Board of Directors

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors made up of members of the Society.

Directors on the HBSPCA skills based Board have three major roles: developing shelter policy, making decisions about the HBSPCA future and its sustainability, and monitoring quality and financial performance.


Meet our 2017-18 Board of Directors

Deborah Brown
Deborah has held executive positions as both President and Executive Vice President in Canada and the U.S., of a leading multinational pharmaceutical company. During her tenure, the company enjoyed a tremendous growth curve, growing revenues by more than a thousand percent over 10 years. Prior to this, she assumed successively more senior operational and management roles in marketing and sales, regulatory and government affairs, and research & development in the industry. From all of these experiences, Deborah has gained a deep understanding of how companies and individuals effectively translate strategy into results and has a passion for developing healthy organizations that sustainably deliver excellent and profitable services or goods.  Deborah did her undergraduate studies in biological and physical science then completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Ivey Business School. She has served on both private and public boards as a Board Member, executive committee member and Chair of the Board.  She is a resident of Dundas, and currently works as a management consultant for academic, pharmaceutical and entrepreneurial clients.

Kim Ciavarella
Kim Ciavarella has been the Chief Executive Officer for Banyan Community Services since 2014.  She has 25+ years of financial management, leadership and organizational planning experience in both the private and public sectors including; Health care, children mental health services, youth justice and home and community support services. Over the past 20 years, Kim has held senior leadership roles in the not for profit sector that include President, CEO, COO, Director of Operations, Finance and Corporate Services. She has a proven track record of building strong community relationships and is a champion of quality, performance measurement, change and transitional management.
Kim’s community is her source of strength and has gratefully given back by serving as a volunteer board and committee member with John Howard Society and Idlewyld Manor. In addition Kim is a Reviewer for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) and also serves on provincial advisory committee for the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

Doug Duke
A non-profit association professional, Doug is currently Vice President, Business Development for Essentient Association Management based in Burlington. An alumnus of the journalism program at Humber College, Doug began his career in the field of communications and print media as a freelance writer/editor before becoming a senior editor with Hamilton Community News. He switched gears and changed careers in early 2004 when he entered the world of association management. Since that time, Doug has worked as Executive Officer of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association and as Executive Director of both the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association and the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association. He has also served as chair of the Executive Officers’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and has been an active member of several boards and committees in the housing and construction sectors over the last 15 years. In his current role, Doug oversees the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global and the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Despite the many jobs he’s had over his career, Doug says his most gratifying role has been that of ‘daddy’ to 12-year-old daughter Rebecca, who despite her age has already decided she wants to work with animals for a living someday. (Daddy couldn’t be more proud!) Born and raised on Hamilton’s east mountain, Doug now resides in Burlington where he enjoys cycling, indoor and beach volleyball and the occasional round of golf. He is also a fan of watching the antics of Whiskers and Art, a whacky but loveable pair of tabby cats.

Juanita Gledhill, Chair
Juanita Gledhill is an award winning Human Resources professional and dedicated community volunteer. She is Principal of MCC Group Inc., a strategic leadership and human resources consulting practice. Juanita works with governors and operational leaders to develop strategic and operational plans along with organizational effectiveness strategies to leverage the capacity and potential of an organization’s best resource – their people. Juanita has volunteered her HR and governance skills on several community boards and is delighted be invited to serve on the HBSPCA Board, where she can share her passion for ensuring our community includes pet ownership which is accessible, and support responsible care for all animals. Juanita, along with husband Greg and son Matthew are proud pet parents to Bentley, a two year old Airedale. Bentley can often be found at one of our city’s off leash parks getting a party started!

Aidan Johnson
Aidan is in his first term as Ward 1 Councillor in the City of Hamilton. He is a long-time community activist, known for his commitment to civic engagement and his passion for making Hamilton a better place to live, work, and play.
Before being elected Councillor in October 2014, Aidan worked as a lawyer for Legal Aid in Hamilton. Prior to this, he worked in corporate law at the national firm Borden Ladner Gervais and in Aboriginal Law with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.
Aidan emerged as a highly-respected leader at a young age, working with his peers and local officials to raise awareness of social justice issues and speak up for vulnerable members of the community. His efforts to combat stigma made a significant impact on Hamilton school board policies to ensure safety for LGBTQI students. In 2003, Maclean’s magazine recognized Aidan as a “Young Canadian Leader to Watch For” in its annual listing.
Aidan has an extensive track record of volunteer work including roles as an HIV-AIDSoutreach worker, fundraiser for PEN Canada and two years as President of a West Hamilton riding association. He was a member of Ward One’s Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee and an active supporter of Cootes Paradise conservation efforts.
As Councillor, Aidan sits on many committees including Emergency & Community Services, Planning, Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee, Community Food Stakeholder Sub-Committee, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton-Burlington SPCA and the Royal Botanical Gardens Board.
Aidan lives in Hamilton with his partner Stefan, an ecologist and farmer.

