Board of Directors

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.

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
Bonnie Deekon, Cambridge & District Humane Society

Bonnie has been a member of the AASAO Board on a few occasions. My background is in finance, however I was a head trainer for Centennial Dog Obedience Club for many years.   I have sat on the board of the OSPCA on a couple of occasions. At the present time, the Cambridge and District Humane Society operates the city pound, animal services and dangerous dog investigations.

Director
Stephanie Miller, City of Brampton Animal Services
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Stephanie is a Registered Veterinary Technician with the City of Brampton, Animal Services. She started her career volunteering at her local animal shelter and ultimately working there throughout college. After nearly a decade as an RVT in a small animal hospital, Stephanie returned to her roots and has remained in shelter medicine ever since. Stephanie also serves as the shelter’s liaison with Sheridan College (Vet Tech & Animal Care), having previously served as an instructor in the Animal Care program and continues to be a frequent guest lecturer. This is Stephanie’s first term as an AASAO board member.

Director
Sherri Hall, K9 Pest Management Group

Sherri has worked with animals her entire life and has turned her passion into a business called “K9 Pest Management Group Inc” offering municipal animal control and pound services, goose control, municipal egg oiling programs and K9 bed bug detection.  Sherri has deployed in animal disaster work and is currently volunteering with the Global Alliance for Animals and People doing outreach spay and neuter work in remote towns of Guatemala.  Her facility hosts a k9 event centre and boarding facility.  Sherri has been a breeder of golden retrievers with the CKC for 28 years and is active in many dog sports.

Director
Kathy Duncan, City of Brampton Animal Services
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Kathy has been involved in the Animal Care, Control and Welfare industry for over 27 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 had the pleasure of being one of the attendees at the three day course given by Jim Bandow at Centralia College in the 1990s – the only time it was ever offered.  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
Carl Bandow, City of Toronto Animal Services

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
Judy Foster, London Humane Society

Director
Kim Millan, Oakville & Milton Humane Society

Director
Marion Emo, Hamilton-Burlington SPCA

Staff: 
Jeanine Santos Da Silva, 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: P.O. Box 175
260 Adelaide St East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N1