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|Andrea Assaly – Office and Membership Manager
Andrea has a Business Degree from the Hawaii Pacific University and brings much administrative experience to this role. Her goal has always been to work for an organization that makes a difference in the world.
Being a devoted animal lover, Andrea constantly speaks out for animals and works hard to increase awareness about a variety of animal issues. She has also volunteered for several non-profit organizations including the BC SPCA and International Aid agencies.
In her spare time she paints and walks the Stanley Park Sea Wall with her dogs, Rio and Louie.
|Lesley Fox - Executive Director
Lesley Fox is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE) and graduate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Public Relations and Marketing Communications.
Passionate about a variety of social issues, Lesley has been involved in the non-profit sector for over a decade. Her recent achievements include lobbying various municipalities to adopt anti-trapping bylaws and working with the BC Ministry of Education to have animal issues included in school curriculum.
Lesley lives in Vancouver and shares her life with her feline companion, Wookie.
|Shannon Kornelsen - Director of Public Outreach & Humane Education
Shannon Kornelsen holds a masters degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Shannon has a rich history in animal advocacy, most notably coordinating a commissioned national report on factory farming in Canada - the first report of its kind. Shannon is excited to bring her passion and experience to the organization and help ensure that fur-bearing animals in Canada have a strong voice.
Shannon lives in Toronto with Joseph Pace, where they share their home with their beloved dogs, cats and guinea pigs, who inspire their work on behalf of animals everywhere. In her spare time, Shannon loves reading and writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
|Adrian Nelson – Director of Communications
Adrian has a rich history in marketing and non-profit work. After studying film in university, Adrian opened his own media company, focusing on youth markets and new media. Eventually the need to do something more took over, and Adrian dedicated his time to non-profit work.
Now, as The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals moves forward, Adrian hopes to bring more of his experience with social media, design and marketing to the Association's many animal-saving campaigns.
In his spare time Adrian can often be found hiking remote areas of our coastline in search of surf, or relaxing a little closer to home, with his wife Chaline and Koa, their rescued Doberman.
|Joseph Pace - Director of Campaigns and Development
Joseph holds an Independent Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, where his research focused on farmed animal welfare. More recently, Joseph coordinated the WSPA Canada's groundbreaking report, "What's On Your Plate?", which assessed the impacts of industrial animal agriculture on animal welfare, the environment, public health and rural communities.
While he considers solid research the foundation of effective advocacy, Joseph's primary passion is for public outreach. In this capacity, Joseph has served as lead organizer for the Toronto-based 10,000 Tastes, 10 Billion Reasons, which was attended by 25,000 people, and as director of outreach for NutritionFacts.org, which recently passed the 5 million views mark.
In his spare time, Joseph can be found at the beach with Shannon and their two rescued dogs, or at home editing photos and screenplays.
Louie has been with the Association for 1 year now and has brought his expertise in security and protection to the office.
He has over 5 years of experience in detective work and scent inspection. He is able to sniff out trouble from across the office! His experience is invaluable to the role and allows us to carry out our work without fear of intruders. When he is not protecting the office you can usually find him on the seawall, fur-tanning at the beach, inspecting the dumpsters for hazardous materials or learning new techniques from Law and Order episodes.
He is quickly becoming an expert in his field and will likely see a promotion in his future!
|Rio- Director of Mail
Rio has over 2 years of experience with the Association and has become a mail sorter extraordinaire. This is his first professional role and he has quickly moved up the ladder to become the Director of Mail Sorting. He loves sorting all of the donations, comments and questions.
His busy months of November and December give him many paper cuts but receiving all of the donations to help out his furry friends makes it all worthwhile he says.
When he is not sorting mail he can be found assisting Louie with security and catching up on episodes of The Office. He is working on being gentler to the postal workers at the moment but his eagerness sometimes makes him lose sight of his manners.