The Board & Staff

Volunteer Board Member
Prince Edward Island Humane Society

PEI Humane Society is currently accepting applications for upcoming Board of Directors vacancies. Our ideal candidate would have:

  • Previous governance experience and understanding of not-for-profit organizations
  • Knowledge of Policy Governance practices and understanding the separation of operations and strategy
  • Participate in monthly or bimonthly meetings
  • Willingness to make strategic decisions about the long term health/vision of the organization
  • Able to connect with community and existing or potential donors

We welcome knowledge and expertise in the following fields: fundraising, finances and accounting, digital/social media as well as other skills areas.

Please visit our Board FAQ page to learn more about volunteering on our Board and complete the Board Member Application Form. As PEI’s only animal shelter, we encourage applicants from across the Island to come forward as Board member candidates.

Send your application and a copy of your resume to the PEIHS Executive Director, Marla Somersall: with “Board Application” in the subject line.

Deadline: May 30th, 2016.

Board of Directors

The PEI Humane Society Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community. The members of the Board are dedicated to the organization and provide the Society with their expertise and time. The Board meets monthly to manage the Society’s business. Learn more about Volunteer Board FAQ.

Graham Robinson, President

GrahamBoard President, Graham Robinson is a retired RCMP officer who has been a long time supporter of not for profit organizations. He joined the board of PEI Humane Society in June 2012.

“I enjoy my role as  a board member. It allows me to work on behalf of companion animals to create a better life for those who can’t speak for themselves.”


Wendy MacIntyre, Past PresidentWendy Board Bio Pic Final Draft

As an independent Human Resources Consultant, Wendy works with businesses and not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve success through their people power.  Her interest in board governance and the community connection through companion animal welfare have naturally led to her joining the Board.


Tom Keeler, Vice PresidentTom Ebbie cropped

Tom Keeler is a lawyer practicing with McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown.  He joined the PEI Humane Society board in June of 2013.  In his down time, Tom loves taking his parents’ dog, a black lab named Biff, for runs along the sandbars at Howe Point.

” I have always been concerned with animal welfare, and am very excited to be able to support and assist the PEI Humane Society in its efforts.”

Jamie Arsenault, Treasurer

Jamie Arsenault is a Chartered Accountant and senior manager with Fitzpatrick & Company. He joined the board in July of 2012 and is currently the treasurer and chair of the finance committee. Jamie is a life-long lover of animals and along with his wife, Miranda, is the owner of a pet rabbit (Whiskey).

“I became involved with PEIHS because I have always been an animal person and grew up with a dog in the house.  I thought becoming a board member would be a great way to give back to the community and help animals in need.”



Margaret Gladstone, Secretary

Retired corporate communications professional with over 15 years experience with the UK’s largest environmental regulator. Margaret specializes in corporate identity, marketing and event planning.

As well as being involved with the work of the PEI Humane Society, Margaret is the Secretary-Treasurer of the not for profit organization Friends of North Shore Communities Inc.  She is also one of the community representatives on two of North Rustico’s Town Council Committees.

Margaret is firmly under the paws of her two adopted Great Danes, Mackie and Lou who are respectively #4 and #5 of the Danes she and her husband have adopted from Dane rescue organizations since 2001.

“I am keen to see the PEI Humane Society become a major force for improved companion animal welfare education on the Island. “

Doug Shackell

PEIHS - Doug Shackell - Bio - photo 3

After 35 years in communications and public relations, Doug decided to use his talents to do some things that are more fun and that also benefit his community. Being an almost-Islander (he’s only been here for 34 years); he has always looked for ways to give back to his community. “My love of animals, especially dogs, makes me want to help these animals in any way I can. Working towards enhancing the process ensures that awesome dogs like Dale here in the photo are placed in good homes. Look at that face!” Doug has two adopted dogs at home.

Doug joined the Board in 2013.

“I am looking forward to helping  pets and educating the public on all things companion animal related.”

George StewartGeorge Board Bio Pic

George Stewart has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and currently has his own home based travel agency.  He developed a relationship with the PEIHS by joining the board in 2012, after his senior cats passed away.  He has been a adopter and supporter since walking through our door.

“I have always been an animal lover since I can remember, through my travels I have seen animals in bad situations and I was unable to help. So when I saw the chance to try and make a difference right here on the Island I jumped at the chance.”

Judy ShawJudy Shaw

Judy Shaw has recently retired from a large agribusiness company where she worked in the government affairs and Industry relations fields. She is a long-time supporter of not for profit organizations including the Humane Society. She has always been an animal owner (starting with a hamster and a very young age and graduating to dogs, cats and horses). She has now retired to a farm with her very active Border Collie, Skye.

Judy joined the Board in the fall of 2013 and is “proud and honoured to be involved in such an essential animal welfare organization”.

Karen ChinKaren Chin

Karen’s love of animals is what has driven her to join the PEIHS Board of directors. Karen has grown up around animals and treats them as part of the family. She believes that no matter how bad the day has been, animals seem to have the uncanny ability to cheer you up and offer you unconditional love and companionship.

Karen holds an Executive MBA from UPEI as well as a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She has been in management roles with Invesco, since 1999, and is currently the Assistant Vice President for the North American Training and Knowledge Management team.

Karen wants to see PEI Humane Society become a world class shelter which offers high quality care and finds homes for animals in our community, educates people on responsible pet ownership, and is at the forefront of preventing and solving animal homelessness.

Jenny MasonJenny

Jenny is a proponent of welfare and justice for all animals. She is excited to be a Member
of the Board for the PEI Humane Society, an organization that plays an essential role in promoting and enhancing the welfare of companion animals in PEI. She is inspired by the staff and volunteers of the PEIHS, who compassionately and tirelessly care for the shelter animals, aim to find the animals loving and suitable homes, and provide public education on caring responsibly for companion animals.

Jenny works as a lawyer with Waterstone Law Group in Charlottetown, and hopes to eventually incorporate animal law into her practice. Jenny and her spouse, Jeff, share their home with their two beloved ‘fur babies’ – cats Charli and Tia.

Debby Millerdebby

Recently retired, after 35 years in the petroleum business, Bill and I moved to PEI, back to where I have spent the summers throughout my life, getting closer to family and friends. Our dog, Shooter easily traded Toronto city life for days spent on the shoreline. In my retirement, I wanted to volunteer for an organization where I am strongly committed to its’ mission and goals,

In 1988 I adopted my dog ‘Nugget” from the Humane Society in NB, and this malamute was a dog with spunk and loved running the sandbars on the island. Companion animals provide so much joy in our lives, their care and welfare has always held a special place in my heart. As a board member for the PEIHS I am looking forward to leveraging my skills and commitment to help a successful organization continue to improve the lives of companion animals throughout PEI.


Executive Director – Marla Somersall

902-892-1190, Ext.22

Acting Shelter Manager – Cathy Kenny

902-892-1190, Ext. 23

Development Coordinator – Jennifer Harkness
902-892-1190, Ext. 24

Adoption Intake Coordinator – Reese Perreault

902-892-1190, Ext. 29

Client Services Coordinator – Lesa Donnelly
902-892-1190, Ext. 21

Shelter Veterinarian – Dr. Rhonda MacDonald

Shelter Attendants – Tammy Bevan, Jennifer Champion (Maternity), Jossie Ehler,  Breanna McCloskey, Hannah Molyneaux

Animal Protection Officers –  Lorinda McCarthy, Doug Burkholder, Donna Marie, John MacDonald