Meet the Ontario SPCA’s new Vice President of Shelter Operations

The Sfr-Contemporary is worked up to welcome Sonya Reichel as its new Vice President of Shelter Operations! 

Sonya beforehand led the Georgian Triangle Humane Society as their Govt Director, demonstrating outstanding dedication and management. She efficiently launched a capital marketing campaign and has performed a pivotal function in rising strong adoptions and volunteer packages, showcasing her dedication to neighborhood engagement and collaboration. 

In her new function, Sonya will oversee the shelter operations of the Ontario SPCA’s 13 animal centres and the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre. She is going to work carefully with our Shelter Well being & Wellness group to supply take care of our animal residents and drive ahead our dedication to supply the very best help for the animals in our care.  

We sat down with Sonya on her first day on the Ontario SPCA to get to know her higher. Right here’s a glimpse of the who she is! 

What attracted you to the place of Vice President of Shelter Operations with the Ontario SPCA? 

Leaving my function on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society was a really tough choice. I’ve shaped shut relationships with most of the employees and volunteers who work there – it simply seems like dwelling! When seeking to the Ontario SPCA, I used to be interested in the group’s Strategic Imaginative and prescient and Plan, its values, and its group! 

What are you most enthusiastic about engaging in in your new function? 

I’m excited to satisfy the oldsters who work in animal welfare throughout our province and be taught from them. With so many animals that want care and help, I’m curious in regards to the challenges individuals are dealing with, and I need to merely hearken to those that are deep within the trenches. As soon as I’ve performed my homework, I’m certain I’ll have a greater thought round the best way to reply that query! 

How will you assist animals because the Vice President of Shelter Operations? 

I consider strongly that compassion for animals is rooted in compassion for folks. Due to this fact, my job in supporting as many pets as attainable in our animal centres will likely be to hearken to our folks and create or help environments wherein they’ll thrive. 

Inform us a couple of profession achievement referring to animals that you just’re most pleased with? 

I consider strongly that, in our ever-evolving world, you want to be snug difficult the established order to make sure that you’re making a marked impression on those who want you. To that finish, I’m very pleased with the Entry to Care packages that we launched on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society in 2018, most particularly our Emergency Medical Help Program. It was a brand new program, with out an current template to observe, that fairly in truth was a bit scary to launch – even when we felt strongly that it was an important service for pet dad and mom. So far, a whole lot of pets have stayed with their households throughout emergencies as a substitute of needing to be re-homed – and that simply warms my coronary heart! 

Do you might have any animals of your individual? 

I’ve two wonderful pets – Mara, a two-year-old Northern canine that we adopted in December of 2021. She is the sweetest canine in the entire world. We even have Blinks, a 12-year-old black cat that I discovered underneath a porch when he was two weeks outdated. I bottle fed him for weeks and he’s now the boss of the home, commonly telling Mara what to do and making certain we give him common cuddles and meals. 

Inform us one enjoyable reality about your self.  

I like horseback driving! I experience 4 to 5 instances per week at a barn positioned simply up the street from me. It retains me wholesome and comfortable – serving to to ease the stress of adverse days and proceed to benefit from the therapeutic energy of the human-animal bond. 

We want Sonya all the very best on this new function, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the Ontario SPCA household. All for becoming a member of the Ontario SPCA group? Go to our employment web page to see present job alternatives.  

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