Thursday, June 9, 2011

Toronto Humane Society Press Release

THS Board of Directors Elects New President

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.

Marcie Laking             Wendy Strickland
  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 Director.

Linda MacKinnon              Lisa Gibbens

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

About THS:  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.
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The Toronto Humane Society has about 1800 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works within a 60km radius of THS headquarters (11 River Street at Queen Street East). Current membership fee is $40.

Other directors on the current 15 member board are:

Crystal Tomusiak

 Johanna Booth
 Jennifer Downe

 Judi King

 Dr. Karen Nasir
 Michael Downey

 Carol Hroncek

 David Bronskill

Ferne Sinkins
Ken Wood
* Next Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Humane Society will be:
Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00PM at 11 River Street Board Room (2nd floor).