Frances Wach is the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Executive Director and has been involved with the organization for almost thirty years.
Her story begins with a strong desire to help others. At the time Frances made her entry into the animal welfare sector – serving on the Yorkton SPCA board – she was working as a social worker. Through her experience in both the human and animal services sectors, it became apparent to Frances that the health and well-being of humans and animals are interconnected, an approach now known as One Health. The relationship between human and animal well-being remains a top concern of hers, from the link between family violence and animal abuse, to providing the homeless with essential supplies to care for their pets.
Frances stresses the importance of helping people by helping their animals, and helping animals by helping their owners.
In 2009, after spending more than two decades with a local advertising agency, Sandra Anderson was ready to embark on a new career and applied for a job with the Saskatchewan SPCA.
Her responsibilities as Program Director include planning the Saskatchewan SPCA annual conference, assisting with development of a new registration program for animal rescues, and raising awareness of the importance of emergency planning that addresses the needs of companion animals and livestock. She loves having the opportunity to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about improving the lives of both people and animals.
While she does not have any pets of her own at present, Sandra still remembers the feeling of wonder she felt as an eight-year-old child, holding a newborn German Shepherd puppy in her hand for the first time.
Crystal Stubbs has been the Administrative Assistant for the Saskatchewan SPCA since 2004.
As the engine that keeps the office running, she is kept busy answering phone calls, responding to emails, processing donations and bills, sending out letters and receipts, preparing financial statements, and various other tasks.
Crystal grew up on an acreage where they cared for cats, dogs, chickens, cows, and horses. She had a strong connection to all of her animals and, as a child, dreamed of pursuing a career as a veterinarian. Although Crystal can no longer be in close contact with most animals due to her allergies, she does, however, have a pet betta fish named Spot. Animal welfare issues that are top of mind for her include humane care, the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence, and animal hoarding.
Community Relations Coordinator
Josh Hourie is the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Community Relations Coordinator and has been with us since 2015. His duties include managing the Saskatchewan SPCA’s social media presence, acting as the organization’s spokesperson, coordinating campaigns (such as Warming Hearts & Paws), and representing the Saskatchewan SPCA at community and partner meetings.
Animals have been part of Josh’s life for as long as he can remember. His interest in animal welfare stems from the pet cats his family has cared for over the years. After joining the Saskatchewan SPCA as an employee, he became more aware of the many challenges facing the animal welfare sector, including animal abuse and neglect, cat overpopulation, and the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. His increased awareness of these issues has strengthened his desire to help improve the lives of pets, livestock, and wildlife.
Jenny Marriott has been a volunteer with the Saskatchewan SPCA for three years. With her strong research and writing skills and an educational background in agriculture, she is helping to educate and inform stakeholders on a range of topical animal health and welfare issues. We are particularly excited to have her assistance in the planning stages of a new social enterprise project for the Saskatchewan SPCA.
Jenny has been passionate about the welfare of animals for as long as she can remember. When not volunteering for our organization, she loves spending time with her favourite pets: Ainsleigh and Gabby (cats) and PeeWee (horse).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are pleased to welcome Saskatoon businessperson Calvin Nickel as the new President of the SaskSPCA Board of Directors. He has a lengthy record of community involvement, having served as a board member on a number of organizations over the years, including both the SaskSPCA and the Saskatoon SPCA.
Calvin freely admits he has a soft spot for all dogs, but is particularly fond of Missy, a German Shepherd-Collie cross recently adopted from the Yorkton SPCA. He explains that throughout his life he has always had at least one dog and is quick to take in any dog from family members who need to rehome their pets.
He is pleased to be serving on our board as we embark on a number of major initiatives, notably the construction of the SaskSPCA Emergency Care Facility.
Jack MacKay has been serving on the Saskatchewan SPCA Board of Directors for over thirty years. He is a former Chartered Accountant and has been committed to promoting animal welfare throughout his life.
Jack originally became involved with the Saskatchewan SPCA through his involvement with the Yorkton SPCA. He was disturbed by the abuse and suffering experienced by animals and got involved to channel his desire to encourage respect and care for all creatures.
Although he has no pets currently, he has had the privilege of caring for three dogs and a cat over the years. He describes the animal-human bond as a natural connection of love and respect.
Marianne Possberg grew up on a farm outside of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, working with her family’s herd and feedlot cattle. She has a soft spot in her heart for the farm dogs who were constant companions while checking cattle, riding bikes, walking, gardening, and playing around the yard.
After working outside of Canada and then outside the province, she returned to Saskatchewan to complete a Masters in Agriculture Economics, before starting her position as Production Specialist at the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.
Marianne and her husband Sean reside in Regina, with their lovely cats Pigou and Cina.
DR. SANDRA NEUMANN
Dr. Sandra Neumann has spent more than three decades as a veterinarian, working to improve the health and welfare of animals. In addition to operating her own small animal practice in Saskatoon, she also works as one of the shelter vets for the Saskatoon SPCA. An active member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan SPCA for many years, she continues to serve in the capacity of Past President.
Chris Brueckner joined the Saskatchewan SPCA Board of Directors in 2018.
As a lifelong lover of animals, Chris joined the board to dedicate his time and effort towards a cause that is deeply personal to him. Growing up, he cared for all kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, fish, and birds. To this day, Chris has a dog named Bud, a cat named Monty, and multiple fish (one of which is named Elfort). He emphasizes the animal-human bond as one that transcends differences. Animals are, ultimately, members of the family. We provide them with food and shelter, and, in return, they offer us unconditional love and support.
With the Saskatchewan SPCA, Chris hopes to do whatever he can to support animals and prevent abuse.
McKenzie Parks Is currently a third year law student at the University of Saskatchewan. She has always been passionate about animals and animal welfare and spent three years working in animal care at a shelter in Saskatoon; she hopes to eventually bring her passion for animal welfare into the legal world. In her free time McKenzie enjoys participating in various dog sports such as agility, dock diving, and rally obedience with her Golden Retriever, Addy.
Les Trayhorne grew up on a farm at Greenan, SK, where his parents had cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys, cats, and dogs. He attended a one-room schoolhouse at Greenan, then finished his education at Elrose.
After serving as member of the Saskatoon Police Department from 1975-80, Les returned to farming. He and his wife Barb ran a cow-calf operation for 31 years. They are still involved in the grain side of farming, growing wheat, durum, lentils, mustard, and chickpeas. Summers are spent at the farm, helping their son, but they have bought a retirement home at Blackstrap Lake. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Les served on the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and as a District Commander for the Royal Canadian Legion. He has also been a Legion member for 17 years.
Les worked as an Animal Protection Officer (APO) for the SaskSPCA for seven years. He explains that “it was the neglect and abuse that I observed as an APO that inspired me to let my name stand for the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan SPCA. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this Board.”