Our board members have played a variety of roles over the years. As the needs of the shelter evolve, the board adapts to meet those new challenges.

40 years ago, our board members regularly worked as hands-on volunteers in the shelter. At the time, there was no need for them to work on a capital campaign. Fast forward to today, and our needs have changed dramatically. Our new technologically advanced world demands that we have members with website experience and social media savvy. We also look for new members with the connections and skills that will help us meet our goals.

A perfect fit

We consider a number of factors when we choose new members for our Board of Directors, including:

  • their interest in the proper care and stewardship of abused and abandoned animals
  • their fit with our current initiatives
  • the strength of their community contacts

Each board member gives the shelter about four hours of their time every month. Some board members also contribute by joining individual committees .

Do you have the skills we need? Contact us to find out more about joining our Board of Directors.

2019/2020 Board of Directors

Sehne Connell, Executive Director
Bide Awhile Animal Shelter

Stacey Langley Chisholm, President
Chartered Accountant, Director of Planning & Budgeting, Eastlink

Geoff Richardson, Vice President
Manager, Public Health Agency of Canada

Kate Peddle, Past President
Financial Planning Associate, Scotia Wealth Management

Jenny Allen
Human Resources Analyst, EfficiencyOne

Natasha Chestnut
Administrative & Marketing Assistant, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

Gwyneth Christoffel
Videographer/Animator/Editor, Revolve Branding & Marketing

Amanda Harwood
Regional Director, Atlantic Canada, Russell Investments

Christine Latter Stratton
Accountant, Municipal Enterprises

Florence MacLennan
Former Clinical Nurse Educator, QEII Health Sciences Centre

Nancy Mansfield
Chartered Professional Accountant, Acting Controller, Outsourced Services, BDO Canada LLP

Kimberley McOnie
Senior Crown Attorney, Public Prosecution Service

Emma Menchefski
Communications Specialist, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Aaron Veinotte
Manager, Marketing and Communications, CUA

Michelle Venturini
Policy Analyst, Province of Nova Scotia