TORONTO, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Toronto Humane Society (THS) Board of
Directors has elected Marcie Laking as its new president. Elected as
vice-president is long-time THS volunteer and foster parent Wendy
Strickland, while second vice-president is lawyer Peter Newell.
Board officer Linda MacKinnon has been re-elected Chair while Lisa
Gibbens was elected Secretary and Sydney L. Nezon appointed Treasurer.
Former president Michael Downey will continue to serve as a Board
Following on the heels of last week's Annual General Meeting in which
five Board of Directors who support the mission and mandate of the
previous board were elected, these new appointments will also serve to
take the organization in a progressive direction.
"I am honoured and thrilled to be leading the Toronto Humane Society
into this new and exciting phase," says Laking, formerly Board
vice-president. "We have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point
and will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety, health and
happiness of the animals."
The only First Nations Ojibway to be elected president in THS's history,
Laking's post also marks a significant milestone as she is the first
who started out as a teenage volunteer at THS to hold the position. A
passionate animal advocate, Laking's past experience also includes work
as a THS animal care worker and is known for playing a pivotal role in
the reform of the organization over the past year.
For a complete list and biographies of the current THS Board of
Directors, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/board.htm
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs
of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and
abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured
animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong
enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government
funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.
SOURCE Toronto Humane Society
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