Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ottawa Humane Society honours community members at AGM

June 23, 2010
For immediate release

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) honoured several volunteers and members of the public last night at its Annual General Meeting. The annual awards are handed out to individuals and organizations who work to make our community better for animals.

Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police Service received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award for outstanding contribution to animal welfare. Chief White was unable to attend the meeting, but will be presented with his award tomorrow at 11 a.m., when he helps to unveil the new site for the IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, on NCC property, across from the RA Centre on Riverside Drive.

TELUS received the Community Spirit Award for its contributions to the OHS, including support of its FurBall, grants to fund humane education presentations at local schools, and volunteering days of service at the shelter.

PetSmart received the Special Recognition Award for its partnership in the OHS pet store adoption program, and the corporation’s free online seminar program that allows OHS staff to learn about best practices in shelter vaccination protocols, foster programming and disease management.

Leanne Cusack, of CTV Ottawa, received the Media Award, for her work as an ambassador to adoptable animals, profiling them in weekly television spots, and for her volunteer work in the OHS building campaign video, which resulted in significant donations to the fundraising project.

Harvey Slipacoff, owner of KW Catering, received the OHS President’s Special Recognition Award, for his contributions to various fundraising events for the animals, including summer garden parties and the annual FurBall gala.

Gord Bellamy, a Westboro resident, and dedicated OHS volunteer, received the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service award for his contributions as a dog walker and office work, processing donations and receipts.

Barb Labelle, a Nepean resident, and dedicated OHS foster volunteer, received the Siobhan Shefflin Award for her efforts in caring for pregnant cats and litters of kittens at her home until they’re ready for adoption, giving these needy animals a second chance at life.

Dr. Tara Dacosta, a veterinarian with the federal government, received the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award, for her volunteer work at the OHS, spaying and neutering homeless animals, and conducting live-saving surgery in the OHS clinic.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

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