Our Leaders

Toronto Cat Rescue’s dedicated leaders.

The board of Toronto Cat Rescue, comprised of executive members, is nominated by the existing members based on qualifications, skill, knowledge of the organization, and commitment level.  The board is currently at capacity and is not seeking additional members.

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Darlene Tansey – Executive Officer

Darlene has volunteered with TCR since 2011. Of course, this has resulted in three Foster Fails: Dwight, HonkyTonk and EmmyLou. Her responsibilities at TCR include Foster Coordinator, Pet Publicist, Post-Adoption Counselor, store coordinator—and of course, foster home!

In her spare time, Darlene works in communications for the provincial government. She holds an MA in Canadian Studies and a BA in Communications. She’s a big fan of Ontario craft beer, classic country music and the gritty realism of 1960s and 70s American cinema.

Kyra Augustyn – Vice Chair / Executive Officer

Kyra has been volunteering with TCR since 2006 and has had a variety of roles throughout that time.  In addition to her main roles, she is a foster home, a post adoption coordinator, and manages two vet clinics.

Kyra completed a Masters degree in International Relations at McMaster University. Currently, Kyra works for the Government of Ontario in Toronto.  She recently moved to Hamilton.  She has one cat and hopes to get a dog soon!  In whatever free time she has left, Kyra enjoys playing softball, running, reading, and traveling.

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Jenn Cave – Chair / Executive Officer

Jenn began volunteering with Toronto Cat rescue in 2003 when she came upon an adopt-a-thon at her local pet store in Toronto. Volunteering with TCR provided her with an opportunity to fulfill her passion for helping animals and working towards making the world a more compassionate place. Since 2003 she has had many different roles and has been an integral part in the growth of TCR throughout the years.

Currently Jenn volunteers with TCR as a Foster Home Coordinator and she coordinates all areas of the Kitchener/Waterloo chapter of TCR. She is part of developing a coalition called Kitchener Waterloo Community Cats (KWCC), which is a TNRM project of TCR.

Jenn is a full time elementary school teacher. She shares her busy household with her husband, son, young daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and fish. To balance her busy life she likes taking her dogs for walks in the field, reading and doing yoga.

linda - squareLinda Weeks – Treasurer / Executive Officer

Linda has been volunteering with TCR since 2004.  Throughout this time Linda has volunteered in many different capacities including being a foster parent, a driver, and doing TNR work.  She understands how valuable the entire TCR team of volunteers is; each person doing their part to help the kitties.  Linda has focused her volunteer time on the administrative side of TCR for the last few years looking after TCR’s finances.

Linda is an elementary school teacher and lives with two former TCR kitties Kuro-chan and Jasmine.  Linda is passionate about the environment and loves to get out into nature for a hike or camping.  She finds balance in her enjoyment of gardening, yoga, dragonboating, scuba diving and reading a good book.

sarahSarah May – Executive Officer

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.

Sarah has volunteered for TCR since 2007, starting as a feral cat trapper and foster parent but quickly becoming more involved in other areas of the organization.

Sarah works professionally within the fundraising/charitable sector and brings her fundraising experience and knowledge to the TCR Executive. She has received an honours bachelor degree in environmental studies from York University and holds a post graduate certificate in fundraising management from Humber College.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time in nature; she loves to hike and bike through Toronto’s plentiful green space. She also enjoys baking, yoga, and playing beginner-level squash.

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heatherbioHeather Brown – Executive Director

Heather is responsible for leading the strategic development and implementation of programs and services that save the lives of over 2000 cats per year.  She joined Toronto Cat Rescue as a volunteer in 2009 and was appointed as an executive member in March 2010, a position which she held until January 2015.

Prior to her executive director role with TCR, Heather spent 20 years in the capital markets industry, primarily in equities markets surveillance and compliance. She has held board and leadership level positions with several non-profit organizations, and continues to be actively involved as a volunteer in dog rescue.

Her late eyeless rescue Persian cat inspired her to be an advocate for special needs animals and you can always find an ill or injured foster cat or dog at her house.  She is currently learning to speak Spanish, recently obtained her scuba diving certification, and loves traveling internationally.  She can’t remember when she last had some free time, but if she did she would turn off the ringer on her phone and curl up with a good book.