Message from the Interim President, EHS
As another year draws to a close, I hope that you are looking forward to sharing time with friends and family over the holiday season and to what the new year might hold in store.
It has been an exciting and challenging year for EHS. Thanks to our dedicated membership and volunteers and our very generous donor community so many dogs and cats who would otherwise have had no where else to go found respite at EHS followed by a loving forever home.
Over the past couple of months, as Interim President, I have watched many of our amazing volunteers hard at work and clearly driven out of love for the animals in our care. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am by each and every one of you. I have also listened to the passion of our members’ community and heard your commitment to us loud and clear. Additionally, I have had the privilege of talking directly to some of our generous donors and felt your trust and strong support first hand.
You are the people who make EHS possible. Every day, you are saving lives!
At the same time, I have shared many moments with the sweet four legged souls in our care. I’ve seen Freddie and Roxy, two abandoned kittens, curled up so tightly – so bonded – and wondered why no else could see what I was seeing and take them home. Thankfully, someone did and they are all so very blessed to have found each other. I’ve watched Ryder, a beautiful dog, with his deep brown and gentle eyes, looking right through me, searching, and wondering, will you take me home today? He desperately needed someone with a little patience and love to connect with him forever. Happily, he has found that special someone.
You are the people who make the potential of a forever home a possibility for Freddie, Roxy, Ryder and so many others. They only get this last chance because of you! With every glimpse of every little one at EHS, I am grateful for this little organization with the big heart and to each of you for your kind and generous support. Each night and each day – grateful.
Margaret Wheatley said “Great change comes out of small conversations among people who care”. I want to assure you that those conversations are happening and I know with great certainty that we do care. It is, without a doubt, that shared concern that is compelling us to work together to build on this strong foundation of support and make EHS the very best organization it can be.
In the coming months, you can expect to see a clear vision of EHS through the development and sharing of our strategic plan. Areas of focus are expected to include:
* Strengthening our Governance
* Expanding our Strategic Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
* Enhancing Financial Accountability and Transparency
* Enriching Volunteer Engagement and Recognition
* Continuing Leadership in our Core shelter programs and in Animal Welfare
We hope that you will be able to better follow our progress and see how this independent 100% volunteer organization is putting your generous donations to use.
We recognize how very privileged we are to have your support. Please be assured that we are working harder than ever to maintain and build on it.
On behalf of all EHS animals, past, present, and future, and the EHS Board of Directors, I wish to thank our dedicated volunteers and members and our very generous donor community for your continued kindness, trust and support. It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true – we could not do this without you! Thank you again and best wishes for a happy holiday season and New Year.
Interim President, EHS
P.S. Please don’t forget that if you wish to make a donation eligible for a 2016 charitable tax receipt, please do so by December 31, 2016. You can make a donation online.
Roma joined EHS in October 2016 as Interim President and following her retirement from a 33-year career with the federal public service. She brings, in addition to a great love of animals, over 15 years of experience as an executive and having significant involvement in operations, human resource and financial management. She and her husband share their home with two wonderful cats.