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.
- Margaret Gladstone, Past President
- Wendy MacIntyre, President
- Graham Robinson, Vice-President
- Jamie Arsenault, Treasurer
- Janet Prentice , Secretary
- Claudette Bishop
- Shannon McNutt
- Doug Shackell
- George Stewart
- Tom Keeler
- Judy Shaw
- Karen Chin
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. “
Wendy MacIntyre, Board President, has always had a love for animals. Growing up in Canoe Cove on a farm with cattle, cats, rabbits, a horse and dog, to now living in Stratford with her husband and three furry children (felines Bon, Cleo and Uki), she has never been without four-legged friends in her life.
As a Human Resources Consultant with McInnes Cooper, 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.
“I am honoured to be involved with the organization and always amazed by the generosity of donors and volunteers.”
“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.”
Claudette Bishop is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in technical and corporate communications. She has also worked as a certified veterinary technician in both clinical and laboratory settings. Joined the PEI Humane Society in 2011 as a Board member; Vice-President and chair of the Animal Care Committee. Devoted servant to four cats (Tommy, Billy, Poe and Michelle), one dog (Teddy) and a century home.
“Serving on the PEIHS board gives me a unique opportunity to pursue two of my passions at the same time: helping to communicate the great work the PEIHS does every day, and helping ensure our adoptable pets stay healthy while they wait for new homes.”
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.”
Is an administrative assistant with 20 years experience and joined the Board as Secretary in November 2013.
She has always had an affinity for animals and can now use her skills to assist the Board and the Shelter. She has been with UPEI for the past 14 years and brings administrative experience and strong organizational skills to the role of Secretary. In the past number of years she has earned two professional certifications CPS and CAP and her Business Certificate from UPEI. She is a volunteer and a foster parent for the Shelter. Her favorite buddy at the Shelter is Wishbone! Janet and her husband are proud parents to PEI Shelter alums: cat Shadow class of 2002; dog Bailey, class of 2008; dog Widget; class of 2009; and Great Dane Sophie, 2013.
“I know the pleasure and benefits that companion animals bring to people, and I believe that we owe it to these wonderful creatures to care for them when they are in need.”
Graduate of Forest Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. She currently works as consultant in various sectors in PEI. She is a member of the Capital Fundraising Committee. She currently has a cat (Poppa) and a crazy beagle (Asha).
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 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.”
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.”
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’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.
Executive Director – Marla Somersall
Shelter Manager – Beckie MacLean, RVT
902-892-1190, Ext. 23
Adoption & Intake Counsellor – Erin Mullen
902-892-1190, Ext. 29
Marketing and Development Manager – Jennifer Harkness
902-892-1190, Ext. 21
Client Services Coordinator – Lesa Donnelly
902-892-1190, Ext. 21
Shelter Veterinarian – Dr. Rhonda MacDonald
Shelter Attendants – Tammy Bevan, Jennifer Champion, Jossie Ehler, Chantal Van Kouteren
Animal Protection Officers – Jeff Barrett, Doug Burkholder, Donna Marie