The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) honoured several volunteers and members of the public last night at its Annual General Meeting. These annual awards acknowledge the many dedicated, passionate individuals and organizations who work to make our community better for animals.
Dr. Michelle Lem, of The Missionary Veterinary Care Program, received the Muriel Davies Kindness Award. In 2003, Dr. Lem founded this unique program, dedicated to providing free veterinary care to animals that otherwise would not receive veterinary care. Dr. Lem offers free examinations and vaccinations for the pets of Ottawa’s homeless community.
Leah Dixon, of RioCan Realty, received the Community Spirit Award for her ongoing enthusiastic support and promotion of the highly successful OHS annual fundraising events Bunny Snaps and Santa Pet Pics, held at three local RioCan shopping malls since 2004.
Doug Hempstead, of The Ottawa Sun, received the Media Award for his work as an ambassador to Ottawa’s animals, reporting on stories that bring animal welfare issues to the attention of our community, and focus on and help educate people about the importance of responsible pet ownership.
Carol Gordon, of The Single Gourmet, received the President’s Special Recognition Award for voluntarily organizing, hosting and publicizing her group’s Meet Your Match dinner dances. Ms. Gordon began the event in 2002 and continues to hold it every year to provide support for Ottawa’s sick and injured animals.
Janette Hamilton-Silcoff and Diana Moodie, an OHS employee, were co-recipients of the Eleanor Prowse Volunteer Service Award. They were honoured for generously giving of their free time through volunteer work and continued participation in a wide range of OHS programs, including Brightening Lives Animal Visits, Comfy Cats, Humane Education, and the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.
Julie Peressini, a dedicated foster volunteer, received the Siobhan Shefflin Award, acknowledging her devoted work providing help to many of the neediest animals we see – the many pregnant and nursing cats and litters of kittens. Ms. Peressini cares for them in her home until they’re ready for adoption, giving them a second chance at life.
Dr. Charles Bruce, of Alta Vista Animal Hospital, received the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award, for his indispensible and enthusiastic services as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS, where he performs much needed orthopaedic surgery to help the many animals who arrive at the OHS often suffering from severe leg fractures and injuries.