Maureen Moore, Secretary
Ms. Moore is a long-time volunteer of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and is retired from a career in nursing management. Ms. Moore brings many years of governance experience on a municipal, provincial and national level to the HBSPCA Board of Directors. “As a long-time volunteer, I believe I have a grasp of the many issues we face, both on a day-to-day basis and long-term,” says. Ms. Moore. “I hope to play an active role in ensuring our already excellent organization continues to grow and change in exciting and innovative ways.”

John Mullen, Treasurer
John Mullen is a CPA, CMA and is the owner and Principal Consultant with JCM Corporate Solutions Inc. Through his company John provides senior financial, administrative and operational management services for private corporations, usually on a part-time contract basis. Prior to starting his own business John spent over thirty years in the private business sector, focusing on financial, administrative and operations management in the manufacturing and construction arenas.  John’s volunteer time has been primarily served through Rotary International, having joined Rotary in 1996. During his time as a Rotarian, John has chaired various club committees as well as a term as Club President. At the District level, he has served as Assistant Governor and chaired the Foundation Endowment Fund.  John and his wife Sue have lived in Ancaster for most of their 42 years together. They have two daughters, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver, along with three grandchildren. Still at home with them are their Labrador Retrievers Ben and Jake. Dogs and cats have always been part of the family and John looks forward to help in their welfare through his association with HBSPCA.   In John’s leisure time he enjoys time on his bicycle with the local riding club in the summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The occasional round of golf also gets fit in here and there.

Joe Nemet
Joe is a retired lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General. He is currently a member of the Consent and Capacity Board. He and his wife, Debbie moved to downtown Hamilton from Burlington almost six years ago. Debbie is a real estate sales representative with Keller Williams. They have two children: Sarah who is 30, and Joey 29. Sarah is developmentally disabled and resides in Burlington with a family supported by Community Living Burlington. Joey is a graduate of McMaster University and following a successful football career was a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Team in Pyeonchang.
Joe is also a member of the board of directors and current president of Community Living Burlington. He is a past member and president of Community Living North Halton. He also co-founded a small charity in Burlington called Camelot Centre which provides day supports for the intellectually disabled over the age of 21. He and Debbie are strong proponents of responsible pet ownership. All of their pets are adopted.

Margaret Strecker
Ms. Strecker is a dedicated animal lover who has also volunteered at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA, as well as other local cat rescue groups, for many years. Now retired, Ms. Strecker has 25 years of senior management experience in the government and community sectors. “I strongly believe the HBSPCA makes a difference in the lives of animals,” says Ms. Strecker. “But as long as animals are homeless and treated cruelly, we must work diligently to help society see its responsibilities in improving the quality of life for all animals.”

Cathy Turner
Foremost a proud and dedicated single-mom of a PhD student, an undergrad commerce student, twin 6th graders, two dogs and a cat; Cathy relishes a home life of exceptional variety and pleasure!  Professionally, a Certified Health Executive, Cathy proudly enjoys a development-rich role as Director of Administration in the Academic Department of Surgery at McMaster University.  A life-long learner, Cathy has built a reputation for responsiveness employing years of leadership experience and post-graduate training to assist the Department Chair and leadership team to strategize, collaborate and advance their strong academic mandate.  Embracing personal core values of integrity, personal growth and balance, Cathy believes pairing valued and challenging work with a supportive circle of family and close friends is essential to strengthen our life journey.  Having volunteered in the past with children’s organizations, this life-long Hamiltonian seeks to apply both professional experience and personal character to undertake one small part to affect change close to home; HBSPCA is an organization whose values align perfectly.

Pearl Wolfe 
Pearl Wolfe has been Executive Director at the Mark Preece Family House since 2010. The Mark Preece House provides 24 rooms and many of the comforts of home to families of critically-ill patients being treated in Hamilton.
Pearl has had a lifelong career in the not for profit sector and has held executive roles at Ronald McDonald House, Ontario March of Dimes and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Pearl is an active volunteer and was President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton in 2010/11. She has served on the Board of the Hamilton Literacy Council and currently serves on the Board of Volunteer Hamilton. She lives in Hamilton with her husband Howard Elliott. Their son Eric is a teacher in the United Arab Emirates. Three of their four dogs (and one cat) came from the SPCA.

Applying for the HBSPCA Board

There are 12 seats (11 elected, 1 appointed from Hamilton City Council) on the Board and terms are 3 years. Directors are expected to:

  • regularly attend Board meetings and related meetings;
  • participate actively in committee work;
  • actively champion the Society’s activities in the community; and
  • participate in fundraising for the organization.

According to our governing by-laws, directors must be members of the society in order to serve on the Board. More information on becoming a member is on the “Become a Member” page.

Members seeking a seat on the Board of Directors must apply. Experience in one or more of the following areas is an asset: fundraising/fund development, financial planning and analysis, program planning and analysis, advocacy, education/outreach, legal experience, public relations/marketing and/or previous Board experience.

HBSPCA Board Minutes & CEO Reports

June 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
May 2018 Board Minutes & CEO Report
April 2018 Board Minutes
March 2018 Board Minutes

February 2018 Board Minutes

December 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report
November 2017 Minutes & CEO Report

October 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report

August 2017 Board Minutes
July 2017 Board Minutes
June 2017 Board Minutes
May 2017 Board Minutes