Board Members

Miso Soucek

Miro Soucek

Chair

Over the last several years, I have been sitting on the Board of Directors for the Sarnia Humane Society as a member, Vice-Chair, and then Chairperson. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and experience on the board. Also I have been the on member on the Board of the Sarnia Police Association since 2010 and have been the President since 2013. In addition to these commitments, I have been a member of Blue Water Tae Kwon Do since 2011 and have provided instruction there on a periodic basis. Originally from London, my entire working career has been involved in social justice initiatives. Prior to becoming a Police Officer, I was shop floor union representative at the Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant whereby I had the privilege of providing assistance to the local union’s Women’s Committee, Environment Committee, and the Retiree’s. We would raise money for Women’s Shelter in London, public housing projects, misfortunate children, the cancer clinic, and the homeless.

Currently during the pandemic, I am completing my degree with Wilfred Laurier University. I am very proud of what the Sarnia Humane Society Board has achieved in the last two years. We hosted the initial meeting with the several affiliates and representatives from the Government of Ontario to begin the discussions on how the Province would continue to investigate animal cruelty occurrences, secured investment and funding for the shelter with the purchase of shares in the Bright’s Grove Animal Hospital. Additionally, we are setting the stage for a new build and I anticipate that the board will carry on in its’ progressive fashion with the genuine spirit of commitment for the protection of animals.

Cheryl Edwards

Cheryl Edwards

Vice Chair

Cheryl has been actively involved with the Sarnia & District Humane Society for over 4 decades; both as a volunteer and now Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Cheryl joined the Board of Directors at Sarnia Humane Society to make a positive impact on the lives of the animals that SDHS protects and advocates for. Cheryl, and her husband Rick, have fostered, adopted and cared for many of our shelter’s animals over the years and currently share their home with Lily, their senior lab mix.

Now retired, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren, grand horses, grand dogs, and the many other animals that naturally find their way to her. She continues to be an active volunteer at the shelter; traveling throughout Canada and the United States to assist in our dog transfer program.

Les McDermott

Les McDermott

Treasurer

Having volunteered with the Sarnia Humane Society for over three decades, Les currently serves on the board in the position of Treasurer.  After earning three business degrees and four professional designations, his 40-year corporate and personal finance career ended with his retirement in 2012. His past community involvement also includes serving as board chairperson for the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, and the Sarnia Community Foundation. As an avid cyclist, Les has toured throughout Canada and the United States. Les also actively supports our local wildlife rehabilitation centre, Heaven’s Wildlife. Although three children no longer live at home, he and his wife, Deborah, enjoy living on the beautiful St. Clair River along with their dog, Tucker, and cat, Ebony.

Sara MacDonald

Sara MacDonald

Secretary

Sara has been volunteering with the Sarnia Humane for over 15 years, though her love for animals goes well beyond those 15 years!

Sara’s’ career in the finance and accounting sector and her role as Secretary to the Board of Directors has provided invaluable assistance to the Sarnia Humane Society over the years.

Now retired, Sara is an avid foster parent and volunteer for our community wellness programs assisting pet owners in need.

Along with being an avid nature walker, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and shares her home with her husband Joe and their 2 dogs and cats.

Bob Farlow

Bob Farlow

Director

Born and raised in Sarnia by 2 of our biggest and most pawsome supporters, Bob joined our Board just a few years ago after a very prestigious 39-year career in law enforcement.

Always one to give back to his community, Bob has been proudly involved with the Sarnia Legionnaires Jr B Hockey Club and is an active member of the Friends of Canatara Park committee.

Three sons, 1 daughter, 4 grandsons and a granddaughter arriving soon, Bob enjoys spending time with his family traveling throughout Canada appreciating all the wonderful sights of the wonderful landscapes and wildlife.

Bob enjoys nature/wildlife photography with his wife and best friend Sue, calling Algonquin Park their home away from home.

Georgette Parsons

Georgette Parsons

Director

After a very distinguished 25-year volunteer career Georgette’s tireless advocacy, support, and ongoing commitment, influenced growth and change for both the Women’s Interval Home/Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and our community.

As a volunteer for our organization, Georgette’s passion for animals suffering neglect and cruelty have assisted us in our advocacy efforts throughout the years to give voice to those who have no voice. She is also an active member of a group working towards the eradication of puppy mills.

Georgette shares her life with her husband, 2 dogs and many other dogs that she walks each day.

Hal Reginier

Hal Regnier

Director

Hal has been an avid dog walker with our shelter for many years, joining our Board 2 years ago after retiring from the oil industry.

With a strong desire to always “lend a hand” where needed, Hal volunteers as a direct support for St Joseph Hospice, and driver with the Red Cross in Sarnia.

In his spare time, Hal works with the City of Sarnia assisting in the removal of evasive phragmites at our areas point lands.

Hals love of cycling, includes a 40-day journey from Key West to Sarnia! He is an advocate for safe bicycle access on roads and walkways.

George Vandenberg

George Vandenberg

Director

Currently Sarnia City Councillor. Board member and past chair Sarnia Humane Society. Graduate University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, and Ontario Police College. Licenced Paralegal.  Former Sarnia Police Officer.

George Vandenberg has been involved with the Humane Society for many years and currently sits as an active Board member. A current City Councilman, George sits on the Sarnia Heritage Committee, Undrip Committee, Bluewater Trails and Sarnia Transit Committees.

George spends a great deal of time in our community helping people as a licensed paralegal and former Sarnia Police Officer.

As a member of the Sarnia Street Machines and Sarnia Street Cruisers groups, he enjoys showing off his 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS396.

In his spare time, George enjoys time with his family and golfing with friends.