Here are a few of our many dedicated volunteers:
|KATIE SAICH, Board Treasurer|
|Katie grew up with a love for animals but it was not until she was 19 when she got her first dog Lady, a beautiful all white Bull Terrier and it was love at first sight. Shortly after her ‘brother’ arrived, Bruce, a cheeky rambunctious bully. After Lady and Bruce passed over to rainbow bridge, she made a commitment to help dogs in need. Katie has been volunteering for Speaking of Dogs since 2013, and in 2015 became the Board Treasurer. Katie is a Finance Manager at Bell Canada and by applying her skills, experience and knowledge of finance, is able to contribute to helping dogs in need, a passion close to her heart. Katie’s most recent addition to the family is Rigo, a rescue dog who loves nothing more than chasing his frisbee at the park.|
|KIM GLADDING, Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator, Board Secretary|
|Kim has been involved in dog rescue since 2002 and joined Speaking of Dogs Rescue in 2008. She’s always had a passion for animals, which is often recounted when her parents tell stories of all the strays she brought home while growing up. Despite holding down a full-time job, Kim believes volunteering to help rescue animals is what she’s meant to do in life. She enjoys being the volunteer and fundraising coordinator since it allows her to put her organizational skills to good use, raise awareness and guide a fabulous team of volunteers in their endeavours to raise much needed funds to help the rescue dogs. Kim currently shares her home with her husband and her Speaking of Dogs Rescue girls Nikki (shown in photo) and Shyla.|
|LINDA KNOWLES, Director|
|There was always a dog in Linda’s life until retirement and extended travel made it unfeasible. Luckily, she now gets to spend time with her “grand-dog”,Tessa. Until they sold their home, Linda and her husband Ron fostered nursing mother cats and their litters for Toronto Animal Services. Cats or dogs – Linda is ready to help animals in need. She came to know Speaking of Dogs Rescue while volunteering at a local SPCA shelter where she also served on that shelter’s board and has continued her life-long interest in dogs, their health and well-being. While working in the corporate world, she was a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario March of Dimes and served as the Board’s President. A particular focus of hers was board governance and development. In retirement, Linda has continued with life-long learning in areas of interest and works on improving her French language skills. She also volunteers to help foreign-language students improve their conversational English.|
|NANCY FORAN, Newsletter Editor|
|Nancy can’t remember what came first, her love of animals or her love of language, but both have featured prominently in her life for as long as she can remember. Growing up, when not playing with the family dog, she would generally be reading. She acquired her first rescue pet while still in university, when she took in a kitten from a litter that had been abandoned in a barn. A cat from the Toronto Humane Society followed a few years later, and a few years after that she applied to adopt a dog from Speaking of Dogs Rescue. After a brief conversation with Lorraine she decided to foster instead and provided temporary homes for three wonderful dogs. She failed fostering 101 with her fourth foster, Bailey (Lincoln at the time), a beautiful American Eskimo cross. She works full-time as a freelance copyeditor and proof reader, and she shares her home – and home office – with Bailey, her cat Homer (adopted from Annex Cat Rescue), and her boyfriend.|
|CATHY VANDERGEEST, Design|
|Cathy discovered Speaking of Dogs Rescue when she and her husband adopted a wheaten terrier puppy in 2008. Cathy grew up surrounded by gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, parakeets, fish and cats, but dogs have always held an extra special place in her heart. Her first dog was a feisty lhasa apso who didn’t let her size stop her from hiking mountain trails in B.C. Cathy is a registered graphic designer at a large format printing company.
In 2012 Cathy and Nancy joined forces as designer and editor of the Speaking of Dogs newsletter. They work exceptionally well together to bring readers their dose of doggy updates each month. Cathy has designed several other items for the rescue as well, including the Rescue Directory cover, signs, mugs and postcards. In 2015 she proudly admits to ‘failing-at-foster’ within days of adding another sweet wheaten terrier to their family.
|MARI-ANNE McCLEARY, Screener|
|Mari-Anne recently retired from a 20+ year with Toronto Animal Services. It was there that she started working with Speaking of Dogs and many other wonderful rescues.
She and her husband, Carl, have fostered dogs and done many home visits for the adoption process. They were “foster failures” when they welcomed adorable Peanut into their family.
Mari-Anne screens potential adoption applications, applications for inclusion in the yearly Ontario Rescue Directory and for the Pet Partner program. This process includes many phone calls and emails to contact various references. Lorraine and Mari-Anne have a great time setting up the booths for the Canadian Pet Expos. Recently, Mari-Anne has been overseeing and coordinating volunteers for the Pet Expo events.
She and her husband share their home with three amazing dogs, three great cats, a colony of box turtles, and several aquariums.
They are both very grateful to Speaking of Dogs Rescue and their amazing group of volunteers. They look forward to helping with continued success and many happy endings!