It was a first for the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth.
The organization held its annual general meeting online last Tuesday.
Here are some of the 2019 highlights that were presented at the meeting:
- 2,921 animals rescued
- 1,844 animals adopted
- 665 animals returned home
- 2,232 spay/neuter surgeries and 2,855 total surgeries performed at the animal hospitals
- 250+ volunteers
- 67 foster families who fostered 484 animals
- 25,397 students who learned about animal welfare
Ross Wells was also thanked for his service as he stepped down as president, but he will stay on and remain an active member of the board of directors.
Jacqueline Watty of Perimeter Institute, previously vice president of the board, was elected as the new president.
Making up the remainder of the executive team are vice-president, Jan Bockmaster, retired; treasurer, Jared Doyle of McCarter Grespan Lawyers; and secretary, David Isern of Norton Rose Fulbright.
Working with the executive team are returning directors Alex McIntosh of the University of Waterloo; Kate Phillips of BDO Canada LLP; Mary Recoskie of Sun Life; Nancy Culliton, retired; Ross Wells of Wells Resolutions; and Tyler Graham of Graham & Frank Wealth Management with RBC Dominion Securities. New to the Board this year are Colin Calvert of Nicoya; Kelly McCann, CPA CA of Festival Hydro; and Krista Linklater of St Marys Healthcare Foundation.
The Annual General meeting concluded with an optimistic outlook for 2020-2021 as the KWSPHS continues to resume its programs as part of its COVID-19 recovery plan. "The need to protect people and pets in our communities remains consistent and the reality is that as our communities grow, so does the need for our services." said Kathrin Delutis, executive director.
"We've had to change the way we operate while continuing to care for the animals that need us, adapt our services, and in many cases, change the priority of services to best support our communities. We have a very dedicated team of volunteers and staff who simply 'just make it happen' and I am proud to lead this amazing group of people." she added.