February 10, 2018
Adele worked as a veterinarian in the SPCA Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 2011, and led the creation of the Trust in 1995. She continues her work with the Trust, hoping that one day every animal who comes to the SPCA in need of rescue, shelter, medical care, or a home will have their needs met. Adele now enjoys more time with her dogs Saffron and Peru and cat Hector, as well as volunteering for the Trust and other organizations.
Eric’s involvement in the Trust comes as a natural extension of his activities as an animal lover and a supporter of the BC SPCA, where he served for nine years on their Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is the President of Akhurst Machinery. With a busy work schedule, Eric is supported by his family who share his interest in animal welfare and is reminded everyday of the importance of the Trust’s work by his rescue dog, Victor.
A recently retired Chartered Professional Accountant, Terry left behind a career in corporate finance to enjoy a more active lifestyle. Daily walks around Port Moody with her dog Baylie, gardening with ex-shelter cat Minnie, and lots of time for boating with husband Gord keep her busy but leave time to volunteer with the trust fund. Terry has been involved with the Vancouver SPCA, for many years, primarily in fundraising.
Shirley-Anne has been a long time animal welfare volunteer and began supporting the Vancouver animal shelter in fundraising, spay and neuter programs and of course, by adopting a number of shelter cats and dogs. Shirley-Anne combines her interests in community, human and animal, with her day job in financial services and community investment.
A retired Psychology instructor at Douglas College, Nancy served on the board of the SPCA Vancouver Regional Branch for 7 years. She has been a trustee of the SPCA Hospital Trust Fund since its inception in 1995. Nancy and her husband Bruce, are the proud guardians of a cherished horse and of two Shetland sheepdogs, and are actively involved in the Shetland Sheepdog Club of BC.
Peter is a corporate lawyer practicing with the Vancouver office of a national law firm. He has been involved with the Trust since it was founded in 1995. Peter and his wife Barb enjoy spending time at their cabin in Howe Sound with Molly, their Springer Spaniel.
One of the Trustees is always a veterinarian who represents the Vancouver Hospital. This allows the Trust to maintain a current understanding of the needs and challenges of the Hospital, as well as enabling a good dialogue about the cases and administration of our grants. This position is currently filled by Dirk van der Walt.
Dr. van der Walt graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 1989. He worked for 1 year in Toronto before returning home to the Ottawa Valley where he worked for 6 years at Kanata Animal Hospital. In 1996, he relocated to Vancouver where he has been working ever since. He has worked on a part time basis at the BC SPCA Vancouver Animal Hospital for nearly 20 years. In addition, he occasionally works at the BC SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinics in Kamloops and Prince George.