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Pet Access League Society

3019-21 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 7T1

Ph. 403-250-PALS (7257) Fax: 403-250-9273

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm (Please call first on Friday as Diana works alone that day and she often has meetings out of the office)

Email PALS: info@palspets.com

Charitable Registration # 10781-1879-RR0001

 

PALS Team Members

Diana Segboer - Executive Director

Diana brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit world, having been the Executive Director of Inn from the Cold from 2004 through 2009. It was only after her arrival that Inn from the Cold really took off and became the amazing refuge for the homeless that it is today. While she was there, she took a small three person staff to a 40-plus person office and also headed up a major capital fundraising project that enabled the organization to buy its own (current) building. She has also served as an Executive Director with a local Wildlife Foundation and as a Program Director for Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch, a recreational facility whose mandate is to provide a free outdoor recreational experience for children with life challenges. Diana is an animal lover extraordinaire (she does fostering for a local rescue organization and has her own in-house pets), and is an extremely strong advocate in the value of animal use for therapeutic purposes; hence a perfect fit for PALS and our programs.

Contact information: diana@palspets.com

 

Joan Andersen - Volunteer Coordinator

Joan Andersen is a native Albertan who moved to Calgary in 1966 to attend university and has lived here ever since. She began doing pet visitations in 1982 at the old Colonel Belcher Hospital with her first basset, a female named Harvie. PALS had not yet been incorporated at that time.

Her second PALS dog was a female basset named Morgan. Joan and Morgan visited at Bow View Manor for a number of years. When Morgan retired, Joan remained active with PALS doing special events such as Art Market and Bingo and served briefly as a Board Member. When a position became available in the PALS office in 2002, Joan decided that the time had come to work at something about which she felt passionate. She is currently visiting with her third female basset, Joey (another girl with an odd name), and truly enjoys coming to work each day.

Contact information: joan@palspets.com

 

Linda Street – Office Assistant

I came into the PALS program in 2005 and have been visiting at Carewest George Boyack ever since and have been team lead since 2009.

I became Joans assistant at the evaluations in 2008 and loved getting more involved in the program. When the opportunity came in January of this year to come into the office on a part time basis, I threw off my Retirement hat and donned the PALS hat and boy oh boy, did I get my eyes opened quickly!!! From learning what goes on behind the scenes, Diana and Joan do not get nearly the credit they deserve!

I am enjoying my job so much, getting to know more of the volunteers and being in contact with the new people and pets coming into the program.

Hope to meet you all face to face one day!

Contact information: linda@palspets.com

 

2014 Board of Directors

President Holly Yaschuk

Vice President Camelia Wong

Treasurer Jill Chambers

Secretary Lee Sudrich

Veterinary Director Dr. Wanda Vockeroth, DVM

Director Jodi Armstrong: I have been working at Rife Resources for the past 2 years as a Royalty Auditor; before that I was at KPMG for almost 5 years in the audit department. My educational background consists of a BSc in Applied Math, CAPPA certificate and I am in the process of completing my CAPL Land Petroleum Certificate.

I have two dogs in the PALS program (Byron and Cadie) and hope to have the third pass in the fall. We visit at the ACH part time and I like to partake in a lot of special visits such as the art market and mini stampede parade. Cadie is currently going into her 6th year as a PALS dog (they grow up so fast!) and Byron has been visiting for 2 years.

When all of that is out of the way I usually spend my free time training for sprint triathlons or enjoying the mountains on a nice hike or camping with my husband and doglins.

Director Brenda Galonski: Ms.Galonski is currently the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Coda Petroleum Inc. Prior thereto, she was the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rondo Petroleum Inc., a private oil and gas company and Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Grand Petroleum Inc. which traded on the TSX Venture exchange. Ms. Galonski has over 20 years of progressively more advanced accounting roles within the oil and gas industry. Ms. Galonski received her Bachelor of Education in 1988, and her CMA designation in 1998. Ms. Galonskis volunteer experience includes five years with the Calgary Food Bank, of which two were as Treasurer.

Director Alana Hart: Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta I still reside in Calgary with my husband and 2 children (1 daughter, 1 son). I grew up in the arts, dancing and singing throughout my childhood right through to my young adult years. My first experience with a not for profit organization was with the Youth Singers of Calgary. I was a member for just short of 10 years and was heavily involved in fund raising for their programs.

I started my career in Human Resources around 12 years ago when I found myself in an administrative role for the HR department of a transportation company. I thoroughly enjoyed the work I was doing and decided to pursue Human Resources as my full time career. I enrolled in the University of Calgary’s HR Management Certificate program and completed that online while working full time. After completing that program I achieved my CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation and immediately enrolled in the SAIT Business Administration, Management diploma program, which I am currently completing online and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

I have had the pleasure of working in many industries; transportation, distribution, oil & gas services, private education and not for profit. My not for profit experience was with the Calgary Humane Society, I was their HR Advisor for 3 years. My passion for animals along with my HR experience made this a perfect fit for me. I was a member of their management team and was involved in high lever decision making. I was also heavily involved with their fund raising efforts and am aware of the commitment and effort it takes to successfully develop funds for this type of organization.

I am still a volunteer foster parent for the Humane Society and considered joining PALS however my puppy is too old for the program. I am highly intrigued by the invaluable service PALS offers to the members of our community as I have experienced first-hand the healing power animals possess, and would love to be a part of this amazing organization

Director James Miller: For the past 20 years I have been involved with commercial real estate. A year ago I left my partnership role in the brokerage world at Avison Young where I was involved in large national and international commercial transactions to focus my attention on my personal and private equity life. I am now working for myself and focussing on my own private equity business in commercial real estate.

I volunteered with PALS from about 1995 to 2005 as largely a facility volunteer and team leader on one of the ACH teams. I also participated in many of the fund raisers for PALS as well as helping establish Dogs in the Mall. During the latter time period I was also on the board of PALS. I was also an ACH volunteer through that same time period. 

Director Rebecca StaresNot only an animal lover who maintains a high standard of care for the health and wellbeing of my pets, but I also have experience in the field of animal assisted therapy. I possess a strong working knowledge of the benefits of animals to our mental, emotional and physical health, and am able to successfully mediate the engagement and relationships between animals and people for therapeutic and recreational value. I also have years of experience working with animals and owning animal companions of my own, everything from guinea pigs to horses.

Director Wendy Witczak Wendy works at Mount Royal University in the library and is also a part time student. Originally from Ontario, she has been living in Calgary for almost three years. She has been volunteering for PALS with her adopted dog Charlie only a short time, just starting in January 2014. Previous volunteer experience includes several animal organizations, 2 years on the executive board for the Alberta Association of Library Technicians and 2 years on the executive board of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l'Ontario. In Wendy's spare time she enjoys hiking and camping, time at the off leash park with Charlie, reading, and several hobbies.