Amy Morris joined the Vancouver Humane Society as its Executive Director in January, 2020. She most recently served as the BC SPCA’s Policy and Companion Animals Manager. Amy has wide experience in the animal protection movement, campaigning for policy changes at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to curtail animal exploitation. Holding a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University (focusing on policies to regulate dog breeding), Amy uses her knowledge and skills to bring about real and positive change in animal protection. Amy also serves as the President of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada, an all-volunteer organization that provides grants for improving animal welfare. Amy lives in Vancouver with her family, including Clover, a communicative and assertive three-year-old collie shepherd.
Projects and Communications Director
Peter Fricker joined VHS in 2003 and coordinates our digital, print, and news communications. Peter has been researching and writing op-eds on animal protection for many years and keeps VHS apprised on animal welfare issues. Peter has a diploma in journalism from Langara College and has worked in communications for a number of non-profit organizations and companies, including the United Way, BC Hydro and the Hyack Festival. He spent 16 years working for a UK housing charity in Bath, Somerset, before moving back to Canada. You can reach Peter by emailing peter(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Emily joined VHS in 2014 and coordinates our advocacy campaigns. She moved from Saskatoon to Vancouver to pursue her dream of living on the West Coast. She’s an active animal protection advocate who, after graduating with an honours degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, completed a campaign internship with the Humane Society of the United States; volunteered with companion animal spay/neuter clinics and most recently served as the Executive Director for New Hope Dog Rescue in Saskatoon. Emily lives in North Vancouver with her partner and their golden retriever mix, Sophie. You can reach Emily by emailing emily(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Brooklyn joined the Vancouver Humane Society in March 2021 as our Program Coordinator of the McVitie Fund and Helping Women & Pets in Crisis programs. Since graduating with their Master’s in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies from SFU, they have been working as a Program Coordinator for several years supporting the rights and self-determination of sex workers. Brooklyn blends experience providing trauma-informed supports with more than a decade of grassroots activism for animal rights and welfare to reduce systemic barriers for individuals needing access to urgent veterinary care for their companion animals.
Outside of work, Brooklyn enjoys playing with their 10 month old rescued kitten, enjoying local vegan food, and hiking the many beautiful trails of these Coast Salish territories. You can reach Brooklyn by emailing brooklyn(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Claire joined VHS in 2019, supporting the organization with design skills and serving as the main contact for our generous donors. She moved to Vancouver from the U.K. with her husband and rescue dog Nebula. Her background is in fundraising, having worked at three charities organizing special events, community partnerships and managing supporter relationships. Claire is passionate about animal welfare and volunteered at Houston SPCA where she fostered and later adopted her beloved pup. She is enjoying settling into Vancouver life, hiking and exploring the city and sampling the vast amount of vegan restaurants! You can reach Claire by emailing claire(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Chantelle joined VHS as the Communications Director in 2021. She has been working in non-profit communications since graduating from a Bachelor of Arts in English at York University. She is passionate about justice for all, both humans and animals, and has worked with organizations that focus on family services, social justice advocacy, and creating safer spaces for marginalized communities. Chantelle’s lifelong commitment to the ethical treatment of animals inspired her to volunteer for the Toronto Humane Society and to move across Canada to take on this exciting role at VHS. You can reach Chantelle by emailing chantelle(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca.
Julia joined VHS as the Program Coordinator for the Farmed Animal (Go Veg and Plant-Based Plates) programs in January 2021. From Ontario, Julia moved to British Columbia in 2019 and is thrilled to be living on the West Coast. She has completed a Masters of Environmental Studies from Queen’s University and one of her main passions is developing sustainable food systems. Her background includes various work and volunteering with non-profits in food security/justice, emergency food distribution, community gardens, sustainable and local agriculture and community development. Julia lives in Vancouver. You can reach Julia at julia(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Celeste joined VHS in September 2020 as Lead Researcher after recently completing a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. She is an experienced researcher who is invested in pursuing innovative, progressive research and policy solutions, and has had a lifelong passion for animal activism. Her graduate thesis project involved a qualitative policy analysis of homelessness and poverty reduction frameworks in B.C., and while completing her graduate degree she received funding from SSHRC for a research proposal that aimed to explore the animal rights movement and its organizational strategies. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their two pups, Harvey and Finn. You can reach Celeste by emailing celeste(at)vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca
Board of Directors
Marylee Davies is a Partner at Farris LLP, where she practises labour, employment and human rights law. Marylee acts for major public and private companies and institutions and regularly appears before a variety of administrative tribunals and all levels of the British Columbia courts.
