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’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 works as the Manager of Finance at Diabetes Canada. 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.
George Hawtin – Director
George is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a librarian, most recently employed with the Markham Public Library. His education includes degrees from Athabasca University and the University of Western Ontario, as well as university-level coursework in accounting, organizational behaviour, and governance. He has served on many boards and committees in fields including animal services, accessibility, and early childhood development. As a lifelong pet lover and the former chair of his hometown’s Animal Services Appeal Committee, George is passionate about ensuring that every cat finds a safe and happy home.
Michael D’Aprile – Director
Mike moved to Toronto from London, Ontario in 2007 where he graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the University of Western Ontario. He works professionally as an actuary with the corporate development/strategy group at a large Canadian life insurance company. With encouragement from his wife, he recently decided to put his knowledge of finance and business to use in the non-profit space and joined the TCR board in 2017. In his free time he likes to watch the Blue Jays, take weekends trips to the family cottage, or hang with the family cat Kali.
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.
Belinda Vandersluis – Executive Director
Sandra Scian – Fundraising Manager
Prior to joining Toronto Cat Rescue, Sandra enjoyed working with many non-profits from very large national charities, to very small grass roots organizations. Her experience includes Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Amici Charity, FAME, Autism Ontario, Sunnybrook Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Trillium Health Centre Foundation, and Big Brothers of Metro Toronto; a career spanning 25 years. Born and raised in Barrie, Sandra has called Toronto home for almost 30 years. Good times for Sandra include travelling, sailing, beach volleyball, baseball and enjoying the great outdoors with her favourite furry friend, Charlie.
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.