CYA Board Members want the
BCSPCA to reform, survive and succeed by being inclusive,
transparent, and accountable to the public, its donors, staff
and volunteers. CYA wants an ombudsman office to ensure that
animal welfare and protection is both seen to be done and
is actively done in BC. CYA wants the public, through petitions,
submissions and questionnaires, to decide whether the ombudsman
office should be limited to overseeing the BCSPCA or if it
should have oversight of all animal groups and facilities
in BC. We will commission and release reports including that
material to the provincial government, the BCSPCA and the
public. Hope to hear from you
Vice-President: Heather Pettit, Vernon
Heather is a Life
Member and former President of the BCSPCA Vernon and District
Branch. She volunteered with the branch for over 15 years,
serving on its Board of Directors for nine years. In 2000,
the BCSPCA named her Volunteer of the Year for her contribution
to animal welfare. Her husband, Robert, is also a former Vernon
SPCA Board Member. They are the proud parents of a wonderful
black lab and five beautiful felines.
Secretary/Treasurer: Maria Soroski,
who is a non-practicing registered psychiatric nurse, recently
resigned after 10 years of volunteering for the Vancouver
SPCA hospital. She ran its foster program for the past three
years, placing about 40 animals each month in foster homes.
Maria received the 2001 Volunteer Appreciation Award, 1999
Award of Merit, and SPCA Hospital 1999 Humanitarian Award.
Now, she rescues newborn kittens, most of which are sick,
some of which are dying. She finds forever homes for those
that heal. Maria has an interest in and successful experience
with animal homeopathy. And is a dedicated mom to Layla-the-Corgi,
Merlin and Stanley who are handicapped cats.
Director: Gary Gibson, Burnaby
Gary is a canine behavior
specialist. To name a few, Burnaby, North and West Vancouver
SPCAs, the Vancouver Pound, the Workman's Compensation Board
and the Provincial Courts have all utilized Gary's expertise.
He specializes in aggression and with his partner, Kathy Gibson,
assesses and works with between 400 and 500 dogs annually.
They were the founding trainers and for 10 years ran the Canine
Corrections program at Lakeside Correctional Centre for Women.
They also founded the Association of Canine Behavior Consultants
to promote and provide education to the public about the human/dog
relationship. They were trainers for BC Pets and Friends,
the largest animal facilitated therapy organization in the
province, and helped develop training and placement standards
for therapy and institution dogs throughout the Lower Mainland.
Gary and Kathy make a family with Brutus, a 10-year-old blind
Chihuahua and "Handsome Joe," the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
Director: Tim Wittenberg, Maple Ridge
has been involved with horses since 1968. He worked at Timberline
Ranch from 1969 to 1982, caring for as many as 35 head. In1982,
his parents and he opened Golden Acres Boarding Stable in
Pitt Meadows, which operated until 1999 when the family sold
the property. He has handled more than 300 horses of all ages
and breeds, but "seniors" have always been his primary interest.
Tim works for the Maple Ridge Pacific Riding for the Disabled
where he cares for 12 horses. He says, "It is wonderful to
see how these horses respond to these 'special' people." He
is currently President of the Maple Ridge Equestrian Trails
Council, a Director of the Horse Protection Society of BC
and sits on Maple Ridge city's Animal Services Committee.
He also has been involved as a Director of the Haney Horsemans
Association for 19 years, and is a member of both Horse Council
BC and the Circle F Horse Rescue Society. Tim has had several
horses, including Q.H., Anglo-Arab, Welsh and Morgan. He loved
Director: Dr. James Anthony, Vancouver,
is nothing new to veterinarian "Doc Anthony." He is a director
of Vancouver's Friends of the Pound, a welfare charity named
First Society and the CC Foundation based in the Philippines.
He is also a member of Children of the War, a charity that
raises funds for children in war torn countries such as Croatia
and Bosnia. And, he's loaded with degrees: Bachelor of Science,
Agriculture, 1978, Western College Veterinary Medicine 1983,
Her Majesty's Royal College of Veterinarian Surgeons 1985,
Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry 1987, Diplomate of
American Veterinary College 1989, and Diplomate of European
Veterinary Dental College 1998. He opened Vancouver's Cambie
Animal Clinic in 1984 and has taught dentistry for the Atlantic
Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island,
La Medecine Veterinaire at the University of Montreal and
the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
Doc Anthony has mentored dentistry specialists and treated
many animals across the country through referral treatment
clinics. He is also a farmer with 20 head of free-range cattle
and two horses on his property near Princeton. He works with
Koi as a hobby, has five children and a Golden Retriever named
Niki who volunteers every Thursday at an old age home.
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