Toronto Cat Rescue’s Board of Directors is nominated by the existing members based on qualifications, skill, knowledge of the organization, and commitment level.
TCR’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sarah May – Chair
Sarah’s passion for the environment and animals started from a very young age. This has guided her throughout her life and she has always wanted to be a leader and change-maker. A TCR volunteer since 2007, Sarah also works professionally within the charitable sector as a fundraiser and brings her fundraising experience and knowledge to the Board. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at York University, and has a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising Management from Humber College.
Kyra Augustyn – Vice-Chair
Kyra has been volunteering with TCR since 2006 and has had a variety of roles throughout that time. Kyra completed a Masters degree in International Relations at McMaster University. Since 2006, Kyra has worked for the Government of Ontario in a variety of increasingly senior roles, most recently as a program supervisor. A resident of Hamilton, Kyra has a rescue cat and dog, and she enjoys playing softball, running, reading, and traveling in her spare time.
Kevin Wilson – Treasurer
Kevin has been a volunteer foster since 2016 after finding an injured and pregnant cat in his backyard. Seven kittens later, Kevin and his wife decided to continue fostering through Toronto Cat Rescue. Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce from Athabasca University and is the Controller for a management consulting company in Toronto. Kevin’s background in financial planning and analysis will help build the organizations controls and financial reporting. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys traveling as well as spending time with his six cats.
Arlene Thomas – Director
Arlene has been a volunteer with TCR since 2011, initially as a foster mom, and now as a driver, store volunteer and store adopt-a-thon team lead. Prior to volunteering with TCR, Arlene owned four beautiful cats Sou-ke, Aztec, Tatia and Chinook; SATCH, the bronze cat represents the special memories of each one.
With a degree in mathematics and a MBA, Arlene worked at IBM in both strategic, operational and process planning and business development. Recently retired, Arlene enjoys traveling, playing the harp, socializing, continuous education, and being a Board member at her Etobicoke condo.
Suzanne Patterson – Director
Suzanne is passionate about animals and about the work that Toronto Cat Rescue does. She has adopted three of her four cats from TCR over the past seven years and has been a volunteer screener at TCR adopt-a-thon events for two years. Suzanne is a business and accounting professional who holds a CPA (Delaware U.S.) designation, a CPA, CGA designation, and a BA in Marketing. She has over 20 years of experience at an executive or management level in both the private and not-for profit sectors. Currently Suzanne is the Director of Finance for a small registered charity that does work both nationally and internationally supporting the Public Sector. Previously, Suzanne held progressively senior financial leadership roles at organizations in the film and television, automotive, construction, aerospace and advertising industries.
Beverley Stone — Director
Bev grew up in a family of cat lovers in outport Newfoundland. She moved to Toronto after graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.A. Hons. History) to attend York University (Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.) and adopted her first big city cat in 1993. She has worked as a lawyer in financial services for most of her career, and bakes bread, makes jam and pickles in her spare time. She lives with three former barn cats who are currently helping her learn to knit.
Tony Schoeppich – Director
Tony has been a cat lover forever and currently lives with two adopted cats, Jackson (in photo) and Maxwell and a foster cat, all from TCR. He graduated with a BCom from the University of Toronto and subsequently attained his CPA, CA designation. Always having worked in the for-profit sector, Tony is the Chief Financial Officer for a group of private businesses where he has been employed for 25 years and has been the volunteer Treasurer for a condominium corporation for the last seven years. Spending time in cottage country and travelling are some of the ways Tony relaxes in his spare time.
Paul Butler – Director
Paul volunteers with TCR in adoptions and as a driver. He holds a BSC, BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario and worked for the Microsoft Canada in a variety of technical, human resources, and management roles. Paul’s other volunteer involvement includes food security and theatre, and he also sits on the board of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre company. He and his husband have adopted a total of four cats, including Molly and Fletcher, pictured with him here.
Belinda Vandersluis – Executive Director
Belinda lives in Beamsville, Ontario right in the middle of wine country! She has 25 years of senior leadership experience in academia, nonprofits and charity. She spent 20+ years in cancer research and clinical trials administration. Her educational background includes a business degree from Concordia, and a postgraduate certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management from Queen’s University. A few years ago, Belinda worked in operations at the Kingston Humane Society for about six months where her awareness of the plight of homeless cats and complexity of animal rescue grew. Belinda is mom to two amazing sons, and cat mom to Edna and Katie her foster fails.
Nalini Ramroop – Operations Manager
Nalini has been an animal lover from the time she was 5 years old in South America, and her grandmother brought home the family’s first puppy. She has volunteered in all areas of TCR since early 2010, passionately advocating for the cats. Of all the many TCR volunteer roles she has held, being the Intake Coordinator has been the most rewarding because it is a position that directly impacts the large number of lives TCR saves each year.
Nalini has a Business Management Certificate from Ryerson University and plans to pursue further education in Animal Welfare. Her prior career included Sales, Business and Operations Manager in the manufacturing sector for over 10 years. She currently lives with her senior cat, Koala. Her downtime is surrounding herself in the enchantment of the Northern Ontario woods, with her two beagles in tow. Her other hobbies include reading, writing and dancing.
Rebecca Firth – Veterinary Care Coordinator
Rebecca is excited for her new role with Toronto Cat Rescue and to work alongside the wonderful teams already in place. She has been with TCR since 2012 and can’t wait to meet more of the TCR family. She is eager to bring her knowledge of foster based rescue in the community in addition to her medical background to help save more cats! For as long as she can remember Rebecca’s passion for animals has been a prominent focus in her life yet she ended up with a profession in the medical field helping people. Rebecca lives in the west end of Toronto and is a mom to four fur babies – two dogs and two cats and always has room for a foster cat or two or three… 🙂 Rebecca is completing her final year in a Psychology and Sociology degree and holds a Diploma in Paramedicine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, soccer, yoga, travelling, and hiking.
Irene Bianchi – Finance Assistant
Irene has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and has always had a special fondness for cats. She has been volunteering with TCR since 2001, primarily as a foster parent. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of Milan, Italy and after moving to Canada, has taken various postgraduate courses in Finance. For the past 20+ years she has worked in the financial sector, holding various analyst roles within a mutual fund company and a bank. Irene lives in Toronto with her three cats Griso, Kiki and Tarquinius and with her husband Dave. Her other passions are traveling and wildlife watching. She also loves swimming, reading and hiking and loves spending time at her little cottage in the Algonquin Highlands.