supply for the day are over!

Its not too late to make a difference

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge Half-Marathon & 5k is only weeks away- but its not too late to register. This June 24, join fellow coworkers, volunteers and supporters on Team BC SPCA as we make a commitment to better ourselves and the lives of local animals. If a couple of weeks is not enough time for you to train, we encourage you to walk the 5k or donate to one of our BC SPCA Team members. Register or donate today at


Friday, June 22 from 1 p.m. til late 7th Annual BC SPCA Golf Tournament. In support of the Kelowna Branch. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Food from Cactus Club Restaurant, contests, silent & live auctions. For details, contact Kristin at 250-575-5389. Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club, 5101 Upper Booth Road South, Kelowna. Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drive One 4UR Community, Ford Test Drive Event. In support of the Abbotsford Branch. For every test drive taken, the shelter receives $20. Nail clipping & hot dogs. For details, call 604-850-1584. PriceSmart parking lot, 32700 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford. Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vaccination & Microchipping Day. In support of the Nanaimo & District Branch. Rabies vaccinations - $30, includes medical exam, Microchipping - $25. For details, call Leon at 250-7588444. Nanaimo & District Branch, 2200 Labieux Road, Nanaimo. Sunday, June 24 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5 km Walk/Run. Come walk or run in support of the BC SPCA. UBC Thunderbird Stadium & Stanley Park, Vancouver. Sunday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pet First Aid Course. Learn how to care for your pets wounds and bone injuries, how to perform pet CPR, and what to do if you suspect your pet has been poisoned. Online registration required. Registration fee is $149 + HST. For details visit Richmond Education & Adoption Centre, 7791 Steveston Highway, Richmond. Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bike Wash Fundraiser. Join the Lone Wolf Motorcycle Club in their family-friendly Show & Shine Fundraiser. Proceeds support the Shuswap Branch. Activities include bike wash, body painting, cutest biker-dog contest, awards and prizes. Contact the Shuswap Branch at 250-832-7376 for details. Event held at Hideaway Pub, 973 Lakeshore Drive SW, Salmon Arm. Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dog Wash. Bring your dirty dogs down and for a minimum $20 donation, staff and volunteers will do the rest while you enjoy some refreshments. Proceeds support the West Vancouver Branch. Contact the West Vancouver Branch for details at 604-922-4622. 1020 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday Farmers Markets, times vary This season, nd SPCA Certied products at a Farmers Market near you. Check for specic listings with dates and addresses for markets at various locations including Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, New Westminster, Ladner, White Rock, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Shuswap, Vernon, Kelowna, Langford, Victoria and Qualicum.

Lorie Chortyk, General Manager, Community Relations, BC SPCA 1245 East 7th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., V5T 1R1 Phone: 604-681-7271; Fax: 604-681-7022; email:

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