President
Melanie Coulter, Windsor-Essex Humane Society

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Melanie is honoured to be the new Chair of AASAO.  She is the Executive Director of the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, where she has been since 2008.  She is also on the board of Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation, and previously served on the board of the Ontario SPCA.  Her animal welfare experience is very diverse, including stints at the National Zoo in Washington DC, the Humane Society of the United States, the London Zoo in the UK, and as an emergency responder with Red Rover.

Vice-President
Lindsey Narraway, City of Pickering Animal Services

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Lindsey has is currently the Supervisor, Animal Services for the City of Pickering.  With Pickering she has had the opportunity to build the department from the very beginning including hiring staff, developing SOPs, creating strategic plans and most recently working with architects to initiate the beginning processes of building a permanent animal shelter.  Lindsey has a strong passion for engaging the community and running events.  When she’s not at work you can find her running around after her 4 year old son or hanging with her husband, dog, cat and horse.

Secretary
Bruce Roney, Ottawa Humane Society

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Bruce has been the Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) since 2000. In this time, Bruce has overseen a more than tripling of operational revenues at the OHS, the planning and building of the new facilities on West Hunt Club and guided considerable expansion of services for animals and people.  Bruce also worked as a consultant for the Humane Society of the United States, and has advised the CFHS and served on the board of the Ontario SPCA.  Before joining the OHS, Bruce was Executive Director of Bruce House, an Ottawa organization providing supportive housing and care for people living with HIV and AIDS for four years.  Bruce was born in Ottawa, then dragged to a farm outside Almonte to grow up.

Treasurer
Jamie LaFlamme, City of Brampton Animal Services
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Jamie has been in the animal welfare industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Animal Services team in Brampton, where Jamie is the Shelter Operations Supervisor he worked for the Animal Welfare Agency of South Central Ontario, (AWASCO) where he oversaw the operations of the Kitchener – Waterloo and the Stratford – Perth Humane Societies. Jamie also worked at the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society as an animal control officer, Operations Manager and for a brief stint was Interim Executive Director. Jamie has been a member of the AASAO since the late 90s. He has served as a Board of Director, chaired and assisted on several board committees and as Treasurer.
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Past President
Mary Lou Leiher, City of Toronto Animal Services
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 Mary Lou has been working in the Animal Health and Care and Control fields for 32 years. She’s held positions as an Animal Care and Control Officer, Shelter Supervisor and is currently a Program Manager with Toronto Animal Services. Mary Lou has been on the AASAO board for 4 years and is serving her last year on the board as past president.

Director
Lisa Veit, Guelph Humane Society
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Lisa has been the Associate Director of the Guelph Humane Society since 2015.  Over the past two decades, she has worked in various aspects of animal care, animal welfare, and wildlife conservation. She has experience in diverse issues affecting companion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, and species at risk.  Her roles have focused on program development, leadership, and best practices with animal welfare organizations at the local and provincial level, as well as Ontario Veterinary College and Ministry of Natural Resources.

Director
Carl Bandow, City of Toronto Animal Services
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Carl has been working in the Animal Care, Control and Welfare industry for 39 years. He is a Supervisor with the City of Toronto’s Animal Services program. Carl has served twice as President of the AASAO and served a number of terms on the Board. Served as a Director for the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and still serves on SAWA Committees. Carl has served as a consultant, reviewing animal care and control programs on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association.

Director
Kathy Duncan, Brampton Animal Services

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Kathy has been involved in the Animal Care, Control and Welfare industry for over 28 years.  Starting out as an ACO with the Guelph Humane Society she has also been an Inspector with the Ontario SPCA and managed two municipal Animal Services Operations. Kathy has been a member of the AASAO for nearly her entire career and is very passionate about this industry. Kathy has also been a member of Board for the Association for a number of years and is honoured to have been re-elected at the 2016 AGM.

Director
Brett Harlton, London Animal Care Centre
Brett has been the Executive Director of the London Animal Care Centre (LACC) for almost 19 years.  LACC has been providing animal services under contract to the City of London since 1982.  During that time, LACC has seen many positive advancements in the field and have been fortunate to play a part in the great breitling copy work being done in our industry.  AASAO has always been a part of LACC and he has enjoyed serving on the board in the past and look forward to the honour of serving again.

Director
Melissa Laalo, Municipality of Sudbury

Director
Kevin Strooband, Lincoln County Humane Society

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28 years ago Kevin started his career with the Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) as a part-time animal control officer.  Since 2001 he has served as the Executive Director and is also an Ontario SPCA inspector. The LCHS provides animal control services and humane work for a number of municipalities and in 2011 opened a spay/neuter clinic. Kevin recently launched Ontario‘s first full service veterinary clinic open to the public. This is Kevin’s second time on the board of the AASAO and he is proud to be back. Kevin is a long time Niagara resident and shares his home with 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Director
Kent Lattanzio, London Animal Care Centre

Kent Lattanzio is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has been working in the Animal Welfare industry for over 26 years, starting out as a Provincial Offences Officer for the City of London. Kent is currently the Director of Operations for the London Animal Care Centre which provides sheltering services, field response and by-law enforcement for the City of London. He is a longstanding member of AASAO and has previously sat as a Director on the board and President.  During his time with the AASAO board he has participated as a representative on the Provincial Animal Welfare task force, the Provincial working group on Euthanasia and Provincial working group on Zoonotic influenza. Kent is looking forward to serving with the board again this term.

 

Staff: 
Amanda Dawson, Executive Secretary

General Inquiries and Membership Information

To get in touch with the AASAO, please contact us at:

Telephone:
E-mail: info@aasao.ca
Address: c/o 1375 Provincial Road
Windsor, ON N8W 5V8