Marylee became formally involved in the humane movement over ten years ago when she joined the BC SPCA, first as a Community Council Member and later as a member of the Society’s Board of Directors (including four years as President). Marylee’s love and respect for animals has a much longer history, having been surrounded by animals, domestic and otherwise, since childhood.
Marylee is profoundly committed to the humane treatment of animals and to ending animal abuse, cruelty and exploitation. In proudly accepting an appointment to the VHS Board, Marylee hopes to continue to use her education and professional skills to advance the rights and status of all animals.
Liberty Mulkani began her career in the film industry after completing a B.F.A. in theatre at Simon Fraser University. Shortly after graduation, she moved to California and decided to pursue her other passion: animal protection. She spent several years in the Bay Area working for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in their Animal Law Program and Event Planning departments. She now works for the ALDF as Director of the Project Management Program, overseeing the planning, monitoring and fulfillment of the ALDF’s key events and campaigns. In 2007, she earned her Masters of Education through the Institute for Humane Education and Cambridge College. At VHS, apart from her role on the board of directors, she also worked extensively with VHS’s Power of One humane education program.
Rob Monteverde, CPA, CA is a Partner at Strategex CPA’s, a local accounting firm in downtown, Vancouver. Rob provides U.S. and Canadian tax services to various types of clients, ranging from small to large corporations, film production companies, as well as high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Rob’s love for animals comes from his grandfather who took care of many animals in the Philippines. His first dog, Scott, was given to him by his grandfather. However, due to his brother’s allergy, Rob was forced to be separated from Scott. Rob always visited Scott from his grandfather’s home until their family moved to Canada. Through the years his passion to take care of animals never faltered. Rob happily spends his downtime with two adorable puppies, Kahlua, a half Pomeranian/half dachshund, and Bailey, who is an unknown mix. Rob is committed to continuing his grandfather’s work through advocacy for the humane care of animals.
Chris Morcom joined the board of directors in March 2017. He is an associate with Pacific Law Group where he practices civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defence and personal injury claims. Chris has been concerned with the rights of animals since becoming a vegetarian at a young age and has had a variety of pets throughout his life.
Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria before relocating to Asia for four years. Upon his return to Canada, he attended the University of New Brunswick, receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree before coming back to Vancouver in 2009. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities.
Angela Yadav joined VHS in 2017. As a life-long vegetarian and passionate believer in animal welfare, Angela brings a strong conviction and commitment to help VHS’s goal to end animal suffering, cruelty and exploitation. Angela has been an ardent vegetarian all of her life – while the roots of this are grounded in the early teachings of her parents, her personal values and passion are what fuel her desire to get more people to become vegan/vegetarian and to promote the well-being of animals. Angela believes that a society is measured by how it treats its animals. As a seasoned business lawyer and now a mother of three young children, Angela is excited to give back to her community. Sitting on the VHS Board of Directors provides her with an opportunity to focus her efforts on improving our society’s treatment of animals and promoting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.
Darcy Matheson is an award-winning journalist, author and activist. She is the editor in chief of Daily Hive, one of Canada’s largest online publications. A longtime animal rights advocate, in 2014 she founded PetFundr, a crowdfunding platform solely dedicated to funding animal welfare projects.
Her debut book, “Greening Your Pet Care,” examines how pet guardians can be more environmentally-conscious when it comes to their four-legged companions. Darcy is the proud pet parent to two naughty terriers, Seymour and Murphy, as well as two small boys, Jack and Leo.
Ryan McCracken is a solicitor at Farris LLP, where he practices in the corporate commercial, real estate and securities practice groups. Ryan’s legal practice area covers a wide variety of areas servicing public and private companies.
Ryan joined the VHS board in 2019, but first became actively involved in the humane movement in 2017 when he started volunteering with the BC SPCA. Ryan has also been a director of the Dugout Drop-In Centre Society, an organization that provides a community “living room” for the residents of Vancouver’s downtown eastside since 2016, and has served as its chair since 2017.
Samantha Petrin joined the VHS board in 2020. She has been vegan since her time as an undergraduate at SFU in 2013. Changing her diet helped her discover a love of cooking and interest in nutrition. She went on to complete the naturopathic medical program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she focused her studies in plant-based nutrition. Samantha is currently a naturopathic doctor candidate aiming to start her practice in 2021. Beyond the health benefits of a plant-based diet, Samantha is passionate about animal welfare and raising awareness of the atrocities of animal agriculture. Contributing to the board at VHS has given her the opportunity to meaningfully impact her community and create strides for change in the lives of animals.